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.
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.
A new website spotlights the campaign to expand the Museum.
Nourishing bodies and souls with good food, good company, and art.
Brian Ferriso, the Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director of the Portland Art Museum, today announced the appointment of Grace Kook-Anderson as the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art. Kook-Anderson was most recently the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California, and has spent the last year as an independent curator and freelance writer in Portland. Previously she was curator and exhibition organizer on a number of projects, including Amateurs (CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco), and The Land Mark Show (Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico), among others, and served as assistant to the chief curator at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She holds undergraduate degrees in art history and art practice from University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in curatorial practice from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
We invite our entire community to see this museum as a place for dialogue, reflection, and coming together.
Portland Art Museum announces building expansion and 20-year partnership with Rothko family to exhibit rarely seen major paintings by Mark Rothko.
This fall, visitors to the Museum will enjoy three newly acquired works from the Rouen Cathedral series by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, inspired by Impressionist master Claude Monet’s well-known paintings.
The three artworks were purchased for the Museum by its newly founded Contemporary Collectors Circle (CCC), whose goal is to transform the Museum and the city through the acquisition of major works of contemporary art. The concept for the CCC was born out of the personal experiences of Matt Felton, a Museum Trustee with a passion for modern and contemporary art.
The recently opened Five Buddhas: A Korean Icon’s Journey through Time has captured the attention of press around the globe. Learn more about this exhibition that tells the story of a stolen painting—its discovery, restoration, travel to Oregon, and return to the Korean people.
Chief Advancement Officer, J.S. May, was nominated and selected for the “Allan Price Award for Distinguished Service to the Fundraising Profession” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Oregon and SW Washington.
The Portland Art Museum is excited to announce artNOW, a new program for individuals living with dementia and their care-partners, developed in partnership with the Oregon Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.