Past Events

Saturday
March 29, 2014
11:00 am
Tuesday
April 1, 2014
6:30 pm
In this talk, Rachel Danzing, Conservator of Paper at the Brooklyn Museum, will discuss some of the different ways conservators examine drawings in order to understand how the artist made them, how the artists’ techniques varied, and how the drawings may have changed over time.
Thursday
May 1, 2014
11:00 am
Visitors are invited to study and discuss one work of art on view in the galleries. Conversation continues over lunch in the PMA Café.
Friday
May 23, 2014
11:30 am
Visitors are invited to study and discuss one work of art on view in the galleries. Conversation continues over lunch in the PMA Cafe by Aurora Provisions.
Wednesday
June 4, 2014
11:00 am
11 a.m. on select Wednesdays, PMA staff discuss artwork on display, offer insights, and share behind-the-scenes stories.
Wednesday
June 4, 2014
11:30 am
What Do You Think?: 11:30 a.m. on select Thursdays. Visitors are invited to study and discuss one work of art on view in the galleries. Conversation continues over lunch in the PMA Cafe.
Friday
June 6, 2014
3:00 pm
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Wednesday
June 11, 2014
4:00 pm
Join us for a rare evening with Alex Katz, one of America’s foremost painters. Katz is best known for his bold portraits of his family and friends, as well as images of Central Maine. Over his long and productive career, Katz has consistently depicted his subjects with a recognizably cool, detached style; his oftentimes large-scale paintings convey elegance through their crisp forms and palette.
Friday
June 13, 2014
12:00 pm
Curator Talks: Noon on select weekdays. Join PMA curators as they provide lectures on special exhibitions.
Wednesday
June 18, 2014
12:00 pm
This summer, the PMA is teaming up with the Portland Public Library's Brown Bag Lecture Series to offer three afternoons of literature, art, and discussion. Portland Public Library's Brown Bag Lecture Series features reading and question-and-answer sessions with authors from Maine and afar. On select Wednesdays, start at the Library and join the author lectures, then head to the PMA for free admission and a tour of works that relate to the themes in the books. Conversation continues with tea and cookies at the PMA Cafe.
Thursday
June 19, 2014
3:00 pm
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Thursday
June 19, 2014
4:00 pm
Join us for a lively panel discussion hosted by PMA Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Jessica May about contemporary art in Maine and its influence on our cultural identity.
Friday
June 20, 2014
12:00 pm
Noon on select weekdays. Join PMA curators as they present lectures on special exhibitions.
Friday
June 20, 2014
3:00 pm
Members at the Contributing, Donor, and Patron levels are invited to enjoy an exclusive tour of <em>Richard Estes' Realism<em> with Jessica May, PMA Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art. J
Wednesday
June 25, 2014
10:00 am
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Wednesday
June 25, 2014
11:00 am
11 a.m. on select Wednesdays, PMA staff discuss artwork on display, offer insights, and share behind-the-scenes stories.
Saturday
June 28, 2014
10:00 am
Each month this summer, the PMA will host a day devoted to families and for kids of all ages to discover art and ideas together! From open to close, families will fill all parts of the museum, from hands-on activities in the Great Hall, to Family Guides in the galleries, to special offerings in the PMA Store and the PMA Cafe by Aurora Provisions.
Wednesday
July 9, 2014
11:00 am
11 a.m. on select Wednesdays. Museum staff discuss artwork on display, offer insights, and share behind-the-scenes stories.
Friday
July 11, 2014
5:00 pm
5 p.m. on select Free Fridays. Artists share their processes through interactive, one-time-only events.
Wednesday
July 16, 2014
11:00 am
11 a.m. on select Wednesdays. Museum staff discuss artwork on display, offer insights, and share behind-the-scenes stories.
Wednesday
July 16, 2014
12:00 pm
Program begins at noon at the Portland Public Library and at 1:30 p.m. at the PMA.
Wednesday
July 16, 2014
6:00 pm
Contemporaries Midsummer Party
Friday
July 18, 2014
12:00 pm
Noon on select weekdays. Join PMA curators as they provide lectures on special exhibitions.
Friday
July 18, 2014
5:00 pm
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Wednesday
July 23, 2014
10:00 am
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Saturday
July 26, 2014
10:00 am
Each month this summer, the PMA will host a day devoted to families and for kids of all ages to discover art and ideas together! From open to close, families will fill all parts of the museum, from hands-on activities in the Great Hall, to Family Guides in the galleries, to special offerings in the PMA Store and the PMA Cafe by Aurora Provisions.
Friday
August 1, 2014
5:00 pm
Join the 2014 Homer High School Fellows as they present their art in this mini-exhibition. Come down to the studio and speak with the students, hear about their experience, and learn more about the 2014 class and the program.
Friday
August 1, 2014
6:00 pm
Drop in and draw! The PMA Art Cart is a great way to be creative in the museum. We supply the colored pencils, paper, and other supplies—you do everything else!
Tuesday
August 5, 2014
6:30 pm
Hear internationally known art writer, social activist, and curator Lucy Lippard talk about her life and work.
Thursday
August 7, 2014
11:30 am
Visitors are invited to study and discuss a work of art on view in the galleries. Conversation continues over lunch in the PMA Café.
Friday
August 8, 2014
12:00 pm
Join Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art Jessica May as she talks about this renowned artist and his retrospective, Richard Estes’ Realism.
Saturday
August 9, 2014
1:00 pm
Join Ted Connelly on a tour through the works of Richard Estes.
Monday
August 11, 2014
10:00 am
All week long PMA members can enjoy special offer and programs throughout the museum.
Monday
August 11, 2014
11:00 am
Join Cecilia Ziko, Production Design Assistant as she shares insights, behind-the-scenes stories, and artwork with visitors.
Tuesday
August 12, 2014
2:00 pm
Join fellow Friends of the Collection for a private tour of Richard Estes’ Realism. Hear from Jessica May, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art, about the extraordinary paintings in the exhibition.
Wednesday
August 13, 2014
10:00 am
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Thursday
August 14, 2014
11:00 am
Join PMA Docents and other members as you learn about the influence of Cezanne on artists at the PMA.
Thursday
August 14, 2014
6:30 pm
For this member-only event, join Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art Jessica May as she talks about this renowned artist and his retrospective, Richard Estes’ Realism. May will talk about Estes’ most iconic works, from his well-known urban Photorealist landscapes to epic natural scenes inspired by Maine. Learn more about the range and depth of this artist’s career and work.
Saturday
August 16, 2014
10:00 am
Each month this summer, the PMA will host a day devoted to families and for kids of all ages to discover art and ideas together! From open to close, families will fill all parts of the museum, from hands-on activities in the Great Hall, to Family Guides in the galleries, to special offerings in the PMA Store and the PMA Cafe by Aurora Provisions.
Saturday
August 16, 2014
10:00 am
Come to the opening of the new PMA Family Space exhibition. PMA Family Space: Playing with Collections is a great installation which encourages families to explore art together. Discover the hidden details in works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Arp, and Mildred Burrage. Then get creative, make your own masterpiece, and display it alongside other incredible artworks.
Wednesday
August 20, 2014
12:00 pm
This summer, the PMA is teaming up with the Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series to offer three afternoons of literature, art, and discussion. Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series features reading and question-and-answer sessions with authors from Maine and afar. On these select Wednesdays, start at the Library and join the author lectures, then head to the PMA for free admission and a tour of works that relate to the themes in the books. Conversation continues with tea and cookies at the PMA Café.
Thursday
August 21, 2014
5:00 pm
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Thursday
August 21, 2014
5:00 pm
Listen to jazz by the Stephen Page jazz duo then mix it up with AIGA's Cocktails & Creatives. This social mixer, in collaboration with AIGA Maine, will give you an opportunity to rub elbows with individuals in our creative community. Meet new people, and be inspired.
Friday
August 22, 2014
6:00 pm
Join Susan Rudy on a tour through the works of Richard Estes.
Saturday
August 23, 2014
1:00 pm
Join Susan Neal on a tour through the PMA's collection.
Wednesday
August 27, 2014
10:00 am
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Friday
August 29, 2014
6:30 pm
Join Susan Rudy on a tour through the works of Richard Estes.
Saturday
August 30, 2014
1:00 pm
Join David Murray on a tour through the works of Richard Estes.
Wednesday
September 3, 2014
11:00 am
Join Hana Firestone, MECA Graduate student, as she shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Thursday
September 4, 2014
11:30 am
Visitors are invited to study and discuss a work of art on view in the galleries. Conversation continues over lunch in the PMA Café.
Saturday
September 6, 2014
1:00 pm
Join Ted Connelly on a tour through the works of Richard Estes.
Friday
September 12, 2014
12:00 pm
Join Jessica May, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art, for a lecture on the Circa exhibition, "Aaron T Stephan: To Borrow, Cut, Copy, and Steal."
Saturday
September 13, 2014
11:00 am
Since 1908, the Portland Museum of Art has been located at the center of the Portland peninsula in the block bordered by High, Spring, Oak, and Free Streets. As the museum looks to the future, its plans are informed by an urban setting rich with more than two centuries of history. Using maps, prints, architectural drawings, and photographs, State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. will trace the evolution of the museum’s surroundings from a fashionable Federal Period residential area to the present day commercial crossroads of Congress Square. Central to this story are the buildings that comprise today’s museum Portland campus: the McLellan House, the Clapp House, the L.D.M. Sweat Memorial Galleries, and the Charles Shipman Payson Building. Their history and architecture are the special focus of this illustrated journey both backward and forward in time.
Thursday
September 18, 2014
5:00 pm
Join the #ThirdThursPMA crowd as we head back to school with a special party for artists, creators, and craftspeople of all kinds! The folks at Artist & Craftsman Supply will take over the museum, offering soft-linoleum printing for all ages and sketching activities in the galleries. Get creative while listening to the progressive sounds of hip-hop instrumentalists Jaw Gems as they play a rare set in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall, and start the school year in style. It’s going to be the party of the season.
Saturday
September 27, 2014
10:00 am
Each month, the PMA hosts a day devoted to families and for kids of all ages to discover art and ideas together! From open to close, families will fill all parts of the museum, from hands-on activities in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall, to Family Guides in the galleries, to special offerings in the PMA Store and the PMA Cafe by Aurora Provisions.
Saturday
September 27, 2014
1:00 pm
Join Sy Epstein on a tour through French Impressionism work in the PMA collection.
Tuesday
September 30, 2014
6:00 pm
Director’s Circle members are invited to attend a private reception and viewing of Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection. Enjoy special access to the exhibition and hear from Kate Stuart, Curator of the Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum.
Wednesday
October 1, 2014
10:00 am
The PMA invites members to attend a private viewing of Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection. Considered one of the most significant collections of British art in the U.S., The Berger Collection includes works from a religious panel of the 14th century and royal portraits of the 16th century to abstract landscapes of the 20th century.
Wednesday
October 1, 2014
6:00 pm
The PMA invites members to attend a private viewing of Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection. Considered one of the most significant collections of British art in the U.S., The Berger Collection includes works from a religious panel of the 14th century and royal portraits of the 16th century to abstract landscapes of the 20th century.
Thursday
October 2, 2014
11:30 am
Visitors are invited to study and discuss a work of art on view in the galleries. Conversation continues over lunch in the PMA Café.
Friday
October 3, 2014
12:00 pm
Join Jessica May, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art, for a lecture on the Circa exhibition, "Aaron T Stephan: To Borrow, Cut, Copy, and Steal."
Saturday
October 4, 2014
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Tuesday
October 7, 2014
6:00 pm
Join fellow Contemporaries members for a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly restored Kotzschmar Organ, installed in Portland’s Merrill Auditorium.
Wednesday
October 8, 2014
4:00 pm
Join us for this overview of Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection with guest lecturer Amelia Rauser, associate professor of art history at Franklin & Marshall College, to prepare for bringing your students to see this spectacular exhibition.
Thursday
October 9, 2014
6:30 pm
This talk by specialist of British art Amelia Rauser will focus on the portraits in Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection and the clothes the sitters are wearing. Clothing from the Renaissance to the 18th century expressed cultural norms that indicated character and individuality. This talk will look at fashion and its history with special attention to how gender and class are conveyed through clothing. Rauser is the author of Caricature Unmasked: Irony, Authenticity, and Individualism in 18th-Century English Prints (2008), which examines the origins of political caricature in 18th-century England. Her new project, Living Statues: Neoclassical Culture and Fashionable Dress in the 1790s— London, Paris, Naples, is a study of the emergence of a radical style of undress in the 1790s and its connection to contemporary aesthetic, political, and scientific thought. She is an associate professor of art history at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.
Friday
October 10, 2014
5:00 pm
Artist Aaron T Stephan has designed a one-night-only audio walk titled “As If." Use the PMA Voices cell-phone tour to record your own personal tour and interpretation of the work on view, as prompted by the artist’s “as if” scenarios.
Saturday
October 11, 2014
10:00 am
Employees of Corporate members are invited to participate in the PMA’s Corporate Appreciation Weekend, with free admission, discounts, events, and more.
Saturday
October 11, 2014
10:00 am
Each month, the PMA hosts a day devoted to families and for kids of all ages to discover art and ideas together! From open to close, families will fill all parts of the museum, from hands-on activities in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall, to Family Guides in the galleries, to special offerings in the PMA Store and the PMA Cafe by Aurora Provisions.
Wednesday
October 15, 2014
11:00 am
Join MECA graduate student Sharon Portelance as she shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Thursday
October 16, 2014
3:00 pm
Members at the Contributing, Donor, and Patron levels are invited to an exclusive tour of Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection and afternoon tea in the McLellan House.
Thursday
October 16, 2014
5:00 pm
Bring the kids for a family-friendly evening of music and theater! Students and faculty from 317 Main, a community music center in Yarmouth, will perform, and Naked Shakespeare will stage theatrical scenes in the galleries. Or leave the kids and home and enjoy a scary movie (Dead of Night) in the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium!
Thursday
October 16, 2014
6:00 pm
Acorn Productions of Westbrook will present Naked Shakespeare in the PMA. Speaking in the tradition of the Bard, these performances are produced in non-traditional venues without sets, lights, and costumes, allowing the audience's imagination to take center stage.
Friday
October 17, 2014
12:00 pm
Join Karen Sherry, Chief Curator and Curator of American Art, for this talk about the special exhibition "Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection."
Saturday
October 18, 2014
11:00 am
Acorn Productions of Westbrook will present Naked Shakespeare in the PMA. Speaking in the tradition of the Bard, these performances are produced in non-traditional venues without sets, lights, and costumes, allowing the audience's imagination to take center stage.
Wednesday
October 22, 2014
11:00 am
Join MECA faculty member Honour Mack as she shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Friday
October 24, 2014
5:00 pm
Discover the feeling of falling in love with the painted surface through these guided activities.
Saturday
October 25, 2014
8:30 am
Spend a day exploring the Colby College Museum of Art with fellow Director’s Circle members along with PMA curators and staff.
Saturday
October 25, 2014
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Wednesday
October 29, 2014
11:00 am
Join MECA graduate student John Gardiner as he shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Thursday
October 30, 2014
6:30 pm
The PMA is pleased to welcome Director and Chief Curator of the Smith College Museum of Art and former Chief Curator of the Portland Museum of Art Jessica Nicoll and the Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator of the Colby Museum of Art Sharon Corwin in a discussion with PMA Director Mark Bessire about museum collections and how they are presented to the public. Learn how two college art museums have increased their connections to students, faculty, and their public audiences through new installations.
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