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Tabitha Nickolai, Vorpal Cuck-Knives (2017)

Costumes, Reverence and Forms features eight artists from two river cities (Portland and Philadelphia) together in both cities. There has been a year’s worth of curatorial exchanges involving two institutions and six curators fostering new connections. The exhibition itself is more of a sampler than a survey. Costumes, Reverence, and Forms features artists; Avantika Bawa, Tabitha Nikolai, Jess Perlitz, and Ralph Pugay (all from Portland) as well as Marianne Dages, Beth Heinly, Anna Neighbor and Kristen Neville Taylor (from Philadelphia). For quite some time costume and guise have been an important way to subvert cultural norms and to impose new ones so this exhibition should be of great interest to anyone who has been paying attention

Costumes, Reverence and Forms | April 6 – June 3, 2017
First Thursday: April 6, 6:00-8:00PM
PNCA
511 NW Broadway

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Brother sister team Merridawn and Georgie Duckler present Roboyat: Omar Khayyam’s “Rubaiyat” Reimagined. Promising cacophony and the “anti-topical” this looks like a must. The artists state, “We are interested in ideas of translation, the ephemeral and daily image, what lasts and doesn’t, the lineages that keep poetry and visual art alive, in science and in language as a visual medium.”

Roboyat: Omar Khayyam’s “Rubaiyat” Reimagined | April 4- 29
Opening reception: April 6, 6-9PM
Lecture: April 9, 7PM
Blackfish Gallery
420 NW 9th

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Corey Arnold

April is photography month in Portland and for my money Corey Arnold is consitently the most compelling. His latest, Aelutian Dreams looks like a perfect meditation on our times while stepping out of moist American’s “normal” realm of experience.

Aelutian Dreams | April 5 – May 27
Charles Hartman Fine Art
134 NW 8th