Portland artist Gilley discusses his new installation, AXIS INDEX. Free.
Modestly, undramatically, folkishly weird paintings and sculptures by David Byrd, an 87-year-old artist based quietly in upstate New York who has never before had a gallery show in his life. This is the must-see painting show of the spring. There are almost 100 pieces; many of them have sold, and it will probably be some time before they're assembled again like this. Free.
Lauren Palmor, the Frye Art Museum Research Assistant, presents an informal talk on the Russian emigré artist. Free.
All photographers and photo processes are eligible. The $42 entry fee covers four images (though you can submit up to twelve), which will be juried by New York City collector, curator, and educator, John Bennette. Awards of $1,000, $500, and $250, plus inclusion in the exhibition that will run from August through mid-September. $42.
Chamber Music is Scott Lawrimore’s first exhibit as the Frye’s curator is a series of translations with an archive in the middle. It’s 36 Seattle artists, each responding to one of the poems in James Joyce’s first published work, Chamber Music, which was put out in 1907—the year Charles and Emma Frye began collecting art. (Lawrimore wins the Most Attenuated Connections award.) In the center of the exhibition is a piece of furniture with benches and cubbyholes, where each artist can house a changing display of whatever’s most important to them. Free.
Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London is really two shows: One is a handful of etchings by Rembrandt. They are full of life and warmth and oddness and curvy lines and if you don't love them, so help you god. The rest is big, sometimes haughty paintings by Old Masters like Gainsborough, van Dyck, Hals, Reynolds, and Turner. $15 suggested.
Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video: This artist and her work are extraordinary. If Portland is out of the question, one of her pieces is hanging at the Henry Art Gallery until September. You can also watch her opening lecture online here, which threads together, among other things, Garry Winogrand and the other big boys of photography, her deep roots (read: 300 relatives) in Portland, Duchamp and de Kooning, what it means to say art is "about race," and combating gang violence and inciting social change. $15.
Dabble Lab: This temporary workshop venue affords casual users the opportunity to take short classes on everything from "contour drawing and sock bunny making to fixing a flat bicycle tire and chicken wrangling." Available during week at lunch hour and evenings. Free.
Get together alley-style to make friends, eat a picnic dinner, and talk about how to make our alleys fun-filled and not gross-stuff-filled. Free.
Professor Norman Lundin discusses the various aspects of creating a persuasive illusion of space. In conjunction with The Landscape: Described and The Landscape: Evoked. Free.
Expo 13: This edition of the annual student show is maybe the biggest yet, featuring nigh on 100 grads and spanning two galleries. Also, food trucks at the reception. Free.
Expressions in Haida Mythology: Argillite Works of Lionel Samuels: Carvings in the traditional Haida black slate by a contemporary native Canadian artist. Free.
Flip: new work by Mary Iverson, whose past work featured ships and shipping containers suspended by intersecting gridlines that are anchored somewhere outside the frame, over arid, rocky landscapes and forested, mountainous landscapes. Free.
Inside-Out: An exploration of street art with new work from Daya Astor and curation by Liz Patterson. Free.
Drawing Line into Form is an exhibition of 2-D objects by artists who usually make 3-D objects. The pieces, from the Bank of New York Mellon collection, are by Sol LeWitt, Maya Lin, Jim Dine, William Kentridge, Anish Kapoor, Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois—the list goes on. There is also a sketch by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist, whose psychadelic video installation, A la belle étoile, is currently disorienting audiences at the Henry Art Gallery. $10.
Love Me Tender: Punny! James Charles, Maximo Gonzales, Barton Lidicé Benes and Mark Wagner, and others use money as both a medium and a symbol to ask questions about value, commodity, and identity. $10.
Mosaic Arts International 2013: Nearly 50 artists working with materials ranging from glass and ceramic to dinosaur bones display their work in this juried exhibition. $12.