Apr
8
Wed
***Canceled*** Art and Race Matters Tickets
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
***Canceled*** Art and Race Matters @ Portland Art Museum | Portland | Oregon | United States

The first comprehensive retrospective of one of America’s most compelling and controversial artists, Art and Race Matters traces the work of Robert Colescott (1925-2009), who established his career in Portland with the support of gallery owner and philanthropist Arlene Schnitzer, then made his mark in the 1970s with a series of deconstructed art-historical masterpieces that challenged taboos around racial stereotyping.

***Canceled*** Being Present Tickets
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
***Canceled*** Being Present @ Portland Art Museum | Portland | Oregon | United States

This unorthodox exhibition, curated by Triple Candie, delves into these issues. Comprising unfaithful sculptural objects, spatial interventions, animated videos, tapestries, and hand-drawn documentation—all fabricated by the curators themselves—plus quotes by witnesses to PCVA’s programs, Being Present is designed to transport viewers, if only partially and somewhat unfaithfully, to this bygone moment. Like other Triple Candie exhibitions, it seeks to turn our articles of faith back on themselves. Moreover, it asks us to reflect on how we define cultural progress, and what art can, or should, do today.

***Canceled*** Volcano! Tickets
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
***Canceled*** Volcano! @ Portland Art Museum | Portland | Oregon | United States

Marking the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount Saint Helens, this exhibition explores the overwhelming power of nature and the epic cycles of volcanic destruction and regeneration with stunning photographs, paintings, and drawings of the mountain from 1845 to the present day.

***Canceled***The Art of Reading Tickets
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
***Canceled***The Art of Reading @ Portland Art Museum | Portland | Oregon | United States

The artistic poster first flourished in the United States in the 1890s. Initially following design trends pioneered in Europe, American artists soon created their own unique style. Magazines were among the first to adopt this new form of advertising, employing outstanding designers such as Will Bradley, Edward Penfield, and Maxfield Parrish to advertise periodicals including Harper’s, Lippincott’s, and The Century. The posters were produced using color lithography, allowing artists to create powerful designs with bold color that married original art with advertising. Posters were placed in bookshops and on newsstands to entice readers to purchase books and magazines, but soon the artistic posters became more popular than the work they advertised. A brief but intense period of “poster mania” swept the country before dying out just as quickly. This exhibition features original posters, magazine covers, and book covers from this exciting chapter of design, artistic, and literary history.

The exhibition is largely drawn from the collection of Daniel Bergsvik and Donald Hastler, who have promised their distinguished collection of American and international posters to the Portland Art Museum.

***Canceled***Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects Tickets
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
***Canceled***Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects @ Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at University of Oregon | Eugene | Oregon | United States

Nationally celebrated, Portland-born artist Carrie Mae Weems uses photography, video, and installation to examine the African-American experience. In The Usual Suspects, organized by Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Weems addresses the constructed nature of racial identity—specifically, representations that associate black bodies with criminality. Through a formal language of blurred images, color blocks, stated facts, and meditative narration, she questions this sustained history of violence and judicial inaction.

Artslandia Happy Hour with Arwen Myers Presented by Moonstruck Chocolate Co. Tickets
Apr 8 @ 5:00 pm
Artslandia Happy Hour with Arwen Myers Presented by Moonstruck Chocolate Co. @ Artslandia.com & Facebook Live
Tonight’s Happy Hour is presented by Moonstruck Chocolate Co.

Praised for her “crystalline tone and delicate passagework” (San Francisco Chronicle), soprano Arwen Myers captivates audiences with her timeless artistry and exquisite interpretations. Transmitting a warmth and “deep poignancy” (Palm Beach Arts Paper) onstage, Arwen shines in solo performance across the US and beyond. With outstanding technique and mastery of a wide range of vocal colors, Arwen’s dazzling oratorio and solo appearances feature repertoire from the baroque to modern day, and everything in between. Her history includes appearances with Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, Pacific MusicWorks, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra & Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, working with such notable conductors as Nicholas McGegan, Monica Huggett, David Fallis, John Butt, David Hill, Scott Allen Jarrett, Erick Lichte & Matthew Dirst.

Recent and upcoming solo highlights include Handel with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Bach & Purcell with Portland Baroque Orchestra; Vivaldi, Monteverdi & Gabrieli with Early Music Vancouver; Handel with Oregon Bach Festival; and Fauré with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Arwen featured as a soloist alongside Vancouver’s award-winning Chor Leoni in the world premiere of Zachary Wadsworth’s JUNO award-nominated armistice oratorio When There is Peace, which received national broadcast across Canada, and also in Vivaldi’s festive cantatas with Early Music Vancouver on an all-female tour under the direction of Monica Huggett. Of her title role in Handel’s Semele with American Bach Soloists Academy in 2018, San Francisco Classical Voice noted, “some of these star turns were shiny indeed, with soprano Arwen Myers leading the way… her musicality and demure demeanor remained a renewable pleasure.”

An exceptionally talented and generous chamber musician, Arwen features with some of the nation’s premiere ensembles, including Seraphic Fire, Bach Akademie Charlotte & Bach Collegium San Diego, and Spire Chamber Ensemble, and she is the sole vocalist in acclaimed Portland-based new music ensemble Fear No Music. Arwen’s impressive range and depth of feeling shine in her many performances of new music, which include the world premieres of two title roles written specifically for her by celebrated composer Robert Kyr: Paradiso (Beatrice) in 2016 and Passion According to an Unknown Witness (Other Mary) in 2019. She has also enjoyed solo roles in world premiere performances and recordings of pieces by Renée Favand-See, Will White & Emerson Eads with Northwest Art Song; by Michel Petrossian with Sacred Music at Notre Dame; by Don Freund at Indiana University; and by GRAMMY-award winning J.J. Wright on his Billboard chart-topping commercial release O Emmanuel.

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Arwen holds advanced degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Alan Bennett and Patricia Brooks Havranek. Based in Portland, Oregon, she is Executive and co-Artistic Director of Northwest Art Song. Arwen belongs to Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donates a percentage of their concert fee to organizations they care about, and is an individual member of 1% of the Planet. Arwen is represented by Aligned Artistry.

Live on Artslandia.com & Facebook Live

***Canceled*** The Moors by Jen Silverman – The Theatre Company Tickets
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm
***Canceled*** The Moors by Jen Silverman - The Theatre Company @ TaborSpace | Portland | Oregon | United States

Sisters Agatha and Huldey reside on the bleak English Moors. Their Mastiff has a bad case of ennui, the maid has multiple personalities, the crash-landed Moor-Hen can’t remember a thing, a young governess has just arrived from London, and Master Branwell is nowhere to be found. This bold satire is a wild ride through the beautiful and the dangerous (in a Grey Gardens meets American Horror Story meets Calvin & Hobbes kind of way).

***Canceled*** 9 Parts of Desire – Portland Center Stage at The Armory Tickets
Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm
***Canceled*** 9 Parts of Desire - Portland Center Stage at The Armory @ Portland Center Stage

An intimate and complex portrait of the extraordinary (and ordinary) lives of nine Iraqi women, this remarkable solo work offers a meditation on what it means to be a woman in a country overshadowed by war. Based on her interviews with real women during the reign and fall of Saddam Hussein, Heather Raffo weaves nine utterly distinct voices into a tapestry of humanity,
love, and endurance in the face of oppression.

By Heather Raffo
Directed by Evren Odcikin

Run Time:
Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, no intermission.

Note:
Recommended for ages 14 and up. Contains adult situations and explicit language. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production at The Armory.

Apr
9
Thu
***Canceled*** Art and Race Matters Tickets
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
***Canceled*** Art and Race Matters @ Portland Art Museum | Portland | Oregon | United States

The first comprehensive retrospective of one of America’s most compelling and controversial artists, Art and Race Matters traces the work of Robert Colescott (1925-2009), who established his career in Portland with the support of gallery owner and philanthropist Arlene Schnitzer, then made his mark in the 1970s with a series of deconstructed art-historical masterpieces that challenged taboos around racial stereotyping.

***Canceled*** Being Present Tickets
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
***Canceled*** Being Present @ Portland Art Museum | Portland | Oregon | United States

This unorthodox exhibition, curated by Triple Candie, delves into these issues. Comprising unfaithful sculptural objects, spatial interventions, animated videos, tapestries, and hand-drawn documentation—all fabricated by the curators themselves—plus quotes by witnesses to PCVA’s programs, Being Present is designed to transport viewers, if only partially and somewhat unfaithfully, to this bygone moment. Like other Triple Candie exhibitions, it seeks to turn our articles of faith back on themselves. Moreover, it asks us to reflect on how we define cultural progress, and what art can, or should, do today.