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Oct
23
Tue
Public Tour: Modern and Contemporary Art
Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Oct
25
Thu
Public Tour: Asian Art
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

New Member Tour
Oct 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

New to the Museum and want to learn more? Explore the Museum galleries and learn from the guides who know it best! Join a Museum docent for a 45-minute tour experience with other members. These tours provide an introduction to the Museum and collections, along with fun stories and personal insights along the way.

Open to all membership levels. Advance tickets not required.

Oct
26
Fri
Early Closure
Oct 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Museum will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 26.

Rental Sales Gallery Fall Show
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rental Sales Gallery Fall Show

Connect with Portland’s creative community at the Rental Sales Gallery Fall Show, opening Friday, October 26, 5-8 p.m. Opening night is a great way to meet local artists and ask them about their work. Halloween costumes encouraged but not required! For details and sneak previews, follow us on social media or visit rentalsalesgallery.com.

Oct
27
Sat
Public Tour: Seeing Science in Art
Oct 27 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Opening Ceremony: Monuments
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Opening Ceremony: Monuments

The Earth Expedition of Sun Ra

Opening event and viewing
special $5 Museum Admission for event

with performances from Alima Lee, Anaka, The Ah Ra Dance Ensemble

In the final project of the year-long series We.Construct.Marvels.Between.Monuments., artistic director Libby Werbel partners with Deep Underground (Bethlehem Daniel, Madenna Ibrahim, Mia O’Connor-Smith, and Janessa Narciso) to present MONUMENTS. The Earth Expedition of Sun Ra ―a multimedia presentation of film, music, and art by Afrofuturist artist, musician, and philosopher Sun Ra (active on earth 1934 – 1993). As the critical conversation develops around the removal of public monuments across the American landscape, we ask ourselves: what are the new monuments we wish to build? Who are the artists, thinkers, and heroes we wish to exalt and preserve for future generations? MONUMENTS. upholds Sun Ra as one of these visionary figures.

Sun Ra was a jazz composer, musician, bandleader, teacher, and poet who became known for his theatrical performances and personal mythology: his name references the Egyptian sun god, Ra, and his origin story proclaimed that he had come to Earth from Saturn. Sun Ra has been considered the pioneer of Afrofuturism, a school of thinking that utilizes science fiction, music, art, and political theory to propose a thriving destiny for black people. From the mid-1950s on, he led a musical ensemble best known as The Arkestra. They were infamous for their avant garde jazz compositions, dances, and clothing inspired by ancient Egypt and the space age. Sun Ra and The Arkestra collectively lived their lives dedicated to preaching peace and promoting enlightenment through their music, art, and film.

The exhibition and accompanying performances highlight Sun Ra’s idea of an “altered destiny,” a utopian belief that a more meaningful and just world awaits humanity in Outer Space. To Sun Ra, Outer Space was not an escapist fantasy―it was a place where society, culture, and beliefs are reimagined to give power to the oppressed. Sun Ra’s message still resonates with many people, including Portland’s Deep Underground community, who have embraced his philosophy and see his art as a hopeful vision that offers significant pathways for black and brown identity.

Sun Ra and his collaborators left a comprehensive archive including 130 albums, countless books and broadsheets of poetry, posters, paintings, photographs, and performance attire. The exhibition includes artifacts on loan from the University of Chicago’s Alton Abraham Collection of Sun Ra Archive, with supplemental support from private collectors and music enthusiasts. Regional artists, fabricators, and designers have contributed to the exhibition design to help bring Sun Ra’s world to life for PAM visitors.

About DUG:
Organized by a cosmic kin of four women, Deep Underground (DUG) was originally founded in 2015 as an open mic project dedicated to instilling a sense of safety and freedom within Portland’s under-recognized black and brown community. Their work began in a 100-year old NE Portland home, creating intentional space to empower unsung people. Their open-mic sessions often end with discourse or reflection on themes of the times such as: Revolution, Vices, Love, Addiction, Human/Civil Rights, and Death. By creating a space to talk about revolution, these women have started their own. Since their genesis, DUG has gone on to throw large-scale events, in-depth youth programming, film screenings, concerts, and multimedia performances. The collective recently addressed city hall with the hopes of providing insight into the needs of black and brown artist communities. Their foundation is rooted in much of the same work Sun Ra was doing over 50 years ago; it is in that spirit they have been invited to lend their perspective and curatorial vision to the exhibition representing this afro-cosmic hero.

We.Construct.Marvels.Between.Monuments. is organized by visiting artistic director Libby Werbel in collaboration with the Museum’s curatorial and education departments. Funding is provided in part by the Miller Meigs Endowment for Contemporary Art, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Endowments for Northwest Art, and the Artist & Participatory Programs Fund of the Education Department. Public programs presented in partnership with c3:initiative. MONUMENTS. was made possible through additional support and sponsorship from Portland Garment Factory, Nike’s Blue Ribbon Studio, Form.xyz Foundry, and KMHD Jazz Radio. With generous consultation from Eric Isaacson at Mississippi Records.

Public Tour: Modern American Realism
Oct 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: Modern American Realism

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Modern American Realism: Highlights from the Smithsonian’s Sara Roby Foundation Collection.

Oct
28
Sun
Family Tour: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Oct 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Public Tour: Collection Highlights
Oct 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Oct
30
Tue
Public Tour: Poetic Imagination
Oct 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Tour: Poetic Imagination

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art: Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles.

Nov
1
Thu
Baby Morning: Poetic Imagination
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Baby Morning: Poetic Imagination

We welcome babies and their caregivers beginning at 10 a.m. The first tour begins at roughly 10:30 a.m., or when we have a large enough group ready to go. The second tour begins at 11 a.m. Baby Morning’s home base remains open until noon with toys, games, and books, providing a welcoming, accommodating space free of worries. Caregivers are also welcome to leave belongings here while on the tour. Carriers are recommended while in the galleries, but not required.

 Session 1  Session 2
Public Tour: Northwest Art
Nov 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Free First Thursday
Nov 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy free admission to the Museum the first Thursday of each month from 5 – 8 p.m

Nov
2
Fri
Community Celebration: Día de Muertos
Nov 2 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Community Celebration: Día de Muertos @ Mark Building

FREE EVENT (except for food)

Evento GRATIS y para toda la familia

Event takes place in the Fields Ballroom in the Mark Building

Museum admission is $5 from 5-8 p.m.
(youth 17 and under are always free)

Portland Art Museum opens its doors to host an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity event, Día de Muertos.

Por primera vez el Museo de Arte de Portland abre sus puertas a un evento reconocido por la UNESCO como patrimonio intangible de la humanidad, el Día de muertos.

Día de Muertos is a Mexican celebration to remember deceased loved ones. Join us for this Mexican celebration featuring art from selected local Mexican artists, altares de muertos, food, Aztec dances, and more! Organized in partnership with Revolucion Coffee House, local Mexican Muralist HectorH Hernandez, community advocate Marifer Sager.

El día de muertos es una celebración mexicana en donde recordamos a nuestros ancestros. Vengan a celebrar con nosotros, tendremos una exposición de arte contemporáneo por artistas así como altares, comida, danza azteca y más!

El evento es organizado por Revolución Coffee House, el artista y muralista Héctor H Hernández y Marifer Sager, representante comunitario y activista.

Mexican gastronomy is one of the best of the world and known by its contribution to the world gastronomy. Bringing the best flavors to our Day of Dead celebration, some of the best Mexican restaurants and “tiendas Mexicanas” will sell moles, tamales, pan de muerto, atoles, aguas frescas and more.

La gastronomía mexican ha sido reconocida como una de las mejores del mundo así como sus grandes contribuciones a la gastronomía mundial, por ello algunos de los mejores restaurantes y tiendas mexicanas locales, nos deleitarán con moles, tamales, pan de muerto, atoles, aguas frescas y más, todo relacionado con la celebración de día de muertos.

All food and beverages will be for sale, a percentage of the sales will go to a local social justice organization, Don’t Shoot Portland.

La comida estará a la venta y un porcentaje de ella se donará a Don’t Shoot Portland, organización local enfocada en la justicia social.

Restaurantes participantes:
Participating restaurants:

Prizes to the best CULTURAL outfit, (no Halloween), best Catrina makeup, best mole and pan de muerto!

Altar exhibition led by Mexican Muralist Hector H Hernandez.
Exposición de arte coordinada por el Muralista Héctor H Hernández.

$5 After 5
Nov 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

$5 Museum admission after 5 p.m.

Every Friday evening, we invite you to play with us—to have a different Museum experience—a little bit more relaxed, more interactive, and more social experience. Admission is just $5 after 5 p.m.!

Here’s what we have in store:

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Learn more about Fridays at the Museum.

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Public Tour: Slow Looking
Nov 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Nov
3
Sat
Public Tour: Psychology of Perception
Nov 3 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Public Tour: Poetic Imagination
Nov 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: Poetic Imagination

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art: Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles.

Nov
4
Sun
Family Tour: Every Picture Tells a Story
Nov 4 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.