Feb
21
Fri
Art and Race Matters Tickets
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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.

Being Present Tickets
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Being Present @ Portland Art Museum

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.

The Art of Reading Tickets
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Art of Reading @ Portland Art Museum

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.

Volcano! Tickets
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Volcano! @ Portland Art Museum

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.

Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects Tickets
Feb 21 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
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.

Cascade Festival of African Film Tickets
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm
Cascade Festival of African Film @ Moriarty Arts Auditorium | Portland | Oregon | United States

FREE film festival featuring five weeks of more than 30 feature, documentary and short films by established and emerging African directors from 26 countries.

The Apple Tree – Lost Treasures Collection Tickets
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm
The Apple Tree - Lost Treasures Collection @ Lakewood Center for the Arts | Lake Oswego | Oregon | United States

A fun and imaginative collection of musical playlets based on popular, intriguing and insightful fables about the unfulfilled desires of humankind. Originally starring Barbara Harris. Series Sponsor: Fritz Camp.

THE FOUND DOG RIBBON DANCE by Dominic Finocchiaro Tickets
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm
THE FOUND DOG RIBBON DANCE by Dominic Finocchiaro @ CoHo Theater

Norma (a professional cuddler/reluctant dog-rescuer) and Norm (an amateur ribbon-dancer/attentive barista) navigate loneliness, vulnerability, the music of Whitney Houston, a collection of eccentric characters, and the healing power of human connection. A sweet and funny Pacific Northwest curiosity by Reed College alum Dominic Finocchiaro. Directed by Connery MacRae, co-produced by CoHo Productions with Connery MacRae, Tom Mounsey & Cameron McFee.

The Sleeping Beauty – Oregon Ballet Theatre Tickets
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm
The Sleeping Beauty - Oregon Ballet Theatre @ Keller Auditorium | Portland | Oregon | United States

Last seen in Portland in 2010, this enchanting, full-length work is one of the world’s most popular storied ballets. Set to Tchaikovsky’s opulent score, it features a cast of fantastical characters, spectacular sets, and legendary music. Now a new generation of stars and stars-in-the-making bring you a brilliant “happily ever after” with the grandest of dancing. It is choreographed by OBT’s former artistic director Christopher Stowell, after Marius Petipa’s original 1890 choreography, which debuted at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“The most beloved of the 19th-century ballets. No other dance classic has a score so endlessly fragrant and varied. No other work has so rich an idea of what ballet theater can be.” – The New York Times

Choreography by Christopher Stowell (after Marius Petipa)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Feb
22
Sat
Art and Race Matters Tickets
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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.