Pink Martini photo by Chris Hornbecker.

Paige Powell: The Ride
Still from The Ride, 2015, 3-channel color digital projection; 18:42 min., Image courtesy of the artist.

Kenny Scharf, Cosmic Cavern. Courtesy Honor Fraser Gallery. Photo Joshua White/
Kenny Scharf, Cosmic Cavern. Courtesy Honor Fraser Gallery. Photo Joshua

Pink Martini performs at Paige Powell opening November 4

We’re thrilled to announce an opening reception on November 4 for Paige Powell: The Ride, featuring performances by special guest Pink Martini. Visitors will enjoy special preview access to Paige Powell’s multimedia installation and be immersed in the 1980s New York art scene of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Kenny Scharf.

Party-goers will also preview a companion exhibition of Scharf’s installation Cosmic Cavern, which immerses viewers in a day-glo universe densely packed with graffiti tags, detritus, and everyday objects reimagined as cartoon personalities. Both Paige Powell: The Ride and Kenny Scharf: Cosmic Cavern will be on view to the public from November 5, 2015, through February 21, 2016.

Portland native Powell is a native a longtime friend of Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale, whose “little orchestra” appears at the Museum fresh off its European tour. The beloved Portland ensemble will keep the opening party hopping with an evening of globe-trotting, genre-crossing music and dancing in the Kridel Grand Ballroom, transporting listeners to the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, a French music hall in the 1930s, or a palazzo in Napoli.

6 – 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 4. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets to the opening reception on November 4 are $40 and available online in limited quantity until sold out. No-host bar and food. Sorry, we are unable to take phone orders for tickets. All purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges.

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