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Nothing against the NCECA conference (I’ve collected ceramics myself since college) but like many arts people I crave variety. That said I am looking for a new coffee mug, which shouldn’t be impossible in Mudtopia Portland. Take all that into account and here are my weekend picks:

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Sam Hamilton, Apple Pie (Still)

For her inaugural exhibition at PAM as its newest curator of Northwest Art Grace Kook-Anderson has chosen Sam Hamilton, an artist who has recently made his home in Portland, originally hailing from New Zealand. Titled Standard Candles… the films mark the artists first show in Portland. It is also incredibly significant as Portland really has done a poor job institutionally of paying attention to newcomers… the very people who have redefined this now extremely vibrant and internationally active art city. What’s more you will see there is a long run for the exhibition. I think this is a good thing as the APEX series and CNAA’s have languished somewhat by not having very clear differentiation programmatically. Hamilton, refreshingly considers himself non disciplinary and shows internationally… another problem the museum has had is with being far too traditional in terms of disciplines and regional identification as belonging to certain institutions or cliques when the vibrancy comes from excellent artsist who just came here to work and show abroad. Basically, artists just dont work/think in proscribed ways (institutions do, often for for grant writing/funding purposes… understandable but it is 2017).

Standard Candles | March 25 -August 12, 2017
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park

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Taj Bourgeois

In true Portland fashion this is a closing party For Taj Bourgeois’ hardflip on a sad dog exhibition and a community meetup. It features short films by Bourgeois as well as a community canvas (bring your art supplies or just yourself). The artist also wants you to, “feel free to bring your zines, patches, prints, whatever to share with others and for trades.” Taj is one of the most interesting short form video artists in Portland and the Everett Station Lofts has long been a den for interesting developing artists so check it out.

Closing Party: hardflip on a sad dog | Taj Bourgeois
March 24, 6-10PM
Funeral Diner
625 NW Everett #103