Portland Art Museum | She & Him Adventures

Welcome back to another She & Him Adventures! Today we are visiting the Portland Art Museum, one of the oldest art museums on the West Coast. Whenever and wherever Ricky and I travel, we love to visit as many art museums and galleries as possible. The Portland Art Museum is a great place to spend several hours. I loved the diversity of exhibits. They also have some work from the great ones like Claude Monet, Alexander Calder, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. So join me today for some Art History 101!

During our trip to Portland we made sure to stop by the Portland Art Museum it has been in our Portland bucket list for such a long time and I'm so glad we went! The museum is relatively big and is divided into sections with different eras of artwork and it also has a large contemporary wing to enjoy as well. I'm going to try to label as many art pieces as I can because I highly believe in giving artists the credit and exposure they deserve. 
Sang-Ah Choi, All you can eat—Holiday everyday, Transcontinental flower and bird painting: NY to OR, Rainbow, 2007-2012
This artwork immediately made me crave cereal.

Left: Steven Young Lee, Instinct and Consequence, 2005.
Right: Steven Young Lee, Fortune’s Fortune, 2005.
Diane Jacobs, Global Inversion, 2008
Fun fact: This artwork is made out of wool felt, human hair, and acrylic ball. Yes! I said human hair. When you got close to it you can totally see the human hair, it's kind of morbid.

I really wish I noted down the artist information for this painting because I loved it and it's the perfect photo-op.
One of the first prominent collection areas we entered was the Native American Art. They has so many incredible pieces I really with I could share more, let's just say it's very impressive.

Severin Roesen, Still Life of Flowers and Fruit, 1870-1872.

Then we entered the Renaissance period. The Renaissance is a period in European history, covering the span between the 14th and 17th centuries. Thanks to all of my Art History courses I have become a huge fan of the art made during the Renaissance period.

Francesco Granacci, Madonna and Child with Two Angels, 1495.
I have seen and studies many of these Madonna and Child paintings and I'm always so intrigued. They are so beautiful and this was one of the largest one I have ever seen, so I made sure to capture a picture next to it.

Annette Bellamy, Moving Mountains, 2017.
This sculpture was part of the Map Is Not The Territory, a triennial series featuring regional artists exploring place and boundaries. This was one of my favorite sculpture and of course we had to take some pictures in front of it.
Pierre Auguste Renoir, Young Girls Reading, 1891.
Claude Monet, River at Lavacourt, 1879
Monets in Portland...who knew! Imagine our shocked faces when we entered the next room and came across a Monet's, a Renoir, and a Dejas! Literally hidden gems!
Jeppe Hein, Please Participate, 2015

Larry Poons, Open Country, 1968
Taking random candid pictures of my amazing and talented partner inside museums has become one of my favorite things to do. 
Lynda Benglis, Omega, 1973
Dan Flavin, untitled (to Donna) 2, 1971.

The Portland Art Museum is definitely a great place to visit and lose yourself for hours. Ricky and I were able to thoroughly enjoy it. I seriously could not believe how nice of a museum it is, and it's filled with amazing art.  I highly recommend visiting if you are ever in Portland.


  1. Wow, just wow. This museum was beautiful! I really loved this post. The Renaissance room with the peachy walls was definitely one of my favorites. Your photos came out so beautiful! I really want to make sure Rudy and I stop by a couple museums while we're in New York.

    Juliana | Ohhjuliana

    1. Thank you! I highly recommend you and Rudy to check out some museums in NY, they have beautiful museums, especially the Guggenheim.


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