- Helen Brady
Portland Art Museum – Cover to Cover: ED RUSCHA Exhibition
13 July 2013 – 17 November 2013
Los Angeles-based artist Ed Ruscha has become acclaimed as one of the most important artists of his generation in recent decades. Strongly associated with the Pop Art movement, he has worked in the media of drawing, photography, film, painting and printmaking. Born in 1937, he has experimented and exploited language in all its forms to develop his art making practice. Ruscha expanded both the material form of his work and its intellectual range to become one of the leading American conceptual artists. Never abandoning the traditional forms of painting, he also introduced unconventional materials and mediums such as fruit juices, syrup, bleach, and gunpowder to challenge and extend the associations and meanings of his text-based works. The exhibition Cover to Cover: ED RUSCHA presents the artist’s most recent investigations of the book as the subject and form of his work, and illuminates the integral role of books in Ruscha’s artistic practice. This exhibition gives an in-depth look into this iconic artistic figure.
Portland Art Museum – Ordinary World Exhibition
31 August 2013 – 15 December 2013
This exhibition looks at the decades of the 1960s and 1970s; a time in which a new generation of American photographers turned their attentions to their immediate surroundings. Discarding what had gone before, their new focus included suburban domestic architecture, parking lots, industrial structures and commercial buildings. The new primary subjects of their modern landscape photography signalled a distinctive break from the picturesque American landscape style, which had dominated during the first half of the 20th century. Ordinary World features photographs from the Museum’s collection by artists working at the very beginning of this movement — ‘demonstrating how their restrained approach continues to influence the present-day landscape aesthetics.’ These images have helped define a country and all that it represents, of particular note is the work by Keith Millman and Hugh Talman.
Portland Art Museum – Legendary Samurai
14 September 2013 – 12 January 2014
The Legendary Samurai exhibition will see the Portland Art Museum displaying several centuries of beautifully designed artefacts used in the Japanese art of war — from swords and helmets to grotesque masks and elaborate horse armour. Beginning with the battle equipment from as early as the Kamakura period (1185-1333), when feudalism and the samurai warrior class took root, continuing through to pieces from the Late Edo period and ending in the fall of Edo and the Meiji Restoration in 1858. Drawn from the Museum’s holdings and a local private collection, this special dossier presentation brings together twenty-five prints that vividly bring to life the legendary warriors of the past. Not all images of derring-do on the battlefield, many of these prints are poignant portraits of the solitary soldier, contemplating his life on the night before combat or fleeing from defeat. Before the dawn of movies and television, prints both shaped and reflected the collective memory of the samurai. Both poignant and moving, this exhibition ponders the beauty that can be found within conflict.
Portland Art Museum – 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards
21 September 2013 – 12 January 2014
The Portland Art Museum will present the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. The Contemporary Northwest Art Awards exhibition program was created to highlight and support established and emerging artists from the five-state region of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Now in its third year, CNAA reflects the Museum’s dedication to promoting the Northwest’s visual arts community. This year’s six artists showcase those wide-ranging and disparate practices that are prevalent within the region. Namely, Anne Appleby (Montana), Karl Burkheimer (Oregon), Isaac Layman (Washington), Abbie Miller (Wyoming), Nicholas Nyland (Washington) and Trimpin (Washington). In addition to having their work featured in the Museum’s special exhibition galleries, accompanying catalogue, and related programming, one recipient will be further recognized with the $10,000 Arlene Schnitzer Prize. Don’t miss the best of the Northwest at this stunning exhibition.
BendFilm Festival 2013
10 – 13 October 2013
BendFilm celebrates the voice of independent cinema through various films, lectures and educational programmes. The mission and objective of this year’s tenth event is to ‘bring the world to you — one film at a time’. BendFilm focuses on the filmmakers first and foremost and their list of awards includes financial awards for the winners. Categories include ‘Best of Show’, ‘Best Screenplay’, ‘Best Narrative Feature’ and many more. Believing that the funds within filmmaking should be recycled within the art form itself, BendFilm also advocates showcasing the best ‘brave and talented’ filmmakers in the most relaxed environment for viewers, where their creative genius can truly be channelled in the most optimum of settings. In their own words, ‘velvet rope applies to fashion choices, not exclusive access ordeals.’ During the second weekend of October, Oregon is transformed from a recreational haven into a small-town possessed by the soul of independent film. Downtown theatres, lecture sites, restaurants, bars and party venues spark with the energy excited by the overwhelming presence of cinema. For those passionate about film, don’t miss BendFilm Festival 2013.
The Medford Jazz Festival 2013
11 – 13 October 2013
The Medford Jazz Festival began as a non-profit organisation dedicated to cultivating, sponsoring, fostering and developing the understanding, taste and love of traditional jazz music as an art form through programs and an annual jazz festival. First held in October 1989 with great success, the festival spreads the joy of true Dixieland music. Just eight bands appeared in that first year and the event has grown over time to include as many as eighteen acts and additional youth-oriented programs. This spectacular occasion is as popular with lovers of dance as well as jazz music, and in the last few years has really taken off. From energetic Jive to classical Waltz, the festival has become the ultimate destination in Oregon to dance for three straight days. Each venue features a dance floor and lots of room for spectators. For lovers of jazz music, dance or those just in search of a really fun time, the Medford Jazz Festival is unmissable.
Art in the Burbs
18 – 20 October 2013
For one weekend in October, the Alberta Rider Elementary school is transformed into a fine art gallery with original works from over seventy juried artists available for sale. As it is a juried show, the quality and standard of each work is extremely high — with each piece selected for its own merit and talent. Featuring a truly remarkable and diverse range of art, 20% of the artists’ sales will be applied to support the performing and fine art programmes in all Tigard-Tualatin schools (elementary, middle and high school). Funds will be distributed through the Art in the Burbs Grant programme at The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools’. A wide range of artistic mediums are on offer — including jewellery, paintings, textiles, woodwork, pottery and even cards and journals. This year’s artists include Tom Armeli, Ha Austin, Tamara Adams and many more.
Oregon Mandolin Orchestra
25 October 2013
The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra (OMO) with conductor Brian Oberlin, returns to the Walters Cultural Arts Center on October 25th, 2013. The Orchestra, led by Oberlin, will play classics by Bach, Strauss, Faure, and Lavry. The concert will also feature solos, duos, and trios of swing and American fiddle tunes. The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra is the only one of its kind in Oregon and is modelled after the traditional mandolin orchestras that were popular in the United States before the turn of the 20th century. With the emergence of folk music, the mandolin regained popularity, and mandolin orchestras have since burgeoned. Today, many U.S. cities have mandolin orchestras, and their presence abroad, which never waned, also continues to grow. The available body of music for mandolin orchestras is vast, ranging from classical to swing to jazz and everything in between. The orchestra consists of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, mandobass, and a variety of accompanying instruments. Tickets are $15 in advance (purchase online) or $20 day of show.
Stormy Weather Arts Festival
1 – 3 November 2013
Every November, Cannon Beach’s art community gathers to collectively celebrate diverse talents during this popular festival of the arts. Cannon Beach has become one of the best art towns in America due to its annual celebration of creativity. This popular coastal event highlights the creative talents of a wide range of artists, with a schedule of activities that includes an art walk, art gallery receptions, photography exhibits and others. Galleries, hotels, shops and restaurants play host to a variety of singers, writers, composers, painters, sculptors and more. Artists include sculptor Georgia Gerber, known for her twenty five bronze wildlife sculptures at Portland’s Pioneer Square Courthouse. Oregon glassblower Michelle Kaptur will be the special guest artist at Cannon Beach’s working glassblowing studio, Icefire Glassworks. Bronze Coast Gallery will host five of the country’s top sculptors including Oregon’s David Crawford, Joshua Tobey (Colorado), Carol Gold (California), Jim Eppler and Robert Rogers (Texas). Work by Cannon Beach’s best-known resident artists will also be showcased during the festival including paintings by Jeffrey Hull and blown glass by Jim Kingwell and Suzanne Kindland, all of who have been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Art Beat television program.
27th Annual Holiday Lights at Shore Acres
28 November – 31 December 2013
Undoubtedly one of the most romantic autumn events of 2013 in Oregon is the Annual Holiday Lights at Shore Acres. Shore Acres State Park is an Oregon State Park located on the Cape Arago Highway south of Coos Bay. Featuring five acres of formal gardens including a Japanese lily pond and a rose garden, this annual attraction is one of the most visually stunning scenes available in Oregon. Lasting from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, the gardens are decorated with hundreds of thousands of lights and illuminated sculptures. During the 2012 season, an estimated 47,000 plus visitors viewed the lights display and revelled in the decorated Garden House and the entertainment at the Performance Pavilion. The event originated as a community tradition born in 1987 when the Friends of Shore Acres decided to ‘string a few lights’ to celebrate the holidays. The first season featured 6,000 miniature lights, one Christmas tree and 9000 visitors. Now over 300,000 LED lights, thirty large landscape lights and dozens of small landscape lights, twenty six large holiday trees and dozens of lighted sculptures will be on display. The brightest and most beautiful place on the West Coast shines as brightly as ever in 2013.
By Helen Brady