Saturday, December 09, 2017

December 9 Kill a Volt

Volt Divers is a night of analog synth performers. This month they are Brain Washers = Caustic Touch + Rick Ghastly, Erin April Cooper, Arkham Sunset + Kakiharae, ∆ Cult Group II ∆, Chaos SoahC, Glo Globes, Vaelentine and ∆ Cult Group I ∆. Visuals by Neybuu. 100% of the modest cover, $5, goes to the ACLU. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 $5



The Killjoy Collective has Panteha Abareshi, Tyler Mackie, Katie Piatt, Caitlin Rooney and Hailee Va. Can You Handle Me? www.killjoypdx.com/events/2017/12/9/can-you-handle-me at 222 Southeast 10th Avenue #102B 7PM-9 Free

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

December 7 Westside Art Openings+

Many of the commercial galleries are continuing last month's show or doing group shows. Some of them are in Miami for Art Basel Miami and adjacent contemporary shows.



The downtown Stumptown Coffee has been known for its art curation for some time. It is also a venue with walls that can accommodate large work. Tonight Wendy Red Star, who shows at very noted venues, opens Grandmothers (I Come As One But I Stand As Ten Thousand.) This project previously showed at the Seattle Art Museum. Wendy Red Star is Crow. This project starts with photographs of Crow women by Richard Throssel made between 1902 and 1911, beginning at age 20. It was the first generation on the reservation in Montana. The photos of Crow grandmothers are superimposed on mirrors so the viewer can join the grandmother of over 100 years. At Stumptown www.stumptowncoffee.com 128 SW 3rd 7PM-9 Free



Blue Sky continues last month's collage portraits by Sylwia Kowalczyk. Added is a museum quality show of Wigs, 1994 and Details, 1996 by Lorna Simpson. The work is loaned from the collection of Jordan Schnitzer. At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free



Augen has a retrospective of photographer Terry K. Thompson. His monochrome works span portraits, abstract portraits, landscapes and naturescapes. There is also a print show by international names you would recognize, so free art history lesson! At Augen Gallery www.augengallery.com 716 NW Davis early close 8PM Free



The RACC + Open Signal Night Lights series of video projection has Ezekiel Brown from Chocolate Giant. It's on the building wall at 411 NW Park 5PM-9ish



Every First Thursday, the Art Museum is free from 5PM-8. It is a great opportunity to see the year-long project by Libby Warbel We Construct Marvels Between Monuments. Warbel is the creator of Portland's other art museum, the Portland Museum of Modern Art. Portlandartmuseum.org/exhibitions/we-construct-marvels-between-monuments/ at the Portland Art Museum www.portlandartmuseum.org 1219 SW Park 5PM-8 Free



The Ace Hotel has started a First Thursday experimental music event curated by Sounds et al. It pairs well with Veriform's sound gallery First Thursday, but it detracts from people flowing to galleries and it is a very small space. In the Ace Hotel Lobby 1022 SW Stark 6PM-8 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



In an exercise of bad planning, the Precipice grant award announcement is scheduled this evening on the East Side. The Precipice Fund created by the Warhol foundation gives small grants to individual artists and alternative spaces. At 15 NE Hancock St 6PM-8 Free

Saturday, December 02, 2017

December 2 Tidal Petals

Some of our favorite performers in Portland are Wobbly, the duo and partners Yulia Arakelyan and Erik Ferguson. They have been doing dream like films. Tidal screens tonight. Tidal "is an exploration of the relationship between the rhythm of mechanized breath and the rhythm of the oceans. It is a fantastical film, where breathing masks transform into diving masks, ventilator tubing morphs into costumes, and an ancient diver who calls the ocean home, draws us into his world. We fall, we dream, we dive." Strongly recommended. Screening and discussion by Wobbly www.witd.org/headwaters/2017/12/2/witd-recommends-wobblys-tidal-the-first-cut at 2PM & 8:30 $10



Sarah Meyohas opens an installation Cloud of Petals taking all of Disjecta. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-9 Free

Friday, December 01, 2017

December 1 Dust

Johanna Jackson has lived in SF, Portland and LA, doing art. Tonight she opens Dust, sculptures and textile pieces. Some of her hooked rugs are time consuming projects. They contain time. And on the floor they capture dust. Dragging and Ox Through Water performs at 7. Recommended. At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, www.adamsandollman.com 209 SW 9th 6PM-8 Free

Sunday, November 26, 2017

November 26 Monad

Monad is a metaphysical concept of creation and spiritual force. The big bang, proposed by Lemaître in 1931 is our model of the formation of the material universe. The monad is the corresponding model of origin of the conscious universe.

Soriah is a force of nature. He has mastered Tuvan throat singing.

We might not know of Tuva but for the obsession of physicist Richard Feynman who planned to visit there, but was frustrated by visa problems. Feynman was one of the great Nobel fundamental physicists who contributed quantum electrodynamics, a building block for experimental work on the big bang theory.

Soriah did visit Tuva many times to study, despite visa obstacles, and ultimately won throat singing championships in Tuva where he has a new family.

He performs only a few times a year here. Tonight he performs The Monad, an improvised soundscape.

Proceeds will help bring his 3 year old son on his first visit to the US.

He has a channel if you are unfamiliar with his music.

Doors 9PM. Dance night begins about 10:45, The Monad is somewhere in between.

At the Star Theater, 13 NW 6th $10

Friday, November 24, 2017

November 24 Body Pomes

Mushimaru Fujieda, a veteran mover influenced by butoh, describes his movement as Natural Physical Poetry. He gives a rare performance this evening. 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 7PM $15-30

Sunday, November 19, 2017

November 19 Animation

Tonight is the last in the Fall Boathouse media series. Nathan Sonenfeld, Kello Goeller and Luca Dipierro present their experimental animation. Theo Bowen shows on the video wall. At the Boathouse Microcinema www.boathousemicrocinema.com 822 N River 7:30PM $8

Friday, November 17, 2017

November 18 Balkan Toy Auction

Butoh never sleeps, even when night is long. That's especially true in Seattle. They have a big performance tonight with Shoko Zama, Paula Helen, Honeydo, Beverly Aaron, Joan Laage and the Balkan vocal ensemble Dunava. Daipan Butoh www.daipanbutoh.com at the Taoist Studies Institute, 225 N 70th St., Seattle. 7PM $5-20



ANX is the new gallery space for ADX - ANX@ADX? Some of the makers creating in the ADX shop make toys. ANX has a show of their and other local toymakers. Children are welcome and it's a great opportunity to find some toy gifts. At adxportland.com ANX Gallery 1015 SE Stark Noon-5



Disjecta is a nonprofit. The annual art auction helps them pay rent, pay the tiniest staff, heat the place, keep the lights on and ship art. Of local nonprofit spaces, they are one of the most funds efficient.

Tonight there is a live auction and a silent auction. Artists include Alyson Provax, Amanda Wojick, Amjad Saleh Faur, Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Annie Swiderski, Bobbi Woods, Braxton Congrove, Calvin Ross Carl, Carson Ellis and Le Oui, Chris Johanson, Christine Nguyen, Christopher Russell, Colin Kippen, Corey Arnold, Cynthia Lahti, Dan Attoe, Dan Gluibizzi, Daniel Duford, Daniel Peabody, Emily Counts, Emily Nachison, Heather Watkins, Jack Featherly, Jaik Faulk, Jeff Sheridan, Jennifer Rabin and Ross Lee Chappell, Jeremy Okai Davis, Jessi Reaves, Jessie Henson, Joby Barron, Jovencio de la Paz, Julia Oldham, Justin L’Amie, Justyn Hegreberg, Kathleen Murney, Kristen Miller, Larry S. Clark, Laura Fritz, Lindsay Jordan Kretchun, Malia Jensen, Marie Watt, Margie Livingston, Michael Boonstra, Michelle Grabner, Michelle Ramin, Michelle Ross, Nan Curtis, Pat Boas, Patrick Kelly, Polina Tereshina, Rachel Warkentin, Ralph Pugay, Roll Hardy, Ryan Molenkamp, Ryan Pierce, Samantha Wall, Srijon Chowdhury, Storm Tharp, Tannaz Farsi, Tessa Heck, Vanessa Calvert and Vanessa Renwick.

You can see art details at https://eventsavvyllc.tofinoauctions.com/disjecta17/catalog

Event design by Alyson Provax, Bill Will, David Bithell, Eric Mast and Fernanda D’Agostino.

Advance tickets at https://eventsavvyllc.tofinoauctions.com/disjecta17/tickets/ticket_sales. Art auction-party at Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map Doors 6PM $40

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 14 Get Small

We rarely cover some of the more distant college galleries though their curation has been excellent episodically. That includes L&C, PCC Cascade, PCC Sylvania, Linfield in Newberg and Clark College in Vancouver. Here is one though. ULTRA Real are photographs by Alison Carey, Mark Hooper and Grace Weston. They build sets, some miniature, in the studio, and photograph them. At Archer Gallery www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/archer/index.php, Clark College 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 6PM-8 Free

Monday, November 13, 2017

November 13 Revolution Africa

Not art. Dr Ali Colleen Neff speaks on innovation in Africa. It's a creative process like the visual arts we mention. And it pairs with art projects like the Ghana Think Tank in my view. Future Talks https://www.meetup.com/New-Relic-FutureTalks-PDX/events/244495000/ at New Relic 27th floor111 SW 5th. Reservations requested. 5:30 doors, talk 6. Free

Sunday, November 12, 2017

November 12 Boat Tube

Getting to Know You Tube is back with Ralph Pugay, Tabitha Nikolai and Ním Wunnan. At the Boathouse Microcinema www.boathousemicrocinema.com 822 N River 7:30PM $8

Thursday, November 09, 2017

November 11 Image Coup

The Chicken Coop Contemporary is one of Portland's well-curated galleries in a home. Portland has a history of home, basement, garage, live-work space and now a chicken coop. Today, Divine Image by André Fortes & Harry Gould Harvey IV opens. (Chicken Coop Contemporary is by Leach Botanical Gardens, always free. You might double check to see if it's open on Veterans Day. There is also a detour involving SE 122 explained at http://leachgarden.org/) At Chicken Coop Contemporary www.chickencoopcontemporary.com 12400 SE Knapp 2PM-5 Free

November 10 The Philosophy of Human Development

Creative mornings presents a talk by Sohail Coelho on conceptual death in the creative profession. He is Director of Human Development at Instrument. In his ongoing study of philosophy he has realized the human pattern of building identity and the necessity to leave limiting pieces of it behind. Creative Mornings has https://creativemornings.com/talks/sohail-coelho at the PICA warehouse. 15 NE Hancock 8:30AM-10, Free

November 9 PDX History

Portland artist Sabrina Haque has been artist in residence at the City of Portland archives. Her work is making documentation and social practice art of the history of development in East Portland. In that project, she worked with 17-24 year olds of Portland Youth Builders. This is the result. You can see and discuss with the builder artists and Haque this afternoon. It is at the Youth Builders space 4816 SE 92nd. 3PM-4:30 Early Free



The Murdock Collections is a secondary market gallery. They hold the history of regional artists. For this show, Terrain: Native American Spirituality, they have Rick Bartow, Joe Fedderson, James Lavadour, Emmi Whitehorse, and others. When you are there, browse the back room. at the Murdoch Collections murdochcollections.com 2219 NW Raleigh Map 5:30PM-7:30 Free



Intisar Abioto continues her black Portlanders portrait series with a show of over 150 tonight. DJ 6PM, talk 7PM. At the PSU Littman Gallery in Smith Union. www.littmanwhite.tumblr.com/ PSU Smith Hall, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway. 6PM-9 Free

Sunday, November 05, 2017

November 5 Aeration

Trinie Dalton is an LA writer and curator. She has curated Epochal Aeration: Or, The Slow Hand with artists Sarah Braman, Sam Falls, Pearl C. Hsiung, Dorothy Iannone, Johanna Jackson, Xylor Jane, Chris Johanson, Elisabeth Kley, JP Munro, Cristina Toro and Hush Arbors.

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

Friday, November 03, 2017

November 3 Eastside Art Openings

The 811 building is always recommended. Black Box, upstairs, has a show ending at 8 - early. Redux has a regular show extending later. Other shops, up and down join in. The 811 building is always recommended. At 811 East Burnside Map 6PM-8 Free



Brian Donnelly has Reassemble, colorful surreal portraits. Marnie White has Vanity of Vanities, classical still lifes. 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



Shannon Goff has sculptures and Inherent Terrain with Undine Brod, Rain Harris, Sasha Koozel Reibstein and Amanda Salov continues. It is at Eutectic Gallery www.eutecticgallery.com 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

November 2 Westside Art Openings

Tom Cramer has Under the Sun, polychrome carved wood reliefs; Mark Andres, artist-filmmaker has Pompeii Portland, drawings from his film; and Janet Marcavage has prints at Lineation. At Augen Gallery www.augengallery.com 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free


Sarah Horowitz has Fragments & Fences, botanical illustrations and landscapes made in Leavenworth Washington and Bellwald, Switzerland. Also showing is Nat Meade. At Froelick Gallery www.froelickgallery.com 714 NW Davis early close 8 Free



Adam Sorenson has Places, colorful schematic urban landscapes. At PDX Contemporary Art www.pdxcontemporaryart.com 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free



Sylwia Kowalczyk has Lethe, portraits made of collaged photographs, rephotographed. Benoit Fournier has Babylon, lo-fi monochrome urban landscapes made in Babylon, a favela in Rio De Janeiro. At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free



Ben Buswell has fused glass and photo-based sculptures. At UpFor Gallery www.upforgallery.com 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free



Raque Ford has con•fi•dence, monoprints inspired by their sculptures. At Williamson | Knight 916 NW Flanders early close. 6PM-8 Free



Night Lights continues its series of outdoor video art with a VR experience from Stephanie Mendoza, member of the Portland Immersive Media Group. http://pdximmersive.media/. It is in the parking lot to the North of 411 SW Park.



PNCA is recommended to stop in. There are galleries throughout. 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

Thursday, October 26, 2017

October 27 22 Floors

Artist Emily Wobb works the dynamics of our construction of big things: buildings, jetliners and cars, and their destruction. Perfect for ADX, maker central! Her website has a much more eloquent description - www.emilywobb.com/22floors. This show has an about 1/50th scale model of The Yard monolith, a geometric black residential tower designed by Skylab. It is fabricated from a previous project themed on suburban homes, that were subsequently distressed. The show also includes models of jetliners carrying wood chips from models of luxury suburban sport utility vehicles. Recommended. At adxportland.com ANX Gallery 1015 SE Stark 7PM-9 Free

October 27-29 Cloudy Con

Kumori is the Japanese word for cloudy. It names Kumoricon: Portland's big cosplay, and it aligns with Halloween! You can find all about it at www.kumoricon.org. If you see cosplayers around, smile and wave! At the Portland Convention Center varying hours until late $65

Sunday, October 22, 2017

October 22 Kawaii Dogs

NY painter Sophie Larrimore has Sunday Painting opening today. They are bright schematic paintings of poodles. At Nationale www.nationale.us 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-5 Free

Friday, October 20, 2017

October 20 Violet Pixies

Joy Feasley has Violets Under a Spell, paintings and fused glass sculptures inspired by the Aurora Borealis. At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, www.adamsandollman.com 209 SW 9th 6PM-8 Free



George Kuchar was an experimental filmmaker. His work spanned video art to low budget drama. Tonight his films Phantom of the Pine Barrens, 1998, 49 minutes; Domain of the Pixel Pixies, 1998, 33 minutes and Weather Diary #3, 1998, 24 minutes screen His work is archived at the Video Data Bank where previews area available www.vdb.org/artists/george-kuchar. At Yu Contemporary Art www.yucontemporary.org 900 SE 10th. 7PM Free


Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16 Gambling Profit

French artist Eva Barto presents two books on the imprint Buttonwood Press: All in, An Anthology of Gambling, 2016, and Give Way to Profit, 2016. Her recent work is focused on money and wealth. She speaks about her work this evening. At Yu Contemporary Art www.yucontemporary.org 900 SE 10th 7PM Free

Friday, October 13, 2017

October 14 Hair Volt

Volt Divers is a night of analog synth performers. This month they are Anon, Darcy Neal + Lolo, Kakiharae, Cult Group II, Astrowarrior, Jakub Jerzy, Pixel Crusher and Cult Group I. Tonight 100% of the modest cover, $5, goes to the ACLU. Yes. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 $5



The Killjoy Collective is a project by recent PNCA MFA grads taking action to show women artists. Hair care businesses are a safe community space. Tonight is Safety in Numbers by Seattle artist Jono Vaughan. The artist has been working on the role of hair in identity. For this show they create a hair salon and perform in it. Safety in Numbers at Killjoy Collective http://www.killjoypdx.com/events/2017/9/16/perceive-candace-jahn-jill-falk. 222 Southeast 10th Avenue #102B 7PM-9 Free

October 14, 15, 21, 22 Open Source

Portland Open Studios is a yearly event. Artists self-select, apply, are curated, are included in a guide and then open their studios. It is an opportunity to see what a working artist studio looks like, straightened up for guests.

In the past, you, the viewer and collector, paid a fee for a printed calendar and map to the studios, many in residences.

What is new is that there is a free app to guide you. There is an in-app upgrade if you want a map and images from the artists in your phone. Otherwise the images of artists works are on the Open Studios website. There is also a printed guide for sale - check their website.

Portland Open Studios portlandopenstudios.com. Throughout town. 10AM-5. (better app) $4.99, (paper guide)$15, Free

October 13 Rainy Reflection

Peggy Sisouvong and Steven Mayer have Reflection Pools. At Grapefruits, www.grapefruitjuiceartists.org/www.grapefruitsartspace.org 2119 N Kerby, STE D. 6PM-9 Free

Friday, October 06, 2017

October 6 Eastside Art Openings

Portland encaustic artist Elise Wagner has Climate Charts. Wagner has been inspired by science over several bodies of work. With climate and science a species-level concern, it is welcome artists are addressing it. She stealths scientific illustration into sensual, warm works. Is it OK to have something beautiful in our home to inspire changing the world? Yes. Eric Boyer also has small wire screen sculptures. Artist talk 6:30PM. At Butters Gallery www.buttersgallery.com 157 NE Grand 6PM-8 Free



The 811 building is always recommended. Black Box, upstairs, has a show ending at 8 - early. Redux has a regular show extending later. Other shops, up and down join in. The 811 building is always recommended. At 811 East Burnside Map 6PM-8 Free



Ann Ploeger is a Portland photographer. She is noted for commissioned straight-shot color portraits of individuals, couples and families in their homes. Her trademark is often clients/subjects in bare feet at home. She has The Woman Who Was Alive There, portraits of female-identified friends. At Pushdot Studio www.pushdotstudio.com 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-9 Free



Mike Lee & Betsy Walton have a show. 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



One Grand has poppy Porous Walker. Their openings are fun whatever the work. At One Grand Gallery www.onegrandgallery.com 1000 E Burnside 8PM-11 Free



Inherent Terrain is a show by Rain Harris, Amanda Salov, Undine Brod and Sasha Koozel Reibstein. It is at Eutectic Gallery www.eutecticgallery.com 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free



The Splendorporium is lovely Portland creative electricity. Their main vector is children art studioing and connecting to parents of self same. But that does not mean they can't be subversive in a good way. They are the root of an art bike moon ride tonight: http://firstfridaypdx.org/2017/09/21/costumes-cats-and-bikes-oh-my/ - meet 5:30PM. Main show is on Tarot 7. Always worth a check. At http://www.splendorporium.net/ 3421 SE 21st. 7PM-9 Free

Thursday, October 05, 2017

October 5 Westside Art Openings

Karolin Klüppel has Mädchenland, Kingdom of Girls, documentation of young people in Assam, India. They are indigenous Khasi people photographed in their town of Mawlynnong. Thomas Roma has Plato's Dogs, photos of the shadows of dogs. Kim Ray and D. Scott Clark have an installation, Reliquary: The Stuff We Save. They are photographic prints of the interiors of an elder relative they share. It is in the Nine Gallery. At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free



Enfant terrible Jim Riswold has prints has How to Make Fun of Nazis, unfortunately topical. Riswold is a former ad man at W+K. He doesn't shy from provocation. Karen Esler has detailed figure drawings in situ. At Augen Gallery www.augengallery.com 716 NW Davis early close 8PM Free



Riswold also has a very large show themed on cancer, death, bad men and women, medical research. It has plenty of 2d and substantial sculptures. At W+K www.wk.com 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-9 Free



Mel Katz was in the thick of the NY art world of the 1950s. He has lived and taught in Portland for many years, bringing that experience. He has Options, abstract wall sculptures fabricated of aluminum. Betty Merken has Continuum pigment-saturated minimal sculpture and painting. Calvin Ross Carl has paintings I Am Here Until I Am Not, geometrics, icons and words. At Laura Russo Lee Gallery www.russoleegallery.com 805 NW 21st early close 5PM-8 early close Free



The weather will be perfect tonight for the RACC projection series which takes place in a parking lot at Park and Glisan. Pepper Pepper and friends will perform live. Their fun drag stylings will be captured live, sent through a kaleidoscopic MAX patch and projected on the large blank wall of the RACC building. Fun. We hope to see this around throughout the year. RACC First Thursday projection night. SW Park and SW Glisan. 7PM-9 Free



Raque Ford has con•fi•dence, abstract monoprints. It's at Williamson | Knight 916 NW Flanders early close. 6PM-8 Free



Upor continues General Song by Rodrigo Valenzuela. At UpFor Gallery www.upforgallery.com 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free



Gallery 114 is a member coop, similar to Blackfish. It is a useful model, along with Tokyo's short rental gallery shows. They do video press releases which is interesting. But they are rarely on my sonar. This month they have guest Horatio Yung-Yan Law with Burnt Offerings, along with Mary Jo Mann with Un-Becoming, contrasting weeds and houseless humans in our urban environment. At Gallery 114 www.gallery114pdx.com 1100 NW Glisan 6PM-9 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



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

Saturday, September 30, 2017

October 1 Crafty Repurposed

Symmetry Breaking is a group show by Emily Counts, Jovencio de la Paz, Jo Hamilton, Anya Kivarkis, Brenda Mallory, Kristen Miller, Emily Nachison and Jane Schiffhauer. The theme of the show, curated by Blake Shell, nee the Clark College Archer Gallery and now Disjecta is the use of craft materials in contemporary art, oh so Northwesterly. Recommended show.

Symmetry Breaking https://events.marylhurst.edu/event/opening-reception-symmetry-breaking/ at the Marylhurst University www.marylhurst.edu/theartgym/ Map 4PM-6 Free

September 30 Tricks Toys and Joys

Marisa Manso has Tricks Toys and Joys. She removes painting from the frame, painting abstracts on low relief shapes and freestanding sculptures, sometimes incorporating illumination. She lives in Seattle, along with guest curator and sculptor, Francesca Lohmann. They have colaborated on shows together. It's fun work of quality by a recent MFA who has been getting good shows in Seattle alt spaces. Tricks Toys and Joys https://www.facebook.com/events/173720679860856/ at OV Project Space 7604 SE Washington 6:00PM-9 Free

Thursday, September 28, 2017

September 29-30 Degenerate Matriarch

Degenerate Art Ensemble are longtime friends with the coolest performance name. Degenerate Art (Entartete Kunst) was the name given by Hitler to modern and experimental art. He set the government, institutions and the public against those artists. Those artists included many viewed today as world changing.

Degenerate Art Ensemble is Haruko Crow Nishimura, choreographer, dancer and vocalist + Joshua Kohl, composer and musician, with collaborators. Their home is Seattle. They present their new piece Diphylleia Grayi, Skeleton Flower. This is the intimate version and we are very fortunate to be able to see it in Portland. Often DAE's works unfold over several years. An example was the Predator’s Songstress piece.

Mizu Desierto is Water in the Desert in Japanese. She is the force of nature in Portland butoh. Her work is often inspired by, and performed, outdoors. She is a master of physical theater and psychodynamic themes. She has a new piece, Matriarch, tonight. A previous piece was Migration.

Degenerate Art Ensemble and Mizu Desierto perform their new works tonight, http://www.witd.org/witdperformance/dae. Advance tickets are strongly recommended for the small theater. mizu@witd.org 503.404.2350. 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 $5-30

Friday, September 22, 2017

September 23 Meat Transformations

Glass art ranges in aesthetics from crafty, to excessively beautiful, to idea-driven contemporary. This show is the third.

Transformations is by artists Ligia Bouton, New Mexico; Kate Clements, Pennsylvania; Emily Counts, Washington; Emily Nachison, Oregon; and Judy Tuwaletstiwa, New Mexico.

They win the copywriting award for the month.

"Mysterious in its creation, common in its application, and utopian in visions of the future, glass is rife with cultural, scientific, and metaphysical meaning. The glass we encounter is largely comprised of sand, soda ash, lime, and metallic oxides. These minerals are combined, melted, and then cooled into a myriad of forms. The recipe is millennia old, but retains much of the magic that likely accompanied its first discovery. Sand is transformed into glass; it is a transformation that borders on the alchemical. A common material is made into something new with unique qualities that require a new category of matter: amorphous solid. [The] artists ... approach glass from diverse perspectives, but it is transformation – be it through meditations on mortality, adolescence, fantasy, or the spiritual - that draws them to this material and connects their work."

The website has a artist statements and photos.

Closing reception and artists' talks at www.bullseyeprojects.com. RSVP requested http://www.bullseyeprojects.com/events/38/. 300 NW 13th 1PM-2:30 Free



Artists Mel Carter, Maggie-Rose Condit, Braxton Congrove, Dakota Gearhart and Elizabeth Mputu present A Situation of Meat. The show is curated by Julia Greenway from Seattle, the 7th Disjecta guest curator. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-10 Free

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September 21 A Life in Waves

Suzanne Ciani is an electronic musician in the post-musique concrète generation. She has won five Grammys for her work. The documentary A Life in Waves traces her exceptional career, including pioneering electronic sound logos.

Her work as an early musician using modular synths is particularly relevant in Portland now. There is a resurgence in modular synths, a synth store, a synth library and synth music classes. There are a large number of women synth musicians and synth classes focused on women at S1. Internationally and historically trans musician Wendy Carlos was a pioneering analog synth artist. Bebe Barron is known for the first electronic score for a studio film. It's a diverse field.

The early electronic musicians had large cluttered studios like electronics labs. Modular synths, based on modular analog computers were introduced in 1963 by makers Moog and Buchla. They packed a large modular library into a small, even transportable chassis, which could be endlessly configured into the musician's own instrument.

There will be a performance on a Buchla (Ciani on Buchla) modular synth before the film.

At Clinton St Theater cstpdx.com/show/life-waves 2522 SE Clinton. Doors 6PM $8 advance, $10 door

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September 20-23, 26-29 Embryotrophic

Butoh is a Japanese contemporary dance form. It is often improvised, inspired by images from nature. Kokoro Dance are Vancouver BC butoh performers operating for more than 20 years. They are known for their annual Wreck Beach performances. There are videos of Kokoro and butoh. Some performances involve nudity, possibly NSFW.

Vancouver is one of about two handfuls of international butoh cities, hosting a favorite group Dairakudakan recently. The cities would be Portland, Seattle, SF, Boulder, Berlin, Chicago, NYC, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Kyoto.

Kokoro opens a new stage performance, Embryotrophic Cavatina. When I've seen them, their performances have been theatrical and humorous. The core couple have been working together for many years, like Eiko and Koma, creating a special dialog which is beautiful to watch.

Recommended. Embryotrophic Cavatina by Kokoro Dance kokoro.ca at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC. 8PM $25-30

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 19 Type Cast

Portland is home to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry. They have antique machines that make metal fonts and print from them. They are a cult! A new film, Pressing On, tells the story of other printers around the country using antique metal type. At Clinton St Theater cstpdx.com 2522 SE Clinton. 7PM $8 advance, $10 door

Friday, September 15, 2017

September 17 Long Busy

Michael T. Hensley has Long Haul, bright busy mixed media paintings. At Nationale www.nationale.us 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-5 Free

September 16 Perceve Joy

The Killjoy Collective is a project by recent PNCA MFA grads taking action to show women artists. Tonight it's Perceive, photographs by Candace Jahn and paintings by Jill Falk, both also from PNCA. Perceive at Killjoy Collective http://www.killjoypdx.com/events/2017/9/16/perceive-candace-jahn-jill-falk. 222 Southeast 10th Avenue #102B 7PM-9 Free

September 15 Dolphin Secret Grapefruit

We used to mention fashion events when our friends were doing it. Grapefruits Art Space is relatively new. Tonight they are doing art in the form of clothing. Martha Daghlian, founder of umbrella https://www.grapefruitjuiceartists.org/organization and curator, shows ceremonial protective garments along with TravB. At Grapefruits, 2119 N Kerby, STE D. 6PM-9 Free



Experimental musicians Indira Valey, Amenta Abioto, Secret Drum Band and Dolphin Midwives play this evening in above order https://www.facebook.com/events/247348132429565/ at the famous Xhurch xhurch.net 4550 NE 20th. Map 7PM-10 $5-10

Friday, September 08, 2017

September 8 Eastside Art Openings+

Eastside art openings have been lacking getting organized. Here are a few.

The 811 building is always recommended. One interesting event are photos from musician Corrina Repp at the Liza Rietz Showroom.

At 811 East Burnside Map 6PM-8 Free



Stephanie Chefas Projects has David Bray from the UK with Return of the Returner. 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



Not East -

Adams and Ollman has an older artist Joan Nelson. They often uncover older or deceased artists. At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, www.adamsandollman.com 209 SW 9th 6PM-8 Free



Then there is Rainen Knecht with Earth Alien. 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 6PM-8 Free

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

September 7 Westside Art Openings

You can check the usual spots NW Park and Davis, NW Flanders and 9th, and below. They will be fine but no wow this month.



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, September 01, 2017

September 3 Labor Day

Labor Day is a show by Manuel Arturo Abreu, Carmen Argote, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Rodrigo Valenzuela and Carmen Winant. It is an up to date show curated by Asha Bukojemsky at a new experimental gallery, the Chicken Coop Gallery.

There is a statement worth reading on the gallery website.

Chicken Coop is shaping up to be the heir to Appendix. Recommended. Labor Day at the Chicken Coop Gallery www.chickencoopcontemporary.com 12400 SE Knapp 6PM-9 Free





September 1 Eastside Art Openings en Bike

The First Friday Eastside art opening pattern is always in flux. Galleries flux and opening schedules flux.

Here is a multi-gallery bikey event. Hope organizers Portland’s Eastside Artwalk and The Street Trust continue it.

Bikes start at Eutectic Gallery opening at 5:30PM. Bikes leave there at 6 and end at Splendorporium. True Measure Gallery, East Creative Collective, Bite Studio and Studio 2507 all participate,

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1NASDIX_XcUfoTkj6ETKDi16TILQ&usp=sharing


Eastside galleries opening. https://www.facebook.com/events/1950287668590347/ Start at Eutectic Gallery www.eutecticgallery.com 1930 NE Oregon 5:30PM-9

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