ARTIST TALKS feature artists from a range of disciplines in the galleries for lively conversations about works of art on view at the Museum and how they relate to their own practices.
Anthony Hudson (Grand Ronde) is a multidisciplinary artist, performer, and filmmaker perhaps best known as Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi. Anthony’s new play, Still Looking for Tiger Lily, is in process through Artists Repertory Theatre’s On the Workbench program. In 2018 Anthony was named a National Artist Fellow in Artistic Innovation by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
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James Allen is an excavator. He transforms used books into sculptural reliefs by selectively cutting through pages, keeping fragments of images and words to create a composition using the content of the book. His work is in several public collections, including the Fine Art Library and Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library at UCLA and Johns Hopkins University’s Milton S. Eisenhower Library.
In James's Artist Talk, he discusses "Untitled (Hotel de la Clef D'Or)" by Joseph Cornell, and how it relates to his work.
This Artist Talk was recorded on July 19, 2018 in Portland Art Museum's Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art in the Jungers Gallery.
Hector Hernandez holds degrees in social anthropology, fine arts, and art and education. He began mural painting in Mexico City under Arnold Belkin, and his community murals and public art continue to follow the teachings of the Mexican school of painting. Subjects and themes of his work include social and cultural change, immigration, and cultural interactions and dynamics.
In this Artist Talk, Hector talks about Diego Rivera's "Los Frutos del Trabajo (The Fruits of Labor)" and how it connects with his work with murals and mosaics - http://www.portlandartmuseum.us/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=record;id=20289;type=101
Hailing from Georgia, Amy Bernstein is an artist and writer who spends most of her time thinking about upending habits of color and linguistics and working on her dance moves. Her work is represented by Nationale and has been exhibited at The Art Gym, Littman Gallery at Portland State University, Car Hole Gallery, Worksound, and Carl & Sloan Contemporary.
In this Artist Talk, Amy discusses Tuileries Gardens, Paris by Oskar Kokoschka. For more information about this piece, visit http://www.portlandartmuseum.us/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=record;id=9505;type=101
This Artist Talk was recorded on June 21, 2018, in Portland Art Museum's Impressionist Gallery, located on the first floor of the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art at Portland Art Museum - PortlandArtMuseum.org
Stephanie Adams-Santos is the author of Swarm Queen’s Crown (finalist for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award) and several chapbooks: Total Memory; Little Fugues; and The Sundering, winner of the New York Chapbook Fellowship. She is the founder of Tarot Obscuro and Ojo de la Selva Press.
In this Artist Talk, Stephanie discusses "Marine" by William Trost Richards, 1884, and how it relates to her work as a poet, author, artist, and mystic.
For more information about Marine or William Trost Richards, visit http://www.portlandartmuseum.us/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=record;id=32351;type=101
Elijah Hasan is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, composer, and writer. His films often employ experimental techniques that work to blend complex concepts with powerful, graceful storytelling. As a teaching artist, he has introduced young people to creative filmmaking, photography, and various multimedia disciplines. His hybrid artistic approaches to programming have resulted in transformative impacts on participants as well as their exhibition audiences.
In this Artist Talk, Elijah discusses his work and how it relates to the photographs of Minor White and our current exhibition, "In the Beginning: Minor White's Oregon Photographs, Phase 1"
For more information on the exhibition, visit https://portlandartmuseum.org/exhibitions/in-the-beginning/
Marcela Dyer is the founder and designer of the label Myriam Marcela. Her work is known for attention to detail, expert craftsmanship, and consciously sourced materials. She is originally from Monterrey, México, and currently resides in Portland. As a Mexican designer living in the United States, Marcela has a passion to integrate creative talent among different cultures.
In her Artist Talk, Marcela discusses "Gosson-Ku (Scorpion)", 2007, and "Den Muso (Young Girl)", 1986, by Ronna Neuenschwander, and how they relate to her work as a fashion designer. What is most special about this talk is that Marcela had the opportunity to talk to Ronna Neuenschwander about these sculptures.
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David Abel is a poet, editor, and educator, and the proprietor of Passages Bookshop & Gallery. Three new books appeared in the latter half of 2017: Selected Durations, an artist’s book from the Black Rock Press at the University of Nevada, Reno, and two chapbooks from Portland publishers, XIV Eclipses (Couch Press), and sequitur her (press-press-pull). With Sam Lohmann, he publishes the Airfoil chapbook series. Since moving to Portland he has published twenty-five issues of the free poetry & art broadside series Envelope and devised more than thirty performance, film, theater, and intermedia projects, both solo and with a wide range of collaborators. In addition to curating regular changing exhibits at Passages, he organized the exhibitions Chax Press: Publishing Poetics for the Pacific NW College of Art and Object Poems for 23 Sandy Gallery. He is a founding member of the Spare Room reading series, now in its sixteenth year, and was an inaugural Research Fellow of the Center for Art + Environment of the Nevada Museum of Art.
In this Artist Talk, Abel speaks about John Outterbridge's "From Within, from Containment Series", 1969, and how it relates to his work.
View the piece in our collection online: http://www.portlandartmuseum.us/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=record;id=78221;type=101
Once a month, we host a local artist to talk about a piece in our permanent collection and how they relate to their own practices.
Be sure to check out our events calendar for information on upcoming Artist Talks
Originally from Central Washington (Yakima to be exact), Renée Lopez moved to Portland in 2006 to get a fresh start. In 2015, Miss Lopez became involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, making good friends with Portland rapper Glenn Waco. This marked a shift from taking photographs as a hobby to using her camera as a tool of resistance, documenting injustices, the Black Lives Matter movement, and Portland’s hip hop scene. In her recent work, Women of Color in PDX, she focuses on Portland-based women of color, promoting self-love and unity while pushing back on internalized misogyny through portraiture and story sharing. Miss Lopez has been told she has an eye for truly capturing people and who they are. “I just want to make a difference in someone’s life with my work, help people, tell their story.”
In this Artist Talk, Miss Lopez discusses her work and how it relates to "Untitled" by Philip Guston. See it in our Online Collections here: http://www.portlandartmuseum.us/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=record;id=29321;type=101
Shawn Creeden is an artist, musician, DJ, and semi-professional horticulturist. His work examines the complex and often conflicting relationships between human beings and the natural world. His practice shifts among many mediums and formats, including sculpture, installation, drawing, textiles, prints, artist books, dance parties, cable access television, sound and photography. Over the past decade and a half, he has exhibited work, toured, and performed across the United States and in Europe. His explorations into the connections between people and their environments have brought him to remote locations including artist residencies at ACRE in Steuben WI, Epicenter in Green River UT, and two Signal Fire residencies into the backcountry of Arizona. He currently lives in Portland OR, and is pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts in Contemporary Studio Practice at Portland State University’s School of Art + Design.
Shawn's focus for this Artist Talk is "Birch Bark Biting" (ca. 1900) by an Ojibwa artist http://www.portlandartmuseum.us/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=record;id=33823;type=101
This Artist Talk was recorded on November 16, 2017 at Portland Art Museum
Coleman Stevenson is the author of two collections of poems, Breakfast (Reprobate/GobQ Books, 2015) and The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609 (bedouin books, 2012). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications such as The Portable Boog Reader, Gramma, Paper Darts, Seattle Review, E-ratio, Osiris, Louisiana Literature, Mid-American Review, and the anthology Motionless from the Iron Bridge. She has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland, OR, area, and has also taught poetry, design theory, and cultural studies at a number of different institutions there including Portland State University, Mountain Writers Center, The Art Institute of Portland, Columbia River Correctional Institution. She created and has taught the Image+Text track in the Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center since 2015. Her current visual work is inspired by folk ritual practices including petition and sigil writing, and she creates tarot cards and other divination products through her company, The Dark Exact. A collaborative text and image project with artist Aspen Farer, The Doppelgänger Museum, is ongoing.
This artist talk focuses on the following pieces in our collection:
Wybrand Hendriks, Flower Still Life, 1810/1830, oil on panel, Gift of the Honorable George Rossman in memory of his wife, Loreta Showers Rossman, public domain, 65.19
Willem Kalf, Still Life, 1653/1679, oil on wood panel, Gift of the Society of Friends of the Portland Art Association, public domain, 27.1
This Artist Talk was recorded on October 19, 2019 in the European Galleries at the Portland Art Museum