Saturday, May 23, 2015

May 23-24 Shake the Dust

Hip hop culture comprises music, body language, lyrics, MC, b-boy/b-girl motion and words. Culture. It is constantly evolving and ever fascinating. Shake the Dust is a documentary on hip hop as a worldwide social change movement with a focus on b-boy/b-girl motion. Movers' moves lensed in Colombia, Cambodia, Uganda and Yemen. And introducing the doc are OG Mic Crenshaw with DJ GrimRock and New Birth Crew. You can see it, then work on those moves and social movements yourself. Presented by KBOO. Shake the Dust documentary at Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton 7PM $7-10

May 23 Chill Robot Zodiac

Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads opens today at the Portland Art Museum. It is a work of 12 sculptures; each is an animal in the Chinese zodiac.

It is inspired by a similar set created as a fountain, with the water flow representing a clock, at the Summer Palace. The originals were looted by French and English troops at the end of the Second Opium War. The palace was burned.

Ai Weiwei is the leading political artist in China. He was imprisoned in 2011 for almost three months for his work and is prohibited from traveling outside the country today. The story of the original works, their cultural sensitivity, and Weiwei's interpretation is told in a video on the project website:

Portland, the site at one time of the second largest Chinatown on the West Coast, is fortunate to be visited by the sculptures. It is a great opportunity to learn about the artist and his other works.

The show continues until September 23. At the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park. Regular Museum hours and admission

Daniel H. Wilson is a robotics engineer turned novelist on robot themes. He gives a talk this afternoon in Portland's tiniest public library on robot futures. Admission available 30 minutes in advance of the talk. NW branch of the Multnomah County Library 2300 NW Thurman Talk 3 Free

Xhurch has a leisurely chill musical panorama today curated by Caitlin King with Betony Palm, Black Jaw, Brian Levin, Jai Milx, Joshua Convey, Numbskull, Procedural Sky, Thunderfoot, Very Rare Artifacts and Scott Mayoral. There is a BBQ potluck starting a little earlier and maybe running coincidently. Be gracious, the venue is in a residential neighborhood. At Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. Music 5PM-10ish Free

Friday, May 22, 2015

May 22 Titled

Brian Kennon and Bobbi Woods present paintings & collage entitled Blowjob. At the first of two members in Portland of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-8

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 19 Colour

Gamblin Artists Colors makes paints and mediums for artists. Their main products are oil paints, mineral pigments mixed with oil, ideally less toxic oil. Scott Gellatly from the company talks about the process and then how artists select a palette - a specific set of colors creating a theme or look for their paintings. A presentation of the Curiosity Club, you can tune into the free live webcast, see the video archive on the Hand Eye Supply website, or visit the talk and demonstration in person at Hand Eye Supply 427 NW Broadway 6PM Free

Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 17 Eyeing Dance

Modern dance, movement, performance, experimental, art goes in cycles in Portland. Just when you think it is dead, some cells in the petri dish start multiplying. One such creative life form is the Pure Surface monthly. It ia a collaboration between a dancer, a writer, and a videomaker. Pure Surface #16 today is Ajna Lichau, film; Endi Bogue Hartigan, text; Dawn Stoppiello, dance. Pure Surface at Valentines 232 SW Ankeny. Doors 6:00PM, performance 7 sharp Free

Occasionally we dip into the modern dance worlds here. Dance can be arranged in lineages: studied with who studied with. I have always heard the name Yvonne Rainer spoken with reverence by modern dance friends. If you want to know what that is all about, you can see the film Feelings are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer. She is active today at age 80. Part of the Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival, with the director and producer presenting. Advance tickets at Film at the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard. 4:30PM $11

Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 14 Game Kinfolk

Surplus Space does not shy experimental curation. We are not a fan of mass pop culture applied to art. Or gamification of everything. But that is the conceit tonight. Competitive spectator curation. At Surplus Space 3726 NE 7th 7:30 Free

Not art, but there is a talk on the Kinfolk phenomena by its founder Georgia Frances King. In the Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue, at the corner of SW Broadway and Hall on the PSU campus. 7:30 Free

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May 13 Abstraction

Mary Henry (1913 - 2009), is known for bright geometric abstract paintings. Tonight a show of her work opens. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 6PM-8 Free

May 12 A Show About Nowhere

Recess presents A Pilot For A Show About Nowhere by Martine Syms. It is an experimental situational comedy two channel video work comenting on the representation of African Americans and their lives in television culture. Syms speaks tonight. At PNCA 511 NW Broadway Map 7PM Free

Saturday, May 09, 2015

May 11 Pandering

Portland has several art families. One is the Panders. Henk Pander is a grand painter. His sons are illustrators, graphic novelists and film makers. Some of their film work shows tonight. Not showing, but worth looking up is their early experimental film The Operation, they reprised it in a project shown at Disjecta. Tonight Selfless is a feature cyber-noir film on identity theft. Subtext is a short on relationships as mediated by text messages. Recommended. At the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard. 6:30PM $8