Martin van Meytens, portrait of Queen Marie Antoinette at age 12, 1767-68
In connection with the ongoing Madame de Pompadour exhibit, art historian Melissa Hyde will speak this Sunday on Painted Women In The Age Of Madame De Pompadour. Her lecture explores "representations of women and the role cosmetics and fashion played in the French court during the lives of Mme de Pompadour, Mme du Barry, and Queen Marie Antoinette."
Student-organized Reed Arts Week begins next week. This year's theme is SUB PRIME 2009, "a celebration of uncertainty and incompleteness, and a refusal to value the pinnacle at the expense of the ascent." From March 4 - March 8 there will be exhibitions, lectures, workshops, performances, and more, so make sure to peruse the schedule. Featured artists include Kasper Hauser, Eugene Tsui, Hot Little Hands, Jason Lazarus, Martin Kersels, Tao Lin, Sarah Ross, Dan Shapiro, Oregon Painting Society, Jorge Lucero, Neal Medlyn, Jeffrey Baker, and blackblack.
Arts Festival • March 4 - 8 Reed College • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
(more including films on artists and the Zero Film Festival)
Save the Oregon Cultural Trust from political raiders
Oregon Cultural Trust license plate, a program that has raised 1.3 million of the 1.8 in jeopardy
Notice, if you gave funds to the Oregon Cultural Trust that money is in danger
of being reappropriated for things other than culture, RACC
has the info here. What's even mindbogglingly worse the 1.8 million dollar
war chest the trust has already built up over the years is in danger of being
"recaptured." This would effectively kill the program's credibility
with donors for all time by breaking their trust.
This is the same sort of short sightedness that constantly puts cultural funding
at risk, but it's far worse because it decimates a successful program that is trying
to pull Oregon out of the bottom 5 for funding of the arts. Time to dig in,
sharpen your teeth and definitely click
here and let the politicians know what you think.
Michael Kenna, "Broadway Bridge, Study 2, Portland, Oregon, USA," 2004
An unprecedented amount of photography appears in this year's TAM Biennial. Participating photographers Michael Kenna, Doug Keyes, Isaac Layman, and Susan Seubert are lecturing on the subject this week at the Tacoma Art Museum. They will be discussing "photography's role in fine art and commercial imagery." Rebecca Cummins, Associate Professor at University of Washington School of Art, will moderate a panel conversation.
Lecture & discussion • 11am-4pm • February 28 Tacoma Art Museum • 1701 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402 • 253.272.4258
Curated by Gabrielle Giattino, I know nothing of the weather when I know it is either raining or not raining. opens this Thursday at PNCA's Feldman Gallery + Project Space. Drawing its title from Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logioco-Philosophicus, a series of statements about the nature of logic, the show highlights strategies for making art that "willingly defy the necessary usefulness of logic and language." Featured artists include Erica Baum, Ellie Ga, Tom Holmes, Justin Matherly, Andrea Merkx, Jenny Perlin, and Vicente Razo. Artist Andrea Merkx will lecture on Wednesday about the show, curator Gabrielle Giattino will give a tour before the reception, and artist Ellie Ga will give a final presentation on Friday.
Artist lecture • 12:30-1:30pm • February 25
Curator tour • 12:30-1:30pm • February 26
Opening reception • 6:30pm • February 26
Artist presentation • 12:30-1:30pm • February 27 PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391
Matthew Green will perform Solo Jams at Appendix Project Space this Thursday. The piece begins promptly at 7pm, and elements from it will be on view 3-7pm for the following three Thursdays.
Opening reception • 6-10pm • February 26 Appendix • NE Alberta • in the south alley between 26th & 27th
New PNCA and MoCC integration details and analysis
Here's a follow up on the PNCA/MoCC
merger. In the past week I've spoken with both Tom Manley, President of the Pacific
Northwest College of Art and Kathy Abraham Chairman of the Museum of Contemporary
Craft's Board... so PORT has some important details for you now. I apologize for
this having taken me so long but I've got some major projects of my own at the
PNCA President, optimist and soon to be craft/design Museum President Tom Manley
Despite all I've heard, I'm still just as cautious as before... though I feel PNCA
is less in danger of jumping the shark and damaging itself. The school also develops an opportunity to launch its curatorial studies program much faster. That's important since I consider PNCA's
fate to be nearly analogous to Portland's goals as a serious art city.
Some of the new information:
Museum retains separate 501.c3 status and governing board
PNCA undertakes fundraising campaign and slightly alters 5 year plan to address museum's financial situation and lack of endowment.
PNCA and Office PDX present a lecture by design leaders Jerry French and Charles S. Anderson. French is the founder of French Paper, the only independently owned paper mill in the US, and Anderson is the founder of CSA Design, a firm that "approaches design as a continuous evolution inspired by the highs and lows of art and print culture."
Design lecture • 6:30-8:30pm • February 25 PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391
Althea Thauberger, "La Mort e La Miseria," digital video still
B.C. media artist Althea Thauberger is speaking this Monday for PMMNLS. Her recent video and photography work features collaboration with her subjects, "inviting both sympathetic and critical reflection of tropes relating to individualism and self-expression, romanticism and nature and aspects of youth cultures with which she identifies."
Artist lecture • 7:20pm • February 23 PSU • 1914 SW Park • Shattuck Hall Room 212
The paintings of Drake Deknatel are a bit like a faint sound in the distance. They are like the attempt at remembering something so familiar yet which somehow remains evasive. They are like descriptors of the mental space that surrounds the second after forgetting a dream. They stand between nightmare and love, between good painting and bad, between the tangible pictoral and the invisible metaphysical. It is an ephemeral experience which lingers. . .(more)
Artist live/work space Milepost 5 is launching two new bi-monthly exhibition series, MP5 Cubed and The Hallways. Curated by TJ Norris, MP5 Cubed will feature Kate Fenkertitled's Strange Attractor. On the first floor of the hallways, which are curated by Sara Cella, Derek Franklin and Calvin Ross Carl are showing Against Peter Halley : Reconsidering Rothko. Nicole Linde is exhibiting Flights of Fancy on the second floor, and Chris Haberman's El Corridor of Love will be on the third floor. Opening night features a live musical performance by Color Guard. The shows run through April 10.
Opening reception • 7-9pm • February 21 Milepost 5 • 900 NE 81st • 503.998.4878
Bruce Conkle & Marne Lucas, "Sleepwalking Salmon Woman and Primitive Artist," as played by Lucas and Conkle
The Marylhurst Art Gym presents Bruce Conkle and Marne Lucas's Warlord Sun King: The Genesis of Eco-Baroque. Coining the term "eco-baroque," this collaborative duo "seeks to combine a sensibility to the natural world that includes acknowledgment of many of its baroque, over-the-top manifestations that are not unlike the excesses of the Baroque era. If you imagine the Palace of Versailles crossed with the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, you will be ready for Warlord Sun King." The exhibition runs through March 25.
Preview reception • 3-5pm • February 22 Marylhurst • 17600 Pacific Highway Marylhurst, OR • 503.699.6243
Julie has been a fixture in the arts community supporting various arts organizations
and with her radio program Art Focus on KBOO
radio, which she hosted for a staggering 25 years, (it continues on with other hosts). Frankly,
I can't even remember how many times Ive been on it but the half hour show was
always a blast, focusing on local and national art figures alike. She has a subtle
wry wit and knew how to push peoples buttons. Bernard stepped down in 2008 and
it is wonderful that PADA is acknowledging her contributions.
Lecture 1 • 4-5:30pm • February 20 U of O • Lillis Hall • 955 E. 13th Ave. Eugene
Lecture 2 • 2:30pm • February 21 White Stag Block • 70 NW Couch Street
Liza Ryan, "SPILL," installation view
In conjunction with her ongoing exhibition at the Cooley Gallery, SPILL, artist Liza Ryan will discuss her work this Friday in Reed's Eliot Hall.
Artist lecture • 6:30pm • February 20 Reed College • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. • Eliot Hall Room 304
An installation by Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen, from OpenWidePDX
PNCA alumni Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen have made art out of tragedy with their new book, Integrating a Burning House, which focuses on the September 2008 fire that destroyed their home. They'll read from the book tomorrow.
Once again Tyler Green has some great analysis, this time on how the so called
of a 50 million dollar arts stimulus inclusion... isn't one. The US is going
to need a new cultural plan to help us gain a new competitive edge in a world
economy where new ideas will determine who is on top. We can't beat China for
workforce or manufacturing but we can innovate. That takes supple minds, a majority
of which need culture to develop.
In Britain there is a slack
space movement. This has been happening in Portland for at least a decade
but the city could encourage it more.
As ever, Edward Winkleman does a great job discussing the ways
gallerists are digging in to hang on. It isn't solid doom but nobody should
be underestimating the current situation. The active gallerists will create their own luck.
Considered Space opens tomorrow at Clark College's Archer Gallery. This group exhibition explores "the presentation of space in painting, real and perceived." To examine this question, artists use techniques ranging from traditional tools of perspective and scale to the integration of three-dimensionality through materials and constructions. All featured artists are regional: Jesse Hayward (Portland), Mark R. Smith (Portland), Grant Hottle (Portland), Adam Sorensen (Portland), Cara Tomlinson (Portland), Ben Buswell (Portland), and Lise Graham (Seattle). The show picks up a thread from curator Jesse Hayward's The Hook Up at NAAU almost two years ago. Spatial exploration has since become a hot theme around this town - in the words of another PORTstar, is this space camp? Considered Space will run from February 17 through March 14.
Opening reception • 4-6pm • February 18 Archer Gallery • Clark College, Penguin Union Building, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA • 360.992.2246
Daniel Payavis, "Shadow of a Book"
For its inaugural exhibition, east side space Pied-à-terre presents two works by Daniel Payavis. Shadow of a Book and Book draw from recent movements such as Suprematism, Russian Contructivism, and early Abstraction, as well as the ancient tradition of still life, to become "playful and thoughtful, aligning a respect for tradition with a dedicated interest in pursuing the new." This project by McIntyre Parker is open Saturdays and by appointment.
MK Guth: I wanted to start with the basics like, what is your background? What brought
you to art? Where did you go to school? Where was your area of focus and does
that connect to how you are making work now?
Laura Fritz: Well, I grew up in the Chicago area and I started out being really interested
in lights in darkened rooms. They fascinated me. Sometime between Preschool
and Kindergarten age there was this one grocery store that had an aisle where
the lights weren't working. It was the peanut butter and jelly aisle and all
the jars were just glowing because the aisle next to them allowed light to come
through the side. I would just run up and down the aisle because I thought it
was so interesting... (more)
Josh Smith's The
Righteous Foundation of Us is yet another exciting installation in the Manuel
Izquierdo Gallery at PNCA (the only gallery in Portland cool enough to require
a buzzer). In this case the show is a multilayered rumination on the goals of modernism,
materials, intellectual positioning and it's relationship to us now, aka a generation
that must rebuild things taken for granted like the American Dream.
Smith has been a fixture in the Portland art scene for many years now as...(more)
On Monday (for President's Day), the Japanese Garden is having a free admission day. Take advantage of the opportunity to experience what has been described as the most beautiful Japanese garden outside of Japan, and while you're there, catch the beginning of the 2009 season of the Art in the Garden series. From February 15 - February 22, calligraphy by Master Calligrapher Yoshiyasu Fujii of Tokyo will be on display in the pavilion with work by members of the Meito Shodo Kai. You can find the Japanese Garden above the Rose Gardens at 611 SW Kingston Avenue.
(More... Lectures by: Clement Tobias-Lange, and PMMNLS with Mark Beasley.)
Curators Justin Bland and Mia Nolting are seeking submissions for a June 2009 exhibition at PNCA, Keep Oregon Green. The theme is "work related to Oregon's natural landscape," and half of the profits from sales will go to the Keep Oregon Green Association. Submissions are due by March 31. Read all about it here.
*Update: some valid concerns have been raised about Keep Oregon Green as more timber oriented organization in the comments. PORT doesnt take a stance but artists should look at the composition of KOG's board to more accurately determine if the goals of the organization are in line with the artist's views. Obviously, the timber companies have a huge role in the management of natural resources so the "Green" issue isn't merely black and white.
Launch Pad Gallery presents their 4th Annual Love Show. With a staggeringly long list of participating artists, this year's open-call salon exhibition on the complexity of love has outgrown its britches and moved to the Olympic Mills Commerce Center. Partial proceeds from the show will benefit the Oregon Food Bank and Buckman Arts Elementary. See a list of participating artists and participatory events on Launch Pad's website.
Looking for something heart-free to do on VDay? Don't miss the opening of Shoot You - Shoot Me at Rocksbox. This joint exhibition by Moudou Dieng and Damien Gilley "examines the relationship between contemporary guerrilla warfare, high fashion, and the artist's approach to the creative process, while attempting to breakdown the predictability of perceived artistic production, display, and the consumption of mass imagery." This short term exhibition will be open from February 14 through March 1.
Opening reception • 7-11pm • February 14 Rocksbox Fine Art • 6540 N Interstate • 503.516.4777
First off, Tyler Green's two
part interview with Rose Museum board chair Jonathan Lee is a
must read for anyone on a non-profit board. Christopher Knight's historical
addendum to Tyler's posts also brings the situation into greater focus.
It is an incredibly cautionary tale and if this museum is as they say "monetized"
it could set off a flashflood of short sighted anti-cultural profiteering. Long
standing institutions keep things in trust for the public and its the public
that loses when museums are destroyed for convenience. Leadership means looking
at the heuristics of the situation, not simply some cause an effect and if Brandeis
does move forward I suspect the lawsuits from those who donated to the Rose
will make them wish they hadn't.
Second, frequent PORT reader and our favorite writer over at the Mercury Matt
Davis has a report on the I-5 Bridge. It's good that Sam is taking his measure
of this thing and not moving too quickly. Still one major issue remains, the
project will need a major architect. An engineer simply cant juggle the competing
desires, politics and functions of a project like this and PORT
was one of the first to really make this case a long long time ago... pre scandal Sam heard
it too. Hopefully our beleaguered mayor can show some leadership on this
very important issue and bring more intelligent discussion, but something tells
me he needs an architect to take that role over from him. Here's a start: a
major bridge design competition will allow architects to help the public understand
the bridge in ways this project hasn't manifested yet. A bridge is functional
philosophy and the architect takes on the role of whipping boy (freeing politicians to do other things like torment the architect the hired).
Last but not least PORT is still thinking about the MoCC/PNCA merger and PNCA
has even thanked us for forwarding a more intelligent discussion on the subject
(see O we aren't slagging, we know what we are talking about and we were criticizing
the plan to make it better, now if that only worked everywhere else). I'm simply cautious about this situation and combining
a museum with an art school is tricky business, it can be done right but I don't
want PNCA to inadvertently hurt itself and Portland in turn.
PAM is premiering a new artist talk series with MK Guth this week. At 6pm, Guth will lead museum visitors from the Hoffman Lobby on a tour through the galleries to discuss Eugene Delacroix's Christ on Lake Genesareth and Jeff Koons's Lifeboat. Afterward there will be discourse and happy hour until 8 in the museum café.
Also, UPDATE: We apologize for any confusion, the Sara Greenberger Rafferty lecture is this Thursday. Rafferty is an artist/comedian who lives and works in New York, is co-editor of North Drive Press, and has published widely on art and comedy.
Artist chat • 12:30-1:30pm • February 12 PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391
PNCA emeritus professor George Johanson is lecturing tomorrow on An Artist's Look at Lascaux. Johanson will discuss his recent trip to France, re-examining the prehistoric cave art of Lascaux in terms of "what these mysterious images tell us about the nature of painting and the nature of homo sapiens as visual thinkers."
Artist lecture • 6:30-8:30pm • February 10 PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391
White Noise opening at Worksound, where the crowd became a kind of white noise itself
Normally, PORT doesn't care that much for parties that make it impossible to see the show, but this packed feel good get together shows just what a diverse crowd a warehouse show in Portland's art scene can bring. Lets see: lots of artists, too many hipster party goers, some professors and a few major patrons can be seen here. It looks like a nice show and I'll come back later to check out curator/artist Jhordan Dahl's handiwork when I can actually see the show. Till then enjoy this video art scene rollercoaster.
OK so let's now look at how the University
of Wisconsin, University
of Washington and Univeristy
of California Berkeley all got their top notch university museums and collections too. These university museums somewhat define the schools they exist within, and it would be doubly true for an art school. Depending on the choices made, PNCA could really enhance or screw itself up... but without a separate endowment and serious autonomy for the museum it is definitely even more difficult to get it right.
Rick Lowe in front of duplexes designed by Rice students as part of Lowe's Project Row Houses, from the NY Times
Artist / activist Rick Lowe is speaking at Jimmy Mak's this Monday for the second installation of Portland Spaces' Bright Lights Discussion Series. Lowe is the founder of Houston's Project Row Houses, "a nonprofit arts organization, established by African-American artists and community activists to create a positive presence in Houston's Northern Third Ward community." Lowe's mission is to use art and the community it creates to revitalize inner city neighborhoods, and he'll be speaking about "the new intersections of art and urbanism." The Bright Lights Discussion Series happens the second Monday of every month at Jimmy Mak's.
Artist discussion • 6pm • February 9 Jimmy Mak's • 221 NW 10th • 503.295.6542
Julie Ault & Martin Beck, "Installation" at Secession 2006
Artist, author, and curator Julie Ault is speaking Monday for PMMNLS. One of the co-founders of 30-year-old social arts collective Group Material, Ault's work "emphasizes interrelationships between cultural production and politics."
Artist lecture • 7pm • February 9 PSU • 1914 SW Park • Shattuck Hall Room 212
Last Saturday I was lucky enough to trek on up to Tacoma and take in The
9th Northwest Biennial. This biennial is notable partly because TAM is
the only major Northwest institution that still does a broad survey of the region's art, and they have 1st class facilities.
Also, this particular Biennial's execution was doubly important since the previous 8th version of the show was such a letdown.
Happily this 9th NW Biennial, co-curated by Rock Hushka (Tacoma Art Museums
Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art) and Alison de Lima Greene (Curator
of Contemporary Art and Special Projects at the Museum of Fine Arts) Houston
is a lot better than the previous attempt. ...(more)
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.
Worksound presents White Noise, a group exhibition on stagnation. Inspired by Portland snow and the struggling economy, 23 artists from the Pacific Northwest & Los Angeles have interpreted this broad theme through video, installation, and other multimedia works. Featured artists include Kevin Abell, Jaclyn Campanaro, Thor Drake, E*Rock, Danridge Geiger, Damien Gilley, Evan B. Harris, Danielle Higgins, Yoni Kifle, Sarah Jane McKinley, Sarah Meadows, Tamar Monhait, Mason Poole (LA), Nick Raffel, Noah and Nathan Rice, Kent Richardson, Rebecca Shelly, Stephen Scott Smith, Corey Smith (LA), Rebecca Steele, Aaron Thomas (LA), and Dylan Walker.
Sara Greenberger Rafferty is lecturing at PNCA this Thursday as part of their MFA Chat series. Rafferty lives and works in New York, is co-editor of North Drive Press, and has published widely on art and comedy.
Artist chat • 12:30-1:30pm • February 5 PNCA • 1241 NW Johnson • 503.226.4391
Eva Lake will be exhibiting Target Photomontages at PCC Rock Creek's Helzer Gallery. Building on her lifelong obsession with targets, which as a teenager she would steal from the Ashland Police Rifle Range, Lake has layered these target images with beautiful women from nostalgia to modern pop stars, exposing the complex femininity beneath the "babe."
In celebration of Oregon's sesquicentennial (150th birthday), Blackfish presents Oregon Seen. This group exhibition of Blackfish members celebrates Oregon & Oregonians, offering artists the opportunity to express both pride and concerns about their home state. On February 14, Oregon's birthday, long time Blackfish member Paul Missal will lecture on Oregon's artistic heritage. Special Oregon Modernist works will be on loan for the lecture, including works by Charles Heaney and Louis Bunce.
Oh and its isn't merely fear that has tongues wagging about the planned PNCA/MoCC
Barry Johnson at the O claims, it's very real "institutional culture"
head scratcher. PORT
pointed out some very real best practices issues over separation of institutions,
autonomy and the differences between Museums and Universities... all now
highlighted further by the Brandeis' decision. At least the O is now raising some
questions, but to date PORT is the only place that has really looked at the
organizational delicacy of the situation and like any merger the devil is in
the details. C'mon, if Christopher Knight worked at the O he'd be all over this
and it's part of the reason Portland institutions have problems... our arts
coverage of institutional intricacies is weak (mostly it is just some reporting and
little analysis... even when there is research, it isn't contextualized or given simple cautionary case study comparisons... cough, Brandeis, cough).
Watch: Curator Marc Moscato presents A Not Too Distant Past: Film & Video From Underground Chicago, a collection of short experimental and documentary videos examining the Chicago's radical history. Featured filmmakers include Vanessa Renwick, Frédéric Moffet, Dara Greenwald, Kartemquin Films (a 1970s student group at the Art Institute of Chicago), The Videofreex (a late 1960s underground video collective out of upstate New York), and Marc Moscato. Tickets are $5.
Video screening • 8pm • February 5 The Waypost • 3120 N Williams • 503.367.3182
Film: Like to make film? Like to bicycle? (It's Portland, of course you do.) The 7th Annual Filmed By Bike festival is soliciting bike-themed shorts. All submissions must be under 8 minutes, and the deadline is February 15. Read all about it here.