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Storefront Revisited

Storefront’s vintage costumes put sexuality front and center.

Visual Arts
When a nearly naked black actor played Spartacus in American Theatre Company’s 1969 production of The Gladiator at Portland State University, it was the beginning of the end.Costumes from the co   More
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 MEGAN HARNED

Photography Month at Elizabeth Leach

Rauschenberg and Hilliard go opposite ways.

Visual Arts
Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve always had trouble thinking of photography as fine art. Well, Photolucida’s Portland Photo Month shows at Elizabeth Leach are forcing me to reconsider.One of    More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 MEGAN HARNED

Favorite Portland Art Shows, 2002-2015

Richard Speer’s 10 favorite shows from 2002 to 2015, in chronological order.

Visual Arts
Julia Fenton’s Devices and Desires (Mark Woolley Gallery, April 2003) Visually extravagant with pink feathers and over-the-top sculptures, this show was also deeply thoughtful in its critique of   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

PNCA’s New Digs

Look closely for the schooner…

Visual Arts
First Thursday’s must-see destination for March was the brand-flippin’-new campus of Pacific Northwest College of Art, which crowns the North Park Blocks at 511 NW Broadway. Although the b   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Jeremy Rotsztain, Electric Fields

Now in 3-D!

Visual Arts
With Microsoft’s new HoloLens upping the ante on virtual reality just as Google Glass sunsets, Portland artist Jeremy Rotsztain finds his exhibition, Electric Fields, at the crossroads of te   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Diana Markosian, Inventing My Father

Traveling to Armenia to reconnect with an absentee father.

Visual Arts
Diana Markosian’s father would fit well in an Everclear song. During her childhood, he would vanish without explanation for months at a time, then return as if nothing had happened. His stor   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

The Best Visual Art Of 2014

Visual Arts
As winemakers say about extraordinary vintages, “It was a very good year.” 2014 gave us a mother lode of materially and thematically engaging visual-arts shows. Month to month, the most re   More
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Art Review: Francine Fleischer, Swim

Off the beach, into the cenote.

Visual Arts
The landscape of Mexico, wrote D.H. Lawrence in The Plumed Serpent, “seems to emit a deep purring sound, too deep for the ear to hear, and yet audible on the blood.” Lawrence’s musings hin   More
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Gregory Grenon, Truth Is a Lie and Anger Follows

Lust or critique?

Visual Arts
The sexually ambiguous relationship between portraitists and their subjects has generated no small measure of purple prose through the centuries. What was going on between Leonardo da Vinci and    More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Carol Yarrow, One Mahogany Left Standing

Seven years of life in a Mayan village.

Visual Arts
From 1995 through 2002, photographer Carol Yarrow spent long stretches of time in Chiapas, Mexico, living among Lacandon Mayan villagers in a town called Nahá. There, deep within mahogany fores   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

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