Visitors at the Constructing Identity opening

Constructing Identity & Community

This Sunday, June 18th, marks the last chance for visitors to experience an incredible special exhibition that has been on view here at the Portland Art Museum since January — Constructing Identity: Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American ArtFeaturing 100 inspiring works of art from more than 80 artists, this exhibition has been a meaningful journey of learning, dialogue, and connection for so many here in our Portland community.

Educator and children interacting in gallery

Support Education at the Museum

Join us for our Spring Annual Appeal, campaign in support of the public programming that surrounds each of our exhibitions. Exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum are enhanced by a wide assortment of educational activities, lectures, tours, community partnerships, and interactive media projects.

Photograph of Darrell Grant

Pictures at an Exhibition: A Musician’s Search for the Sound of Identity

When I received the invitation from PDX Jazz and the Portland Art Museum to present a concert in honor of International Jazz Day, I knew immediately that I wanted to tie the performance closely to the Constructing Identity exhibit. This expansive exhibition is a powerful lens through which to view over a century of African-American formation, exploration, and reinvention of identity – much of it in the face of dehumanizing racism and oppression.

Rodin 3D prints

Remixing Rodin’s Sculpture

Rodin Remix provides visitors with hands-on knowledge of Rodin’s forms, and teases out two elements of his process – his reuse of old fragments in new works of art, and his mass-production of sculptures – using 3D printed versions of Rodin’s sculptures.

Isa Genzken, "Two Orchids", 2015-2016

The Power of the Flower

In an extraordinary appearance, Two Orchids by renowned artist Isa Genzken rises outside the Portland Art Museum, white blooms balanced on stems measuring three stories tall. Rendered in cast aluminum and stainless steel, the outsized flowers have the scale of a monument; but as a monument it is a complicated one.

Rick Bartow, Quiet One, 2013

Museum Responds to the Proposed NEA, NEH, and IMLS cuts

The Portland Art Museum joins museums and cultural institutions across the country in opposition to the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The arts are essential to our shared humanity and provide unparalleled opportunities for reflection, creative expression, and most importantly, connection to each other.