Spring kicks off with a citywide survey of contemporary art, and includes a retrospective of a major Northwest ceramicist, new photographs at the Portland Art Museum, and more.
Curated by Prudence Roberts, longtime curator of American art at the Portland Art Museum, this regional survey features work by 24 artists and arts groups working in sculpture, painting, photography, installation, video and more. Details at www.disjecta.org/2012.
James Lavadour, Shine 1, 2012
Feb. 28 through March 31
PDX Contemporary, 925 N.W. Flanders St.
The interior in question is that of Eastern Oregon, where renowned painter James Lavadour has lived and worked for decades, deeply inspired by the land around him.
Generations: Betty Feves
March 14 through July 28
Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.
A retrospective for this ceramic artist whose story rewrites the male-dominated narrative of post-war American ceramics. Feves relentlessly experimented with processes and locally sourced materials in the creation of her Modernist functional and sculptural works.
Emerging, New Photography Acquisitions
March 10 through June 24
Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.
Curated by Julia Dolan, this exhibition reveals the diversity and breadth of the more than 500 photographs added to the museum’s extensive photography collection between 2009 and 2011. The 50 images in the show include works by Adolphe Braun, Berenice Abbott, Chris McCaw, Frederick Henry Evans, Bea Nettles, Mark Klett, Linda Connor, Eadweard Muybridge and others.
March 2 through April 14
Half/Dozen Gallery, 722 E. Burnside St. (basement, entrance on Eight Avenue)
Thinking about the traditional role of frames, Avantika Bawa shows new work addressing the tension between containment and dispersal.
April 5 through May 15
Feldman Gallery + Project Space, PNCA, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.
Comprised of work by 21 artists, this exhibition curated by Nina Katchadourian, viewing program curator at The Drawing Center in New York, looks at the relationship between an artist’s “day job” and his or her creative practice.
Smokey Mountain, Cambodia
April 1 through May 1
Blue Sky | Oregon Center for Photographic Arts, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave.
Nigel Gordon Dickinson’s haunting photographs document the lives of the 2,000 impoverished scavengers who work and live amidst the rubbish and fumes of the Smokey Mountain dump in Cambodia.