June 7, 2019 to October 20, 2019


New Acquisitions at the Portland Museum of Art

Just as humans seek out new experiences, new knowledge, and new connections, the PMA continues to build its collection through gifts and purchases to tell a deeper, more interconnected, and more inclusive story about the many histories of art. For the PMA the process of continuing to build the collection is a vital aspect of institutional identity and the continued vibrancy of artistic programming. This summer the PMA presents a new idea: the open-ended museum.

Open-Ended: New Acquisitions at the Portland Museum of Art highlights many of the spectacular new objects that join the PMA's collection of over 18,000 works of art and provides the opportunity to share the stories behind these works and how they came to the PMA. 


Top image: Jeffrey Gibson (United States, born 1972), PEOPLE LIKE US (detail), 2018, glass and plastic beads, tin, copper and gold-finished jingles, artificial sinew, quartz crystal, silver-coated copper wire, druzy crystal, nylon thread, nylon fringe, acrylic felt, acrylic paint, repurposed wool blanket, recycled jersey stuffing, rawhide, steel rods, wood block, 60 1/2  x 24 1/2 x 14 inches. Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Gift of The Crewe Foundation and the Crewe Family, 2019.13. Photo by Peter Mauney. © Jeffrey Gibson.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Generous support from the Friends of the Collection.

Established in 1983, the Friends of the Collection comprises individuals whose generosity directly supports the acquisition, conservation, and care for the collection as well as related programming. Our collection of more than 18,000 works of art is the heart of the institution, and the Friends of the Collection is instrumental in shaping and maintaining it.

Corporate Sponsor: 

This exhibition is part of Art for All.

Art for All is an initiative that supports the PMA’s dedication to being an open, accessible, inclusive, and welcoming museum for all, through exhibitions and programs that reflect our community and create experiences with art that strengthen our bonds and bring us together.

Individual Support:
Anonymous (2)
Judy and John Adelman
Anne and Alexander Buck
Shannon C. Gordon
Cyrus Hagge
Patricia Hille Dodd Hagge
Jocelyn and Peter Handy
Alison and Horace Hildreth
Douglas and Sharyn Howell
John and Hilary Isacke
 Karen L. McDonald
Marian Hoyt Morgan and Christopher Hawley Corbett
Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Spencer
Stewart and Elizabeth Strawbridge
Amy Woodhouse and Tobey Scott

Foundation Support:

Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, Inc.

Corporate Sponsors:

TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation





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