Lecture: Almost Good Hair – Arvie Smith

March 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Whitsell Auditorium
Arvie Smith – Dem Golden Slippers
Arvie Smith, Dem Golden Slippers, 2007, oil on linen, Gift of Donna Hammar, © Arvie Smith, 2010.80

“Blacks depend on the largess of the dominant culture where ‘White is right’ for recognition. Blacks have to filter everything, the consequences are different for what we say and what we do. No black person feels confident in their position.”
— Arvie Smith

For Arvie Smith, art offers freedom. Smith exposes racial slights, denigrations, and atrocities drawing from both his own lived experience as a Black man and the larger context of the history of race in the United States. He is a Professor Emeritus at Pacific Northwest College of Art and has taught at University of Oregon; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore; Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland; and Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy. His work is in the collections of Charlayne Hunter Gualt; Myrlie Williams Evers; the City of Portland; Reginald Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, Baltimore; The Estate of Nelson Mandela, South Africa; Portland Community College; Oregon State University; The Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art; and Portland Art Museum.

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Additional Program:

Free First Thursday Gallery Talk: Arvie Smith
March 2 at 6 p.m.
Program departs from the Museum’s Hoffman Lobby, near the Gift Shop


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 the lecture.
Please email access@pam.org 2-3 weeks in advance, or call 503-226-2811.