Wednesday, August 23, 2017

August 24 Arch

Proscenium Arch is a group show installation by Inga Danysz, Keisuke Iiri - Le Makeup, Nicolette Polek and Kira Scerbin. It's curated by Spring PNCA BFA grad Charles Klein Stobbs III. LeMakeup provides a recorded soundtrack at 7:30. At S1, formerly Multiplex, www.s1portland.com 7320 NE Sandy Map 6PM-9 Free

Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 14 DIY Art in 1950s Japan

Neglecting the American-Native American war of expansion between 1690 and 1924, the last war on US soil was the civil war. It was 4 years, 150 years ago. They did not have modern weapons. But we are still fighting that war today.

Japan engaged wars of expansion too. The United States entered one of those wars in late 1941, transforming the conflict into total war with modern weapons. The definition of total war and absolute war vary. When it was formulated in the 1800s, modern weapons did not exist. I use it to mean war on civilians with modern weapons. By the time of the atomic bombings, which are the ultimate expression of total war, several Japanese cities had been already been leveled.

Tonight's talk is about individual artists and community groups of artists that flourished in the Japan of the 1950s. Protests in 1959 and 1960 against the US-Japan Defense Treaty also included street theater and experimental performance, leading to enduring artistic movements.

Americans have a limited understanding of the cultural impact of war on their home soil, and no understanding of total war. So the impact of those on artistic creativity is foreign. We make those war decisions today in the abstract, but the impact is not abstract for the individuals involved. We are sowing generations of unhappiness and, for some, the desire for revenge.

The Creativity of Uncertainty: Amateur Woodcut in 1950s Japan is a talk by Justin Jesty from the University of Washington, in the context outlined above, on people, time, place and beauty.

A longer more eloquent description is https://www.facebook.com/events/109729873045005/.

At Yu Contemporary Art www.yucontemporary.org 900 SE 10th 7PM Free

August 12 There is Still Time!+

There is Still Time! is a show by artists Rose Dickson and Sarah Smiley. They are artist friends, communicating as often as daily, making their works, separated by a thousand miles.

Their work is related. Dickson is more minimal, Smiley has a little more visual humor and she adds performance. They both were schooled at RISD, where they met.

Don't be shy, meet artist friends. There is Still Time! https://www.facebook.com/events/1233546403439933/ at OV Project Space 7604 SE Washington 6:00PM-9 Free



Volt Divers is a night of analog synth performers. This month they are Caustic Touch, Grease Envelope, Ben Davis, Big Mountain Fudge Cake, Greyjoy, Enough Static, Sea Moss, Kinder and Arkham Sunset. Visuals by Judy Gloom. Tonight 100% of the modest cover, $5, goes to the ACLU. Yes. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 $5

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

August 9-12 Convergence

Converge 45 is a Portland visual art event with a lot of talk and some performance. It has keynote events and receptions requiring paid tickets. Other things are free. It places emphasis on artist networking and co-inspiration. The big list is here: http://converge45.org/event/year2017/august9-12/. Converge also promotes local galleries by publishing a list of the contemporary ones and their shows. Converge 45 various places, times and prices.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

August 9-13 Drift Iteration Paths

PortlandORUSNow is event-oriented. We list the receptions where you might meet other artists. The reception for this is 11AM-1PM Thursday.

MSHR has Drift Iteration Paths, a large distributed musical synth and sculpture. It uses electronic circuits connected to optical circuits. The lasers, LEDs, incandescent bulbs and light-sensitive detectors make a continuously evolving sound and light show. They are part of a sculpture with Mayan- or ancient Chinese-like mystic sculptural units.

MSHR is now operating in NYC and getting some great shows there.

At the PSU Littman Gallery in Smith Union. www.littmanwhite.tumblr.com/post/163465069432/drift-iteration-paths-mshr-august-913-2017 PSU Smith Hall, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway. Noon-5 Wednesday, Noon-6 Thursday Friday, check for other hours. Closes 5PM-8 Sunday. Free

August 9 Suspended Moment

Suspended Moment is a performance and a sculpture commemorating the atomic bombings in Japan on August 6 & 9, 1945. Yukiyo Kawano was born in Hiroshima. She has sewn her mother's kimonos into the shape of one of the bombs. It is suspended in the performance space. Meshi Chavez & Kawano perform butoh on that set with support by poet Allison Cobb, musician Lisa DeGrace and projectionist Stephen Miller.

From Despair to Hope is a commemoration at the Japanese American Historical Plaza, NW Naito Parkway, Waterfront Park from 6PM to 7.

The Suspended Moment is after at the University of Oregon White Stag Building in the main floor atrium 70 NW Couch 7PM-8 Free

Thursday, August 03, 2017

August 4 Eastside Openings+

Maya Vivas has Beauty in Fragility, two bodies of work: Radical Emergence: An exploration in adaptation, sensuality, & abundance and Black: Dissected & Articulated. At 7pm there is a poetry reading by t.a. edwards from her series The Ugliest Girl in The World. An artist talk & closing reception is 7PM August 25th. At adxportland.com 1015 SE Stark 6PM-9 Free



Butters has an anniversary group show by Dorothy Goode, Ted Katz, Julie Rall, Marlana Stoddard-Hayes, Elise Wagner, Rick Stare, Brenda Mallory, David Geiser, Jeffrey Butters, Deborah Gillis, Michael Kessler and Stephanie Shank. It is a good opportunity to survey the aesthetics of the gallery. At Butters Gallery www.buttersgallery.com 157 NE Grand 6PM-8 Free



Girls of Summer is work by Alea Bone, Stephanie Brockway, Heide Davis. At Redux www.reduxpdx.com 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free


Shades of Gray is a monochrome show of primarily landscapes. At Black Box Gallery www.blackboxgallery.com 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free


All at 811 East Burnside Map



Slater Herman has Images of Nothing, actually photographs of everyday items found traveling in the US. At Pushdot Studio www.pushdotstudio.com 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-9 Free



Chefas has cartoon-like paintings themed on pop culture. At Stephanie Chefas Projects www.stephaniechefas.com 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 6PM-9 Free



Breaking the Mold are slip-cast ceramics works that take advantage of the resolution of porcelain, but on projects that would not be practical in mass slip-cast production. Artists are Julian F. Bond, Jeff Campana, Sharan Elran, Kyle Johns, Joris Link, and Peter Pincus. At Eutectic Gallery www.eutecticgallery.com 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free



Daniel H Wilson has a PhD in robotics. He's better known for his fiction works about robots and AI. He speaks tonight on his new thriller The Clockwork Dynasty. Could there be human-like machines hidden among us for centuries? Discovering that is the quest of an anthropologist. More anthropologist protagonists? Yes! At Powell's Burnside 1005 W Burnside 7:30PM Free

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

August 3 Westside Art Openings

August is a slow month for commercial galleries. Some are drawn away by the Seattle art fair and collectors are vacationing.



Katie Torn has surreal paintings and video. She is part of a trio of gallerists artists: Morehshin Allahyari, Brenna Murphy and Katie Torn, mounting a group show August 23 through September 2. At UpFor Gallery www.upforgallery.com 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free



PDX continues the previous show. At PDX Contemporary Art www.pdxcontemporaryart.com 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free



The Eclipse Show is a massive show curated by Christopher Rauschenberg. It includes artists Blake Andrews, Jacob Aue Sobol, Karl Baden, Gloria Baker Feinstein, John Baldessari, Steve Beckly, Deborah Bergman, Matt Black, Romain Blanquart, Laurie Blakeslee, John Bridges, Anja Bruehling, Jason Burch, Catherine Cameron, Lucy Capehart, Kristin Capp, Caleb Charland, Jo Ann Chaus, Alexander Chekmenev, John Chervinsky, Adrain Chesser, Vince Cianni, Larry Clark, Jamila Clarke, Paul Dahlquist, Kris Davidson, Rocio de Alba, Desiree Edkins, Matt Eich, Adam Ekberg, Elliott Erwitt, John Faier, Bill Finger, Dean Forbes, Klaus Frahm, Robert Frank, Patricia Galagan, Ingeborg Gerdes, Kevin German, Joseph Glasgow, Carole Glauber, John Gossage, Lauren Grabelle, Michael Hall, Bob Haft, Adam Hartzell, Stewart Harvey, Craig Hickman, Ann Hughes, Rachel Hulin, Carol Isaak, Megan Jacobs, John Jerard, Tom Jimison, Matt Kallio, Denise Keim, George Kelly, Ann Kendellen, Katrina Kepule, Sara Kirschenbaum, Les Krims, Laurie Lambrecht, Robert Langham, Susan Lapides, Jason Larkin, J.K. Lavin, Russell Lee, Isa Leshko, Fritz Liedtke, Nathan Lucas, Helena Lukas, Mary Ann Lynch, Lajos Major, Ann Mansolino, Roberta Margolis, Rania Matar, Lee Materazzi, Shay McAtee, Groana Melendez, Julie Mihaly, Andrew Miksys, Andrea Modica, Daniel Muchiut, Dan Nelken, Adam Novak, David Pace, Louie Palu, Gordon Parks, Colleen Plumb, Craig Pozzi, Douglas Prior, Christopher Rauschenberg, Tony Ray-Jones, Shawn Records, Arne Reinhardt, William Rihel III, Vanessa Renwick, Suzanne Revy, Saul Robbins, Jana Romanova, William Rugen, Pentti Sammallahti, Andi Schreiber, Traer Scott, Lauren Semivan, Steve Smith, Christopher Sohler, Matt Stuart, Paul Sutinen, Cody Swanson, Brandon Thibodeaux, Stewart Weir, Andrés Wertheim, Reiko Yagi and Bijan Yashar.

Kris Sanford has Through the Lens of Desire, vintage found photographs of same identified individuals recontextalized into same identified relationships.


Nan Curtis has What if We Let It in the Nines Gallery space inside Blue Sky.

At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free



Wolf Haven are photographs made at a Washington State wolf sanctuary by Seattle's Annie Marie Musselman. Because it is a fenced facility the photographer could make photos at a close distance. At Charles Hartman Fine Art www.hartmanfineart.net 134 NW 8th early close 8PM Free



The Jewish Museum has a permanent collection and traveling shows. They will be open until 8 on First Thursday in the previous Contemporary Craft Museum space.



Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It is always evolving and there are many strong spaces. 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

Sunday, July 30, 2017

July 31 Rag

Ragas are beautiful Indian music. There are many compositions that are performed in an improvisational mode. But individual compositions are also tied to seasons and hours of the day. They are traditionally performed only then.

Vocalist Michael Stirling, Benjy Wertheimer, Joss Jaffee, tabla and Lucy Stirling, tambura perform evening ragas tonight. At intimate temple setting Nritya Mandala Mahavihara - Dance Mandal. 1405 SE 40th 7:30PM $15

Friday, July 28, 2017

July 29 Difficult Science

Donna in Avalon is a show by artists Vaginal Davis, Nora Jane Slade and Alexandra Eastburn dedicated to difficult women. The opening is accompanied by musical stylings by Sunfoot and Earth Babies. These openings are always a hit and recommended. At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records www.portlandmuseumofmodernart.com 5202 N Albina Map Early 5PM-8



Mad Pursuit: Exploring Science Through the Lens of Art is a show by Elise Wagner, Kindra Krick, Lawrence Morrell, Sienna Morris and Julian Voss-Andreae. At the Ford Gallery fordgallerypdx.com 2505 SE 11th 6PM-9 Free

Monday, July 24, 2017

July 28 Shoes & Equality

Creative Mornings is an international talk series, including Portland. Pensole is an international shoe design school in Portland which is kicking ass. Founder D'Wayne Edwards speaks. Very highly recommended. Missed it? The video on th link when posted is well worth watching! Creative Mornings has https://creativemornings.com/talks/d-wayne-edwards at the Portland Art Museum sunken ballroom in the Mark Building - Masonic Temple. 1219 SW Park 8:30AM-10, Free

Saturday, July 22, 2017

July 23 Deep Breakfast

Portland loves talks. A new occasional series, Deep Breakfast, starts today with philosophy professor Steven L. Bindemen. He explores Sounding Silence - the creative value of silence in music, psychology and poetry.

Deep breakfast silence talk www.facebook.com/events/117855295505574/ at Xhurch xhurch.net 4550 NE 20th. Map 11AM chat, noon listen and question, end 2. Free, donations welcome!

Friday, July 14, 2017

July 15 Blue You

Blue Moon has their annual staff photo show tonight, one night only. Especially poignant with Newspace, a sister, closing.

At Blue Moon Camera www.bluemooncamera.com 8417 N Lombard, enter on N Kellogg 5:30PM-8:30 Free



Morag Keil & Georgie Nettell open Questionare. At Yu Contemporary Art www.yucontemporary.org 900 SE 10th 6PM-8 Free

Saturday, July 08, 2017

July 14 Designing Information for Life

We have written before of Edward Tufte.

Tufte is the original user experience - UX - designer. He teaches one day seminars in information design which are highly, highly recommended. His specialty is a design philosophy that is at once beautiful and effective because it is detailed.

Think that's not important?

Tufte cites examples of PowerPoint presentations, the ultimate somnambulant pablum, that were poorly designed. People died as a result of decisions based on those self same PowerPoints. Tufte has discussed the PowerPoints leading to decisions in the Challenger and Columbia disasters in past seminars as an example. Today PowerPoint is used extensively in national security and military operations decision making. He even has a monograph on the topic: https://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/powerpoint.

The seminar is reasonably priced as it includes a set of Tufte's reference books. There are slight group and student discounts. It is also fascinating and entertaining; Tufte is professor emeritus at Yale. Best professor you never had? Yes. Recommended.

Edward Tufte one day seminar on information and presentation design in downtown Portland. Details at www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/courses. 8:45AM-4 $380

July 9 What is the function of a gallery?

Nationale, an art book and goods store is relocating. They are relocating with their excellently curated artists too. This, and the next show, are in this location. Now is a group show of what they are up to by artists Delaney Allen, Lora Baize, Amy Bernstein, Francesca Capone, Emily Counts, Ty Ennis, Amanda Leigh Evans, Jaik Faulk, Anastasia Greer, Midori Hirose, Patrick Kelly, Lindsay Kennedy, Aidan Koch, Jeffrey Kriksciun, Daniel Long, Victor Maldonado, William Matheson, Annie McLaughlin, Angélica Maria Millán Lozano, Nick Norman, Christian Rogers and Cari Vander Yacht. The big picture. Recommended. At Nationale www.nationale.us 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-5 Free

July 8 Wild Volts

Cool kids Stay Wild magazine drop their latest paper copies. They are online too. At Leeward, 2504 NE Sandy 6PM-8ish Free



Volt Divers is a night of analog synth performers. This month they are The Synth Witch, SciFiSol, Dweomer, Lasers of Love, Minigorille, SHH, Angel 11, Andrew Tomasello and Erin April Cooper. Visuals by Alisa Akay. Tonight 100% of the modest cover, $5, goes to the ACLU. Yes. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 $5

Friday, July 07, 2017

July 7 Eastside Art Openings

Newspace Center for Photography permanently closes tonight. They continue 2 weeks of scheduled youth classes. They homed a community, created a place for learning and experimenting, they curated great shows.



Object Memory is a show by Eli Coplan, Addie Lehuauakea Fernandez and Kalaija Mallery. Inspired by shape memory metal alloys, the show captures the interpretations by the artists of memory projected into space and shapes returning to form after deformation. The show in a basement gallery is curated by Tessa Bolsover. Recommended. Object Memory https://www.facebook.com/events/1893499014195385/ at OV Project Space 7604 SE Washington (enter on 76th) 6:00PM-9 Free



Narrative Photography is at Black Box Gallery www.blackboxgallery.com 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free


Redux Brent Wear and Kirsten Moore in a new larger space. At Redux www.reduxpdx.com 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free


All at 811 East Burnside Map



Further West is a show of staged photographs by Mako Miyamoto who works in the ad agency world. His conceit is masks on models, including of the Wookie from Star Wars. At Stephanie Chefas Projects www.stephaniechefas.com 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 7PM-10 Free



Lightleak is a project by Oregon Portland protographers to visit LA in Portland winter for a photo expedition. This show is by Lightleakers George Kelly, Scott Binkley, Gary Gumanow, Steve Rockoff, Bob Gervais, Blake Andrews, Missy Prince, Lisa Gidley, Jason Shiloh Moore, Faulkner Short, Jenny Olsen and Bryan Wolf. At Pushdot Studio www.pushdotstudio.com 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-9 Free



Eutectic continues Tinder, with Chris Baskin, Frank Boyden, Richard Brandt, Perry Haas, Samuel Johnson, and Simon Levin. They all fire with wood kilns, which marks the glaze with ash. At Eutectic Gallery www.eutecticgallery.com 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

July 6 Westside Art Openings

Brenna Murphy presents a floor installation, Axis Spread, with daily reconfiguration. It is made of her signature cutout shapes, reminding ancient Mayan or Chinese architecture, and digitally printed blankets. In both, color abounds. Her nightly reconfigurations are a way of adjusting the relationship of ideas embedded in the secret language of the components. There is also a preopening Wednesday. She and collaborator in the MSHR project have decamped to NYC, illustrating if you have talent you don't need an MFA, but you might want to get out of little Portland on your journey. Strongly Recommended. At UpFor Gallery www.upforgallery.com 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free



Whitney Nye and Anna Siems, longtime Russo Lee artists, open paintings tonight. Nye has Midst, detailed component paintings representing change in Portland in an abstract way. Siems has Essence. It's figurative, with pre-Renaissance faces, adding a focus on more abstract surroundings than her previous work. Both mid-career artists are recommended. At the same gallery is Farbenkugel: New Variations on a Theme by Narangkar Glover. At Laura Russo Lee Gallery www.russoleegallery.com 805 NW 21st early close 5PM-8 early close Free



PDX has a sprawling Summer group show, Dislocation. The selection is excellent, and an excellent opportunity to see the range of the gallerist's interests. It includes Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Amjad Faur, Bean Finneran, Ellen George, Johannes Girardoni, Elizabeth Knight, James Lavadour, D.E. May, Kristen Miller, Wes Mills, Megan Murphy, Vanessa Renwick, Tad Savinar, Adam Sorensen, Barbara Stafford, Storm Tharp, Terry Toedtemeier, Gus Van Sant, Molly Vidor, Nell Warren, Marie Watt and Masao Yamamoto. At PDX Contemporary Art www.pdxcontemporaryart.com 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free



Portrait photographer Sage Sohier has worked for many years perfecting her Arbus gaze. Her mother, Wendy Morgan, now 89, was an in-demand fashion model in the late 1940's. Photographer In this show, Witness to Beauty, Sage has updated fashion shots with her mother, her self and her sister, Laine, as models. The work spans the first decade of the millennium and includes family photographs in the 1950's and '60's. It's generational relationship work.

Between Sheets and Seamless is an exploration in staged portraits and still lifes by Nakeya Brown of the intersection of female beauty ritual, consumer culture and identity as a black woman.

At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free



Christine Clark opens Give. It combines her long running wire chain work with other contrasting materials. Recommended. At the Nine Gallery inside Blue Sky 122 NW 8th



Anna Fidler continues at Hartman, reprising the stacked paper cutouts of her debut work, now combining it with complementary painting. At Charles Hartman Fine Art www.hartmanfineart.net 134 NW 8th early close 8PM Free



You can get a free early-century modern history lesson with Augen's Picasso and Miro print show. At Augen Gallery www.augengallery.com 716 NW Davis early close 8PM Free



The Urban Art Project programs NW 13th Street where throngs gather for a curated but not gallery-curated show of art and crafts. Meanwhile all the cool kids will be at Upper Playground, Floating World, Compound and Sticks & Stones.



The Jewish Museum has a permanent collection and traveling shows. They will be open until 8 on First Thursday in the previous Contemporary Craft Museum space.



Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It is always evolving and there are many strong spaces. 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



PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free

Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 24 Social Practice Art & Photography

Wendy Ewald has a social practice photography at Blue Sky. She distributed cameras to the people of 14 Israeli and Palestinian communities and the show is the result of the story the people wanted to tell. This afternoon is a panel of artists speaking on social practice art and Ewald's work: Emily Fitzgerald, Nolan Calisch, Harrell Fletcher, Lisa Jarrett, Julie Keefe and Patricia Vazquez Gomez.

At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org Map 122 NW 8th 3PM-5 Free

June 23 +&>

Traci Sym has the greatest business name: +&>, Plus and Greater Than, for her design firm. She designs exhibition experiences.

The event is fully subscribed, but you can watch the video soon after the event, and for all past Creative Mornings, worldwide & free, anytime.

At PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 8:30AM Free

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 22 Title Bones

In one of our more unusual show titles, painter - digital collage artist Alisa Bones presents her show Your clothing is animal hair, your purple is fish blood. It's at Williamson | Knight 916 NW Flanders 6PM-8 Free

June 21 Summer Purpose Transformation Retors

We don't usually cover glass. It has its own aesthetics and collector base. The material is overwhelmingly beautiful which can distract from its impact on contemporary art viewers. Often the narrative or conceptual ingredient we love in contemporary work is absent.

This show has some artists who have contemporary cred and have used the Bullseye facilities to make truly archival work. They are Ligia Bouton, Kate Clements, Emily Counts, Emily Nachison and Judy Tuwaletstiwa in show Transformations.

Show http://www.bullseyeprojects.com/exhibitions/268/overview/ with closing reception September 23. At Bullseye Projects 300 NW 13th Noon-5 Free



Zach Krahmer speaks on Listening with Purpose in photography. He has captured portraits of everyday people worldwide. It's part of the monthly free Brown Bag Lunch Talk Series by the Portland Art Museum Photography Council. Feel free to bring lunch. At the Portland Art Museum Miller Gallery in the Mark building 1219 SW Park. Noon Free



House for Summer is a landwork of live trees planted 30 years ago in the Hoyt Arboretum by artist Helen Lessick. It's hidden in plain sight, I've never noticed it. Celebrating yesterday's Summer Solstace, the artist will be there 3:30PM-5:30 today, then will speek at the Jefferey Thomas Gallery after. House for Summer at the intersection of SW Fairview Blvd. and SW Knights Road on the hill above the Zoo parking lot. 3:30PM-5:30. Talk & reception At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art www.jeffreythomasfineart.com 2219 NW Raleigh 6PM-8 Both Free



This has been an artist space from time to time and from time to time under different guidance has art shows by recent art school graduates. Tonight is Wet, paintings and sculpture by Theadora Frost and Maddy Inez Leeser. I got to learn a new word from their announcement, retors! More here: https://www.facebook.com/events/296573384100889/. At Project 205, 707 NE Broadway. 6PM-9 Free


Saturday, June 17, 2017

June 17 Seeds

Albina is one of Portland's oldest neighborhoods and was an independent city at one time. It's been thoroughly destroyed by highways, railroads and access to the river blocked by large industrial facilities and ruins. It's polluted too. There are a few old buildings in the neighborhood for a sense of what was: the old Widmer building, Beam and Anchor, some buildings on Russell, the old Ripe Family Dinner building, and some are artist work spaces. The North Coast Seed Building is one, a complex of artist studios in Albina. Tonight is their annual open studios, most of the artists open their studios tonight. They also have a large solar array on the roof! Strongly recommended. May not be perfectly wheel chair accessible. http://pdxseedstudios.com/pdxstudios/2017-open-house-21st-annual-summer-kickoff 2127 N. Albina 4PM-10 Free

Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 15 Sexy Work

If you subscribe to the evolutionary psychology model, we are all sex workers. Artist and audience. And there has been a history of collaboration in Portland between artists and sex workers going back to Marne Lucas working with Danzine in the late 1990s, starting the Sex Worker's Film Festival, and costarring in the infrared short film The Operation. Organized by a new generation, tonight is the New Third Annual Portland Sex Worker Art Show. The show is one night. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/1812445585675065/. At PCC Cascade Paragon Gallery 815 N Killingsworth 6PM-9 Free

Thursday, June 08, 2017

June 10 Public Chemistry Home Cover+

Photographer, collage artist and curator Serrah Russell, from Seattle has a one night pop-up Take / Cover tonight. This show, themed on safety and addressing fear, is an installation incorporating photography, sculpture and video. Her work themes inner emotion suggested my the juxtaposition of minimal collage elements or figures in the natural landscape. This show includes collaboration with CL Young and Samson Stilwell.

Take / Cover https://www.facebook.com/events/1187157988076918/ at OV Project Space 7604 SE Washington 6:00PM-9 Free



Helen Lessick makes installations themed on home, as in the gabled architype. Some has been interior work, like a home about to be torn down filled with glass furniture and objects. Some has been outdoor work, where the gabled form is comprised of natural materials, even living plants. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art www.jeffreythomasfineart.com 2219 NW Raleigh 4PM-6 Free



Art From the WPA Era is a show of paintings and prints made in the 1930s. The country was in the Great Depression. The government hired musicians, writers, performers and visual artists through the Work Projects Administration in Federal Project Number One, and the show has some of the visual results. There is a longer description worth reading on the PMOMA website. Matt Emmonds will perform on steel drums at the opening.

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



Linus Pauling went to Washington High School. From there he went to Oregon State University and CalTech. He is the only person to have won two solo Nobels.

Artists Chris Haberman, Karen Wippich, Amy McLain and Eric Blackburn have made artworks themed on Pauling's life and work incorporated into the architecture of the Washington High School Marthas Cafe.

They are unveiled tonight.

Art http://www.revolutionhall.com/event/1498443-chemistry-revolution-4-portland/ at the Washington High School Revolution Hall Martha's Cafe. 1300 SE Stark 7PM-9 Free



ADX celebrates their 6th birthday with an all day party. It's a great opportunity to see the space, work being done there and meet makers. Plus there is a competitive thumbwrestling competition! ç



Tonight modular synth performers Alani, Sky Symbol Rituals, Dump Shock, Dr Burtrum, Body Shame, S.H.E., Chaos SoahC, Clavitron and Bifurcation perform. Visuals by Cysmic! Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

June 7 - August 6 Who is Watching the Watchers?

Artist Ai Weiwei, and architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron open Hansel and Gretel in the Park Avenue Armory in NYC. The large installation is a comment on our state of surveillance. The installation creates an environment surveilled by cameras and drones.

The project is documented at https://hanselgretelarmory.com/, which includes a livestream of the visitors to the installation and the history of drones and surveillance.

Hansel and Gretel www.armoryonpark.org/programs_events/detail/hansel_gretel at the Park Avenue Armory 643 Park Avenue (enter on 894 Lexington Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets) Closed Mondays $15

Saturday, June 03, 2017

June 3 Don't Blame the Sun

Michelle Ramin has watercolors Blame the Sun, opening this afternoon. For this show, she paints friends on campouts, at barbecues and in other social situations. Great Stumptown is showing her, she often garners gallery shows. At Stumptown Coffee Division, 4525 SE Division 4PM-6 Free

Friday, June 02, 2017

June 2 Eastside Art Openings

In Response: Revisiting the Documerica Project is new work by Shane Anderson, Sarah Christianson, Peter Crabtree, Donna DeCesare, Elizabeth Gritzmacher, Sara Quinn, Stephen Slappe, Terray Sylvester and Linda Wysong. It reprises the 1971 EPA project on the impact of pollution and environmental destruction on community. At Newspace Photo www.newspacephoto.org 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free



Haunt new photography by Onyx Marie who specializes in fashion. At Haunt www.hauntstudio.blogspot.com 811 E Burnside Suite #113 6PM-8 Free


Color: The Visual Spectrum is at Black Box Gallery www.blackboxgallery.com 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free


Redux has Light Fuse and Fly Away: Crows Playing With Fire by Brent Wear and Kirsten Moore At Redux www.reduxpdx.com 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free


All at 811 East Burnside Map



Neon Love is a show by Dan Lam, Meryl Pataky, Erik Mark Sandberg and Kristen Liu Wong. Three use neon-fluorescent pigments in their work. They affect the color we see by the fluorescent emission in addition to reflecting ambient light as conventional pigments and color in nature dies. Meryl Pataky works in neon tubes and neon-filled glass sculptures. At Stephanie Chefas Projects www.stephaniechefas.com 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 7PM-10 Free



Are wakes are wasted on the living? Photographer Sean M. Johnson has Burials, photographs with LGBT individuals to visualize their last rights. The result is lush and imaginative. At Pushdot Studio www.pushdotstudio.com 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-9 Free



A Series of Slips by Hannah Piper Burns and Dominic Amorin is the result of their residency at Open Signal. At Open Signal www.opensignalpdx.org 2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. 6PM-9 Free



Emik has music posters. Gallery at the Jupiter Hotel www.galleryatthejupiter.com 800 E Burnside



Eutectic has Tinder, wood-fired ceramics by Perry Haas, Chris Baskin, Frank Boyden, Richard Brandt, Samuel Johnson and Simon Levin. At Eutectic Gallery www.eutecticgallery.com 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free



Thursday, June 01, 2017

June 1 Westside Art Openings+

Wendy Ewald is an early era social practice artist. That garnered a McArthur and participation in the 1997 Whitney. This is Where I Live is her project of photographs from 14 communities over three years in Israel and the West Bank. The 400 images were made by the people there. Ima Mfon has Nigerian Identity, portraits of Nigerians living in the US. At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free



James Florschutz has sculptures and Chris Johanson has prints ranging over many years. At Augen Gallery www.augengallery.com 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free



Japanese photographer Masao Yamamoto has a show of primarily monochrome animal images. At PDX Contemporary Art www.pdxcontemporaryart.com 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free



Morehshin Allahyari has She Who Sees the Unknown: Huma, her reimagined dark goddess sculptures in 3d and in video. At UpFor Gallery www.upforgallery.com 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free



Anna Fidler has her paper collage characters attached to paintings of surreal landscape. At Charles Hartman Fine Art www.hartmanfineart.net 134 NW 8th early close 8PM Free




The Crow Shadow print studio has a group show by contemporary Native American artists. Benny Fountain also shows paintings. At Froelick Gallery www.froelickgallery.com 714 NW Davis early close 8 Free



Heidi Schwegler, Andrea Furtado, Keylay Tukor, Jason Traeger and Rachel Oleson have a group show at the Thru Gallery 1706 NW Glisan, Suite 7. 6PM-9 Free



PNCA is recommended to stop in. The BFA thesis show is up now. At PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free



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



S1 reopens in its new space with Sidony O'Niel's ;; NÉANMOINS UNE CATACHRÈSE. She will be the artist in residence in June and July. At S1, formerly Multiplex, www.s1portland.com 7320 NE Sandy Map 7:30PM-10 Free

Friday, May 26, 2017

May 27 ¡Never Not Baila, Canta, Toca!

Artists as curators is beautiful. Artists think deeply and critically as they are making personal work. They expand the possibilities creatively, then they eliminate most as they test and refine. That experience: the knowledge of possibility and the experience of paring down, is the modus of the curator.

Portland artist Midori Hirose has curated Never Not Here, visual work by Natalie Anne Howard and Shawn Creeden, Rainen Knecht and Dino Matt accompanied by performance with Mia Ferm, Michael Reinsch and The Tenses.

Never Not Here www.facebook.com/events/1041845215945829/ at OV Project Space 7604 SE Washington 6:00PM-9 Free



La Peña: ¡Baila, canta, toca! is an evening of flamenco. Brenna McDonald dances with guitarist Jed Miley, cantaor Pepe Raphael, Christina Lorentz, Lillie Last and Nick Hutcheson. More: www.facebook.com/events/1464816210237538/. At Artichoke Music
3130 SE Hawthorne 8PM $20

Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 26-28 Be Here Now

You Are Here is an artist-organized exploration of immersive media, like virtual, augmented or mixed reality. Yes, you get to put on the glasses. It takes place at Pioneer Square and is free and open to the public as part of the Houseguest program.

The schedule:
Friday

4PM-6 TGIF VR Spa treatments for Portland’s hard working folk

8PM-9 Commencement ceremony featuring music by Golden Retriever and movement artists exploring motion capture.

8PM-10 Experience Pioneer Courthouse Square in High Fidelity VR

Saturday

3PM-4 Tech Talk by Kent Bye - The Ultimate Potential of Virtual Reality

4PM-5 Workshop: Metafesto: Refiguring Social Media, Preparing for the Metaverse with Matt Henderson

6PM-7 Performance: EMA + EMS with movement artists exploring motion capture.

7PM-8 Live DJs + VR lounge

8PM-10 - Google Earth + Pioneer Courthouse Square in High Fidelity VR

Sunday

1PM-4 Pioneer Courthouse Square in High Fidelity VR

2PM-3 Tech Talk: Calm Technology with cyborg anthropologist Amber Case

3PM-4 Workshop: Adventures in Anyland

7PM-8 Down tempo dance party in virtual & real Pioneer Courthouse Square.


Houseguest at Pioneer Square. Afternoon-evening Free

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 21 Animal Laughter

Philadelphia artist William Matheson opens paintings this afternoon in his Animal Laughter show. At Nationale www.nationale.us 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-5 Free

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 19-21 Self Assembly

Assembly is an event and an invitation. It's organized by the social practice artists at Portland State University, one of the top programs for social practice art in the world. It is an open invitation for you and anyone you know to stop by and participate in anything you think interesting.

Here is the full schedule:

Friday, May 19 in collaboration with Oregon Food Bank & Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI)
5:00–6:00PM Mural Kick-Off and Garden Happy Hour

6:00–7:00PM Assembly Potluck (please RSVP to shoshana@shoshanagugenheim.com)

7:00-8:00 PM Presentation and Dialogue by Roz Crews, Oregon Food Bank, Anke Schüttler, Emma Colburn, and Eliot Feenstra

8:00–10:00PM After Food Comes Dance

Saturday, May 20 in collaboration with Creek College, NAYA & Columbia Slough Watershed Council
9:00AM–5:00PM Experimental Family Project Space with PLAT

9:00–9:30AM Opening Ceremony with NAYA

9:30–10:30AM Creek College Class 1: Whispering Soil with Anupam Singh

10:45–11:30AM Morning Barter with Yoko Silk

11:45AM–12:45PM Creek College Class 2: Writing Together and Alone In Public with Roz Crews

12:45–1:45PM Cafeteria Staff Exchange Program: Lunch at NAYA with Spencer Byrne-Seres, Xi Jie Ng (Salty) in collaboration with cafeteria staff at NAYA
and MLK Jr. School

1:45–2:45PM Creek College Class 3: Creek Stories with
Eliot Feenstra, Lauren Moran and collaborators

3:00–3:45PM Afternoon Barter with Yoko Silk

4:00–5:00PM Creek College Class 4: Canoe the Slough

5:15–6:15PM Panel Discussion: Placemaking, Community & Environment

8:00–11:00PM Karaoke at Chopsticks III on Columbia Blvd.

Sunday, May 21 in collaboration with
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary & Middle School
10:00AM–5:00PM Experimental Family Project Space with PLAT

10:00–11:00AM Place Based Knowing in a Branded World with Alissa Hartman & Shoshana Gugenheim

11:15AM–12:15PM Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling

12:30–1:30PM Cafeteria Staff Exchange Program: Lunch at MLK Jr. School with Spencer Byrne-Seres,
Xi Jie Ng (Salty) in collaboration with cafeteria staff at NAYA and MLK Jr. School

1:45–2:45PM KSMoCA Tour & All The Feelings (Sculpture Garden) with Anke Schüttler and collaborators

3:00–4:00PM What We Make Together with Eliot Feenstra

4:15–5:15PM Whispering Soil Story Circle Part 2 with Anupam Singh

5:30–6:30PM The New Jim Crow Experiential Research Workshop with Anke Schüttler, Emma Colburn, Lauren Moran, Lisa Jarrett and Renee Sills

7:00–9:00PM Closing Conversation with Ariana Jacob at the Bye and Bye

All free, many child friendly events, free child care, and as good as you make it Assembly 2017 www.psusocialpractice.org/assembly/ various locations in NE Portland. Free

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 19 Illustrating Weather Walked In

Illustrator Jason Sturgill speaks this morning on his creative journey. It is part of the Creative Mornings series, and the event was fully subscribed in advance. Creative Mornings www.creativemornings.com/talks/jason-sturgill at Instrument 3529 N Williams 8:30AM-10 Free



A Weather Walked In is a show of photographs made in 1968 and 1969 in Vietnam. Infantry person Charlie Haughey captured intimate candid portraits of fellow soldiers there. The photos remained untouched for 45 years. For the last few years, Charlie has made fine woodworks at ADX, who encouraged him to reveal his work.

A Weather Walked In https://www.facebook.com/events/761344294026309/ at adxportland.com in the new building at 1015 SE Stark 5PM-10PM Free

Saturday, May 13, 2017

May 13 Watercolor Flamenco Knob Twiddling

Just as watercolor style tattoo is gaining over hard line, Portland graphic novel illustrator Arnold Pander shows water colors in a break from his hard line work and paintings on velvet. It has a Japanese sumi style feel with Japanese oddness. At Alchemy Jeweler 1022 NW Lovejoy noon-3 Free



Feria de Portland is a festival of Spanish culture, including Flamenco. Details https://www.facebook.com/events/1494849170526250/. At AudioCinema 226 SE Madison 5PM-midnight $10-15



Tonight modular synth performers Paul barker + Josh holley from Malekko, Terror Apart, Juli Amore, Angela Johnson (Die Robot) + jeph nor, E*t My Shit, SunFalls, Darcy Neal, Astrowarrior + Gina, Zündfolge + William Hart perform. Visuals by Cysmic! Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 $5 for the ACLU

May 12-21 Art School Thesis Shows

Portland-Oregon art schools PSU, PNCA, OCAC, UO, L&C show graduating artist thesis shows. It is an opportunity to perceive a pulse in art. I bought my first work from a thesis show. You can find the details on the respective websites.

Friday, May 05, 2017

May 5 Eastside Art Openings+

The last show at White Box, which also had a dedicated video space is tonight. The UO used the space to colonize Portland and dominate the indigenous PSU.

Academic galleries are unique - they don't have a commercial aim, and they have a budget. In that category, Reed & PNCA still bring out of town artists. PSU, Marylhurst, OCAC and PCC Sylvania have good curatorial programs. This one had some good shows including contemporary Chinese artists. So sad to see White Box go.

Chris Moss has been curating White Box. He received his BFA from PNCA. He curated a series of shows, the Donut Shop in Portland, including a show consuming a house off gentrifying Alberta Street which included a rocket. He later gained an MFA from NYU.

Functionally United, opens tonight and is highly recommended. The artists are a beautiful sample of many years of contemporary work: Intisar Abioto, Holly Andres, Corey Arnold, Avantika Bawa, Carla Bengston, Pat Boas, John Brodie, Karl Burkheimer, Peter Campus, Bruce Conkle, Shelby Davis, Modou Dieng, David Eckard, Kristy Edmunds, Damien Gilly, MK Guth, Jesse Hayward, Sean Healy, Daniel Heffernan, Daniel Heyman, Craig Hickman, Laura Hughes, Malia Jensen, Todd Johnson, Kristan Kennedy, James Lavadour, Elizabeth Malaska, Christopher Michlig, Jenene Nagy, Liz Obert, Julia Oldham, Suzanne Opton, Melody Owen, Pat Boas, Wendy Red Star, Patrick Rock, Crystal Schenk, Heidi Schwegler and Storm Tharp.

At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, whitebox.uoregon.edu 70 NW Couch Talk doors 5PM Free, Art opening 5PM-6 Free



Stephanie Chefas Gallery has a group show inspired by the work of Ryan Bubnis. At Stephanie Chefas Projects www.stephaniechefas.com 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 7PM-10 Free

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

May 4 Westside Art Openings

Aleksey Kondratyev has Ice Fishers, photographs on the Ishim River in Kazakhstan of improvised fishing shelters. Seiya Bowen has Nadachi, portraits of the town in Japan of her grandparents. Many rural Japanese town are becoming ghost towns as the birthrate declines and city living attracts. At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free



Quiet Until Something Falls is a collaborative installation between Maggie Heath and Emily Wobb. They are known for their Bronco Gallery project. At Erickson Gallery 9 NW 2nd 6PM-8 Free



Gregg Renfrow has minimal translucent washes on acrylic panels and Amanda Wojick has 2d collages and sculptures. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery www.elizabethleach.com 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free



Williamson Knight is a new gallery birthed from the respected Cherry & Lucic. Social Learning Theory is Sheida Soleimani's work commenting on women executed by the government of Iran. At Williamson|Knight williamsonknight.com 916 NW Flanders 6pm-8 Free



Sasha Barr has bright graphic work. He was the graphics director for Sub Pop back in the day. At gallery 135, 135 NW Park 6PM-8 Free



Yoonhee Choi has Sift, her trademark pinned wall sculptures along with abstract oil and beeswax paintings by Roya Motamedi. At Blackfish Gallery 420 NW 9th 6PM-9 Free



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



PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free

Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 30 Post-structuralist Reading Party

Philosophy and metaphysics, as we know it on the Left Coast, seemed to spring forth simultaneously in Greece, Nepal and China about 2500 years ago. The English had a running start about 800 years ago, the Germans had an impact in the 19th century. But it is the French who have dominated the 20th. One, Michel Foucault, has inspired the small Mother Foucault's Bookshop. It is the place for this afternoon's Silent Reading Party.

Bring a book to read, silently. No talking. This is a very small venue, and you might bring a cushion, blanket of chair of your own. This week there will be cookies for sale, you might sneak in a drink. Silent Reading Party www.silentreadingpartypdx.com at Mother Foucault's Bookshop 523 SE Morrison 3PM-5 Free

Saturday, April 29, 2017

April 29 Six Eleven

Six is eleven.

Six is the annual performance of 6 six-channel musical performances at 7PM for about 3 hours. It is in its eleventh year. While the audience chills on cushions and blankets on the floor or walks about, the musicians construct their performance over six surrounding speakers in six channels.

This year is Cat Ross, Marbletop Orchestra, Strategy, Felisha Ledesma, Rebecca Gates+Marcus Fischer and Choir.

Bring pillows and blankets. It's perfectly fine to zone out, just don't snore.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1825037547735164/

Six in the PNCA Mediatheque on the main floor www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 7PM Free

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 19-23 Photo Lucida

Photolucida happens every two years in Portland. It is a 'photography festival' wherein photographers may have their work critiqued by gallerists and experienced photographers, gallerists may find photographers, photographers are selected for recognition, and everyone makes love not war. It has paid registration for photographer programs which sell out far in advance. The full schedule is www.photolucida.org/portfolio-reviews/schedule/. There are a few events open to the public at no charge.

Thursday 6PM-9 is a portfolio walk in the Portland Art Museum Masonic Temple Marks Building Fields Ballroom. The public can see the Photolucida photographers' works. Friday is a photography book publisher display at Blue Sky Gallery 6:30PM-9.

Photolucida https://www.photolucida.org various locations and times, some events free.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 14 Sky Fall Space

This isn't an art talk. But it is a talk about archiving digital art. Eventually, the Sky Will Fall: The Crisis of Sustainability in the Digital Humanities is a talk by Andrew Johnstone. He is a young scholar studying the topic from the Digital Humanities department at King’s College London. He provides his observations and possible solutions for digital archiving in libraries and museums. Post doc appointment trial? At Portland State University Millar Library 160. 1PM Free



Music For An Empty Space and A Full Mind by Ben Glas and Tyler Snazelle is a collaboration. Glas provides a sound field and Snazelle provides visual art. The One Grand events are always lively. At One Grand Gallery www.onegrandgallery.com 1000 E Burnside 8PM-11 Free



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 13 X Ex X

Xhurches are ex-churches; churches which have been repurposed to new uses. Matt Henderson and Van Pham have lived in one in Portland. Inspired, they have traveled around the US, capturing former churches, their new uses and interviewing the people occupying them. The result is a series to be previewed this evening; audience feedback requested. Xhurches www.xhurches.org At Performance Works NW 4625 SE 67th Ave 5PM-7 Free

Saturday, April 08, 2017

April 11 Pivot

Pecha Kucha Portland is back. This month's theme is pivot applied to creative challenges. Presenters are: Michael Hyp (Nike), Chris Angelus (Portland Food Adventures), Ben Kloch (365), Al Ochosa (Cura Cannabis Solutions), Cort Johnson (KINK Radio), John Freisse (Starve Ups), Stuart Getty (Sockeye), May Picard , Kris Regentin (ADX Portland), Jim Hassert (Grovemade), Katrina Yarnell (Organizers NW), Tommy Gibbons (Portland City Boxing). The talks are captured with the slides and are available after on the Pecha Kucha website. Pecha Kucha Portland www.pechakucha.org/cities/portland-or at Holocene 1001 SE Morrison. Doors 6:30PM, talks 7:30 $5 advance, $10 door

April 9 Lost Chord

Jack Ryan has The Lost Chord, a show of sculptures with sound transducers afixed. He is co-director of Ditch Projects, so you have an idea of the work.

A free shuttle service will leave NW 8th & Couch at 3:30PM and return to that location at approximately 5:30 on the day of the opening.

At the Marylhurst University www.marylhurst.edu/theartgym/ Map 4PM-6 Free

April 8 Sensory Pose Divers

As part of photography month, Melanie Flood Projects, which often shows photography, has Basic Poses by Dru Donovan. She is from the Yale School, often working in monochrome. This show has photos and video. At Melanie Flood Projects, www.melaniefloodprojects.com 420 SW Washington St #301 4PM-7 Free



Sensory Gymnastics is the final show at Disjecta curated by Michele Fiedler from Mexico City. It includes Rasames Figueroa, Eric Mast and Harry Smith. Pablo Guardiola performs at 7:30. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan - which is in dire need of your help repainting www.paintpaulpdx.org - www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-10 Free



Tonight modular synth performers FreeCaustic Touch, Big Mountain Fudge Cake, Astral Synth Armada, SHH... with special performance by FLESHH, Glo Globes, The Viewer + Thomas Fang, Ben Davis, Dr. Strangeknob and Lasers of Love perform music. Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 $5 for the ACLU

Friday, April 07, 2017

April 7-9 Stepping Butoh Dancing Seattle

The Seattle Butoh Festival performances are this weekend with a theme this year of body as politics, hidden histories revealed, the feminine in its multitude of guises, personal primordial journeys and journeys of acceptance, synthesis and unity. That pretty much covers everything, right?

Friday April 7 is Compañía Ruta de la Memoria (from Chile) along with Seattle's Joan Laage and Sheri Brown.

Saturday April 8 is Compañía Ruta de la Memoria (from Chile) along with Seattle's Helen Thorsen and Diana Garcia-Snyder.

Sunday April 9 Ken Mai (from Finland/Japan) performs with Seattle's Kaoru Okumura

The Seattle Butoh Festival www.daipanbutoh.com/seattle-butoh-festival/ at Shoreline Community College Theater, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA. Friday 8PM, Saturday 8PM, Sunday 3PM. Shoreline Community Collage Students free, Seniors & Students $15, $20

April 7-29 Portland Butoh Performances

Local butoh outpost Water in the Desert at Headwaters Theater has more than a month of movement workshops going on now. They have performances tonight, Friday then each Saturday this month.

Friday April 7th has performers Pepper Pepper, Yulia Arakelyan of Wobbly Dance, Mizu Desierto, Meshi Chavez with Lisa DeGrace, Hank Logan and Carl Annala, film.

Saturday, April 8, has Anastazia Louise (Bad Unkl Sista from SF), Stephanie Lanckton, Douglas Allen (from Seattle), Christopher Mankowski & Meghann Rose.

Saturday April 15 has Ken Mai (from Helsinki).

Saturday April 22 has Mari Osanai (from Japan).

Saturday April 29 has Yuko Kaseki (from Berlin).

Tickets http://www.witd.org/butohperformance/2017. Reservations 971 258 0748. Or at the door.

Butoh performance at Headwaters Theater 55 NE Farragut St. #9. The theater is in the back of the building by the active railroad tracks facing Winchell Street. Map 8PM $20 advance, $25 door

April 7 Eastside Art Openings

Redux has Intertwined: A Contemporary Macrame Exhibition. Makers include Brooke Anderson, Emily Bixler, Terra Blakely, Michelle Blomstedt , Emily Katz, Audra Osborne and Rachael Perisho. At Redux www.reduxpdx.com 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free


Haunt is having a plant exchange and Julia Barbee has a new perfume, Mother Naturalist. At Haunt www.hauntstudio.blogspot.com 811 E Burnside Suite #113 5PM-8 Free


Taking Pictures is a group show with no discernable theme. At Black Box Gallery www.blackboxgallery.com 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free


All at 811 East Burnside Map


Dominant Form: Gestures in Recent Photography & Video is a group show, many wrks with political themes. At Newspace Photo www.newspacephoto.org 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free



Lloydean Presents has Jorge Terrell with Clone, a resistance art installation. At Lloydean https://www.facebook.com/Clone.Art/ 2728 NE MLK Blvd @ Knott St 5:30PM - 8:30 Free



Robert Liles has Humans on Earth. Color photographs made in the Southern USA. At Pushdot Studio www.pushdotstudio.com 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-9 Free

Thursday, April 06, 2017

April 6 Dance, Dance, Evolution

Documentary maker Eric Nordstrom has made Moving History: Portland Contemporary Dance Past and Present. It records the family tree of performers, choreographers and presenters between the 1960s and now. Modern dance under all its names is a small corner of the performance world. It is expensive to maintain a large warm space with a good floor in cities afflicted by real estate speculation while at he same time it needs a large population to attract the small percentage of people interested to be audience. Performance careers are often short, as in sports, but the pay for dancers is little to none. Nordstrom has captured the narrative of many of those who made, and make, the dance dream in Portland.

Moving History nwfilm.org/films/moving-history-portland-contemporary-dance-past-and-present/ at the Portland Art Museum - NW Film Center Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park 6PM reception 7 film $9

April 6 Westside Art Openings

April is Portland Photo Month. See www.photolucida.org/portland-photo-month/ for the big picture. Many galleries support it by photography shows.



Cory Arnold is a Portlander who fishes Alaska. He has some fine photographs, including some of waves where every flying drop in the churn was caught by light. At Charles Hartman Fine Art www.hartmanfineart.net 134 NW 8th early close 8PM Free



Susan Seubert is a PNCA-trained photographer. She has worked for some time with some heavy themes using monochrome fine print processes. This one is Not a Day Goes By. Seubert has will show at this year's Venice Biennale, congratulations. At Froelick Gallery www.froelickgallery.com 714 NW Davis early close 8 Free



Ervin A Johnson has a series of large scale color photographs which have been altered and with paint added. They are portraits of black lives lost in show #InHonor. Johnson is the 2016 Photolucida Critical Mass Solo Exhibition Award recipient.
Cristián Ureta has Volviendo a la Tierra, photographs of the town of Chuquicamata in Chile. The copper pit mine has been in operation since 1910. As the mine has expanded, the town is being swallowed.
At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Portland minimalist and light artist has a tensioned wood installation. At the Nine Gallery inside Blue Sky 122 NW 8th



A broad 20th Century group show of photographers is at Augen including Sir Cecil Beaton, Harry Benson, Lucien Clergue, Elliot Erwitt, Godlis, Philippe Halsman, William Keck, Michael Kenna, Steve McCurry, Barbara Morgan, Billy Name, Arnold Newman, Anton Perich, Edward Pfizenmaier, Julius Schulman, Ezra Stoller and Jerry Uelsman. At Augen Gallery www.augengallery.com 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free



Leach continues its March ceramics show and Rauschenberg's April photo show. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery www.elizabethleach.com 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free



PDX has high contrast color still life photos, most involving flowers, by Amjad Faur. He graduated from UO about 10 years ago. At PDX Contemporary Art www.pdxcontemporaryart.com 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free



Upfor has LA transplant Christoper Russell. At UpFor Gallery www.upforgallery.com 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free



Momoland (lvl 3) is an 8-bit style graphic show by Momo Pixels www.instagram.com/momopixels/. Live music and a DJ accompany. At Sticks and Stones www.sticksandstonespdx.com/ 427 NW 6th 7PM-11 Free



Powells Books has many artist employees. They have a show this evening. At Powell's Basil Hayward Gallery, 3rd floor. www.powells.com. 10th and W Burnside



The ad agency has some large circus style graphic work. At W+K www.wk.com 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-9 Free



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



PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free

Friday, March 24, 2017

March 26 Hack Art

Art Hack is an exhibition of local electronic media art. It will be the result of a hackathon that begins Friday. See what the teams make!

They also win one of the copywriting awards for the month:

"The Internet was originally hailed as an inherently democratic medium that would promote democracy, sweep away corrupt gatekeepers, and make it easy for anyone to create or access knowledge. From that would come better solutions, more transparency, and citizens with more power than at any time in history.

Now the basic assumption of a common truth has been disrupted by a technology that can offer any reality and alter any history, on demand, 24/7. Rather than heralding a peaceful global commons we find ourselves fragmented into echo chambers and struggling to find common ground outside of our friends list.

As the dream of a democratic Internet fades we are left to question what role it actually plays in our society and government. As hackers we have little time to mourn the loss of techno-utopian ideals as there is an urgent need to critically examine the impact of our creation and consider mechanisms for mediation.

As hackers, many of us were involved in the development and advancement of the very Internet that now seems to be working against us. What do we do now that the Internet has revealed many of our dreams to be illusory?"

PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM=10 Free

March 25 Caldera Spring

Caldera Arts is a Summer arts immersion for at risk youth. In Winter/Spring, guest artists visit for an uninterrupted residency in a beautiful setting. Today is an open house to see the work and meet the artists in the cycle. This residency has artists Kate Bredeson, Dramaturgy, Portland; Rachael Dichter, Dance, San Francisco; Saideh Eftekhari, Music, San Francisco; Allie Hankins, Dance, Portland; Jamie Howell, Film, Wenatchee; Zoe Keller, Illustration, Portland; Susan Murrell, Mixed Media, La Grande; Michelle Peñaloza, Poetry, Seattle; and Sherrie Wolf, Painting, Portland.

Full artist bios: www.calderaarts.org/caldera/arts-in-residence/current-roster/.

Arrive at 1PM sharp for presentations by the artists, then visit the studios.

At Camp Caldera www.calderaarts.org, 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR Map 1PM-3 Free

Monday, March 20, 2017

March 23-25 Ceramics Opening Receptions

This month, in coordination with the NCECA ceramics show, many spaces have traditional and contemporary ceramics exhibitions. We don't always mention crafts, but here we will.

C3:Initiative in St Johns has a good history of artwork with a social change theme. Tonight they host work by Portland's Socially Engaged Craft Collective. Social Objects includes interactive projects, performances and games, all ceramic.

There is a huge list nceca.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-Exhibitions-by-area-3.13.17.pdf with many concentrated on Friday from 6PM-9. Most of the shows can be seen over the month.

The show www.c3initiative.org/social-objects-nceca-exhibition.html opens tonight at 7326 N Chicago. 5PM-9 Free

Saturday, March 18, 2017

March 19 Silent Gourmet Sanctuary

Hannah Levy opens Gourmet Garden. Yum. At the first of two members in Portland of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, Fourteen30 Gallery www.fourteen30.com 1501 SW Market Street Map 11AM-1PM Free



Bring a book to read, silently, over drinks and snacks. No talking. Recommended. This is a small venue. Suggest arrive early because publicity lends to over full. Silent Reading Party www.silentreadingpartypdx.com at www.beechstreetparlor.com 412 NE Beech 3PM-5 Free



Monthly Sanctuary Sunday experimental music decamps at Beacon Sound tonight with Geological Creep, Marbletop Orchestrated and Scifi Sol. Visuals, Krystal Perez. At Beacon Sound, 3636 N Mississippi 7PM donation

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17 International Women's Front

The Lumber Room opens Women to the Front, a selection of women artists from the collection www.lumberroom.com/collections/. Artists include Etel Adnan, Jane Antoni, Leonor Antunes, Gina Beavers, Lynda Benglis, Sadie Benning, Andrea Bowers, Sarah Braman, Tracey Emin, Kiki Kogelnik, Johanna Jackson, Monique Mouton, Sara Greenberger Refferty, Emily Mae Smith, Kiki Smith and Valerie Snobeck. The Lumber Room is a private gallery and residence with limited hours. Check their website for details.

At The Lumber Room lumberroom.com 419 SW 9th, above Liz Leach Map See the website for subsequent hours and days. Opening today. Visit Fridays noon - 6. Free

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 16 Ceramic Poland

Christopher Rauschenberg has photographs made in Poland. There is also a group ceramics show curated by who was the contemporary curator and chief curator at the Portland Art Museum. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery www.elizabethleach.com 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-8 Free

Monday, March 13, 2017

March 13 Fin Ne Pas Fin at 88

We thought the Fin de Cinema had ended. But the rumors of its demise are greatly exaggerated. It is an occasional series of beautiful, exotic and obscure classic art films shown with a live score by Portland musicians.

Akira Kurosawa, one of Asia's most revered filmmakers, made Dreams at 80. It is an episodic mythical abstraction inspired by his dreams. It reads like a Greenway film, without the maddening pretense of Greenway.

Musicians tonight are Jonathan Sielaff of Golden Retriever; Brown Calculus, a project of Vaughn Kimmons - Brown Alice, Popgoji, Tribe Mars and Andre Burgos of Tribe Mars; Akila Fields of Shy Girls and Palm Dat; and atmospheric composer Dylan Stark.

These shows start earlier than most. The ninety minute film will have one or more intermissions.

Fin de Cinema live www.holocene.org/event/1437363-fin-de-cinema-akira-kurosawas-portland/ at Holocene 1001 SE Morrison. Doors 8PM, show 8:30. $8 advance, $10 door

Saturday, March 11, 2017

March 11 Gorilla Love Volts

Tonight modular synth performers MiniGorille, Alani, Juli Amore, SunFalls, Production Unit Xero, Ben Davis, Mulva Myasis, Body Shame and Ambient_distress perform music with Cari Gummer providing visuals. Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 Free

Saturday, March 04, 2017

March 4 Synth Saturday

Sync02 is an analog sound synth equipment show day, and performance in the evening. It is focused on Eurorack synth modules. Sponsored by Control Voltage. At Holocene 1001 SE Morrison. All ages. Exhibition 10:30AM-4:30PM Free. 21+ Performance 5:30PM-8:30PM $10



Video Mixer PDX is a meetup, demonstration and hands-on opportunity with video synthesizers. Examples include LZX Industries, Paracosm Lumen and Glitch Art BPMC.

Analog video synths have been artist tools since the 1960s. The NTSC (and PAL) analog video signal is delicate because it had to run the analog televisions of 1941. It added color in 1953, but had to be back compatible. The result is that the analog video signal is easy to alter for artistic purposes.

Later video synths and tools to alter the signal entered an era of hybrid analog-digital. The image in the digital frame buffer could be processed independently of the analog video signal with the Amiga Video Toaster, the Fairlight CVI and others.

Falling prices and more muscular laptops lead to the golden age of live video mixing to accompany EDM, with innovation in the UK and the Netherlands. Popular software included VDMX, Livid, VJamm, Green Hippo, Modul8, Pilgrim, Isadora and more. They were often combined with hardware analog mixers from Panasonic and Edirol which had fallen in price due to larger markets: school television studios and the use of video in churches.

The challenge is the artist interface.

A generation of software, like Processing, inspired by the MIT Media Lab, used virtual processing blocks connected by virtual pipes.

Today's demonstration is focused on patchable synth modules, analog and virtual. It is similar to Processing, but with physical patch cords. The virtual version, Paracosm Lumen, can exist within a system of virtual video pipelines, like Syphon, in software.

It's free, but registration is requested at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/video-mixer-pdx-a-video-synth-meetup-tickets-31164796746

At Open Signal www.opensignalpdx.org 2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. 7PM-10 Free

Friday, March 03, 2017

March 3 Eastside Art Openings

Portland Eastside First Friday art openings have been severely slacking. Here are a few.

Portland's ceramics gallery has Christine Golden and Doug Jeck. At Eutectic Gallery www.eutecticgallery.com 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free



Nearby, Rising Room Gallery has a show of ceramics workers from Radius Studio with Alex Simon, Alyssa Black, Korin Noelle, Maya Vivas, Scott Gray, Jamin London Tinsel, Chris Pate and Heidi Sowa Gray. At Rising Room Gallery risingroomgallery.com 2222 NE Oregon Unit 212 6PM-9 Free



Coinciding with Portland ceramics month is Them Are Us Too by Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Ariel Brice. At Ash Street Project Studios and Gallery. 524 SE Ash. 6PM-9 Free



Newspace opens their member show of more than 70 artists listed on their website. At Newspace Photo www.newspacephoto.org 1632 SE 10th Map Early close 6PM-8 Free



Black Box has Mirror, Mirror a show of portraits. At Black Box Gallery www.blackboxgallery.com 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free



Chefas Gallery, which usually operates on its own opening schedule, has Golden Age by Landon Brooks tonight. At Stephanie Chefas Projects www.stephaniechefas.com 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map 7PM-10 Free

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

March 2 Westside Art Openings

There is a ceramics conference in Portland this month. Many galleries dedicate their shows to the medium in March.


Bean Finneran makes the minimal colorful ceramic work PDX Contemporary is known for. Jeffrey Mitchel goes more for baroque. A fun pairing. At PDX Contemporary Art www.pdxcontemporaryart.com 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free



Heidi Schwegler is known for sculptures which can make the viewer slightly uncomfortable. At UpFor Gallery www.upforgallery.com 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free



Zemula Fleming's The Narrow View is themed on expectations and Christianity. At Wolff Gallery 618 NW Glisan, Suite R1 6PM-9 Free



Compound has We’re Still Angry, politically-themed art. At Compound Gallery, Portland's unofficial Japanese embassy www.compoundgallery.com 107 NW 5th 6PM-10



Patrick Seeley has schematic paper cut illustrations. At Impossible Box, 215 SW 1st 5PM-midnight Free



PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free



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

Monday, February 27, 2017

March 1 - May 31 Small Boat House Movies

The Boathouse Microcinema echoes Peripheral Produce independent and experimental film showings. Peripheral Produce activated the independent moviemaker community of Portland today.

The microcinema runs for 4 months with Wednesday showings and events in the mix other evenings.

It is a very, very small venue, with limited parking in an industrial area. Micro. There are active railroad tracks in the neighborhood, do not block them.

Micro cinema at Boathouse Microcinema 822 N River 7:30PM $8

March 1-5 Raw Meet

Reed Arts Week is curated by students. It brings individual artist works, from campus, and from the world; and art talks. Having a budget allows it to do above average. And always an opportunity to experience the new edge. Some of the events are on the Reed Events web http://events.reed.edu/group/reed_arts_week and some are on the Reed Arts Week Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ReedArtsWeek/. Reed Arts Week http://www.reed.edu/raw/2017/ at Reed College 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. Free

Friday, February 24, 2017

February 25 Art Signal Senate

Caldera Arts is a Summer arts immersion for at-risk youth. In Winter, guest artists visit for an uninterrupted residency in a beautiful setting. Today is an open house to see the work and meet the artists in the cycle. This residency has artists
Lauren Chandler (Culinary Arts–Portland), Shelby Davis (Sculpture–Portland), Genevieve Hudson (Prose–Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Dain Mergenthaler (Sculpture/Installation–Brooklyn), Tomas Moniz (Prose–Berkeley), Kaj-anne Pepper (Choreography/Drag–Portland), Annesofie Sandal (Sculpture/Video–New York) and Crystal Schenk (Sculpture–Portland).

Full artist bios: www.calderaarts.org/caldera/arts-in-residence/current-roster/.

At 1PM sharp there is a presentation by the artists, after, visit the studios.

Most years, the camp gets snow. You might check the pass and road cameras on Tripcheck.

At Camp Caldera www.calderaarts.org, 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR Map 12:30PM-3:30 Free



"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes" proposed Andy Warhol. His version was The Factory, happenings and experimental film. Poet Gill Scott Heron announced "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." Some of it is, and some of it is not. Calarts media theorist Gene Youngblood foretold the power of the Internet in cultural evolution with "Expanded Cinema" & "Mass Media and the Future of Desire."

Open Signal comprehends all those ideas.

Open Signal is the reborn, reenergized and rebranded Portland Cable Access.

Open Signal is a video studio, sound studio, library. It has training, youth to adults, and programs for schools. It broadcasts its own program channels. The new Open Signal has been open for a few weeks with a new staff and expanded mission. This afternoon they open their doors for you to meet them, again, or anew.

4PM-8 welcomes touring, interactive activities and an opportunity to provide suggestions for the new Open Signal. 8PM-10 is a televised dance party - costumes encouraged and provided!

At Open Signal www.opensignalpdx.org 2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. 4PM-10 Free



We almost never do politics here. But today there is an opportunity to visit with our Senator Wyden and meet his staff. It's our instance of his Town Hall program. Details: https://www.wyden.senate.gov/oregon/events/multnomah-county-town-hall2017. Parking is limited, arrive early, be polite, meet your neighbors. At David Douglas High School 1001 SE 135th. Noon Free

Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 24 Iconoclastic Weird Stories

Creative Mornings is an international creative talk series. Narrative is built into our neurons for now from infancy. So that is why we tell stories, love stories and respond to stories.

Amina Moreau describes her story-making practice this morning.

Amina Moreau creativemornings.com/talks/amina-moreau at Portland Creative Mornings at Ziba Design Auditorium www.ziba.com 810 NW Marshall Map Doors 8:30AM, talk 9. Free



Iconoclastic is a group show by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke, Demian Dinéyazhi, Noelle V. Sosaya, and Maya Lin, Goshka Macuga, Michael Rakowitz, and Ryan Woodring. Woodring gives a talk. At the Cooley Gallery Reed College 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. 6PM



Weird Shift Microtalks are back. It is an open source platform for short talks ranging from obscure to faux. At the Compliance Division compliancedivision.org in the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett #101 - entrance on NW 6th 7PM Free

February 23 Collecting Uncollectible?

Upfor, Leach and PDX are some of the few galleries in Portland representing media artists. Video-film, sound, synthesized visuals, VR, artist games, and what the future holds.

They come on electronic media, magnetic recording, DVDs, memory sticks, the cloud. How to preserve them is an interesting topic in itself. Are you going to be able to play them in 50, 100, 500 years? How are they editioned in the age of infinite reproduction?

Upfor has a talk this evening on collecting media art. Part of the talk will be locals Alex Payne and Nicole Brodeur relating their experience of having an Electric Objects EO1 screen broadcasting art into their home.

I'm suspicious of that platform. They do not allow searching for artists or collecting. What is the artist paid? The Uber-Spotify of arts? How does it relate to the layers in music: labels, ASCAP/BMI, streaming? Those are value chains diminishing artist income - business-law-review.law.miami.edu/digital-royalties/? (Spotify has vociferously lobbied it needs to pay artists less.)

At UpFor Gallery www.upforgallery.com 929 NW Flanders 6PM-7:30 Free

February 21 - March 17 Mensam Elementorum

Portland artist Stephanie Simek shows Table of Elements (and Minerals) in the Portland Building alcove gallery. She selected favorite minerals silicon, quartz, calcite, iron, copper and bismuth and made white light holograms of samples. The holograms are displayed in small pockets of a table. Table of Elements (and Minerals) is a delicate experience. You can place your finger through the hologram. It's a beautiful work. You can see it www.racc.org/2017/02/10/stephanie-simek-presents-table-elements-minerals-portland-building-february-21-march-17/ in the Portland Building alcove lobby gallery. Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM Free

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 19 Tastesweet

Sanctuary Sunday celebrates its 4 year anniversary with experimental music stylings by Neybuu; Pantone and Tastesweet. Visuals by Krystal Pérez. At Xhurch xhurch.net 4550 NE 20th. Map 7PM Free

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 16 Bansuri + Tabla

Steve Gorn bansuri and Benjy Wertheimer tabla perform classical Indian music this evening.

Tickets https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/main_enroll.asp?studioid=27668&tg=&vt=&lvl=&stype=-8&view=week&trn=0&page=&catid=&prodid=&date=02%2f16%2f17&classid=0&prodGroupId=&sSU=&optForwardingLink=&qParam=&justloggedin=&nLgIn=&pMode=0&loc=1

At Mandala Yoga http://mandalayogapdx.com/ 6833 SE Belmont. Doors 7:30PM, performance 8. $18 advance, $25 door

Monday, February 13, 2017

February 16 East Annex

Portland artist and PSU art professor Sabrina Haque presents Annexation & Assimilation, Exploring the Archive, East of 82nd Avenue: her studies of the history of East Portland, drawn from her residency at the City of Portland archives and from interviews with the area residents today. Her project will be on display at Open Signal, opening tonight. At Open Signal www.opensignalpdx.org, formerly Portland Community Access television, 2766 Northeast Martin Luther King Boulevard. 6PM-8

Saturday, February 04, 2017

February 5 Refugee Tissue

The Camerawork Gallery is the longest operating and most highly respected photography gallery in Portland. They turn in great shows every month and we are sorry for not noting them here.

This month is The Refugees' Dreams by Friderike Heuer. Relevant.

The artist speaks at the opening. At the Camerawork Gallery www.TheCameraworkGallery.org, Linfield College Nursing Campus Peterson Hall, 2255 NW Northrup. 2PM-4 Free



Text means Tissue is a new show by visual artist, poet, and textile designer Francesca Capone. At Nationale www.nationale.us 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-5 Free

February 4-5 Moved

Portland butoh artist Meshi Chavez wins the copywriting award for the month:

"It is my belief that performance is not just for the artistic elite, that everyday people are made of movement and with that movement is an inherent and profound beauty. With adroit direction and focus, the quotidian can, in an instant, transform into something moving and delightful."

And his workshop students present Being Moved, a performance inspired by Lakota creation stories and Zen Koans.

Tickets http://m.bpt.me/event/2795159. Reservations 971 258 0748.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.Butoh performance at Headwaters Theater 55 NE Farragut St. #9. The theater is in the back of the building by the active railroad tracks facing Winchell Street. Map Saturday 7:30PM, Sunday 2PM and 7:30PM $20

Thursday, February 02, 2017

February 3 Black America and the World

Portland photographer Intisar Abioto shows The Black, portraits from around the world, tonight.

She is known for her photo essays Black Portlanders and State of Black Oregon: photographs and accompanying personal narratives. This project includes portraits from three continents, seven countries and eighteen cities.

She is a Renaissance woman www.creativemornings.com/talks/intisar-abioto/1 photographer, writer poet, performer and modern dancer.

The exhibition opening is followed by a talk: A Deeper Black: Race in America by Ta-Nehisi Coates. He speaks in Eugene, with the talk simulcast to the Portland UO meeting room. The free talk was ticketed and fully subscribed: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-ruhl-lecture-ta-nehisi-coates-portland-simulcast-tickets-29309145443. We hope the video will be available after the event on the UO website.

At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, whitebox.uoregon.edu 70 NW Couch Talk doors 5PM Free, Art opening 5PM-6 Free