Cultural Calendar

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Events for September 27th 2016

8:00 am
September 19th to October 14th
Benz and Chang: The Bridge, 1910
Portland Building

Beginning September 19, 2016, the artists known as Benz and Chang will present a site-specific art installation in the Portland Building lobby. The project, titled The Bridge, 1910, is a visual homage to the work crews that built the Hawthorne Bridge, Portland’s oldest existing river crossing....more info



10:00 am
September 13th to February 26th
CCNA: Restoring the Breath—Sacred Relationship
Portland Art Museum

"The Center for Contemporary Native Art, or CCNA, showcases the revival of Coast Salish weaving, enabled by the efforts of the late master weaver and teacher Subiyay (aka Gerald Bruce Miller) to pass down his traditional techniques to four accomplished Salish weavers still practicing today. In...more info



10:00 am
September 13th to October 30th
Leroy Setziol: Sculptures in Wood
Portland Art Museum

A composer in wood, Leroy Setziol created lyrical sculpture that honors the beauty of a material strongly identified with the Northwest. The black walnut, teak, fir and other woods he employed enhanced his complex gridded compositions, bringing them to life. A self-taught, intuitive worker, Setziol...more info



10:00 am
September 13th to March 12th
Photography and Contemporary Experience
Portland Art Museum

Whether reflecting the visible world or an artist’s interior thoughts, the contemporary photograph actively participates in almost all aspects of modern life. This exhibition demonstrates the photographic medium’s ability to encompass a dizzying range of reactions to social change, political...more info



10:00 am
September 13th to December 11th
Steve McQueen: Drumroll
Portland Art Museum

Drumroll (1998) is a kinesthetic wonder, an innovative portrait of New York City, and a dynamic metaphor for urban life. This immersive video installation by renowned artist Steve McQueen surrounds the viewer with sound, flashes of light and discombobulated images. To create it, McQueen modified a...more info



7:30 pm
September 10th to October 16th
Little Shop of Horrors
The Armory

"Shy guy Seymour is forced to stick up for himself after adopting an unusual carnivorous plant that thrives off of draining his lifeblood. This light-hearted pulp comedy also carries a cautionary tale about hobbies and relationships that turn into obsessions. The Portland show offers a rare...more info



7:30 pm
September 6th to October 9th
Trevor
Artists Repertory Theatre

"Plenty of scripts have been penned about show business, but how many sympathize with the industry’s animal stars? In this hot new play by Orange is the New Black writer Nick Jones, Trevor is an out-of-work chimpanzee actor living with his (human) “mom” as he looks for a way back into the...more info



Exhibits, Festivals, and Films

All Day
September 1st to October 15th
Bruce Conkle: Surface Glitch
The White Box

Exhibition of 2D and 3D work by Bruce Conkle, including a pepto-bismol fountain and paintings on gilded...more info



All Day
July 29th to October 1st
Exhibition: Sharita Towne | Our City in Stereo
Newspace Center for Photography

Our City in Stereo, a project led by local artist Sharita Towne, combines the old medium of stereo views with stereo interviews to explore the topic of gentrification in Portland. The project relies heavily on community collaboration and site-specific conversation, featuring extensive interviews...more info



All Day
September 9th to December 4th
Five Buddhas: A Korean Icon’s Journey through Time
Portland Art Museum

During the three decades when he lived in Seoul, Robert Mattielli often visited the cluster of antique shops in Mary’s Alley (Anguk-dong). One day in the early 1970s, he was browsing when a “picker” came into a shop with a cart loaded with chests. The shop owner bought the cartload. Mattielli was...more info



All Day
July 23rd to November 13th
Josh Kline: Freedom
Portland Art Museum

Widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation, Josh Kline (American, b. 1979) focuses on the ways technological innovations affect politics, labor and the human body. Josh Kline: Freedom examines politicians, protest movements and surveillance tactics in our digital...more info



All Day
September 20th to February 26th
Restoring the Breath - Sacred Relationship
Portland Art Museum

"The Center for Contemporary Native Art, or CCNA, showcases the revival of Coast Salish weaving, enabled by the efforts of the late master weaver and teacher Subiyay (aka Gerald Bruce Miller). Subiyay passed down his traditional techniques to four accomplished Salish weavers still practicing today....more info



10:00 am
July 30th to November 13th
APEX: Arvie Smith
Portland Art Museum

Portland artist Arvie Smith paints beautifully, with luscious glowing color and fluid brushwork. His large, ambitious canvases reveal a baroque sensibility. His adept use of flowing line and animated figurative compositions appear to draw inspiration from artists like Jean-Antoine Watteau and...more info



10:00 am
August 13th to January 29th
Corita Kent: Spiritual Pop
Portland Art Museum

"What does it look like when an activist nun from Los Angeles paints pop art? This utterly unique collection of screenprints produced in the 1950s and '60s was surely colored by the late artist’s unusual experience, featuring titles like As a Cedar of Lebanon and Benedicto." - Oregon Arts Watch...more info



10:00 am
June 25th to October 9th
Splashes of Color Chinese Woodblock Prints
Portland Art Museum

Woodblock prints from the You Wei Du Zhai Collection. Many Americans are familiar with Japanese woodblock prints, which have been widely collected in the West since they were first admired by the French Impressionists. Few realize that China has an older and equally sophisticated tradition of color...more info



12:00 pm
September 1st to October 2nd
Danila Tkachenko - Escape
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

Along with Selected Works by José Diniz. On view September 1–October 2, 2016. First Thursday Opening Reception: September 1, 6-9 p.m. Artist Talk with José Diniz: Thursday, September 1, 5 p.m. “I am concerned about the issue of internal freedom in the modern society: Is it at all reachable, when...more info



12:00 pm
September 1st to October 2nd
José Diniz - Selected Works
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

Along with Danila Tkachenko's Escape On view September 1–October 2, 2016. First Thursday Opening Reception: September 1, 6-9 p.m. Artist Talk with José Diniz: Thursday, September 1, 5 p.m. For many years, Brazilian photographer José Diniz has been swimming and photographing along the coast of...more info



7:00 pm
September 27th
Argentina
Whitsell Auditorium

Presented by the Northwest Film Center. Famed for his celebrated “flamenco trilogy,” (Blood Wedding, Carmen, El Amour Brujo) Saura returns to the dance celebrated in his Academy Award-nominated Tango. Filmed in a converted warehouse in the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, the past, present...more info