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 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 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 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 at Xhurch 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 8417 N Lombard, enter on N Kellogg 5:30PM-8:30 Free

Morag Keil & Georgie Nettell open Questionare. At Yu Contemporary Art 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:

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 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 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 at OV Project Space 7604 SE Washington (enter on 76th) 6:00PM-9 Free

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

Redux Brent Wear and Kirsten Moore in a new larger space. At Redux 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free