April Arts: Portland Art Museum prepares to open April 10
Pamplin Media Group will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month, coinciding with First Thursday (April 1). Most galleries have reopened with COVID-19 safety protocols in place, including limited capacities; some require appointments, some have web content. Please check individual websites for details:
• Reminder: The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University features shows on its website and social media channels, and they continue through May 9 once it has reopened. Artists who have built PSU's School of Art & Design will be featured in "Building Community: PSU Art & Design Faculty, Past & Present." It coincides with the 75th anniversary of the university and includes works from more than 50 artists. For more: www.pdx.edu/museum-of-art.
• New member Corey S. Pressman — and his collection of 2D and 3D works on paper, "King of No Country" — makes his debut at Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave., through May 2. He uses materials to reconstruct an inner world, a place rarely mapped. For more: www.waterstonegallery.com.
• "Unquiet Object," by curator in residence Lucy Cotter, shows through May 2 at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, 8371 N. Interstate Ave., and features works by 10 international artists that question the naturalized but easy separation of cultural objects from human life and social reality. For more: www.disjecta.org.
• At Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., it's Ryan Pierce's "Awake Under Vines" new paintings and Charlene Liu's "Lattice" new works, April 1-May 29, as well as Alison Saar's "Copacetic" on the print wall. Pierce's art combines an electrified palette with allusions to environmental activism and radical resistance. Liu's exhibit explores two aspects of her art practice: mark-making and image-making. For more: www.elizabethleach.com.
• Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., features the curated exhibit of work by Lora Webb Nichols (1883-1962), "Photographs Made, Photographs Collected," April 1-May 1. It's curated by Nicole Jean Hill. For more: www.blueskygallery.org.
• Photography by Jon Gottshall ("Floodplain") is featured at Gallery 114, 1100 N.W. Glisan St., April 1-May 1. It's archival inkjet photography that focuses on the current state of the natural and built environments of the floodplains of the Columbia and Willamette rivers. For more: www.gallery114pdx.com.
• The Portland Art Museum has announced that it'll do a phase one reopening April 10 (access to galleries, except special exhibition and adjacent areas), and then phase two May 5, when all galleries open, with the exhibit "Ansel Adams in Our Time."
Northwest Film Center activities will continue to be presented on a virtual basis.
For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org.
• Opening April 17 and showing through May 2 at Carnation Contemporary, 8371 N. Interstate Ave., the duo Midgray's "Slow Friction" features a collection of explorations into the extremes of attention in the age of seamless user experiences. Midgray is the art/design duo of Kris Blackmore and Carnation Contemporary artist Simon Boas, with help from sound artist Keith McGraw. Works include video, textiles, smartphone screenshots and writing. For more: www.carnationcontemporary.com.
• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., usually offers free admission on First Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., www.portlandartmuseum.org.
• For information on galleries: First Thursday, firstthursdayportland.com; Portland Art Dealers Association, www.padaoregon.org.
— Jason Vondersmith
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