In Dialogue: the map is not the territory

April 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Stevens Room, Main Building

In Dialogue​ is an occasional series of interdisciplinary, discussion-based seminars that explore art on view at the Museum in relation to works in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Over the next three months, we will take inspiration from ​the map is not the territory​ to consider timely and key exhibition themes and will be led by the facilitators below.

Decolonizing Art/Reframing Landscapes
Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos, 1976-) is a master artist from the Umpqua River Valley on the South Coast of Oregon. Siestreem’s studio work is multi-disciplinary. Her primary language is painting, but she also works in photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, video, and traditional Indigenous weaving. Her art practice branches into education and institutional reform. Siestreem created and runs a weaving program for the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. She teaches Studio Arts and Indigenous Studies Courses at PSU and BFA Thesis at PNCA.

The In Dialogue series is cosponsored by Portland State University–University Studies.

Space is limited. Registration required. Cost per session: $10 Members/$20 non-member and includes Museum admission.

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The exhibition the map is not the territory contains a multimedia piece that visitors are invited to move through in the Sculpture Court between the two lobbies. The piece features moving images projected onto scrims, walls, and floors. The exhibition space has low lighting, and the projection features bright lights. It also contains a soundtrack with ambient sound. Staff are happy to assist and if you have questions before you visit, email or call 503-226-2811.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Annette Bellamy, Moving Mountains, detail, 2017.
Annette Bellamy, Moving Mountains, detail, 2017, stoneware, UV resistant line, steel pins, epoxy.