Welcome to visual Wednesday, part one! Yet again I feel compelled to spread the word for another local event in Portland, Oregon.
Stay tuned for part two of visual Wednesday where I will reflect on my first Thursday experience from last week.
This is part one of two because I cannot contain my excitement for the upcoming, once a year, event called Shine a Light happening this Friday, May 17th at the PAM (Portland Art Museum). It is not to be missed! The museum stays open late until midnight. I have been to the past three events of Shine a Light and love it. I liken this event to a meetup of happenings. More on that shortly.
Personal highlight. In 2012 I dragged my not-so-into-museums fiance and we were impressed with all the action and our experience. There were simultaneous events, and our highlight was a treasure hunt, painting inspired, cookbook. Local chefs created recipes inspired by paintings on view at the PAM, and on this night the recipes were hung next to the paintings for viewers to collect. Sure, there was a map to indicate where the recipes were, but this was the most interesting treasure hunt because it raised many questions for us. What about the painting inspired the chef’? What was the artist’s inspiration?
Background. This event is put on in collaboration betwixt artists, Master’s sutdents for social and art engagement at PSU (Portland State University), and the PAM (our local art institution).This takes your typical notions of art viewing in museums, aka quietly shuffling from room to room to take in art passively, and flips it upside down. You will be engaged, and likely giddy with glee at the unconventional approaches if you are anything like me.
Okay, you caught me. This style event does have a conventional past in happenings, but it still seems fresh. Happenings are a style of performance art from the late 1950s through the 60s. I think of artist Joseph Bueys in Germany for example. Much of what you will experience at Shine A Light will be similar to a happening, performance art, installation, and so on. Hopefully, and likely so, you will engage art in an unexpected way, as I have year to year at this event.
Get ready to connect with your community, experience art in an “unfussy” way, laugh, cry, try out local food carts, play a game, go on a treasure hunt, listen to music, and get a peek at the breadth the art world has to offer. It may surprise you.
More information and a pdf download of this Friday’s events are available here. Hope to see you there!