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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.
“Shangaa” means “to amaze” in Swahili and that’s exactly what this exhibition does.
Mark Bessire has been Judy and Leonard Lauder Director of the Portland Museum of Art since 2009. Before joining the PMA, Mark was Director of the Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Maine, from 2003 to 2009, and Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, from 1998 to 2003. He was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow at the Whitney Museum of Art and a Fulbright Fellow in Tanzania, and holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. in art history from Hunter College, and a B.A. from New York University.