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Nov
15
Thu
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed
Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed

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 Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross.

Please note that this exhibition contains difficult material. It may be helpful to preview the exhibition if you are considering bringing children.

Nov
16
Fri
Japanese Poetry, Art & Culture Weekend
Nov 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Japanese Poetry, Art & Culture Weekend

Spark your own poetic imagination by going deeper into some of the themes, materials, and creative processes represented in the exhibition. This occasional weekend series will feature a variety of calligraphy and ikebana demonstrations, music performances, poetry reading and writing opportunities, artmaking, and even the chance to sample Japanese small bites and sweets from local makers.

October 19, 5–8 p.m.
October 20, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

November 16, 5–8 p.m.
November 17, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

January 11, 5–8 p.m.
January 12, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.


Friday, November 16
5-8 p.m., Schnitzer Court, 1st Floor, Main Building
$5 After 5 p.m. admission

-SakéOne samples (21 and older)
Oyatsupan snacks tasting
-Poetry writing and reading with Write Around Portland
-Origami demonstration and art making with Yuki Origami

All Friday evening programs take place in the beautiful Schnitzer Sculpture Court located just inside the Museum’s main entrance where there is plenty of seating and we encourage you to eat, drink, and relax. Oyatsupan baked treats and full saké servings are available for purchase in Museum Grounds café.

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

Nov
17
Sat
Japanese Poetry, Art & Culture Weekend
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Japanese Poetry, Art & Culture Weekend

Spark your own poetic imagination by going deeper into some of the themes, materials, and creative processes represented in the exhibition. This occasional weekend series will feature a variety of calligraphy and ikebana demonstrations, music performances, poetry reading and writing opportunities, artmaking, and even the chance to sample Japanese small bites and sweets from local makers.

October 19, 5–8 p.m.
October 20, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

November 16, 5–8 p.m.
November 17, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

January 11, 5–8 p.m.
January 12, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.


Saturday, November 17
Sharon L. Miller and Family Community Free Day
FREE Museum admission open hours from 10-5 p.m.
Special programs from 11-4 p.m.

11-4 p.m., Poetic Imagination exhibition galleries
Self-Guided Poetry Writing with Write Around Portland
Pick up a card that introduces Waka, Found, Acrostic, or Sensory poetry and try your hand and writing creative verses inspired by works of art in Poetic Imagination.

11-4 p.m., Hoffman lobby, 1st Floor, Main Building
Tea Tastings with Jugetsudo Teas

11-4 p.m. Kinney Classroom, Lower Level, Main Building
Calligraphy Art-Making
Drop-in to try your own hand at calligraphy and learn more about how to use traditional tools of brush, ink, and paper.

11-Noon, Schnitzer Court, 1st Floor, Main Building
Ikebana Demonstration with Ikebana Portland Chapter 47
Learn more about ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging.

Noon-3 p.m., Stevens Room, Lower Level, Main Building
Origami Art-Making with Yuki Origami
Drop in to celebrate the fall season by making either a leaf, leaf notecard or toadstool origami

Noon-1 p.m., meet in the Park Avenue lobby
Drop-in Renga Poetry Workshop with creative-writing professor, Gillian Parrish
In this 30 minute session participants will learn about the collaborative poetic form of traditional Japanese renga and will explore a fun and generative contemporary form that Parrish calls “renga essays,” dipping into some freewriting to kickstart your own.

1-2 p.m., Schnitzer Court, 1st Floor, Main Building
Calligraphy Performance with Sora Shodo
Sora Shodo is a Portland-based artist who will share her approach to Japanese calligraphy (“shodo”) that is at once traditional and also very contemporary. She will perform with musician Mitch Iimori.

2:30-3 p.m., Schnitzer Court, 1st Floor, Main Building
Zen Calligraphy Demonstration with Kihachiro Nishiura
Kihachiro Nishiura ask us to think of Japanese calligraphy for a moment as “inaudible music.” For him the dots, lines, shadings, movements, and spaces combine to compose a certain melody in our minds or an unheard music.  His approach to calligraphy draws on both traditional and innovative brushwork methods.

3 p.m., Meet in the Park Avenue lobby
Docent Tour of Poetic Imagination

4-4:30 p.m., Schnitzer Courtyard, 1st Floor, Main Building
Japanese Music Performances by Takohachi’s TakoQ with Yumi Torimaru and Kirin Kapin on Taugaru Shamisen and Shinobue (Bamboo flute).

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

Miller Family Free Day: Poetic Imagination In Japanese Art
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Miller Family Free Day: Poetic Imagination In Japanese Art

The Museum celebrates a community free day as part of its Japanese Poetry, Art, & Culture Weekend Series. Spend some time going deeper into some of the themes, materials, and creative processes represented in Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art. The day will feature a variety of calligraphy and ikebana demonstrations, music performances, poetry reading and writing opportunities, artmaking, and more.

  • 11-4 p.m., Poetic Imagination exhibition galleries
    Self-Guided Poetry Writing with Write Around Portland
    Pick up a card that introduces Waka, Found, Acrostic, or Sensory poetry and try your hand and writing creative verses inspired by works of art in Poetic Imagination.

  • 11-4 p.m., Hoffman lobby, 1st Floor, Main Building
    Tea Tastings with Jugetsudo Teas

  • 11-4 p.m. Kinney Classroom, Lower Level, Main Building
    Calligraphy Art-Making
    Drop-in to try your own hand at calligraphy and learn more about how to use traditional tools of brush, ink, and paper.

  • 11-Noon, Schnitzer Court, 1st Floor, Main Building
    Ikebana Demonstration with Ikebana Portland Chapter 47
    Learn more about ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging.

  • Noon-3 p.m., Stevens Room, Lower Level, Main Building
    Origami Art-Making with Yuki Origami
    Drop in to celebrate the fall season by making either a leaf, leaf notecard or toadstool origami

  • Noon-1 p.m., meet in the Park Avenue lobby
    Drop-in Renga Poetry Workshop with creative-writing professor, Gillian Parrish
    In this 30 minute session participants will learn about the collaborative poetic form of traditional Japanese renga and will explore a fun and generative contemporary form that Parrish calls “renga essays,” dipping into some freewriting to kickstart your own.

  • 1-2 p.m., Schnitzer Court, 1st Floor, Main Building
    Calligraphy Performance with Sora Shodo
    Sora Shodo is a Portland-based artist who will share her approach to Japanese calligraphy (“shodo”) that is at once traditional and also very contemporary. She will perform with musician Mitch Iimori.

  • 2:30-3 p.m., Schnitzer Court, 1st Floor, Main Building
    Zen Calligraphy Demonstration with Kihachiro Nishiura
    Kihachiro Nishiura ask us to think of Japanese calligraphy for a moment as “inaudible music.” For him the dots, lines, shadings, movements, and spaces combine to compose a certain melody in our minds or an unheard music.  His approach to calligraphy draws on both traditional and innovative brushwork methods.

  • 3 p.m., Meet in the Park Avenue lobby
    Docent Tour of Poetic Imagination

  • 4-4:30 p.m., Schnitzer Courtyard, 1st Floor, Main Building
    Japanese Music Performances by Takohachi’s TakoQ with Yumi Torimaru and Kirin Kapin on Taugaru Shamisen and Shinobue (Bamboo flute).

Family programs are generously supported in part by Sharon L. Miller and Family, the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, the Lamb Baldwin Foundation, and the Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation.

Nov
18
Sun
Public Tour: Modern American Realism
Nov 18 @ 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.

Nov
20
Tue
Art & Conversation: Poetic Imagination
Nov 20 @ 9:15 am – 11:30 am
Art & Conversation: Poetic Imagination

Join us the third Tuesday of every month for coffee followed by a lecture or film screening. Coffee at 9:15 a.m. in the Fields Ballroom, Mark Building; lecture at 10:15 a.m. in the Whitsell Auditorium, Main Building. This month, Maribeth Graybill, PhD, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art, will discuss the special exhibition Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art: Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles.

This series is free for adults 62 and over and includes Museum admission.

Art & Conversation is made possible through the Marguerite and Harry Kendall Education Fund.

Nov
24
Sat
Public Tour: Modern American Realism
Nov 24 @ 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.

Nov
25
Sun
Public Tour: Poetic Imagination
Nov 25 @ 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
27
Tue
Film Screening: Chasing Portraits
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Film Screening: Chasing Portraits

A film by Elizabeth Rynecki

Screening will be held at the Portland Art Museum.

Chasing Portraits documents Elizabeth Rynecki’s quest to find the paintings by her great-grandfather lost during the Holocaust. Moshe Rynecki’s body of work reached close to 800 paintings and sculptures before his life came to a tragic end. Decades later, his great-granddaughter Elizabeth sought to rediscover his legacy, setting out on a journey to find what had been lost but never forgotten. A Q&A with filmmaker Elizabeth Rynecki will follow the screening. 

Organized in partnership with the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, the Northwest Film Center, and the Institute for Judaic Studies.

Tickets for Portland Art Museum members are $8 and available on the Northwest Film Center website.

Dec
1
Sat
Public Tour: Modern American Realism
Dec 1 @ 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.

Dec
6
Thu
Baby Morning: Modern American Realism
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Baby Morning: Modern American Realism

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
Dec
7
Fri
Symposium: Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art, Part I: Keynote Lecture
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Symposium: Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art, Part I: Keynote Lecture @ Whitsell Auditorium, Main Building

Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art: A Symposium
The Mildred Schnitzer Annual Asian Art Program for 2018

Friday, December 7, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Keynote Lecture
Saturday, December 8, 9:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Symposium, followed by a Reception

Please join us for this celebration of the special exhibition, Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art: Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles. Members of the international team of scholars who contributed to the forthcoming catalogue will speak to the historical, literary, and artistic themes presented by works in the exhibition, and two senior scholars from Japan will offer commentary as discussants.

Tickets are $10 for members of the Portland Art Museum and $35 for the general public. Students are free with a valid student I.D. The ticket price includes admission to the Museum on Friday, December 7; Saturday, December 8; and Sunday, December 9, as well as the reception following the symposium on Saturday.

The symposium is funded by the Mildred Schnitzer Annual Asian Art Lecture fund, celebrating its 20th year of support for bringing renowned scholars of Asian art to museum audiences. Additional support is provided by the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies.

Purchase tickets
Dec
8
Sat
Symposium: Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art, Part II
Dec 8 @ 9:15 am – 5:00 pm
Symposium: Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art, Part II @ Whitsell Auditorium, Main Building

Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art: A Symposium
The Mildred Schnitzer Annual Asian Art Program for 2018

Friday, December 7, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Keynote Lecture
Saturday, December 8, 9:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Symposium, followed by a Reception

Please join us for this celebration of the special exhibition,  Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art: Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles. Members of the international team of scholars who contributed to the forthcoming catalogue will speak to the historical, literary, and artistic themes presented by works in the exhibition, and two senior scholars from Japan will offer commentary as discussants.

Tickets are $10 for members of the Portland Art Museum and $35 for the general public. Students are free with a valid student I.D. The ticket price includes admission to the Museum on Friday, December 7; Saturday, December 8; and Sunday, December 9, as well as the reception following the symposium on Saturday.

The symposium is funded by the Mildred Schnitzer Annual Asian Art Lecture fund, celebrating its 20th year of support for bringing renowned scholars of Asian art to museum audiences. Additional support is provided by the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies.

Purchase tickets
Public Tour: Poetic Imagination
Dec 8 @ 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.

Dec
9
Sun
Public Tour: Modern American Realism
Dec 9 @ 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.

Dec
11
Tue
Public Tour: Poetic Imagination
Dec 11 @ 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.

Dec
15
Sat
Public Tour: Poetic Imagination
Dec 15 @ 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.

Dec
16
Sun
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed

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 Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross.

Please note that this exhibition contains difficult material. It may be helpful to preview the exhibition if you are considering bringing children.

Dec
18
Tue
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed
Dec 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed

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 Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross.

Please note that this exhibition contains difficult material. It may be helpful to preview the exhibition if you are considering bringing children.

Dec
23
Sun
Public Tour: Modern American Realism
Dec 23 @ 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.