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Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal
Oct. 5, 2019–Jan. 12, 2020

Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal

Portland Art Museum Prices vary

Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal ... is the first major survey of the work of one of America’s most important conceptual artists. Throughout his career, Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976) has fearlessly addressed racism, inequality and bias in bold, skillfully crafted works. Through photographs, sculpture, video, audience-activated digital animation and collaborative public...

Art & Design, Exhibition, Cultural Communities
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Wild About Dance: Oregon Ballet Theatre Celebrates 30 Years
Oct. 17–Dec. 15, 2019

Wild About Dance: Oregon Ballet Theatre Celebrates 30 Years

Oregon Historical Society $10; free to Multnomah County residents

Oregon Ballet Theatre enriches the community with beautiful, exhilarating and athletic dance. This exhibit celebrates Oregon Ballet Theatre’s (OBT) first 30 years with vibrant film footage and photographs, costumes and theatrical artifacts that highlight the Company’s excellent performances, school and education outreach programs. For those who love OBT and the art of dance, the exhibit...

Exhibition, History
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A Pittock Mansion Christmas: Wonderful World of Books
Nov. 25, 2019–Jan. 5, 2020

A Pittock Mansion Christmas: Wonderful World of Books

Pittock Mansion $8-$12

From children’s classics to modern-day mysteries, this year’s Pittock Mansion Christmas explores the wonderful world of books. Experience the literary visions of local decorators as they transform the Mansion’s rooms into magical storybook settings.

Exhibition, For Kids
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ZooLights
Nov. 29, 2019–Jan. 5, 2020

ZooLights

Oregon Zoo Pricing vary

As you walk around the zoo, you'll see a dazzling display of more than 1.5 million lights and experience the zoo in a whole new way. In addition to visiting elephants, mountain goats and other wildlife, you can ride the popular lighted train and carousel, and enjoy hot drinks and local food carts. Photos with...

Exhibition, For Kids
 Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns
May 23, 2019–May 23, 2020

Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns

Portland Chinatown Museum

Using rare and seldom-seen objects like Chinese opera costumes as well as theatrical sets, bilingual text, audiovisual media and interactive visitor stations, Beyond the Gate tells a sprawling transnational story of contact and trade between China and the West, focusing on Portland’s Old (1850-1905) and New (1905-1950) Chinatowns. Beyond the Gate was originally created as...

Exhibition, Cultural Communities, History
Color Line: Black Excellence on the World Stage
Sept. 28, 2019–Feb. 16, 2020

Color Line: Black Excellence on the World Stage

Portland Art Museum Museum Admission: Free for Members, $20 Adults, $17 Seniors 62+ & College Students, Free Children 17 and under

At the International Exposition of 1900 in Paris, American sociologist, historian, and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois put together “The American Negro Exhibit,” a remarkable collection of more than 300 photographs of African-American men and women, homes, churches, businesses and universities. These photographs were paired with a series of charts and graphs designed by...

Art & Design, Exhibition, Cultural Communities, History
Toughened to Wind and Sun: Women Photographing the Landscape
Sept. 28, 2019–Mar. 8, 2020

Toughened to Wind and Sun: Women Photographing the Landscape

Portland Art Museum Museum Admission: Free for Members, $20 Adults, $17 Seniors 62+ & College Students, Free Children 17 and under

During the early 20th century, Pictorialist photographer Anne Brigman regularly hiked and camped in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, photographing the rugged landscape with her 4x5-inch view camera. She later recalled, “I slowly found my power with the camera among the junipers and tamarack pines of the high, storm-swept altitudes.” Toughened to Wind and Sun...

Art & Design, Exhibition
Question Bridge: Black Males
Oct. 1, 2019–Jan. 12, 2020

Question Bridge: Black Males

Portland Art Museum Museum Admission: Free for Members, $20 Adults, $17 Seniors 62+ & College Students, Free Children 17 and under

Presented in conjunction with Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal…, on view in the Main Building, Question Bridge: Black Males is a project of Cause Collective, a long-term project-based collaboration between Thomas and a team of artists, designers and ethnographers who create innovative forms of public art that spark cross-cultural conversations. Question Bridge: Black...

Art & Design, Exhibition, Cultural Communities
Art Museum Public Tour: Highlights
Oct. 3–Dec. 28, 2019

Art Museum Public Tour: Highlights

Portland Art Museum Included with admission

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life. Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance. Museum Admission: Free for Members, $20 Adults, $17 Seniors 62+ & College Students, Free Children 17 and under.

Art & Design, Guided Tour, Exhibition
Leonard Bernstein at 100
Oct. 3, 2019–Jan. 26, 2020

Leonard Bernstein at 100

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebrates the life and work of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), the great Jewish American composer and conductor who dedicated his life to making classical music a vibrant part of American culture. The exhibition features photographs, personal items, papers, scores, correspondence, costumes, furniture and audio and video recordings. A vocal booth gives visitors...

Exhibition, Cultural Communities, History
Exquisite Creatures
Oct. 5, 2019–Feb. 16, 2020

Exquisite Creatures

OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) $10.50–$15

Exquisite Creatures, an artistic experience that unravels humanity’s intimate relationship with the natural world, makes its Oregon debut at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on Oct. 5, 2019. Artist, naturalist and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Marley reveals the obscure beauty in nature through his three-dimensional work with animal, mineral and...

Exhibition, For Kids
Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II
Oct. 17, 2019–Jan. 12, 2020

Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II

Oregon Historical Society $10; free to Multnomah County residents

In the years leading up to World War II, racial segregation and discrimination were part of daily life for many in the United States. For most African Americans, even the most basic rights and services were fragmented or denied altogether. To be black was to know the limits of freedom — excluded from the opportunity,...

Exhibition, History, Cultural Communities
Norma Bassett Hall: Color Block Prints in Oregon Collections
Oct. 17, 2019–Jan. 12, 2020

Norma Bassett Hall: Color Block Prints in Oregon Collections

Oregon Historical Society $10; free to Multnomah County residents

Norma Bassett Hall was born in Halsey, Oregon, in 1888. Just 18 years later, she entered the School of the Portland Art Association in its first year and by 1929, she had achieved national recognition for her art. Yet, with her local roots and strong ties to Oregon art, her work has never been the...

Exhibition, History, Art & Design
The All American Toy Company: An Oregon Original
Oct. 17, 2019–Jan. 26, 2020

The All American Toy Company: An Oregon Original

Oregon Historical Society $10; free to Multnomah County residents

For generations, the All American Toy Company has captured the interest of children and adults alike. Beginning in 1947 with its first release of the Timber Toter, a logging truck, the company’s lineup included a series of vehicles that represented expanding industries in Oregon, including dump trucks used in construction, cattle liners that transported the...

Exhibition, History
Curator’s Choice: Japanese Print Acquisitions of the Past Decade
Oct. 19, 2019–Apr. 12, 2020

Curator’s Choice: Japanese Print Acquisitions of the Past Decade

Portland Art Museum Museum Admission: Free for Members, $20 Adults, $17 Seniors 62+ & College Students, Free Children 17 and under

Retiring Curator of Asian Art Maribeth Graybill presents her personal favorites from among more than 600 Japanese prints acquired during her tenure at the Museum. The exhibition includes works by leading masters of the 18th and 19th centuries, chosen for their exceptional condition; warrior prints, a genre previously neglected in the collection; and prints by...

Art & Design, Exhibition, Cultural Communities
Rain Spark Seasonal Gallery
Oct. 24–Dec. 29, 2019

Rain Spark Seasonal Gallery

Rain Spark Gallery Free

Rain Spark Gallery has a new location this year at 310 N. State St. Suite #108 in Lake Oswego. Dates Open: October 24-December 29, 2019. The hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. The gallery is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. This is the ninth year of the...

Art & Design, Exhibition
Art Museum Family Tour: Where The Wild Things Are!
Oct. 27–Dec. 15, 2019

Art Museum Family Tour: Where The Wild Things Are!

Portland Art Museum Included with museum admission

Explore the museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life. Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance. Museum Admission: Free for Members, $20 Adults, $17 Seniors 62+ & College Students, Free Children 17 and under.

Art & Design, Exhibition, For Kids, Guided Tour
Isaka Shamsud-Din: Rock of Ages
Nov. 2, 2019–Aug. 1, 2020

Isaka Shamsud-Din: Rock of Ages

Portland Art Museum Museum Admission: Free for Members, $20 Adults, $17 Seniors 62+ & College Students, Free Children 17 and under

Isaka Shamsud-Din: Rock of Ages is an intimate exhibition celebrating the Portland artist’s masterful paintings, rich in a narrative combining personal stories and folklore. Shamsud-Din’s paintings also celebrate and honor individuals by capturing portraits. Tightly composed and with a vibrancy of color, the works invite viewers to be among these individuals and warm settings. The...

Art & Design, Exhibition, Cultural Communities
Portraiture from the Collection of Northwest Art
Nov. 2, 2019–Aug. 1, 2020

Portraiture from the Collection of Northwest Art

Portland Art Museum Museum Admission: Free for Members, $20 Adults, $17 Seniors 62+ & College Students, Free Children 17 and under

In the rich tradition of portraiture reflected in Northwest art, there is an exemplary range of individuals and styles of depiction. For this exhibition, the artist Storm Tharp was invited to help select works from the collection through his keen eyes as a fellow portraitist. As he combed through the collection, some themes in portraiture...

Art & Design, Exhibition
Being Present
Nov. 16, 2019–June 14, 2020

Being Present

Portland Art Museum Museum Admission: Free for Members, $20 Adults, $17 Seniors 62+ & College Students, Free Children 17 and under

Being Present: Revisiting, Somewhat Unfaithfully, Portland’s Most Experimental Art Experiment, PCVA From 1972 to 1987, the Portland Center for the Visual Arts (PCVA) was a major force in the Pacific Northwest, introducing progressive forms of contemporary art from around the country to Portland audiences. Temporary site-specific installations by major, mostly New York-based sculptors, announced its...

Art & Design, Exhibition, History
The Art of Reading
Nov. 16, 2019–June 21, 2020

The Art of Reading

Portland Art Museum Museum Admission: Free for Members, $20 Adults, $17 Seniors 62+ & College Students, Free Children 17 and under

The artistic poster first flourished in the United States in the 1890s. Initially following design trends pioneered in Europe, American artists soon created their own unique style. Magazines were among the first to adopt this new form of advertising, employing outstanding designers such as Will Bradley, Edward Penfield and Maxfield Parrish to advertise periodicals including...

Art & Design, Exhibition, History
Art at Lan Su: Brian Oaster & Angelita Surmon
Dec. 1–31, 2019

Art at Lan Su: Brian Oaster & Angelita Surmon

Lan Su Chinese Garden Cost varies

See new work by artists Brian Oaster and Angelita Surmon on display in Lan Su Chinese Garden’s pavilions in December 2019. Admission to Lan Su: $12.95 General, $11.95 Seniors, $9.95 Students (under 18 or w/ College ID), free for children under 6 and members.

Art & Design, Exhibition
Cracked Pots Holiday Pop-Up With ReClaim It!
Dec. 5–22, 2019

Cracked Pots Holiday Pop-Up With ReClaim It!

Old Bank of America building, St. Johns commercial district Free

Cracked Pots' second annual holiday pop-up shop featuring reuse. Shoppers looking for an alternate source for holiday gifts will find something truly meaningful at this reuse popup, featuring fine art and craft by 40 artists who utilize reclaimed materials. All items are at least 80% upcycled. Sharing the retail space, a ReClaim It! pop-up shop...

Art & Design, Exhibition, Shopping
Erika Morillo: Umbral
Dec. 5–29, 2019

Erika Morillo: Umbral

Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts Free

Umbral, which means “gateway” or “portal” in Spanish, is a series by Erika Morillo focused on her young son. Through her contemplative black-and-white images and accompanying poetry, viewers are given a glimpse of her son’s inner world, as well as Morillo’s introspections as a single parent.

Art & Design, Exhibition
Rachel Boillot: Moon Shine: Photographs of the Cumberland Plateau
Dec. 5–29, 2019

Rachel Boillot: Moon Shine: Photographs of the Cumberland Plateau

Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts Free

Moon Shine: Photographs of the Cumberland Plateau is a body of work inspired by the unique musical traditions of the Cumberland Plateau. This region is home to a rich storytelling heritage, showcased in historic fiddle tunes, balladry, religious gospel pieces and other songs passed down as part of a formidable—but quickly disappearing—oral tradition. Rachel Boillot...

Art & Design, Exhibition
Collectors West Gun and Knife Show
Dec. 7–8, 2019

Collectors West Gun and Knife Show

Portland Expo Center Adults: $10, Kids: 12 & under free

A two-day event showcase of collectible guns and knives. Parking is $10 per space, per entry.

Conventions, Exhibition, Shopping
Tabor Holiday Open Studios
Dec. 7–8, 2019

Tabor Holiday Open Studios

Various Locations Free

Visit Tabor neighborhood artists Jessica Rhys and Nicole M. Curcio's home studios as they host fellow artisans and guests for a weekend of celebrating Portland creative community and shopping handcrafted goods. Tabor Holiday Open Studios will feature creations from eight Portland artists; most artists will be on hand to chat about their work. For guests...

Art & Design, Exhibition, Shopping

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