"Animating Life" at the Portland Art Museum
In case it wasn’t already evident from the fact that I operate an art gallery out of a birdhouse in my front yard, as a child I spent most of my time in an imaginary world of my own making. And I can say without a doubt that visiting an exhibition like Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA - and seeing firsthand that there are grownups tasked with making imaginary worlds into reality - would have changed my life.
I have worked behind-the-scenes with some incredible museums (including the Walt Disney Family Museum), I’ve seen LAIKA’s puppets and costumes up-close at various exhibitions and events over the years, and I have colleagues, friends, and neighbors who have worked at the LAIKA studio, yet I was still utterly unprepared for the absolute flat-out childlike wonder and awe I felt as I stepped into the gallery. These photos don’t do it justice...this show is a must-see for anyone who’s ever loved an imaginary world.
Animating Life is on view at the Portland Art Museum through May 20, 2018.
Our friends Wyrd War have brought a very special treat to Portland: The Fierce Ghost Eats Human Region is an exhibition of Ghanaian horror movie posters from the collection of @deadlypreygallery. The artists’ unique interpretations of American films (hand-painted on flour sacks) will delight you with their can-do spirit - check out the exhibition this week only! Visit @wyrdwar on Instagram for details.
Frederick Douglass - the most photographed American of the 19th century - was an advocate for photography as a means of establishing African American identity and countering the racist and stereotypical depictions (such as lynching postcards and minstrel imagery) that dominated the popular culture at that time. Representing: Photographs of, by, and for African Americans at the Portland Art Museum brings together vernacular portraits and snapshots from several different collections, including the family albums of a WWII Tuskegee Airman from the Albina neighborhood of Portland.
Representing is on view at the Portland Art Museum through December 3, 2017
Win a Jusscope “Evil Dead 2” art print signed by Bruce Campbell!
Do you want to make a donation to directly help the victims of the Northern California wildfires, AND get a chance at winning a Jusscope Evil Dead 2 art print autographed by Bruce Campbell at the same time? My friend Marissa of Chick-a-boom Vintage has been working around the clock to gather and distribute the supplies most urgently needed for the thousands of fire evacuees in shelters in the Sonoma County area, and we’d like to raise at least $100 to help her continue to buy vital supplies for her community. To enter our fundraising raffle:
Movie Madness needs our help! The wonderful Hollywood Theatre is running a campaign to save this iconic video store and fold it into its own nonprofit organization, preserving the shop’s irreplaceable collection and using it to engage the community in new ways. I don't want to live in a city without an old-school video store that has 80,000 titles (twice as many as Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu combined!) and original movie costumes and a “Canadian Horror” section. If you don’t either, visit hollywoodtheatre.org/moviemadness.