Performance: Morgan Thorson: Still Life

September 9, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Morgan Thorson, Still Life
Morgan Thorson, Still Life, 2015. Performance detail, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis.

Choreographer Morgan Thorson brings her live installation Still Life to the Portland Art Museum this September in partnership with the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival. Still Life is a meditation upon time from the vast span of geological time, represented by large-scale charcoal wall drawings of extinct species, to the immediacy of human life, evoked by a line of chalkboards with hash marks ringing the gallery. Seven dancers perform narratives suggesting erasure, mourning, caretaking, and renewal with movements that alternatively speed up and slow down perceptions of time’s passing. The long-form choreography of Still Life gains extra meaning by being situated in the Museum, where time as history holds special significance. Museum visitors are encouraged to drop in and stay as long as they wish.

Still Life is on view in the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art.

Performance Schedule

Friday, September 9, 3–8 p.m.
Saturday, September 10, Noon–5 p.m.
Sunday, September 11, Noon–5 p.m.
Tuesday, September 13, Noon–5 p.m.
Wednesday, September 14, Noon–5 p.m.

Included with Museum admission.

Learn more about the Exhibition


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.