Thursday, April 7, 2016

Westside Modern at the Museum

March's field trip was a super outing. We had great weather while waiting for our appointed tour time, and we had an excellent turnout of at least 20 people.

The Portland Art Museum's current exhibit of Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy was perfect inspiration for our club challenge inspired by Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. Our docents guided us through the extensive display of images from Edward Curtis' portfolios (did you know the PAM was bequeathed the entire collection?) as well as created a bridge to the present with contemporary responses by artists Wendy Red Star, Will Williams, and Zig Jackson. Afterwards we browsed even more indigenous American work in an upstairs permanent collection. It was such a treat to have this opportunity in our city, and for  The Pine Needle to be able to, as a quilt shop, facilitate an event like this. We hope that we'll be able to offer our community more opportunities like this in the future.

Enjoy some photos from our museum visit:

One of the Curtis books in front of a photo by Zig Jackson

One of our docents in front of a huge graphic by Wendy Red Star

Talking about the relationship between the Curtis portraits (on the left) and Jackson's photos (on the right).

Deslee and friend discussing Wendy Red Star's interpretation of Curtis' portraits.
In another part of the museum we found this very quilty outfit by Wendy Red Star!

Native baskets gave us plenty of design inspiration as well.

April will be back on schedule with our normal meeting the last Wednesday of the month, at 6:00, in the shop. Our speaker will be our very own Pinecone, Kristin La Flamme who will share her experience finding inspiration and community as part of the Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt Challenge.

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