PADA Collecting Conversation: Equity and Inclusion as a Collecting Lens

Grace Kook-Anderson, Sarah Miller Meigs

Grace Kook-Anderson, Sarah Miller Meigs

Institutions and many individual collectors are more conscious of equity in their acquisitions than ever before. Correcting past imbalances, and creating environments that are engaging and inclusive to all visitors are ethical imperatives for public institutions. Though we look to institutions for leadership, in many cases individual collectors lead the way by championing artworks and artists underrepresented by museums. In this conversation, the Portland Art Museum’s Grace Kook-Anderson (Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art) and Sarah Miller Meigs (collector and lumber room founder) discuss how to build an inclusive collection, and how museums, patrons, galleries and visitors can work together to define a more equitable art world.

This is the eighth installment of PADA's Art Conversations 2018, a monthly series of gallery talks focused on art collecting and the arts ecology of our city, which will continue through December 2018. Click HERE for a schedule of talks.

RSVP to join us for this PADA Collecting Conversation on Saturday, October 13, 4:00pm.

Heidi Schwegler awarded MacDowell Colony Fellowship for Visual Arts

Yesterday ARTnews announced the new recipients of MacDowell Colony Fellowships for fall and early winter, including gallery artist Heidi Schwegler. This is Schwegler's second award from the MacDowell Colony; she was also awarded a fellowship and residency in spring 2010.

Heidi Schwegler is part of our anniversary group exhibition, Now We Are Five, on view through September 1, 2018. A solo exhibition with Heidi Schwegler is planned for our 2019 programming. We're glad to have reason to bring her back to Portland: she recently relocated to California to co-found Yucca Valley Material Lab.

Heidi Schwegler works on view in  Now We Are Five . Photo by Mario Gallucci.

Heidi Schwegler works on view in Now We Are Five. Photo by Mario Gallucci.


Experience The Laughing Snake: Morehshin Allahyari's new hypertext narrative

The latest installment in Morehshin Allahyari's ongoing series, She Who Sees the Unknown, is a hypertext narrative titled The Laughing Snake. Like other works in the series, Allahyari draws inspiration from and refigures powerful, monstrous female characters from Middle Eastern mythologies to reflect on contemporary issues. The Whitney Museum of American Art, whose website hosts the project, writes:

Using images of the snake and the mirror, Allahyari takes us though a labyrinthine online narrative that mixes personal and imagined stories to address topics such as femininity, sexual abuse, morality, and hysteria. The snake emerges as a complex figure, reflecting multifaceted and sometimes distorted views of the female, and refracting images of otherness and monstrosity.

The Laughing Snake was co-commissioned by The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Liverpool Biennial and FACT.