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Jan
17
Wed
Evening for Educators: Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA
Jan 17 @ 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Coraline (Film Still) – Coraline discovers the secret tunnel between the Real World and the Other World. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Coraline (Film Still), Coraline discovers the secret tunnel between the Real World and the Other World. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC

Did parent-teacher conferences or the sold-out crowd keep you from attending the LAIKA Educator Program in November? You have another chance! LAIKA’s Mark Shapiro returns to take us behind the scenes on Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA. Founded in 2005, LAIKA has grown to occupy a unique and distinctive place in American cinema by continuously expanding the boundaries of the 120-year-old technique of stop-motion animation. LAIKA is a community of storytellers, artists, inventors, technicians, and craftspeople from around the world, committed to fusing filmmaking’s state-of-the-art technologies with a handmade animation tradition as old as film itself. Dive into their creative process and make connections to your students’ learning.

5:15 – 6 p.m. – Self-guided experience of LAIKA exhibition
6 – 7:15 p.m. – Lecture and discussion in the Sunken Ballroom

Light refreshments will be served.

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Jan
18
Thu
Art & Conversation: Animating Life – LAIKA Studios
Jan 18 @ 9:15 am – 11:30 am
Coraline (Film Still) – Coraline discovers the secret tunnel between the Real World and the Other World. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Coraline (Film Still)
Coraline discovers the secret tunnel between the Real World and the Other World. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC

Join us the third Thursday of every month for coffee and conversation followed by a lecture or film screening. This month, Mark Shapiro of LAIKA will share a behind-the-scenes peek into the craft and science behind the work of the Portland-based animation studio.

Coffee at 9:15 a.m. in the Fields Ballroom, Mark Building; lecture at 10:15 a.m. in the Whitsell Auditorium, Main Building. Those attending the lecture are also welcome to explore the galleries after the talk. This series is free for adults 62 and over and is made possible through the Marguerite and Harry Kendall Education Fund. Additional support comes from Rick and Erika Miller.

Accessibility

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 see a staff person at the program to request one. For additional requests, please email access@pam.org 2-3 weeks in advance, or call 503-226-2811.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.
Public Tour: American/Northwest
Jan 18 @ 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.

Blind & Low Vision Tour
Jan 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Explore the museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life. Tours for blind and low vision visitors feature vivid descriptions of works in the Museum’s collection, with detailed historical information and tactile examples.

Tours begin at 1:30 on the third Thursday of each month. Please note there are no tours in August and December.

Free for members and aides; $3 Museum admission fee for non-members. Guide dogs are welcome. For more information, please leave a message at 503-276-4290.

Meditation Tour
Jan 18 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Meditation TourEnjoy a slow looking tour experience and object focused meditation. This public tour invites people to relax, rejuvenate, energize and be calm. Using focused breathing and simple poses the museum encourages visitors to meditate in the galleries twice a month on the first and third Thursdays.

Artist Talk: David Abel
Jan 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

David AbelJoin artists from a range of disciplines in the galleries for lively conversations about works of art on view at the Museum and how they relate to their own practices. The talks are followed by complimentary social hour in the museum cafe.

David Abel is a poet, editor, and educator, and the proprietor of Passages Bookshop & Gallery. Three new books are appearing in the latter half of 2017: Selected Durations, an artist’s book from the Black Rock Press at the University of Nevada, Reno, and two chapbooks from Portland publishers, XIV Eclipses (Couch Press), and sequitur her (press-press-pull). With Sam Lohmann, he publishes the Airfoil chapbook series. Since moving to Portland he has published twenty-five issues of the free poetry & art broadside series Envelope and devised more than thirty performance, film, theater, and intermedia projects, both solo and with a wide range of collaborators. In addition to curating regular changing exhibits at Passages, he organized the exhibitions Chax Press: Publishing Poetics for the Pacific NW College of Art and Object Poems for 23 Sandy Gallery. He is a founding member of the Spare Room reading series, now in its sixteenth year, and was an inaugural Research Fellow of the Center for Art + Environment of the Nevada Museum of Art.

Program begins at 6 p.m. $5 members, $19.99 non-members, $16.99 seniors. Space is limited. Tickets available online or on site.

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Jan
19
Fri
$5 After 5
Jan 19 @ 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:

  • Beer, wine, food, and music during Art Pub at the Café.
  • Twitter and Instagram happenings like photo booths and Twitter takeovers.
  • Art Guides—friendly folks ready to answer questions and help you make the most of your visit.
  • Occasional special events like 3-hour exhibitions.

Stay tuned to TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for the latest updates.

Learn more about Fridays at the Museum.

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Global Street Dance Masquerade #GSDMQ8
Jan 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Black Lives Masquerade. Photo by Jay Adams
The Black Lives Masquerade. Photo by Jay Adams

Global Street Dance Masquerade #GSDMQ8 and We.Construct.Marvels.Between.Monuments. invite you to an interactive presentation about the performance work of Rashad Pridgen and The Black Lives Masquerade project.

The program will include a community movement exercise, a screening of the short film The Black Lives Masquerade, and a post-screening conversation between Rashad Pridgen and Libby Werbel, Artistic Director of We.Construct.Marvels.Between.Monuments.

The Black Lives Masquerade short film (16 min.)is a cinematic dance video documenting The Black Lives Masquerade, a live street dance, performance ceremony presented in east Oakland California. The cinematic offering captures the presence of black men holding space publicly and creativity for the arrival of The Black Lives Masquerade suit. This visceral dance video reflects on utilizing African Diasporic tradition for communal healing to elevate black lives lost from police brutality, gun violence and racial injustice. Filmed by videographer Rafe Chisolm, with concept & choreography by Rashad Pridgen & performers: Kamau Abayomi, Chris Babingui, Kiazi Malonga, Rakeem Richard , Ajai Wilborn. Photographed by Jay Adams.

About the Global Street Dance Masquerade Project:

Global Street Dance Masquerade Project is a multidisciplinary street dance ceremony, site specific performance, creative direct action and community engagement project that culminates with the creation of full body Afrofuturist masquerade suits.

About We.Construct.Marvels…:

We.Construct.Marvels.Between.Monuments. is an exhibition series at the Portland Art Museum encouraging audiences to think critically about how museums have traditionally granted access to art and knowledge. Each exhibit acts as a platform for artists to ask questions about institutional representation, alternative exhibition models, and what it takes to see themselves and their concerns reflected regularly in their city’s art museum.

Public Tour: Slow Looking
Jan 19 @ 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.

Jan
20
Sat
Public Tour: 3 R’s: Rascals, Rebels and Rogues
Jan 20 @ 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: The Wyeths
Jan 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jamie Wyeth (American, born 1946), The Tempest, A Triptych, 1999, watercolor, gouache, and varnish highlights on gray archival board, Bank of America Collection, © 2017 Jamie Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Jamie Wyeth (American, born 1946), The Tempest, A Triptych, 1999, watercolor, gouache, and varnish highlights on gray archival board, Bank of America Collection, © 2017 Jamie Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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 The Wyeths: Three Generations.

Jan
21
Sun
LAIKA Sundays: The Boxtrolls
Jan 21 all-day
The Boxtrolls (Film Still), A band of gurgling Boxtrolls. THE BOXTROLLS ©2014, BOXTROLLS, LLC
The Boxtrolls (Film Still)
A band of gurgling Boxtrolls.
THE BOXTROLLS ©2014, BOXTROLLS, LLC

Join us on the third Sunday of each month between October and January for an immersive and family-friendly day of all things LAIKA Studios. Each Sunday will spotlight one of the four major LAIKA films, with opportunities to meet some of the incredible artists who make the magic happen. Get creative in an animation workshop at the Northwest Film Center, and end your visit by settling in to watch your favorite LAIKA films on the big screen, presented by Northwest Film Center.

January LAIKA Sunday schedule:

All Day: LAIKA Activity Guide
Schnitzer Sculpture Court
Be inspired, have fun, and bring your own ideas to life! At the heart of every LAIKA film is a creative process that kindles the imagination. This hands-on activity guide explores key elements of that process, from developing characters and building their physical worlds to a crucial focus on storytelling.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.: LAIKA: An Insider’s Guide to the Exhibition
Meet in the Schnitzer Sculpture Court
Join Mark Shapiro (LAIKA Marketing) for an introduction to the LAIKA exhibition.  He will stick around to answer your questions in the exhibition.

11 a.m. – Noon: Boxtrolls Featurettes & Short Films
Whitsell Auditorium
Join Mark Shapiro (LAIKA Marketing) for a fun and interactive look behind the scenes of The Boxtrolls, including featurettes, shorts and commercial content.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Make Your Own Thaumatrope
Stevens Room
Pop in to make a simple optical illusion or “wonder tuner” toy using cardboard, string, and your own twirling hands.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.: Director’s Talk – My Life with The Boxtrolls – Graham Annable (Director)
Whitsell Auditorium
Graham Annable, Director of The Boxtrolls will share never-before-seen visuals and insights from the Oscar-nominated film, released in 2014.

12:30 p.m.: Docent-Guided Family Tour: Stories in Art – Connecting LAIKA to the PAM Collection
Meet in the Schnitzer Sculpture Court
Every artwork tells a story. Join a Museum guide for an interactive exploration of the stories told by works in the PAM collection, and in Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA.

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.: The Boxtrolls: Puppet Meet & Greet
Whitsell Auditorium-Lobby
Stop by this informal meet-and-greet (and take photos) with puppets from The Boxtrolls.

2 p.m.: Film Screening – The Boxtrolls
Whitsell Auditorium
*Film only tickets can be purchased at the NWFC website.

PLEASE NOTE:
Admission: Except where noted, all LAIKA Sunday programs are free with Museum admission. The Museum and programs are always free for Members and for youth 17 and under. Tours, panel discussions, and film screening are first come, first served. Please note there may be limited capacity.

Presented in conjunction with Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA, on view October 14, 2017 through May 20, 2018.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.
Family Tour: Stories in Art
Jan 21 @ 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.

In Dialogue: Artist as Citizen
Jan 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Darrell Grant sitting at pianoIn 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. During the 2017–18 program year, we will investigate the idea of artist as citizen. How do artists participate in our social and political world through their artwork? Pianist/composer Darrell Grant will facilitate this seminar “Being Change–The Artist as Citizen.” In the midst of society’s challenges, artists can play a critical role in shepherding communities out of conflict and division into dialogue and renewal. Sharing insights from his new PSU course, “The Artist as Citizen,” Grant will lead a discussion about the responsibilities, challenges, and opportunities of today’s artists to advocate, engage, and even provoke communities toward positive change. Participants are encouraged to think about their own examples of civic engagement, as well as reflect on some of the following readings in Darrell’s recent blog article Being Change.

Composer, pianist, and educator Darrell Grant’s work explores the power of art to make change. Grant is a Professor of Music at Portland State University where he directs the Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute.

Space is limited. Registration required.

Educators and students use the promo code EDUCATOR18 for free admission.

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The In Dialogue series is cosponsored by Portland State University–University Studies.
Public Tour: LAIKA
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coraline (Behind The Scenes), Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Coraline (Behind The Scenes)
Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC

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 Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.
Jan
23
Tue
Public Tour: The Wyeths
Jan 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jamie Wyeth (American, born 1946), The Tempest, A Triptych, 1999, watercolor, gouache, and varnish highlights on gray archival board, Bank of America Collection, © 2017 Jamie Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Jamie Wyeth (American, born 1946), The Tempest, A Triptych, 1999, watercolor, gouache, and varnish highlights on gray archival board, Bank of America Collection, © 2017 Jamie Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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 The Wyeths: Three Generations.

Jan
25
Thu
Public Tour: Collection Highlights
Jan 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.

Jan
26
Fri
$5 After 5
Jan 26 @ 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:

  • Beer, wine, food, and music during Art Pub at the Café.
  • Twitter and Instagram happenings like photo booths and Twitter takeovers.
  • Art Guides—friendly folks ready to answer questions and help you make the most of your visit.
  • Occasional special events like 3-hour exhibitions.

Stay tuned to TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for the latest updates.

Learn more about Fridays at the Museum.

Purchase tickets
Portland Fine Print Fair 2018: Benefit Preview
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Portland Fine Print Fair logoJoin us for a reception and exclusive preview of the prints for sale before Portland Fine Print Fair 2018 opens to the general public.

For one weekend only, browse and buy prints in the historic Fields Ballroom. Thousands of prints dating from 1500 to the present will be for sale from top art galleries from North America and Europe. These friendly and knowledgeable art dealers welcome your questions, offering an exciting opportunity for both novice and expert collectors to peruse and purchase original prints for their collections.

Advance Tickets:
$30 Museum Members
$40 General Public

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Night of the event: $50
Public Tour: Slow Looking
Jan 26 @ 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.