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Up at the PAMtation: Portland Art Museum continues to redirect itself
Ursula von Rydingsvard opens at PAM
False Flat Opening at the Linfield Gallery
Heart of Darkness: Eden's Edge at the Hammer Museum
Rembrandt Exhibition Closing at PAM, Lecture, Symposium
Some things to check out
Model Behavior opening at Organism
Kevin Darras Benefit at the Rake
Art, Architecture and California
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Friday 08.31.07

Cooley Gallery Reopening

Marko Lulic at the Cooley Gallery
Marko Lulic

On Tuesday, September 4, the Reed College Cooley Gallery will reopen after summertime renovations. (Can the the horrible carpeting and wainscoting truly be gone?) The following night they'll be celebrating their first show in the new space. This commissioned exhibition is a duo show between Marko Lulic and Peter Kreider, in collaboration with PICA's TBA festival, exploring "the invisible bonds between objects and the structures that support them." Opening night festivities feature a public reception with live music and a BBQ.

Wednesday, September 5, 6pm | Cooley Gallery | 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. | 503.777.7251

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 31, 2007 at 0:00 | Comments (0)


Thursday 08.30.07

Up at the PAMtation: Portland Art Museum continues to redirect itself

The Portland Art Museum has leaked a smidgen of their major programming for the coming years but the best stuff isn't on the list. There are lots of gaps and omissions, including a major contemporary retrospective (it is too early to be discussed yet, curated by Bruce Guenther)... so calling this lineup a more "regional" focus as the O does misses the mark. Especially considering recent acquisitions they failed to note and the lineup for the ongoing Miller-Meigs series which are not listed (other question is why does the O seem to want PAM to become so regional or isolationist?). Don't worry that isn't happening, the museum is easilly becoming more internationally relevant, while still being more serious about addressing the regional.

*Update here's a quote from Ferriso: "Our goal in developing this series has been to harness the intellectual and physical assets of the Museum and community to stimulate interest and dialogue around key global issues: past, present, and future. ....This series includes large-scale international exhibitions, some conceived at other institutions, but the majority developed through the scholarship of our own curators."

From outside Portland Tyler Green is loving this anti-bombastic, non-Krensian turn at the museum and let's hope this Portland trend will sweep the nation. The list below came out from...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 30, 2007 at 18:42 | Comments (5)


Wednesday 08.29.07

Ursula von Rydingsvard opens at PAM

Ursula von Rydingsvard at PAM
Ursula von Rydingsvard, "Pod Pachą"

From September 1 through December 2, 2007, PAM presents the work of German-born artist Ursula von Rydingsvard. The exhibition features the monumental hand-carved Pod Pachą, accompanied by a series of drawings completed by von Rydingsvard during her residency in Italy as a recipient of the 2007 Rome Prize. This will be the first showing of von Rydingsvard's work in the Northwest, and the first time she has shown her drawings.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 29, 2007 at 0:12 | Comments (1)


Tuesday 08.28.07


The Guardian talks to Rem Koolhaas who is suddenly getting all nostalgic for older housing options... interesting, it sounds very Portlandish. We like our neighborhoods but are also starting to add some interesting architecture like the Aerial Tram. Still it is the interesting residential projects like the Lair Condominiums that are also proving to be very compelling here. We aren't reinventing Brasilia, LA or Manhattan in Portland. New projects by Skylab could further demonstrate how Portland can have the best of both worlds, vibrant non-homogenized neighborhoods and interesting design. Um... and how about Calatrava doing the new pedestrian, bicycle and light rail bridge across the Willamette river?

Koolhaas provides somewhat of an example for Portland, which has to own it's contradictions without resolving them in a tidy way.

On Artnet Ben Davis dives headlong into the question of whether the art market(s) need a new form or forms of critique. I agree the Marxist critique does seem terribly inadequate. Art markets are places where contradictions find consummations. I suspect the high prices of key AbEx artists wont fall much even if there is a correction... they are too historically important, rare and central to understanding America to be effected much. Living artists selling for millions will have a different story.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 28, 2007 at 11:26 | Comments (0)


Monday 08.27.07

False Flat Opening at the Linfield Gallery

Jenene Nagy at the Linfield Gallery
Jenene Nagy

Jenene Nagy's solo show False Flat opens this Wednesday at the Linfield Gallery, the center of the Visual Arts department at Linfield College.

Wednesday, August 29, 6-8pm | Linfield Fine Art Gallery | 900 SE Baker St. McMinnville, OR | 503-883-2804

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 27, 2007 at 0:00 | Comments (1)


Friday 08.24.07

Heart of Darkness: Eden's Edge at the Hammer Museum

Liz Craft Ballad of the Hippie 2003 Bronze and Peacock feather at Eden's Edge

Curated by Gary Garrels, Eden's Edge: Fifteen L.A. Artists, at the Hammer Museum until September 2, is a cross section of the art scene of Los Angeles bringing together work of artists as diverse as Ken Price, Lari Pittman, Matt Greene, Liz Craft, Anna Sew Hoy and the late Jason Rhoades.

I felt that when I was walking through Eden's Edge, I was traveling up river on my own trip wandering through the various studios of Los Angeles artists and wondering how deep the river really goes...(more)

Posted by Arcy Douglass on August 24, 2007 at 9:00 | Comments (5)


Rembrandt Exhibition Closing at PAM, Lecture, Symposium

Rembrandt at PAM
Rembrandt, "Self-Portrait as St. Paul (detail)"

The ongoing Rembrandt show at PAM is closing on Sunday, September 16. In conjunction with the closing of the exhibition, PAM will present Rembrandt: The Artist and His Collection, a lecture by Professor Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. exploring how Rembrandt's personal collection of artistic and natural treasuries influenced his work. The lecture is on Friday, September 7 at 7pm in the Whitsell Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for non-members, and are available online or at the museum box office.

There will also be a symposium, Rembrandt and Beyond, the following day featuring Dr. Ronni Baer, H. Rodney Nevitt Jr., Ruud Priem, and Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. The symposium is on Saturday, September 8, from 10am to 2pm. Admission is $25, and includes a box lunch. Tickets are available online, or at the museum box office.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 24, 2007 at 8:51 | Comments (1)


Thursday 08.23.07

Some things to check out

Eva Lake did an interview with Barbara Takenaga, listen to it.

Brittany Powell went art camping last weekend. Portland isn't like New York or LA, when we reference the woods and camping it's more legitimate we are litterally 30 minutes from jaw-dropping wilderness landscapes.

Brian Libby asks SoWhat? when he visits the new John Ross tower. Libby continues to win cool-points for conflating JR Ewing with architecture (we gotta be about the same age, some 22 year old is not gonna get why Larry Hackman matters.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 23, 2007 at 11:24 | Comments (1)


Wednesday 08.22.07

Model Behavior opening at Organism

Yoram Wolberger at Organism
Yoram Wolberger, "White Bunny #1"

Organism presents Model Behavior, an exhibition exploring the role of modeling in contemporary visual culture. The show pushes the boundaries of the "fine art" milieu into the worlds of physics and comic books, including Matt Clark of DC Comics. Other featured artists include Hank Willis Thomas, Yoram Wolberger, Weppler & Mahovsky, and many more.

Opening Saturday, August 25, 7-9:30pm | Organism | 1231 NW Hoyt St. #101 | info@artorganism.org
Show runs through September 30, Hours 12-5 Sat & Sun

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 22, 2007 at 11:56 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 08.21.07

Kevin Darras Benefit at the Rake

Kevin Darras benefit at the Rake
Kevin Darras

The Rake Art Gallery is holding a benefit for local designer Kevin Darras, who was injured in a car accident. Clothing screen-printed with Darras' designs will be raffled off, and large prints will be for sale. The benefit also features fire & contortion performances, and cameo appearances by local saucy celebs.
Friday, August 24, 8pm | Rake Art Gallery | 325 NW 6th AVE | 503.914.6391

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 21, 2007 at 9:07 | Comments (0)


Monday 08.20.07

Art, Architecture and California

Jason Rhoades' Twelve-Wheel Waggon Wheel Chandelier (2004)

After several days in LA and San Francisco I'm blogging from beautiful Ashland Oregon on my way back to Portland, where I will be installing this show in the Pearl District.

It was a trip evenly split between art and architecture, including Neutra (ugh did Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher put that monstrosity up next to the Lovell Health House?). I also saw great examples by Koolhaas, Mayne, Gehry, Frank Lloyd Wright, Herzog & de Meuron etc. The must see shows are... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 20, 2007 at 8:33 | Comments (0)


Friday 08.17.07

"Entropy and Emergence": Kimber Shiroma at Gallery 114

"Attached #3" (Detail) Kimber Shiroma 2007

Kimber Shiroma's latest exhibit, "Entropy and Emergence" is an intriguing show to check out this month at the artist's collective Gallery 114. This new work of Shiroma's is ambitious and experimentally thorough as the artist attempts to mold breath and symbolism into a mishmash of materials that run the gamut of malleability.

Posted by Amy Bernstein on August 17, 2007 at 18:00 | Comments (1)


Thursday 08.16.07

Heidi Schwegler at Tilt

Heidi Schwegler at Tilt
Heidi Schwegler, "Utopia Sighs"

This weekend, Tilt Gallery and Project Space will exhibit Utopia Sighs, a project featuring sculpture, video, live performance, and sound by Heidi Schwegler. In collaboration with balloon artist Kelvin Chun, Schwegler will present a one night only performance exploring the "delight, chaos and inescapable trauma of the toddler's party." Don't miss this special event, as Tilt will only be open this one night for the month of August.
Saturday, August 18, 6pm. | Tilt Gallery and Project Space | 625 NW Everett #106 | 908.616.5477

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 16, 2007 at 9:26 | Comments (1)


Wednesday 08.15.07

Flash Instructor Needed ASAP

Deenie Grigar's Advanced Digital Media class at Columbia College (Vancouver, WA) needs a Flash instructor for a 2 week residency. The job pays $2400 for 24 hours of teaching, and starts this Monday August 20. The original artist is from the UK and lost his visa at the last minute.

Contact Grigar at 360-433-9806 if you're interested.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 15, 2007 at 16:21 | Comments (2)


Rescheduled Wiley lecture at PAM this weekend!

Kehinde Wiley at PAM
Kehinde Wiley, "Entry Into Paris of the Dauphin, the Future Charles V"

After being rescheduled due to illness, Kehinde Wiley is finally in Portland! He will lecture on "The World Stage" in conjunction with his exhibit at PAM's Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art.

Check out this interview with Wiley from the Today Show.

Saturday, August 18, 2pm at the Whitsell Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for members, $10 for non-members, and must be purchased in advance at the museum box office. Tickets already purchased are valid for the rescheduled date.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 15, 2007 at 13:12 | Comments (0)


Art market thoughts and unsolicited design advice

Todd Gibson, who is sitting in for Tyler Green has chimed in on the inevitable art market correction. I agree Doig as a living artist is not worth 11 million and may not even be worth that much 30 years from now but it's quite possible the 72 million dollar Rothko won't lose that much value. It may have been the ridiculously high prices that made that painting available on the market in the first place. Sadly 72M is clearly out of range for the Portland Art Museum, yet as the first place to give Rothko a solo show (and the city where he grew up) it's a shame.. maybe someone will want a 60 million dollar tax write-off?

How a correction might effect younger artsts who sell for reasonable amounts between 5-$50,000 remains yet to be seen. There isn't one art market now, there are several and I suspect the new popularity of art has created a legion of new collectors who will continue to collect even if they have less $$$ to collect. That would translate to a weeding out of galleries in New York and a shrinking of art fairs at Art Basel Miami Beach... but I don't think it will collapse the sane parts of the market. In fact it might support it. Portland's art economy isn't driven by hedge funds either, it is real estate, the fact that we don't have sales tax and old fashioned interested in art for rts sake collectors. If collectors get scared of manipulated markets Portland will look more attractive as a more genuine art ecosystem too. Sure a large scale correction hurts most everybody but it wont be fatal for Portland. Christies and Sotheby's might have some rough seas ahead though.

Also, Portland Architecture's Brian Libby is soliciting some unsolicited design advice for Portland's developers. How about David Chipperfield for Multnomah County's new $150 million dollar project just north of the Ross Island Bridge hmmm?

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 15, 2007 at 10:29 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 08.14.07

Creative Capacity Roundtables

The city is hosting two roundtables to discuss issues that were raised during June's creative capacity townhall. The four broad threads to be covered are:
-For-profit creative businesses
-Non-profit creative organizations
-Arts education and the new Arts Partners program
The roundtables are on September 17 and September 25, 6:30-8pm at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th AVE. Space is limited to 50 people per thread each night. Please RSVP.
If you missed the townhall, you can watch it here.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 14, 2007 at 11:05 | Comments (0)


Monday 08.13.07

Further developments? & the role of culture in real estate

Seattle's very corporate style real estate development has acted like a mirror for Portland's rising skyline and rents for years (with some very important differences). Now Faith Ramos, Andy Royer and Arash Shiva have produced a telling look at Seattles South Lake Union with a documentary about development and gentrification in what was once Seattle's arts cradle. It should be of interest to any art scene in any rapidly developing city as a warning. It already seems too late for Seattle (i hope not but its why I moved here 8.5 years ago).

After watching Heart & Sold, I noted how different most high profile developers in Portland are... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 13, 2007 at 9:50 | Comments (3)


Friday 08.10.07

Talking About Art

Lots of lectures this weekend, starting with:

Hayden Herrera lectures on Friday Kahlo
Frida Kahlo, "Roots"

Hayden Herrera presents Frida Kahlo: Her Life and Art at PAM. Herrera has published widely on Kahlo, and wrote narration for the award-winning documentary Portrait of an Artist: Frida Kahlo.
Sunday, August 12, 2pm, the Whitsell Auditorium. $10 for non-members.


Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 10, 2007 at 10:00 | Comments (0)


Thursday 08.09.07

Me, you and everyone else we know is a ventriloquist at Small a

Michael Zahn's Then We Came To The End (2007)

WARNING this show at Small a projects is the product of a novel curatorial idea, something which viewers should always be suspicious of. In this case "Me, you,you. a ventriloquy" presents artists that treat their aesthetics and materials somewhat like a ventriloquists' dummy. I take that to mean they are essentially animating the dead skins of art weve already seen before, while giving it a different voice.

Weird but cool. Sure it is full of pitfalls but I highly recommend this show of aesthetic sock puppets. (Note the gallery doesn't have regular hours this month but you can call ahead 503 234-7993 and set a time… no doubt gallerist Laurel Gitlen will often be there taking care of details for the Affair @ the Jupiter hotel art fair Sept 14-16).

Now for the art...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 09, 2007 at 10:35 | Comments (5)


Wednesday 08.08.07

2nd Annual ACVC Exhibition

Audio Cinema Visual Collection 2007
From ACVC 2007

Audio Cinema presents the second annual Audio Cinema Visual Collective Exhibition, featuring a diverse group of West Coast artists working in many different media. Audio Cinema's 10,000 square foot warehouse space allows for installation, performance, and wall-mounted art to function harmoniously in a single exhibition.

Opening Friday, August 10, 6pm-2am. $5 donation (a portion of the proceeds will be donated to P:ear).
On view August 11 & 12, 12-6pm, sliding scale donation.
Audio Cinema | 226 SE Madison St. | 503.467.4554

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 08, 2007 at 12:20 | Comments (3)


Developers & Art: what about an Amenity Bonus Program?

Add Brian Wannamaker to the list of Portland developers who add to the art community here, and now the Tribune has covered his new Falcon Art Community project.

The list of conscientious players here is long and very important; Al Solheim, Jim Winkler, Ken Unkeles, Brad Malsin, Randy Rapaport, David Gold and a while back Homer Williams was involved in the Pearl Arts Foundation, which brought us the Kenny Scharf Tiki totems and William Wegman dog bowl. These developers are partially why Portland is so unlike San Diego and Phoenix. Still, I believe it is essential that the city find a way to further incentivise development of live/work and exhibition spaces.

Ive mentioned this many times before but in Vancouver BC the CAG (Contemporary Art Gallery) found a new home beneath a new condo tower because the developer received allowances for incorporating that crucial nonprofit as the anchor tenant (using VBC's Amenity Bonus Program). It's the difference between a Starbucks and serious exhibition spaces... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 08, 2007 at 9:30 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 08.07.07

Taking stock

Untitled (1972) by Peter Young

In case you missed it in the NYT's Roberta Smith took on the long overlooked Peter Young who has a show at PS.1. It seems fitting that with all the focus on psychedelia after Dave Hickey's Site Santa Fe show & the 2002 Whitney Biennial that some artists from the 60's and 70's might get a revival. Yayoi Kusama has already gone through the roof as have Jessica Steincamp, Chris Johanson, Karin Davie, Tim Bavington and Katarina Grosse. There is a younger group of artists like Takeshi Murata and Portlander Shawna Ferreira too. The Portland Art Museum even has an excellent Peter Young on display (fittingly in the big Greenberg room). The painting was given by the exceedingly sharp-eyed Ed Cauduro... the quality of his Warhols, Basquiats, Schnabels, Christopher Wools etc. establish him as the sharpest eyed collector in the Pacific Northwest. He even collected John Chamberlain's first crushed car sculpture, "Short Stop."

Also, the projects shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in Architecture (for British architects doing great projects abroad) have been announced... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 07, 2007 at 11:00 | Comments (0)


Monday 08.06.07

SJH Fundraiser

Local performance and installation duo Sincerely, John Head are hosting a fundraiser on their own behalf at Tiga. Scott Porter will get his hair done on the tailgate of a '77 Ranchero in the parking lot while live DJs spin some of the music inspiring the ongoing SJH box set. There will be cheap raffle tickets for a variety of prizes, and $2 will be added to every bill to benefit the group.

Tiga | Tuesday, August 7, 6-10pm
1465 NE Prescott | 21+

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 06, 2007 at 11:44 | Comments (0)


Saturday 08.04.07

Below Marquam

The RACC presents Below Marquam, an installation in the Portland Building Installation Space by Benjamin Stagl. The project will transform the space into a view from below the east end of the Marquam bridge. With Below Marquam, Stagl is opening a dialog into our creative relationship with urban space. He hopes to eventually build a light-based installation under the bridge itself.
Below Marquam will be on view from August 6 - September 4 at 1120 SW 5th Ave.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 04, 2007 at 11:05 | Comments (1)


Friday 08.03.07

Camouflage opens at PAM on August 4th with debut of a new Hirst

Christopher Wool, I Smell a Rat, 1989-94. Alkyd and acrylic on aluminum. 72 x 48 inches. The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica.

I'm very excited about Camouflage at the Portland Art Museum, which opens this weekend...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 03, 2007 at 12:50 | Comments (0)


Mostlandia Championships 2007

The annual Mostlandia championships are upon us! Sponsored this year by Gallery Homeland in conjunction with Scratching the Surface, the championships feature navigation, cigarette rolling, singing, skating, and a variety of other bizarre and exciting activities on August 4th & 5th. Only Citizens and children under 12 may participate, but everyone is invited to come enjoy the festivities and root for their favorites. Check out the schedule for more information.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 03, 2007 at 10:31 | Comments (0)


Thursday 08.02.07

First Friday Picks August 2007

Justin Gorman and Caleb Freese at Jace Gace
Justin Gorman & Caleb Freese

Hot new Belmont gallery + waffle house Jáce Gáce presents Get Yourself an Education, featuring the photography and design work of Justin Gorman and Caleb Freese.

Opening Reception • 6pm-12am • August 3
Jáce Gáce • 2045 SE Belmont • 503.239.1887


Posted by Megan Driscoll on August 02, 2007 at 9:22 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 08.01.07

Participating galleries for Affair @ the Jupiter Hotel Art Fair 2007

Portland's September 14-16th art fair has announced its participating galleries.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 01, 2007 at 13:05 | Comments (0)


Be sarcastic, or not?

If you are in the mood for art world satire, this bit skewers international biennial culture without mercy.

The PDXpipeline site outlines the tried and true formula for writing travel articles on Portland. But it should include some cursory mention of art (it is omnipresent here afterall, and the articles always seem to fit it into their formula).

For something less sarcastic... the Guardian interviews Oscar Niermeyer. Though with all the gushing over Castro and the fawning over Brasilia's exceptional architecture (while avoiding its exceptionally iffy civic design) maybe some serious sarcasm is warranted. It's the sort of power meets buildings problem that often gets architects into trouble with historians and the people who have to live in their creations.

Regina Hackett is discussing animals in Northwest art. Nothing sarcstic there, animals have been a big deal in the art world since the 90's.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on August 01, 2007 at 9:53 | Comments (0)

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