August 5, 2008 - Portland Art Focus - Visit the City that Creates. Portland.
August 5, 2008

Visit the City that Creates. Portland.

Visit the City that Creates. Portland.

This fall, Portland, Oregon, is the city where world-class art, neighborhood restaurants, and a multitude of recreation options all come together to make Portland one of the most culturally exciting and livable cities in the nation. Portland Art Focus, a group of art and cultural institutions in the city, invites you to visit. This fall, make Portland your destination.

Experience the vitality of Portland culture through the following exhibits, festivals, installations, tours, lectures and classes.

Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College
suddenly: where we live now
August 26 – October 5, 2008

Inspired by the work of urban planner Thomas Sieverts, suddenly is a set of exhibitions, an annotated reader, and a series of public events that gives the lived landscape an independent identity in the imagination of its occupants. Participants include: Marc Joseph Berg, the Corridor Project, Zoe Crosher, Michael Damm, Molly Dilworth, Fritz Haeg, Frank Heath, Hadley+Maxwell, Shawn Records, Oscar Tuazon, Gary Wiseman, and others. Join us for an exhibition opening, Psychedelic Sprawl, September 2, 7 p.m., at the Cooley Gallery.

Feldman Gallery+Project Space at Pacific Northwest College of Art
Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with the Yes Men
September 4 – October 26, 2008

This is the first exhibition of work by the artist-activist group The Yes Men. By impersonating representatives from big corporations and government organizations, these culture-jammers expose dehumanizing business practices and enact ethical “identity correction”. Keep It Slick is curated by Astria Suparak and is co-produced by the Feldman Gallery at Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University.

The Hoffman Gallery at Oregon College of Art and Craft
Electoral Collage: Art & Politics in 2008
September 4 – October 26, 2008

In this politically charged election year, Electoral Collage: Art & Politics in 2008 showcases work that provokes ideas and discussions about war and peace, the economy, environment, education, civil rights, justice for all and justice for the select few. The exhibition is curated by artists and educators Horatio Hung-Yan Law, Heidi Schwegler, and Steven Taylor.

Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, at Lewis & Clark College
Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art
September 11 – December 7, 2008

Beyond Green brings together 13 international artists who incorporate sustainable thinking in their art and social change in their message. The exhibition is co-organized by the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, iCI (Independent Curators International), New York, and circulated by iCI. The exhibition is curated by Stephanie Smith.

Museum of Contemporary Craft
Manuf®actured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects
August 28, 2008 – January 4, 2009

Curated by former ID Magazine editor Steven Skov Holt and art historian Mara Holt Skov, Manuf®actured reveals a major trend taking place today in visual and material culture: the radical appropriation of consumer goods as raw material for art and object making. With works as diverse as Cat Chow’s dresses made from one continuous zipper and Jason Rogenes’ towers crafted from polystyrene, Manuf®actured offers an arresting look at the new crossover of craft, art and design, and an exciting new cultural genre.

Portland Art Dealers Association (PADA)

Highlights of September gallery exhibitions include: Augen Gallery with Joan Miro—Prints, and Andrew Bohl—baptism pictures with devils waiting. Butters Gallery shows famed photographer Jock Sturgess with “Last Summer, Montalivet, France.” Froelick Gallery goes international with Marco Buti, Claudio Mubarac—Printmakers from São Paulo. Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery will host an exhibition that integrates traditional ideas of high/low art, gender, and technique, with Blurring the Line, the Art of Thread, featuring Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Diem Chau, Linda Hutchins, Jen Pack. PADA galleries host monthly exhibitions with openings and extended hours the 1st Thursday of the month.

Portland Art Museum
Wild Beauty
Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867-1957
October 4, 2008 – January 11, 2009

The Columbia River Gorge has been photographed continuously for nearly 150 years. Appearing exclusively at the Portland Art Museum, Wild Beauty chronicles the beauty and changing character of this dramatic passage of the river. The cultural memory of the Gorge is reassembled through these photographs, as themes of human and natural history and the diversity of geography, climate and ecosystems abound.

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
2008 Time-Based Art Festival
September 4 – 14, visual art projects until October 4

The sixth-annual convergence of contemporary performance, dance, music, new media and visual arts projects in Portland, Oregon. TBA:08 features projects by Antony and the Johnsons, Jérôme Bel, Mike Daisey, Lizzie Fitch, Fritz Haeg, Superamas, Ryan Trecartin, Reggie Watts, and more.

From collecting museums to contemporary art festivals, Portland’s art programming creates a haven for exemplary art and our city is home to some of the world’s best artists. Visit Portland Art Focus , the arts enthusiasts’ first stop to learn about the world-class art happening in the city.

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