Friday, November 27, 2015

November 27 Home Schooled

Home School is a project Victoria Anne Reis and Manuel Arturo Abreu. Tonight they have visual work by the organizers and Taj Bourgeois, video by Hamishi Farah, and a variety of spoken performances by the organizers and Eleanor Ford, Victoria Oleos and Giovanna Olmos. Home School at Composition Gallery 625 N.W. Everett St., #102 (mid-block on NW6th) 7PM Free

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 24 Good Bare Foot

Some of the top studio monitors in the world are made in Portland Oregon by Barefoot Sound. They range up to $22,000 per pair. These would be found in recording studios and studios doing mastering - the final voicing of a recording before it goes to each of the distribution formats - to you.

Their designer speaks here this evening. Thomas Barefoot, an engineer who decided not to finish his PhD because it seemed boring, started young in his audio career, age 13. The magic of his speakers is the digital electronics which manage the division of sound between low, mid and high frequency drivers, solid vibration-controlled cabinets - they weigh 70 pounds - and a design which can work at a range of listening distances.

Thomas Barefoot on speaker design, presentation of the Curiosity Club, you can tune into the free live webcast, see the video archive on the Hand Eye Supply website, or visit the talk and demonstration in person at Hand Eye Supply 427 NW Broadway 6PM Free

Friday, November 20, 2015

November 22 Sanctuary

Sanctuary Sunday on the anniversary of the death of President Kennedy has EMS, El Owl and Mike Gamble tonight with visuals by Sludge and Pulse Emitter on magnetic media. At Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. Music 7PM-10 donation $5

November 21 Prequel Raag

The Prequel project is a mentoring program for recently graduated artists. The eight artists have their project show at S1.

Prequel has done a great job with a very small amount of money, Portland-style. There is no cost to the artists to participate. They received a Precipice Fund grant for 2015. But Precipice grants are one year only. They are working to independently fund 2016.

As part of that project funding strategy, they have an auction this evening. Each artist has proposed an about 3 hour project in which you can participate with the artist. They all sound fun and some are humorous -

You can bid on them this evening while spending a little time in the S1 world, which is always recommended.

The artists speak about their work from 5PM-6. Bidding begins at 6. It's free to attend. And you should go.

Prequel artist experience auction at S1, formerly Multiplex, 4148 NE Hancock Map Early 5PM-7 Free

Tonight is an evening of night ragas by Michael Stirling, voice; David Jacob, tabla and Lucy Stirling, tambura. This Indian classical performance is in a lovely temple space, Dance Mandal, hidden in a Portland neighborhood. Night ragas at 1405 SE 40th 7PM $20

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November 21-22 Open Studio

PNCA MFA students open their studios tonight and tomorrow. Https:// at the PNCA MFA studios 321 NW Glisan Saturday 6PM-9, Sunday 3PM-6 Free

November 20 Creative Closing

Portland artist Storm Tharp speaks at Creative Mornings this morning. You can still get free tickets and read about the talk at Or if you arrive at 9, empty seats may be available. You can also watch the video of his and previous talks on the Creative Mornings website. Creative Mornings Portland at the Portland Center Stage Gerding Theater in the Armory 128 NW 11th 8:30AM-10 Free

Surplus Space has their closing closing tonight, the close of their final show: Senseofplace Lab. It is five installations of material crowdsourced from the neighborhood and artists. You can read a more eloquent description on the Surplus Space website, and visit this evening to see the results. At Surplus Space 3726 NE 7th 6PM-9 Free.

November 19-22 Interval Habitat

Byron Westbrook has a four day/night run of Interval/Habitat. It is a collaboration with different artists performing at 7PM each evening. You can look on the Disjecta website for more details. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map 7PM-10 Free

November 19 Curating Explorer Violet Ride

Paige Powell, photographer, and Brian Ferriso, curator and director of the Portland Art Museum, speak about The Ride, a video installation by Powell and a show of snapshots from the New York art scene of the 1980s surrounding Andy Worhol and Interview Magazine. at the Portland Art Museum Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park 6:30 Members Free, otherwise $19.99 which includes admission to the Museum, and the show

Portland artist Katy Knowlton opens her latest project, Violet's Diary, this evening. The violet part is a reference to violet in fires which spans cultures and continents. Violet fire is mystical. She has previously shown work at Place and Multiplex and has a variety of independent projects. At Short Space NE 7th and Broadway, above Cotton Cloud - use the red door 6PM-8 Free

Michelle Grabner is the curator of the Portland2016 Biennial at Disjecta. She is chair of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago department of painting and drawing, was a co-curator of the 2014 Whitney and has several regional curation projects. She speaks about her work this evening. At PNCA 511 NW Broadway Map 6:30PM Free

The New Explorers is a book profiling women artists doing art work on and about the landscape. "Explorers" is a good narrative brand, but contemporary art pales in relation to the history of women explorers when exploring was fierce. The author, Kris Timken, speaks this evening, along with artists in the book Linda K Johnson and Camille Seaman. The discussion will be moderated by curator Prudence Roberts. At OCAC in the Drawing, Painting and Photography Building 8245 SW Barnes Road 7PM

November 18 William Jamison Redux

William Jamison and Jeffrey Thomas opened a gallery in Portland in 1985 with a branch in New York. It was one of the early serious contemporary art galleries that followed on Arlene Schnitzer's Fountain Gallery, birthing the Laura Russo gallery, and the young Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

Jamison passed of AIDS in 1995. His staff, Charles Froelick and Jane Beebe, divided the artists and opened their own galleries which operate today.

Jeffrey Thomas brings back memories with a show by some of the original Jamison-Thomas Gallery opening artists in 1985. The artists included are: Idi Bagus Anom, Rick Bartow, Stuart Buehler, Mark Bulwinkle, Tom Cramer, Baba Wague Diakite, Robert Gilkerson, Gregory Grenon, Tomas Nakada, Deb Norby, Stan Peterson and Eric Stotik. Since then, more Portland artists operate on a national and international stage.

At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 6PM-8 Free

Monday, November 16, 2015

November 17 Manifesto

PSU has a Social Practice Art Club. They have a show and tell this evening. They will also draft a manifesto. At Likewise 3564 SE Hawthorne 7PM-9 Free

November 16 Halloween is Over

PMOMA closes their costumes made by artists show tonight. Mike Clark, the man behind Movie Madness and its costume collection, will speak.

At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina Map 8PM-10 Free

Friday, November 13, 2015

November 15 Six Fallen Night Container View

The gentlemen who started the social practice project Fallen Fruit in Los angeles in 2004, David Allen Burns and Austin Young, speak about their project this afternoon. The project has spread to other cites and there are independent projects like it in Portland. Fallen Fruit is also the inspiration for a show currently at the Museum, W+K and around town. Tickets required and are available in advance at the Museum box office or online. Fallen Fruit talk at the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park 2PM Members free, Adults $19.99, Students & Seniors $16.99

Jessica Jackson Hutchins has a retrospective show at the Lumber Room. Accompanying the show is a book published by Container Corps. This afternoon they celebrate the book release. The artist has done an excellent job exporting her work from Portland, which we laud. At Container Corps 800 SE 10th 3PM-5 Free

Six is nine.

Six is an evening of electronic music for six channels performed by six musicians, one at a time. It is the ninth year. Musicians this year are Solar Drift, Paul Dickow + Marcus Fischer, Jetfinger, Ethernet, Gummy and Wndfrm.

The the audience occupies the center space between speakers. In past years, the audience has brought their own blankets and pillows.

This year the event is at PSU. Six www.six.pdx in the Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue, at the corner of SW Broadway and Hall on the PSU campus 6PM Free

Ragas cleave to time of day. There are some for mornings, some for day and some for night. Fire Comes to Earth is an evening of night ragas. Michael Stirling sings, David Jacob plays tabla and Lucy Stirling accompanies on tambura. Advance tickets on the Sun Gate website. At Sun Gate Studio 2215 NE Alberta Doors 8:30PM, performance 9-11 $15-15

Many artists will be enjoying the Columbia River Gorge today, culminating in a meetup at the Portland Women's Forum State Park overlook in Corbett. It's a celebration of water in a way. Bring tea and snacks. at the Portland Women's Forum State Park 3PM-5 Free

November 14 Content Fire Auction

Disjecta has their annual funding artist auction tonight. It's

At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map 7PM-10/11/12 $30 online $40 door

Stewart Harvey and Marti close their show of photographs from Burning Man festival in Nevada.

At the Mark Woolley Gallery a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall, with the People's art of Portland opening at the same time. 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 6PM-9 Free

Content occupies the rooms on the second floor of the Ace Hotel Portland with artist - designer - wearable collaborations. Each room is individually designed, and often performed, by Portland creatives. They include Allison Ullmer Jewelry, Angel Thug, Topaz, DIGDOGDIG, Marty Jean, Service x Joanne Petit-Frere, A Girl Named Georges, Brady Lange, ALTAR, Goodsport, Shwood, Moonshadow Goods, Solabee, Kiriko Made, Machete, Katie Guinn, human noise, BLK RBN, ARA, Red+Co X Knowledge for Knowledge, MapleXO, WWJJD, Fieldwork Flowers, John Blasioli x Bridge & Burn and Drip Ice cream x Damien Gilley. It is always a fun event, and you will enjoy it more if you clothe yourself creatively that evening. Content at the Ace Hotel 1022 SE Stark 5PM to 10, last entry 9:30 $15 advance $20 door

November 13 Incubate Identity

Prequel, a Portland artist incubator presents their group show, What I Know Is, by Travis Beardsley, Kello Goeller, Erin Mallea, Brittney Connelly, Genevieve Goffman, John Whitten, Dakota Gearhart, Lara Kim and Emily Wobb. At S1, formerly Multiplex, 4148 NE Hancock Map 6PM-9 Free

Berlin performer and artist Lief Hall has a lecture themed on myth, pop cuture, virtual identity and gender tonight. You can examine her website to determine if this event is for you. At Short Space NE 7th and Broadway, above Cotton Cloud - use the red door 7pm by donation

Friday, November 06, 2015

November 7 Physical Education Idol Crawl

Lit Crawl originated with Lit Quake in San Francisco. It's an evening of stacked readings at taverns within walking distance. It's spread since to London, NY, Austin, LA, Seattle and Iowa City(!).

It's tonight in Portland, the festive coda to Wordstock. It runs from 6PM to Late with readings between 7:30 and 9:15 in inner SE. Details:

Lit Crawl. 6PM-late Free

Allie Hankins, Lucy Yim and Akahiro Yamamoto perform something in the modern dance realm as Physical Education. It is their project which includes cultural reading groups and discussions. They win the copywriting award for the month: " the body is a site of a passage of time, faded history, deviant behavior, dimensional projections, artifacts & narratives, alternatives against structures of repression, traffic & underground passageways, broken languages, consumed & digested & transformed material, questions larger than its skin & greater in number than its pores, tenderness & love, dreams & self-inflicted pain, trauma & desire for release, harbors, rivers, dams & bridges" Physical Education at Short Space, above Cotton Cloud on NE 7th. 7PM Free

Portland abstract painter Grant Hottle has Throw Me the Idol I Throw You the Whip opening tonight. It corresponds to the Disjecta art auction preview next door. At Carl & Sloan Contemporary in the Disjecta building. 8371 N Interstate Ave #1 Map 6PM-10 Free

November 6 Eastside Art Openings

Cowboy Ghost Watching Me When I Sleep? is a show by Andre Filipek & Carly Mandel. It is inspired by the conflict in the West between the cowboy - don't fence me in; and the farmer - good fences make good neighbors. That seems so long ago. Has that dialectic passed from our culture? Where do the hunter gatherer first people fit in? At False Front Studio 4518 NE 32nd Map 6PM-9ish Free

Ann Ploeger shows her trademark large scale color portraits of barefoot families. It works. At Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-8 Free

Luminous: Light and Space is a group show of photography, what Black Box does every month. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8 Free

Black is Beautiful B.I.B 999 is the documentation of 999 black marker pens by Allister Lee operating as At One Grand Gallery 1000 E Burnside 7PM-10 Free

Ben Huff has The Last Road North, road trip pictures exposed over 5 years on the 499 mile Haul Road between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay. There are a lot of dead fossil fueled vehicles abandoned on the side and the road parallels the route of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, which is running out of oil. That is why oil companies are coveting arctic ocean drilling and drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, the main migration route between Alaska and Canada for caribou. Santa Pictures Not Picked Up: Photographs from the Oregon Historical Society is a collection of 1950s-60s by Earnest Walter Rollins, from Coquille, Oregon, the county seat for Coos County. which is out of logs. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free

Eutectic continues Pattern by Adam Field, Kat Hutter & Roger Lee, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Roberto Lugo, Alexander Matisse, Ken Standhardt and John Vigeland. The theme is surface transformation of ceramics by pattern. At Eutectic Gallery 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free

Butters has Sourced, a group show of some of their artists: Jeff Fointaine, Bernd Haussmann, Michael Kessler, Marlana Stoddard Hayes and Elise Wagner. 157 NE Grand 6PM-8 Free

Thursday, November 05, 2015

November 5 Westside Art Openings

Across Every Reason a Movement is a group show by Vicki Lynn Wilson, Emily Nachison and Matt Leavitt. Knowing the artists, it should be good and is an early start for your art evening. At the PSU Littman Gallery in Smith Union. PSU Smith Hall, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway 5PM-7 Free

Christopher Rauschenberg has photographs exposed in Poland. They are in the Nine Gallery.

Romain Blanquart has the Tyranny of Hope, images of his adopted town for ten years.

Thomas Gardiner has Untitled USA and Western Canada, images of working class towns in the US and Canada.

At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Melody Owen has been a visual collector for ever. In her newest work she has a show Everything in Water, collages made from those collections. She talks about her collage process at a Curiosity Club Talk - search around for the video Mark R Smith has The Silk Road, paintings. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free

Long time Salem artist D.E. May has No Specific Region, minimalist collages and illustrations. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

"The Culture of We" is a group show by Caldera youth. The show is connected to the Fallen Fruit Project. At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 5:30PM-8 Free

Julie Green has My New Blue Friends, sumi ink illustrations with airbrushed egg tempera. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Tom Cramer continues his long running series of relief carved and painted wood panels. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Michael Boonstra has Parallel Processes geometric ink compositions reminiscent of satellite imagery of earth. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

Photographer sculptor Deb Stoner has botanical portraits captured on a flat bed scanner tonight. At Cascade Sotheby’s Realty 1321 NW Hoyt 5PM-8 Free

PNCA and the Museum of Contemporary Craft are recommended to stop in.

There is a benefit party in the 511 building, so galleries may or may not be open.

They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free


At the Museum of Contemporary Craft 724 NW Davis 6PM-8 Free First Thursday

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It's easier for you to see them all than for me to write suggestions. Some close as early as 9PM. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map closing ranges from 9PM-10:30ish

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

November 4 The Ride

Big things start small. Portlander Paige Powell moved to New York in the 1980 and worked for Interview Magazine. That time was a great creative period in the City. Powell found herself right in the middle of Andy Worhol's Factory and dated Jean-Michel Basquiat. She captured that in stills and on video.

Thomas Lauderdale, a Grant grad, returned to Portland after studying piano at Harvard. He would borrow the grand piano in a Pearl District restaurant as the neighborhood was transformed. He put together a band for a benefit, which became the Pink Martini, one of Portland's finest musical exports.

Lauderdale is also a photographer. When Powell showed him her boxes of photos, he urged her to catalog them. Ultimately the director of the Portland Art Museum worked with Powell to curate them into a show, The Ride.

The Ride, a video installation and hundreds of photographs plus a room by Kenny Scharf, opens tonight with a reception and a performance by Pink Martini.

The Ride opens with Pink Martini at the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park $40 5:30PM-9:30