Your guide to 2018 PMA Biennial programming!

Your guide to 2018 PMA Biennial programming!

The 2018 PMA Biennial offers more experiences than what you see in the galleries—there is also a film screening, a performance, and several of the artists and curators are offering talks. Below you'll find a full schedule of all the ways you can actively participate in our programming. Please be aware events are subject to change and keep an eye on our event page for the most updated information. I hope to see you at the PMA!

Friday, February 2, noon
Curator Talk with Nat May
Join Nat May, guest curator of the 2018 PMA Biennial, for a tour of the exhibition and a talk highlighting the many facets of contemporary art in Maine. Free with admission.

Friday, February 9, noon
2018 Biennial Artist Talk: Elise Ansel
Join Biennial artist Elise Ansel to examine how she develops Old Master imagery and Renaissance painting techniques into a contemporary pictorial language. Free with admission.

Thursday, March 1, 6 p.m.
PMA Film: An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell
Featuring a post-film discussion with 2018 Biennial artist Rosamond Purcell PMA Film ticket required.

Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed a body of work that has garnered international acclaim and graced the pages of National Geographic and more than 20 published books. This film details Purcell’s fascination with the natural world, offering insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects into breathtaking imagery. 75 minutes.

Additional screenings:
Friday, March 2 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m.
Note: the artist will be present for the Thursday, March 1 screening only.
Tickets available online. $8 general admission, $6 for members and students with valid I.D.

Friday, March 16, noon
2018 Biennial Artist Talk: Daniel Minter
Using archetypes, symbols, icons, and folklore steeped in the context of African-American and African-Diaspora culture, 2018 PMA Biennial artist Daniel Minter creates a visual vocabulary rich with metaphor, memory, and energy. Free with admission.

Friday, March 23, noon
Curator Talk with Mark Bessire, Judy and Leonard Lauder Director of the PMA
Join Mark Bessire, co-curator of the 2018 PMA Biennial, for a tour of the exhibition and a talk highlighting the many facets of contemporary art in Maine. Free with admission.

Friday, March 30, 6 p.m.
Free Friday Artist Talk with Erin Johnson
Join 2018 PMA Biennial artist Erin Johnson for a discussion in the gallery. Johnson is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who uses video, sound, performance, and social practice to explore the blurred lines between rehearsal and performance; real and imagined landscapes and borders; and perception, memory, and interpretation.

Friday, April 6, noon
Gallery Talk: Exploring the Legacy of the Wabanaki Birchbark Canoe
Canoe builder and 2018 PMA Biennial artist Steve Cayard, who created the canoe in the Biennial along with late artist and craftsman David Moses Bridges, joins Penobscot Nation Tribal Historian James Francis to discuss the history, tradition, and ultimate reclamation of the Wabanaki birchbark canoe. Free with admission.

Friday, May 4, noon
Curator Talk with Nat May
Join Nat May, guest curator of the 2018 PMA Biennial, for a tour of the exhibition and a talk highlighting the many facets of contemporary art in Maine. Free with admission.

Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12
Friday, May 11, noon
Friday, May 11, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12, noon
Saturday, May 12, 3 p.m.
Performance by Gina Adams: Its Honor is Here Pledged 
Gina Adams’ Its Honor is Here Pledged: Broken Treaty Quilts examines historical occassions when the United States government broke its promises to Native Americans. As a part of her installation in the 2018 PMA Biennial, Adams reads the Fort Laramie 1868 broken treaty between the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the United States government. Free with admission.

Be a part of it all!
Membership begins at just $60 a year, and members receive unlimited museum admission, including to all events that are free with admission, as well as discounts on tickets to PMA Films and most events. Make the most of the 2018 PMA Biennial by becoming a member today.

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January 26, 2018
Manager of Community Outreach and Programs

Marcie’s experience with nonprofits began ten years ago, working for Portland's Convention and Visitors Bureau. Since then, she has worked for schools in San Francisco and SPACE Gallery and at the Maine Women's Fund in Portland. A Yarmouth resident, Marcie spends her time exploring Maine with her husband, two young sons and ridiculous labradoodle, Hazel.