Kanye West has a pyramid designed by OMA dedicated to him for Cannes Film Fest
. Sure he believes his pyramid is the greatest of all time but it is in fact a tent... an awesome big-assed tent but a tent none the less. Interesting viewing environment though.
In the least shocking news of the week, longtime Museum of Contemporary Craft curator Namita Wiggers was named director
. I've always described Wiggers as MoCC's #1 asset, even above its building and collection so this makes sense and I suppose it took this long to happen because she is such a force as a curator and thinker. She succeeds my friend Jeffrey Thomas, whom was interim director for a year and stepped down a few months ago. My read on this is that his tenure was a way to allow Namita to transition and to get the museum on firmer ground with old Portland and national level funding sources... while she got the programming back on solid ground. Normally, I'd be concerned about the quality of programming with such a shift but shows curated by others like the recent Northwest Modern
show were excellent historical efforts. Namita's current Betty Feves retrospective
wont be her last effort either. Frankly, she's one my favorite art people in Portland and this is good news.
It is the last weekend for the Mark Rothko retrospective at PAM
(and it's free tonight from 5-8PM) so catch it. Yes it has been extended through Monday the 28th. I'll have more on this later weekend.
And last but not least think about attending this event documenting the history of experimental film making in Portland
on Sunday for EFF. Jim Blashfield, Matt McCormick etc...
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