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Flowers of Performance: Workshop on Japanese Noh Traditional Theatre
Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Flowers of Performance: Workshop on Japanese Noh Traditional Theatre @ Fields Sunken Ballroom, Portland Art Museum

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 

The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, in partnership with the Portland Art Museum, is pleased to present an evening of Traditional Japanese Noh Theatre led by TAKEDA Tomoyuki, an active performer from one of the most prestigious schools of Noh, the Kanze School. Established in the fourteenth century, Noh is characterized by austere simplicity of performance and profoundly poetic plots. Takeda-sensei and his associates will introduce Noh staging and performance, including demonstrations of chanting and costuming. The workshop will culminate in a performance of excerpts from the play, Hanjo (“Lady Ban”), a tale of true love between a courtesan and courtier. Audiences will have the opportunity to take part in a chanting sequence, and to learn about costumes through dressing demonstrations.

Seating is limited. Be sure to reserve your ticket today!

This workshop is part of a four-day workshop event on Noh Theatre, to be held at the University of Oregon, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Portland Art Museum. For other workshops, please check:

This series of workshops is made possible through generous support from the following: the Asian Studies Program, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Oregon Humanities Center, the Sally Claire Haseltine Endowed Fund in Art History, and the Yoko McClain Fund at the University of Oregon; a Mini Grant for Japanese Arts & Culture from the Los Angeles Office of the Japan Foundation; and the Portland Art Museum.

Evening for Educators: Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art
Oct 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening for Educators: Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art @ Sunken Ballroom, Mark Building

Poetry lies at the heart of Japanese culture. Since ancient times, artists in Japan have expressed the most profound emotions and the most nuanced responses to the human condition in verse. The ability to turn a phrase has been a mark of social status, a way to woo a lover, and a means to express shared heritage and values. The more than one hundred works in the exhibition Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art illuminate how poetry—in both Japanese and Chinese—has taken visual form in Japan. The paintings and calligraphy in Poetic Imagination span from the eighth through the twentieth century and represent courtly, Buddhist, and literati spheres of artistic activity. Most of them are unveiled to the public for the first time here. Join us for a presentation by Maribeth Graybill, Ph.D., The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art followed by an interactive workshop on writing haiku in response to works in the exhibition.

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Evening for Educators: Memory Unearthed
Nov 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening for Educators: Memory Unearthed @ Miller Gallery, Mark Building

Two exhibitions this fall, Memory Unearthed at the Portland Art Museum and the Last Journey of the Jews of the Lodz Ghetto at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE), offer a rare glimpse of life inside the Lodz Ghetto through the lens of Polish Jewish photojournalist Henryk Ross . During World War II, the Nazis confined over 160,000 people to the Lodz Ghetto in Poland and forced Ross to serve as a bureaucratic photographer, making official photographs for Jewish identification cards and propaganda. At great risk, Ross also documented the brutal realities of life under Nazi rule, culminating in the deportation of tens of thousands to death camps at Chelmno and Auschwitz. With the hope of preserving a historical record, Ross buried more than 6,000 of his negatives in 1944. When he returned for them after Lodz’s liberation, Ross found that more than half of the negatives had survived, and he spent the rest of his life sharing the images. Some 125 of these photographs are included in Memory Unearthed; a visual and emotional meditation on a harrowing moment in history that demonstrates the power of the photograph. The companion exhibition, on view at OJMCHE, explores Ross’s efforts to design and publish The Last Journey of the Jews of Lodz; a multi-language book about life in the ghetto illustrated with his photographs. Join Julia Dolan, Ph.D., The Minor White Curator of Photography at PAM, Judy Margles, Executive Director of OJMCHE, and Museum educators for a discussion of these important exhibitions and their significance for students today.

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Educator Workshop: The Poster Project
Nov 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Educator Workshop: The Poster Project @ Fields Sunken Ballroom, Mark Building

Bridging the Museum and the Classroom

With generous support from the PGE Foundation, the Portland Art Museum adds five, new, free posters to the Poster Project print and online resource. Posters feature art across the Museum’s permanent collection by artists from Spain, Japan, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. Join us for this workshop: Deepen your knowledge of the original works. Make connections to school tours. Learn strategies for teaching writing, science, critical thinking, and more through art. Take away activities, lessons, and posters—available free to all educators. The workshop will be facilitated by PAM Education staff and members of the Teacher Advisory Council.

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