(POSTPONED) Lecture: Almost Good Hair – Arvie Smith

February 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This program has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 5.

“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; and Portland Art Museum.

Additional Program:

Free First Thursday Gallery Talk: Arvie Smith
March 2 at 6:00 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 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 access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.