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Feb. 4: Hollywood Theatre Opens at PDX Airport, Black Film Fest, Arvo Paert Fest & Immigrant Artists

This week on State of Wonder, immerse yourself in a sonic wonderland of Arvo Pärt's music, catch a short film at the airport and hear from local artists about their experience as refugees. Iraqi Artist Farooq Hassan On Painting and War - 1:06 President Donald Trump’s new travel ban has implications for scores of artists, whether they’re doing a residency, in contention for an Oscar, or running from a war. For nearly 40 years, the painter Farooq Hassan showed work in museums all over the Middle East, including the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad, and designed many Iraqi stamps. After the U.S. invasion in 2003, everything changed. Hassan's daughter Dalia Hussein worked for the U.S. military and the "Washington Post" for six years before she became such a target for anti-American forces that they sought safe harbor in the U.S. Incorporating vibrant colors and collage, Hassan’s work now focuses on Iraqi women afflicted with the wounds of war. Although they are now citizens, Hassan and Hussein are uncertain what the future may hold for them here in the US. Director and Actor Elizabeth Huffman on Displacement - 7:13 Living as a displaced person is perhaps less about the country stamped on your visa, and more about learning to live in the face of loss. Portland-based Syrian-American director and actor Elizabeth Huffman expresses this loss in all avenues of her work. She is currently directing “At the Periphery” by Turkish playwright Sedef Ecermas, which will have a staged reading on Feb. 4 as part of Boom Arts' Global Voices Lab, a festival of timely plays from around the world (Feb. 4–11). The Portland Dream Couple: PDX Carpet, Meet the Hollywood Theatre - 15:13 Portlanders love to love their airport. There’s Powell’s, Stumptown Coffee, the local restaurants, and perhaps the most beloved carpet in the world. So what else could PDX put in front of passengers? While other airports add yoga rooms and ice skating rinks in the ever-expanding race to tempt more travelers, PDX has welcomed an outpost of the iconic Hollywood Theater to be America’s only airport cinema. Located on the C Concourse, it will show shorts made by local filmmakers, animators, and documentarians. We get a first look. Portland Black Film Festival Challenges the Canon - 20:35 What a difference a year makes. In early 2016, film audiences, artists and critics pointed out festering problems with the overwhelming whiteness of the Hollywood movie industry. One year later, you can walk into metro-area theaters and see films like "Fences," "Moonlight," and "Hidden Figures" rewriting the script for how far black artists and directors can go. If the films in wide release leave you hungry for more, the Portland Black Film Festival gets in gear Feb. 9–20 with everything from Prince’s electric concert film “Sign O’ The Times” to Raoul Peck’s James Baldwin doc "I Am Not Your Negro" to Pam Grier in the iconic “Coffy." And to top it off, Grier will be in attendance for a Q&A on Feb. 11. Serious. Portland Holds First Arvo Pärt Festival in U.S. Portland-based vocal ensemble Cappella Romana creates otherworldly mystic sounds with layers of harmony, plumbing that space where Eastern and Western sacred music meet. While most of their repertory involves the old world, one contemporary composer embodies their approach to choral music — Arvo Pärt. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Cappella Romana has joined with the Third Angle New Music Ensemble and other musicians to organize the first North American festival dedicated to Pärt. From Feb. 5–12, they will offer eight live chamber performances, documentary film screenings and lectures interpreting the most performed living composer in the world.

Basquiat Exhibit In Denver Offers Portrait Of The Artist's Early Period

The late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is best known for his street graffiti and large paintings.

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Artist's Exhibit Borrows Human Tech To Solve Nature's Manmade Problems

Artist and philosopher Jonathon Keats didn't need to create anything new to show the absurdity of human problem-solving. All he had to do was give human technology to animals.

Animals Turn Tables On Human Innovation In New Art Exhibit

Humans frequently appropriate designs from animals in our own technology. A new art exhibit asks, what would it look like if they appropriated ours?

Treasury Secretary Says He's Not Concerned About Artificial Intelligence Taking Jobs

In an interview, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the threat posed by artificial intelligence is "50 to 100 more years" away.

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Portland Art Museum Hires New Northwest Curator

A Bay-Area native, Grace Kook-Anderson has experience in regional and contemporary curation.

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'Oregon Art Beat' 2016: Meeting A Living Legend, Getting Metal And More

There's never a dull moment (or a dull year, for that matter) for "Oregon Art Beat," and 2016 didn't disappoint. It shaped up to be a treasure trove of the unexpected — as well as a dash of the beloved.

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Portland Contemporary Arts Center DISJECTA Ousts Founding Director

Board forces leadership transition. Bryan Suereth is out at the end of December.

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Bend's Arts Central Facing Reboot After Cate O'Hagan's Departure

Fiscal problems drove a rift between Arts Central executive director Cate O'Hagan and her board. Now the Bend-based organization is scrambling figure out what's next — and keep donors.

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Everybody's Art

An Art Beat special presentation takes a look at Oregon's public art.

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Watercolor Artist Jeffrey Hull

Jeffrey Hull is a painter who loves the water. From his Cannon Beach studio he walks on the beach, then creates beautiful watercolors of the coast and the shore.

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Glass Artist Andy Paiko

See Andy Paiko's amazing handmade glass machines that actually work.

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Well Arts Institute

The Well Arts Institute uses theater as therapy for the seriously ill.

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Glass Artists Roger Crosta

The rough, pitted vessels made by glass artist Roger Costa look like antiques.

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Digital Artist Bruce Bayard

Bruce Bayard was a conventional painter until he discovered Photoshop on his computer.

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Etch-a-Sketch Artist Jonathan Liu

An Etch-a-Sketch is more than just a toy in the hands of artist Jonathan Lui.

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Found Objects Artist Brian Mock

Portland artist Brian Mock creates fantastic sculpture out of recycled metal.

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Leather Artist Larry Hugo

Jacksonville artist Larry Hugo takes the art of leatherwork to a new and colorful level.

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Glass Artist Mike Plane

Eugene artist Mike Plane spins superheated glass into exquisite sculpture.

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