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PuzzleWatch: PAM in 2023 – Breaking Ground

For roughly a century, Portland Art Museum has been one of the city's most prominent landmarks. But how much of its history do you really know?


Director Guillermo del Toro and a set from his 2022 stop-motion film “Pinocchio.” An exhibition of the film’s sets, characters, and other art is coming to the Portland Art Museum later this year.

There’s been a lot of recent buzz about the Portland Art Museum starting preparations on the long-awaited Rothko Pavilion. But within the current walls of PAM and PAM CUT, exhibits are breaking barriers, and some are even selling out weeks before they end. Coming to a close is Symbiosis and an exhibit of the work of Jeffrey Gibson. But another Gibson installation, They Come from Fire, continues, as does Oscar Howe’s Dakota Modern and Isaka Shamsud-Din’s Rock of Ages.

What also continues is the love the city of Portland has for this art museum. Love not only from the families – Ritz, Schnitzer, Miller, and so many others – who have donated time and resources toward its continuation, but also from its dedicated founders, Henry Corbett and Winslow B. Ayer.

The museum’s fascinating history, which you can read about here, is populated by an equally fascinating cast of characters: people like Henrietta Failing, who served as curator in the early 1900s, and the architect Pietro Belluschi, who helped build the museum for over 40 years. The history of PAM, one of the first art museums on the West Coast, is the history of Portland. And today’s PAM strives to embrace all who have woven the rich fabric of our artistic community.

By the way, dear solver, all of the names mentioned above are answers to the clues – hints to aid your enjoyment in solving this puzzle and learning more about PAM.

PAM in 2023 – Breaking Ground – Click here for an interactive puzzle you can fill out in your web browser

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Daryl Browne is a music educator, alto, flutist and writer who lives in Beaverton, Oregon.

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