Sunday, March 31, 2013

April 4 People in Glass Houses

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle has been awarded a MacArthur for his thought provoking and beautiful sculptures and video. Portland State has arranged to bring his work, usually shown in museums, to the Littman Gallery. The gallery shows a video and a painting, each referencing the seminal Glass House of architect Mies van der Rohe, founder of architectural modernism.

Mies built the house in 1951 along a river South of Chicago. It was later reprised by Philip Johnson at New Canaan. These gems were birthed in a different era of energy and economic optimism. They dispense with the gable, a strong symbol of home and gemutlichkeit in Europe and the United States, and substitute an efficient flat roof and inside out living on display.

So the metaphoric possibilities possibilities are rich.

The video, Always After (The Glass House), 2006 was inspired by the destruction of the glass sheathing of the S. R. Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology on the occasion of its renovation, 49 years after its inception. The building was designed by Mies when he chaired the architecture department of the school and houses the department of architecture.

The print, House with Four Columns, 2010 is inspired by the great unbuilt Mies project 50x50. The design, initiated in 1950, was an early American proposal for low cost housing. It echoed Mies' Bauhaus sensibilities: the Bauhaus was birthed in an economically depressed Germany, crippled by war reparations for WWI, and by the great recession.

The Bauhaus vision was for beautifully designed minimalist, inexpensive and durable housing and household goods for the people. Mies was the last director of the Bauhaus. It was closed by Hitler's rise and many of its Jewish creatives came to the United States. Their impact on design, architecture and art, including on Black Mountain College, is unassailable.

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle speaks at PSU in a paid event April 26. Exhibition at the PSU Littman Gallery in Smith Union. Littman Gallery:
PSU Smith Hall, Room 250
1825 SW Broadway 7PM-8:30 Free

April 1 Half the Sky

Could we live with half the sky, half the sun, half the rain? The idea is unthinkable.

In 2009 Nicholas D. Kristof from Yamhill, Oregon and Sheryl WuDunn wrote a book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Since, they have traveled the world documenting for public television situations where women of all ages are blocked from reaching their full potential. And with the great challenges facing our species, we need everyone working on them!

Kristof and WuDunn were in the right place at the right time to report on the Chinese democracy movement in 1989, for which they won a Pulitzer. They have gone on to report all over the world. Kristof has had a strong impact on reporting on the war in Darfur Sudan and on trafficing of girls in Southeast Asia. He operates a scholarship program in which college students accompany him on hard berth reporting projects worldwide. World news gathering is in decline over costs and perhaps disinterest, distraction or overwhelming depression. Maybe there is an antidote; there is a good argument that he is the most effective journalist operating in the world today.

Kristof presents his Half the World project in a talk tonight, with a book signing to follow. At Reed College in Kaul Auditorium 3203 SE Woodstock 7PM Free

March 31 Atlas Insecta Obscura

When you were a kid, did you collect bugs? For some it can turn into an obsession, which is great for inspiring the next generation of bug collectors. In the great English traveler tradition of collecting, Don Ehlens brings his bug collection to Portland for an Insect Safari and will guide you through it.

Ehlens started collecting bugs at age 5. He studied entomology in college and keeps up active collecting. In some ways this falls into the "keep Portland weird" category, but really science is not weird.

See the insect safari at Paxton Gate 4204 N Mississippi noon-2, refreshments 2PM-5 Free

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March 26 Modern Sleep Reading

The Portland Museum of Modern Art hosts Sleep, a roving reading series organized by Hannah Pass and Elizabeth Pusack. Readers tonight are Nour Mobarak, Jay Nebel, David Weinberg and Morgan Ritter. At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina Map 8PM Free

Saturday, March 23, 2013

March 23 Waltz Stimulus False Space

Are you bored tonight, the first Saturday of Spring? Nooo, don't be.

Portland artist Palma Coral opens a show, Stimulus, Sensation, Thought (Estímulo, Sensación, Pensamiento), focused on fear. Step into her installation. At Sum Gallery 2821 NE Martin Luther King Boulevard 7PM-11 Free

Kyle Simon from the East Coast opens a show, the waltz: the story of August and Eloise, flatish illustration paintings. At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina Map 7:30PM-9:30 Free

False Front opens Andrew Lorish. He is a painter, unusual for False Front, which likely means that it is painting worth seeing. It is a show opening tonight at False Front Studio 4518 NE 32nd Map 7PM-9 Free

Space is the Place. It is a meme owing origin as title to a film by musician Sun Ra. In this case, it's an epic group show. The show includes some people you may know, like Guillermo Gómez-Peña, David Huffman, Wendy Red Star and Saya Woolfalk. I'm a fan of Gómez-Peña though he can be an overbearing pain. Meanwhile there is a video opening in the Vestibule space at Disjects: Infinity vs Eternity by Chele Isaac. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate
Map 6PM-9 Free

Portland Museum of Modern Art is thrilled to present new work from Brooklyn, NY-based artist Kyle Simon. Simon’s solo exhibitions are multimedia meditations on expansive narratives, equally elaborate in their planning and execution. Simon delights in storytelling, and utilizes a blend of painting, printmaking, sculpture and the written word to weave together an engrossing, multi-layered narrative that strongly rewards multiple viewings. With evocative story lines that call to mind archetypal folklore and the intense personal mythologies of childhood, Simon goes to great lengths to create a realm of his own unique fantasy. THE WALTZ the story of August and Eloise details a complex saga of lust, music and jealousy amongst apprentices in the workshop of Hephaestus, the Greek god of blacksmithery and volcanoes.

A master print-maker by trade, Simon constantly acquires new skills for each project, often devising innovative processes by which to realize his vision. Whether building his own lathe to create a functioning record album from a Plexiglas disc, mixing his own oil paints from pigments and fats, or applying gold leaf to a roasted chicken to make a feast fit for a king, Simon dazzles with the effort, ingenuity and energetic spirit of his work.

Simon has exhibited his work at renowned contemporary galleries around the world, including La Serilla in Barcelona, Gallerie allerART in Bludenz, Kennedy Gallery in San Francisco, and Artjail and Pace in New York City. THE WALTZ the story of August and Eloise will be Simon's first show in Portland and will also feature work made with his frequent collaborator, artist Benjamin Folstein.

Friday, March 22, 2013

March 22 Bleaps Happening

Portlandorusnow is more a sight event blog than a sound event blog. With the diversity of sounds in Portland, we leave it to others to do better on sounds. But we do note sometime Indian music, international and stand out electronica.

Ambient blips, bleaps, synthetic instruments and sonic landscapes are on our program tonight. Craig Padilla & Howard Givens from Spotted Peccary present their electronic musics at electronic music central in Portland. Throw a pillow, BYO bottle, or blanket in your pack for bringing as you desire.

At Control Voltage 3742 NE Mississippi 7PM-10 Free

4Happening is the #4 event by artists to create the Portland instantiation of Andy Warhol's collaboration parties. Performances by Goodwin, Solenoid & Activity Universal; mural by Dunja Jankovic; visuals-installation by Cody Brant, Perry Doane, Ernest Wedoff, Tim Ferrell & Bugenhagen. All ages. At PSU in Neuberger 293 7PM-9 Free

Thursday, March 21, 2013

March 21 Art Sparks

Art Spark, the networking meetup for the arts meets tonight. Writing concern The Attic Institute talks about their work. At Migration Brewing 2828 NE Glisan 5PM-7 Free

Saturday, March 16, 2013

March 16 Grand Mall

Ním Wunnan, Patrick Collier, Katherine Groesbeck, Michael Reinsch and Adrienne Huckabone open-continue shows at Place, a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall along with the People's art of Portland and the Woolley Gallery. If the mall appears closed, enter the film theater building adjacent, travel through the tunnel to the Place mall, and take the elevator to the 3rd floor, sometimes the bridge on the 3rd floor is open too. 700 SW Fifth. 5PM-9 Free

The Mark Woolley Gallery has well known for a good reason artists Amy Ruppel and Wesley Younie. At Mark Woolley Gallery 5PM-9 Free

Thursday, March 14, 2013

March 15 Opening & Closing

Philip Iosca opens his Moment, Monument show at Fourteen30. The gallery is a good match for his work and we hope the work will be introduced to other cities. At Portland's only member of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-9

The Portland Museum of Modern Art closes its Sun/Light show which opened on February 9. At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina Map 7:30PM-9:30 Free

Monday, March 11, 2013

March 13-16 Let's Get Critical

We have written about the Critical Art Ensemble since discovering them through the Gene(sis) art show curated by Robin Held at the Henry. Their early work, beginning in 1987, was political and often participatory. In the late 1990's they began to create bio-art work which were included in Gene(sis). That would make them early participants in the biohacker and biopunk movements. Then there was the unfortunate instance of CAE artist Steve Kurtz being arrested in 2004 for making art from living cells in his home laboratory. After 2006, the CAE shifted its focus to critique of global warfare, climate changes, endangered species, pollution and economic inequality.

Now the Critical Art Ensemble comes to PNCA.

Their visual show, Acceptable Losses, runs from March 13 to June 2 in the Feldman gallery.

The show opens and the artists speak on March 13 at 5PM at PNCA.

With support from Lewis and Clark and Portland State University, the Critical Art Ensemble talks about art and politics, a long time theme in their work. The talk will be held at the PSU 5th Avenue Cinema March 14 at 7PM.

Brian Holmes speaks on Tactical Media in the Neoliberal Era: The Helicopter View (or should we say the drone view) March 15 6:30PM at PNCA.

And using the social practice tactic of food, the CAE hosts a block party on NW 13th by PNCA March 16 noon-5.

You can do you own research on the artists, then join the events. The PR is sub par, but this link covers the entire program:

The PNCA events art at NW 13 and NW Johnson. The PSU Hall Street Cinema is at 515 SW Hall. All events are free.

March 12 Design at World Scale

D-Rev is a nonprofit design firm focused on products for underserved world markets. Helping rather than entertaining distraction. One is a low cost artificial knee joint. The other is a long life low powered therapy device for a common infant disease. The founder, Krista Donaldson, speaks about the mission of her design house, how they settled on these projects, and the design challenges for each.

Her talk is Design for Scaled Impact. Details: RSVP by email requested. At the Mercy Corps Action Center 28 SW 1st 7PM Free