Yesterday I attended a docent tour in French of Rodin: The Human Experience exhibit at the Portland Art Museum. While I have been to the Rodin Museum in Paris and studied his work in a modern art course while living in France, here are a few things I learned yesterday that I had never heard […]
Today is the last day of the Andy Warhol exhibit. I didn’t want to miss it, finally made it yesterday and am glad I did. With two floors devoted to the exhibit filled with 250 prints and ephemera, I had a real opportunity to see his work which was organized chronologically. A number of his […]
Along with the nationwide traveling exhibit Native Fashion Now, the Portland Art Museum also has on exhibit a piece by El Anatsui, the Ghanian artist who works with recycled/found objects. His work is two-dimensional, organic in nature, and cascades like molten metal in mesmerizing folds and textures.
The Portland Art Museum defines the designers who follow as Activators who “embrace an everyday, personal style that engages with today’s trends and politics.”
There were not a lot of pieces, but these were my favorites. This first piece is a commentary on pop culture and history. Arrgh! I managed to miss the artists names on the cuffs/bracelets below!
Here are the great accessories ranging from an umbrella to men’s shoes. The Portland Art Museum is showing the beaded, knee-high boots in the first photos shown below in their exhibit advertising and for good reason. They are special. Artist Jamie Okuma has beaded a pair of Christian Louboutin boots, leaving the trademark red soles […]
While much of the exhibit features what would be considered contemporary, upscale fashion or wearable art, there are also designs focusing on traditional Native American garments with an emphasis on traditional bead work and other materials.
I returned from my Master Art Series Friday night. We spent the week exploring how the value of thread affects the fabric it’s stitched onto. One concept everyone quickly understood: to make a fabric recede into the background, stitch over it in a lighter value of its same color. Another technique: to dull a fabric […]
The Portland Art Museum just opened its latest show, which has been traveling the country. The show titled Native American Now was recently profiled in Fiber Art Now magazine. The work ranges from traditional American Indian clothing to high fashion meant for the runway, as well as jewelry, accessories, and even t-shirts and skateboards. I […]