François Boucher, "Les Confidences Pastorales," 1745
La volupté du goût: French Painting in the Age of Madame de Pompadour
opens tomorrow at PAM. "Organized in collaboration with the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tours, France, this international loan exhibition celebrates the patronage of Madame de Pompadour. As the official mistress of Louis XV, Pompadour indulged her 'voluptuous taste' in art to inspire some of the most sumptuous and sensual paintings in history." Among the most famous mistresses in history, Madame de Pompadour was an influential 18th century arts patron whose tastes often dictated the fashion of the day. The exhibition includes over 50 paintings commission or collected by Pompadour, including works by François Boucher, Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre, and Carle Vanloo.
Exhibition • February 7 - May 17
Portland Art Museum
• 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811
Gallery Homeland presents Disaster Capitalist!
, a collaborative exhibition by Gordon Barnes and Mandee Schroer. "A disaster capitalist is someone who anticipates problems and tries to find ways to profit from them." This phrase brings to mind war criminals and profiteers, but it can also be applied to the happy mistake in art making. "Every artist has experienced some sort of disaster in the process of making work... The question is what do you do when it falls apart?" Barnes & Schroer describe themselves as artists who capitalize on self-made disasters as a means of creating.
Opening reception • 6-9pm • February 7
• 2505 SE 11th • 503.819.0656
Opening at PSU's MK Gallery: Julie Perini's Watch me break it down
, featuring four experimental videos that break down dance steps, road trips, 80s pop lyrics, and films starring Julies. The films began with questions, and were allowed to develop by chance in the search of answers: "What's it like to dance in public spaces? Do Americans still have an imagined idea of 'The West?' What will I get if I search for films whose only uniting element is that they all have main characters named Julie? Can I learn the lyrics to this song I can't get out of my head?"
Opening reception • 6-8pm • February 7
PSU MK Gallery
• 2000 SW 5th Ave • Art Building 2nd Floor Room 210
Over at PSU's Autzen Gallery, Mike Bray brings us 24 Frames
. Bray examines "constructed rebellion" in cinema through a deconstruction of the 1966 British-Italian film Blow Up
. Bray seeks to understand the social significance behind iconic moments, such as the evolution of the classic 1960s image of the guitar smash.
Opening reception • 6-8pm • February 6
PSU Autzen Gallery
• 724 SW Harrison St. • Neuberger Hall 2nd Floor Room 205