Category Archives: Mark's Remarks

Mark’s Remarks: “Shangaa: Art of Tanzania”

In “Mark’s Remarks,” Portland Museum of Art Director Mark Bessire discusses all things PMA—from art in the galleries to his favorite treat in the PMA Café.

In this edition Mark highlights the stunning exhibition of Tanzanian art, Shangaa: Art of Tanzania, on view through August 25. Shangaa is the first major exhibition in the United States to focus on the traditional arts of Tanzania.

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“Shangaa” means “to amaze” in Swahili and that’s exactly what this exhibition does.

Mark’s Remarks: A Peek at 2013

We’re jumpstarting 2013 with a renewed focus on contemporary art in its many forms—setting the stage for a broad array of programs that include painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, and installation art. In addition to exciting new collaborations with artists and our community, you will also find a renewed emphasis on our outstanding permanent collection. Galleries will be transformed and collections re-installed in fascinating new ways.

Visit soon, visit often. See you at the PMA!

Mark H.C. Bessire

Lois Dodd: Catching the Light
On view January 17—April 7
To kick off 2013, the PMA is hosting an exhibition highlighting the career of American plein-air painter, Lois Dodd. The exhibition will include images of the places that were most important to her—views of New York City’s Lower East Side from her apartment windows and the woods and gardens of Midcoast Maine.

Alex Katz stated, “Lois is one serious painter.” We couldn’t agree more and hope you join us to celebrate the first career museum retrospective for one of Maine’s most beloved painters.

Voices of Design: 25 Years of Architalx
On view February 2—May 19
Voices of Design will celebrate 25 years of Portland’s Architalx lecture series and showcase the power of design through an interactive exhibition featuring work of some of the world’s leading architects and designers.

Blueberry Rakers: Photographs by David Brooks Stess
On view April 6—May 19
David Brooks Stess has spent two decades photographing and participating in the annual blueberry harvest in northern Maine. Brooks brings the physical aspect and hard realities of the manual labor required for the harvest, to light while also focusing on the relationships and social life in workers’ camps on the edge of the fields.

The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism
On view May 2—September 8
This summer the work of timeless masters Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne, and Paul Gauguin, among others, will be on view at the PMA from the renowned William S. Paley Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. We are excited to be the only New England stop for the collection’s 2012-2014 North American tour.

Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted
On view September 7—December 8
Iraq-born American artist Ahmed Alsoudani’s contemporary works of anguished abstraction approach themes of violence, survival, and history from every angle. We are grateful to have Alsoudani, an alumni of Maine College of Art, back in Maine for a powerful exhibition of the artist’s recent pieces.

Winslow Homer’s Civil War
On view September 7—December 8
This exhibition will draw from the PMA’s own collection of Winslow Homer’s wood-engravings that depict images of the Civil War the artist produced for Harper’s Weekly. The pieces showcase Homer’s unique vision of modern warfare and keen eye for social commentary.

2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial
On view September 26—January 5
We are thrilled, once again, to celebrate the eighth Portland Museum of Art Biennial. The juried exhibition not only features entries from artists who have a meaningful connection to our state, but also will be juried by our new Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art, Jessica May.

Mark’s Remarks: “Wild Geese in Flight”

In “Mark’s Remarks,” Portland Museum of Art Director Mark Bessire discusses all things PMA–from art in the galleries to his favorite treat in the PMA Café.

This week Mark talks about the painting “Wild Geese in Flight,” one of Winslow Homer’s masterpieces on view now in the exhibition, “Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine.”

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