Chief curator Bruce Guenther retires from the Portland Art Museum

Francis Bacon, "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," 1969/courtesy Portland Art Museum

Bruce Guenther, chief curator and The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Portland Art Museum, announced his retirement today, according to a press release from the museum.

For the past 14 years, Guenther has …



The first wave hits the theater beach

Witchful thinking in Bag & Baggage's "The Crucible"

For a few years now, I’ve been arguing that this is the best of times for Portland theater. After a period of risk-averse programming, the city’s companies have come out of their collective shell and pushed themselves and their audiences …



Viva la animation: ‘The Boxtrolls’ gets political

Young Boxtrolls hero "Eggs" leads the unwashed masses out of oppression. No, seriously.

Archibald Snatcher is rampaging through Cheesebridge in an armored vehicle, declaring that “the streets are safe now!” The weight of the steam-spouting contraption crushes cobblestones, and pedestrians scatter. Neighbors peep nervously from their windows. (Hmm. How near is Cheesebridge to …



Portland Piano International review: A Visit to Planet Kamenz

Igor Kamenz performed  at Portland Piano International.


I laughed as I read pianist Igor Kamenz’s advance publicity – “extraterrestrial musicality,” said the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Surely a looming deadline or sloppy translation was involved. If I hadn’t been obliquely reminded by Portland



Eisa Jocson dances beyond exotic

HdKW In Transit 11

All these poles. Bus stop poles. Parking sign poles. Load-bearing poles upholding boxy overhangs, with people’s bikes locked to them. They stood out to me as I headed to Eisa Jocson’s Death of a Pole Dancer, and I wondered: …



Worksound goes International in time for this month’s gallery walks

Victorian Antler Dance, 2014, Gouache, acrylic, pastel and colored pencil on paper

I know. We are still recovering from the whirlwind of experimental, new media, and performance art the Time-based Art Festival brought to town earlier this month, and a new round of gallery opening sounds…tiring. But many of the  October shows …

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