Newsletter—April 3, 2020

To our community,

We are thinking of you during this challenging time. We want to acknowledge the important work happening throughout our community to combat the spread of COVID-19 and to support one another through this crisis. As stewards of our shared humanity, the Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center (NWFC) stand in solidarity with the hospitals, shelters, and food assistance programs working overtime to ensure our health and safety.

The Museum and NWFC remain closed until further notice to protect community health during the COVID-19 pandemic. All programs, tours, screenings, classes and public events scheduled at the Museum and NWFC in April and May have been postponed or canceled. We hope to be able to reschedule some of these events, and we look forward to seeing you again when we are able to reopen.

As we all take steps to protect the health of our community, we are also grateful for your continued support. We will continue bringing you new ways to experience the joy and inspiration of great art and film without leaving your home. In the weeks ahead, you can expect to see more great content across all platforms, as we celebrate the restorative power of art and storytelling of all forms.


Brian Ferriso
Director & Chief Curator



Though There Be Fury on the Waves:
Victor Jorgensen at Sea, 1943–1945

Few visitors were able to see this stunning exhibition of Victor Jorgensen’s World War II photographs in our galleries, since it opened just as the Museum closed to the public. Now, a new video allows you to take a virtual walk-through with Julia Dolan, Ph.D., The Minor White Curator of Photography, and you can look more closely at the images in an Online Collections gallery.


New Ways of Seeing: NWFC’s What to Watch

Looking for something new to watch? We welcome everyone who loves art in all its forms, a great story well told, or is longing for connection to join us in exploring new ways of seeing the world through cinema unbound. WATCH



The Poster Project

With generous support from the PGE Foundation, the Portland Art Museum has created a set of free posters featuring works across the permanent collections. The posters are usually distributed to educators and schools across the region, but this online resource also provides parents and students with artworks you can study and enjoy wherever you are—including your own home.

This week’s Poster Project highlight features Rock of Ages, Portland artist Isaka Shamsud-Din’s portrait of his father. The painting is the centerpiece of our current special exhibition Isaka Shamsud-Din: Rock of Ages.



The Portland Art Museum Podcast

This week’s featured episode traces a beloved William-Adolphe Bouguereau painting’s journey from the artist’s studio to the walls of the Museum. Subscribe using your favorite podcast app so you can listen at home or out on a walk.

Listen to past episodes or suggest an idea to be included in a future podcast.



Volcano Tuesdays

Each week on

Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Tune in to Volcano Tuesdays with our partner the Mount St. Helens Institute. Join live for activities that will get you thinking about volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest. Grades: 4th–7th (learners of all ages are welcome!)


We are grateful to our members and other supporters for your continued generosity. In this difficult time, arts organizations and artists across our city and state need your support now more than ever. With your help, the Museum and Film Center will endure to serve our community’s healing and restoration.



Follow us on our social media channels for art inspiration and updates. Stay tuned to Instagram and Facebook next week as we launch daily art highlights from our collections!

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