Monthly Archives: November 2012

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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Artists’ Studios: David Driskell

In our Artists’ Studios series four artists talk about how their studio and sense of place affect their work, and what Maine means to them.

Artist and scholar David Driskell is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on African American art. He is also a part-time resident of Falmouth, Maine.

*On Saturday, November 17 at 11 a.m. join us for the Portland premiere of David Driskell: In Search of the Creative Truth. Q&A with David Driskell will follow the screening. Purchase tickets here.

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Produced by Allen Baldwin at Strongpaw Productions.

Mobile on the Move: “Snow Flurry III” by Alexander Calder

By Emily Friedman
Curatorial Assistant

“…a mobile—a Calder turning
like thought, like the movement of the mind…”

Nadine Sabra Meyer
Interior With Calder
after Elizabeth Bishop

Alexander Calder’s 1948 mobile Snow Flurry III has a new home. Recently, Jessica May, our new Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art, spearheaded its repositioning from below the ceiling of the Contemporary and Modern Art Gallery to just overhead on the other side of the same room. This new spot puts the mobile closer to the viewer, making it more accessible in almost every sense of the word. (Alas, visitors still cannot touch it.) You can, though, see the piece without squinting up at the ceiling far above, or peering over the 4th floor ledge for a peek. The new placement allows for study of the mobile’s delicate metal and wire construction, and the chance to easily watch its movement. Calder’s mobiles are meant to move—to spin, and sway, and thereby capture the viewer’s attention and imagination. They cast constantly changing shadows, too, that invite exploration of the relationship between the visual and the spatial.

Although Snow Flurry III’s shapes are abstract, Calder intended them to represent natural forms, and speak volumes beyond their basic appearance. The piece’s new location allows for contemplation of its many possible meanings. Stop by the 3rd floor Contemporary and Modern Art Gallery soon and find out what the mobile means to you.