illuminate history

Curiosity: forget “Cherchez la femme” (Look for the woman.) “Cherchez l’histoire.” (Look for the story.)

Perspectives on Doors

We’ve watched the “Occupy ICE” encampment growing in our South Waterfront neighborhood for more that a week and planned to attend the demonstration announced for today. Mid-to late morning, we … Continue reading

June 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

Happy Birthday to me

  I was gripped by curiosity on December 18, 2012, as art handlers carried our donated painting of Adèle de la Lanceau off to Portland Art Museum. It was an … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Pattern Reproduction

It took a second try, but my questions were answered—and in a context that amplified the significance of what I learned. Director of Membership Lisa Hoffman  referred me to curator Charles Campbell, … Continue reading

February 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

Pattern Recognition

My husband Gary suggests that it’s sheer vanity that drives my interest in representations of the goddess called Artemis by the Greeks and Diana by the Romans. I explain that … Continue reading

December 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

greater than the sum of its parts

We attended–as members–the European and American Arts Council lecture at the Portland Art Museum on Thursday evening.  Chief Curator Bruce Guenther gave his long-postponed talk A Girl and Her Dog: 19th Century … Continue reading

May 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Now receiving visitors…

With no fanfare, Adele is finally ensconced in her new home: the American Gallery of the Portland Art Museum. Her installation was originally scheduled in mid-November, after an introductory lecture … Continue reading

January 18, 2014 · 4 Comments