OE History Night: Of Casts and Characters – the Early Years and Collections of the Portland Art Museum (5-November-2012)

Of Cast and Characters - the Early Years and Collections of the Portland Art MuseumThe Oregon Encyclopedia, in conjunction with McMenamins, the Northwest Examiner, and the Portland Art Museum, presents Of Cast and Characters: the Early Years and Collections of the Portland Art Museum. Monday, November 5, 2012 at the Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan).

Journey back to late 19th century Portland and the founding of the city’s art museum to learn about its earliest art collections including hundreds of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture. At the time few people could afford to travel to Europe, fledgling museums such as Portland’s acquired reproductions of important monuments and works of art to establish the basis of their collections. Art schools collected plaster casts so students could study and draw from the best examples of classical and Renaissance sculpture.

The presenter Prudence Roberts, Instructor of Art History, Portland Community College and former Curator of American Art at the Portland Art Museum.

Admission is free to this, and all the OE History Night events. Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Doors open at 6 p.m., presentation starts at 7 p.m.

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