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Thursday 06.02.16

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First Thursday June 2016 Picks

Last month's shows were so good that June feels like going back to school, literally.

I may be Portland's toughest critic but there is no beating what the King School is up to today... the kids just upstaged the Pearl District's art offerings. Today, the King School Museum of Contemporary Art presents That's Old School, "a guided tour and exhibit based on interviews with Steve Willis, the head of school maintenance and an alumni of King School."

I love this... these will be guided "museum tours" where visitors will experience the King school through the eyes of the maintenance staff, and learn evolution from past into present. King students will conduct the tours during the opening reception on June 2. Leave it to kids to make social practice MFA's seem tired. They also just ate the lunch of museums around the world who keep trying to open their experiences to be more porous.

That's Old School | June 2nd
Opening reception 4-6PM
KSMOCA-King School Museum of Contemporary Art
4906 NE 6th Ave

Caitlin Rooney, Do You Like Music

In case you missed the openings a little while ago PNCA's thesis exhibitions at the 511 NW Broadway headquarters and the former MoCC building are still going on. Standouts include Caitlin Rooney's skewering of "art school" fetish of hypocrisy, Anastasia Greer and Brianna Rosen at the 724 NW Davis space and Margaret Parsons, Alexandra Husey, Kanani Miyamoto, Colin Cheong and many others at the 511 building.

PNCA Undergraduate and Graduate Thesis Exhibitions | May 22 - June 17
Reception: Sunday May 22, 2016 6-9PM
Pacific Northwest College of Art
511 NW Broadway (and 724 NW Davis)

Joe Rudko, Link (2016)

Joe Rudko's latest show at PDX Contemporary is a perfect entre for the summertime nostalgia season. His collages tap into that projection of memory that occur in photographs but by editing out the people makes them porous and non specific. (Ahem, will the local curators ever catch the hint that there should be a serious collage survey in the Northwest?) What I particularly like about Rudko is serializes memory by taking out specifics allowing people to project their own nostalgia.

Joe Rudko | May 31 - July 2
First Thursday Reception: June 2nd 6-8PM
PDX Contemporary
925 NW Flanders

For quite some time now Damien Gilley has been one of Portland's leading artists in the scifi meets design genre. His latest at Hap Gallery is his first virtual reality based exo-venture called Specular. His work was tailor made for this medium.

Specular | June 2-July 9, 2016
Opening: June 2 6-8PM
Artist Talk: July 5, 2016 at 6PM
Hap Gallery
916 NE Flanders

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