Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 - United States





Founded in late 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions, drawn from the Museum’s holdings and the world’s finest public and private collections.

The Museum’s collection of more than 42,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of art of the native peoples of North America, English silver, and the graphic arts. An active collecting institution dedicated to preserving great art for the enrichment of future generations, the Museum devotes 90 percent of its gallery space to its permanent collection.

The Museum’s campus of landmark buildings, a cornerstone of Portland’s cultural district, includes the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, the Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, and the Northwest Film Center. With a membership of over 23,000 households and serving more than 350,000 visitors annually, the Museum is a premier venue for education in the visual arts.


Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art
Volcanic eruptions have long been depicted by artists because they are the most visually spectacular manifestations of nature’s awesome power. Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art commemorates the 40th anniversary of the great eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. The exhibition examines artists’ responses to the awesome beauty and power of the volcano. From pre-contact Native American objects to contemporary paintings, drawings, and photographs, the show will trace the mountain’s changing image and significance for local peoples.

-- April 4 is also a Mount St. Helens Saturday. Join volunteers from the Mount St. Helens Institute as they bring their outdoor interpretation skills inside the museum for hands-on activities and informal gallery conversations that help bring to life the history, geology, and natural environment of Mount St. Helens without the drive to the mountain. In addition, MSHI volunteers and PAM docents will be available at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on these days to jointly introduce the Volcano! exhibition and offer insights to the art and science of the volcano.

Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott
Art and Race Matters is the first comprehensive retrospective of one of America’s most compelling and controversial artists. Robert Colescott’s work challenges taboos around racial stereotyping and addresses racial politics in a blunt and irreverent way. The exhibition features a chronology of work that depicts the artist’s stylistic development, and sections devoted to subjects such as: Assimilation and Aspiration; Imagery in the Mass Media; Deconstructing History and Art History; Standards of Beauty; and Artist’s Self Portraits and Alter Egos.

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