Cultural Calendar

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Events for October 23rd 2018

7:30 pm
October 7th to November 4th
Small Mouth Sounds
Artists Repertory Theatre

Tired of not living their "best life," six broken individuals gather at a wellness center in the middle of the woods for a week-long silent retreat to breathe and reset. As the voice from an omniscient guru drones on in broken self-help speech, the attendees struggle to find their inner calm while...more info



Exhibits, Festivals, and Films

All Day
August 18th to February 10th
APEX: Avantika Bawa
Portland Art Museum

APEX presents a new body of work by Portland-based artist Avantika Bawa. Looking at a singular Portland architectural structure, she presents her ongoing series of drawings, prints and large panel paintings of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Bawa combines her long interest in architecture and...more info



All Day
September 8th to June 9th
CCNA: Not Fragile
Portland Art Museum

Though often associated with delicacy, glass is forged through intense and violent forces—a meteorite impacting the earth, a nuclear bomb detonating or a 2,000 °F crucible. Not Fragile features artists from across the Pacific Northwest who use glass in innovative ways to impart messages of...more info



All Day
October 13th to January 13th
Poetic Imagination: Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles
Portland Art Museum

Poetry lies at the heart of Japanese culture. Since ancient times, artists in Japan have expressed the most profound emotions and the most nuanced responses to the human condition in verse. The ability to turn a phrase has been a mark of social status, a way to woo a lover and a means to express...more info



All Day
August 8th to October 28th
Robbert Flick: Arena
Portland Art Museum

When Netherlands-born Robbert Flick first moved to Los Angeles in 1968, the car-centric nature of the sprawling American city immediately influenced his photographic practice. Between 1977 and 1979, he photographed no other landscape than the multi-level parking garage located behind his Inglewood...more info



All Day
May 5th to October 28th
Su-mei Tse: L’Echo
Portland Art Museum

Su-Mei Tse (born Luxembourg, 1973) trained as a classical cellist in a family of musicians. As a visual artist, her work unites sound, image, and body in a quest to communicate a universal language that exists beyond words. L’Echo (2003) finds the artist and her cello near the edge of a vast...more info



All Day
July 28th to January 20th
The Shape of the Land: Topographical Painting and Maps in Late Joseon Korea
Portland Art Museum

This special installation in the Museum’s Korean Gallery is inspired by one of the most important Korean works in our collection: a large folding screen depicting a bird’s-eye view of the city of Pyeongyang. The painting is brimming with information about the city—fabled for its architecture, food...more info



10:00 am
October 20th to April 28th
Modern American Realism: Highlights from the Smithsonian's Sara Roby Foundation Collection
Portland Art Museum

A selection of treasured artworks from the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Modern American Realism encompasses the range of what can broadly be called modern realism—from sociopolitical to psychological, from satirical to surrealist. Drawn from works collected by the...more info



10:00 am
August 19th to August 19th
Picturing Oregon
Portland Art Museum

In conjunction with the Museum’s 125th anniversary, Picturing Oregon offers an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on the importance of place and to celebrate the incredible geographic diversity of Oregon, and the artists whose work it inspired. With its wide-ranging climate and expansive range...more info



12:00 pm
October 4th to October 28th
Tamara Staples Photo Exhibition
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

Side Effects May Include, a photo-based installation by Tamara Staples that focuses on the relationship between mental health and poly-pharmacy, or the simultaneous use of multiple drugs by a single patient. The project was inspired by the artist’s sister, who took her life with a cocktail of...more info



12:00 pm
October 4th to October 28th
Tommy Kha Photo Exhibition
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

“Through the framework of the self-portrait, I constantly navigate between self and otherness in my photography. Themes of likeness and representation are at the forefront of my picture making. I shift between comedy and tragedy, familiarity and foreignness, performer and camera operator.” In I’m...more info



1:00 pm
October 23rd
Portland Art Museum Public Tour: Modern and Contemporary Art
Portland Art Museum

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life. Public tours depart from the Park Avenue...more info



7:00 pm
October 23rd
Augmented Images: Bent Image Lab
NW Film Center/Whitsell Auditorium

Over the last 15 years, Bent Labs has garnered a national reputation and numerous awards for their multi-faceted production capabilities—everything from stop motion, computer animation, visual effects and content development for television (Hallmark, Netflix) and advertising (Honda, AT&T), to music...more info