Borrow a bowl, cook a dish, share a story! Past and Presents, The Museum Store, is delighted to host the Bowls Around Town project. Here’s how it works: Visit the store and check out a kit containing a bowl made by ceramic artist Michael J. Strand, a digital camera, and a recipe book. Take the kit home and use the bowl to serve a dish that’s special to you. Use the camera to document the process, from food prep to dinner time, and write down your recipe in the book. Be creative! Selected images and recipes will become part of a dynamic Hungry Planet display at the museum and online.
Sign up early to be sure you get the bowl!
The kit becomes available for checkout on the Thursday of each week and must be returned the following Wednesday. Questions? Contact Lyle Murphy at email@example.com.
300 million years of Northwest natural history. Go Deep.
Explore the forces shaping Oregon’s landscapes and ecosystems. Discover the giant sabertooth salmon and other amazing animals from Oregon’s past, and take part in a dialogue about climate, conservation, and our future.
An Exhibit from the Bell Museum of Natural History
Gain a global perspective on food. Through spectacular photographs and thought-provoking narrative, authors Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio take you around the world--and around the tables of families in Mexico, India, Mali, and more. Explore farms, markets, and kitchens to discover foodways both unique and shared. You'll never look at your dinner plate the same way again.
Delve into Oregon’s story, from the first Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today’s tribes. This newly enhanced exhibit combines interactive technology, hands-on experiences, and world-class collections—showcasing 14,000 years of Oregon stories, and inviting you to tell your own. Explore the galleries, try your hand at ancient weaving styles, test your skills as an archaeologist, and much more!
When did people arrive in North America? How did they get here?
Museum archaeologists found surprising answers to these questions at Oregon’s Paisley Caves. Explore the evidence for yourself, and discover the evolving story of the First Americans.
Paisley Caves and the First Americans is part of the newly enhanced Oregon—Where Past is Present exhibit.
Exhibit, talk and workshops by Nancy Yen-wen Cheng
June 21 – July 28, 2017 Open M-F 11-5
PLACE, 735 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 tel 503 334 2080
How much visual expression can come from a single sheet of material? Exhibit pieces explore how surfaces can be manipulated to bounce light in interesting ways. They show how simple cuts and folds can create complex patterns of flaps or pockets to catch light. For example, a family of geometric patterns incorporate self-clasping hooks have been designed to pull flexible sheets into saddle forms that juxtapose convex and concave edges. Recent efforts with draped and stretched fabric are motivated by the idea of shaping form and space with minimal means.
The fabric pieces have been created with Marziah Rajabzadeh and Mohsen Marizad of ZAAD Studio, who excel in parametric design and digital visualization. Methods to shape light with folded surfaces were developed through teaching in Australia, Germany, China and the U.S. Exhibit support has come from PLACE, Francisco Toledo and Bonnie Jean Dominguez.
The public is invited to three events.
Wed July 21, 6:00-9:00pm - Opening Reception with 7:00pm talk by Nancy Cheng
Learn about the origins of the sculptural studies, the use of digital design and fabrication, and related research into airflow around architectural shading screens. https://www.facebook.com/events/1504274479592801
WORKSHOPS: We will bring the materials, techniques and images of some forms to try. We need you to bring your enthusiasm, imagination and openness to new possibilities. We will capture the experiments with photos and create results for the PLACE community to enjoy.
Saturday, July 8, 12:00-3:00pm - Shaping Light with Folded Surfaces workshop
Experiment with light and shadow effects by manipulating surfaces and material properties. Learn how curved cuts, folds and clasps can sculpt sheet materials to produce aesthetic forms. Examine how lighting can transform appearances when capturing photos of work in progress.
Saturday, July 29, 12:00-3:00pm - Shaping Space with Fabric workshop
Stretch fabrics and dynamically create spaces. What is the most interesting place that can be sculpted with the least material? The group will create tent-like configurations by using bodies, rods and hoops to pull sheet materials into temporary formations.
For more information see http://blogs.uoregon.edu/nywc or contact Nancy Cheng at firstname.lastname@example.org
ASIST is a two-day, two-trainer, workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups. Family, friends, and other community members may be the first to talk with a person at risk, but have little or no training. ASIST can also provide those in formal helping roles with professional development to ensure that they are prepared to provide suicide first aid help as part of the care they provide.
The emphasis is on teaching suicide first-aid to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help as needed. Participants explore their own attitudes regarding suicide, learn to use a suicide intervention model to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, seek a shared understanding of reasons for dying and living, develop a safeplan based upon a review of risk, be prepared to do follow-up, and become involved in suicide-safer community networks. The learning process is based on adult learning principles and highly participatory. Graduated skills development occurs through mini-lectures, facilitated discussions, group simulations, and role plays.
You must register here: https://odt.uoregon.edu/registration/registration_add.php?sess_id=8521
Download a ticket, get in free! The MNCH joins museums across the nation in offering free admission on September 23. Visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday to learn more or to download your free pass for two.