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Contemporary Artist Allan McCollum and Bend button czar Delia Paine, talk about their collaboration for an installation on view through October 2.
It's been one of those weeks when we almost got lost in the sheer enjoyment of the prep. 1:10 Books With Pictures - Portland has a new comic book shop, officially open for business. Books With Pictures is a cozy storefront in southeast Portland with a mission to be Portland’s most welcoming comic book shop for the people outside the industry’s marketing plan — the LGTBQ community, families, women, people of color — complete with gender neutral restrooms and comics with female protagonists and protagonists of color. 7:10 Excalibur Books & Comics: A Personal History - Of course, it’s not an entirely new thing to have women running comic book stores. We also stop in and chat with Debbie Smith, the co-owner of Excalibur Books & Comics (her parents opened it 42 years ago). 11:40 Summer Cannibals Barrel Us Into Summer With Addictive Poppy Punk - Summer Cannibals are a hard rocking punk band in an acoustic-loving town, and their lyrics and videos play sardonically on the anger and angst of this modern life. The band stopped by the OPB studio to play a few songs from their new album, “Full of It.” 20:31 Architect Brad Cloepfil On The State Of Portland Architecture (And His Amazing National Music Centre) - Last week we took a stroll through the Portland Art Museum’s new exhibition, “Case Work,” with architect Brad Cloepfil. The show features the sketches and sculptural concept models of Cloepfil’s firm, Allied Works. This week we bring you more of that conversation, moving from his current slate of projects to the state of Portland’s building boom. 31:12 The Lost Boys Of Portlandia - This week, a group of homeless youth debuted a film that takes an iconic childhood story and puts it in the gutter — literally. Called “The Lost Boys of Portlandia,” it uses the story of Peter Pan as a vehicle to tell their story. 36:20 Rhe Benefits of Gusbandry - Portland-based photographer and director Alicia J. Rose finds something magical about the relationship between a woman and her gusband (that’s short for gay husband) — a modern relationship she plumbs to hilarious effect in her new webseries, “The Benefits of Gusbandry.” Think Out Loud's Dave Miller talked with Rose and co-creator Courtenay Hameister just as their national spotlight was heating up. If social binge-watching sounds fun, check out the screening of season 1 at the Clinton Theater on June 11 for a Pride kickoff. 44:22 WPA At The High Desert Museum - The High Desert Museum has a very interesting exhibition on through Oct. 2: “Art for a Nation” tells the story of creative projects in the Works Progress Administration. In addition to historic works of art, the museum commissioned three new works in the spirit of the WPA by contemporary artists, including Allan McCollum, who shows around the world at prestigious places like MOMA, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney. For the show, he teamed up with one of Bend’s busiest makers, Delia Paine. This is the story of their collaboration.
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Presented by the Beaverton Arts Commission, the exhibition, which is free and open to the public, runs from November 3-11 at the Beaverton City Library and will include sculpture, watercolor, oil and acrylic painting, photography and mixed media.
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Meet sculptor Tannaz Farsi who uses sculptural forms from both found objects and fabricated parts to create her multi-media work. She explores identity, displacement and the memories of one’s homeland.
Farsi is participating this year in the Portland Biennial of Contemporary Art, July 9 - September 16, as part of a two-month celebration showcasing Oregon artists who are defining and advancing the state's contemporary arts landscape.
Watch how DanceAbility International founder, Alito Alessi, teaches mixed ability improvisational dance. Alessi travels the world to work with “all people.” by creating new ways to understand dance, movement, and one another.
You can see a performance by DanceAbility, Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Children’s Festival, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Island Park, Springfield, OR. Enjoy Art Beat's close look at First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare while on tour at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, back in January 2016. Viewers come face to face with an original 1623 book believed to be the entire collection of Shakespeare's works assembled after his death.
This exhibit is currently touring the United states, including 23 museums, 20 universities, five public libraries, three historical societies, and a theater!
A complete list of host sites and tour dates is right here!
And Tallmadge Doyle who is known for her work where science and art intersect and informs her print making. Doyle etches and prints copper plates while exploring themes like the flora and fauna of the northwest, and outer space! These days, she’s researching a new body of work about owls.
Doyle's smaller prints can be seen this summer at the A-6 Gallery, Bend, OR. - July 1, 2016 through August 26, 2016
Parents and students will be pleased to know they can now use a new database from the Oregon Arts Comission (OAC) to search the range of arts classes offered in Oregon schools. The five search categories are visual, music, dance, theatre, and media arts. The database, which uses information from the No Child Left Behind reporting requirements for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years, sheds light on where the arts are taught in Oregon. But it also reveals the instability of arts education for many schools across the state. Key findings from the Oregon Arts Commission's 2010-2011 study, which will be published in July, revealed that 21 percent of Oregon public schools did not offer any regular, stand-alone arts courses. That was a one percent drop when compared to the Commission's 2009-2010 data (pdf). According to Deborah Vaughn, OAC Arts Education Coordinator, a closer look at the number "reveals a more volatile reality." She says:
"This one percent negative change is the result of over 150 arts classes being cut from schools and slightly fewer than that being added to other schools. This indicates a high degree of instability and inconsistency in classes available to an individual student from year to year."
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When the Oregon State Capitol started a major expansion back in 1975, lawmakers created a program that would have a lasting effect on their new digs. Known as Percent for Art, the basic idea was that at least one percent of total construction dollars for a given project had to go towards art. This was one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country — it's pretty common now — and choosing art for Capitol was its first charge. A committee was set up, and a few years later 170 paintings and sculptures had been assembled, most of them contemporary works by living Oregonian artists. (A separate committee created a collection of photographs, called "Oregon in the 20th Century.")