By Joseph Gallivan
KORDA AND THE SPIRIT OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene. To Jul 21
This stunning selection of photos of the Cuban Revolution by Alberto Korda (1928-2001) will have you wondering what Caribbean socialism is all about. The former publicist and fashion photographer turned his gaze on revolutionaries in 1959 and shot the iconic image of Che Guevara. He also traveled widely with Fidel Castro, functioning as an unoffcial photographer.
FEATURED PHOTO: COLLECTION OF DR. STEVE PIECZENIK AND DR. ROBERTA ROVNER PIECZENIK AND FAMILY, CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND
WILLIE LITTLE: AND MILES TO GO BEFORE WE SLEEP
Froelick Gallery, Portland. Jun 4 – Jul 13
North Carolina native Willie Little’s work is always deeply unsettling. He picks at the scab of Jim Crow racism via antique artifacts, which he paints or assembles into provocative groupings. His focus on rural North Carolina can seem distant from the Pacific Northwest. Little uses imagery from the segregationist past of the American South to critique white privilege everywhere today. This work, with its strong textures and sun-bleached palette, brings the stories of the past right up to our faces. Don’t miss the artist’s talk Saturday, June 15, at 11 am.
SEAN HEALY: BEAUTIFUL DOWNER
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland. Jun 6 – Jul 13
Healy is a fascinating Portland artist who chronicles his interior life through installations and sculptures made from diverse media, from laser-cut steel to saliva, motor oil and thousands of cigarette butts. His mixture of grit and irony aims to amuse as well as make one feel deeply a sense of a life lived partially under the gaze of others. Delightfully, he often provides an intimate look at a subject other than himself in his drawings.
ASTORIA VISUAL ARTS GALLERY
9th Annual Astoria Open Studios Tour. Jul 27 – 28, 11am – 5pm
AVA, as it’s known, is a weekend gallery formed in 1989 for emerging and professional artists working in unusual or experimental media. There must be something in the rain in Astoria, since it’s been attracting artists to Oregon’s north coast for decades. In June AVA has an intaglio printing show, but it is deeply involved in the Astoria Open Studios Tour, which gives you carte blanche to poke around in over 40 local artists’ studios. From July 13 to August 4 work by Dave McMacken and Noel Thomas will sit alongside that of 45 other artists in the July Open Studios exhibit Meet the Makers.
PLEIN AIR PORTLAND ART SHOW
Oregon Society of Artists, Portland. Aug 4 – 26
The Oregon Society of Artists gallery is tucked away in a residential street just where downtown Portland becomes the a uent West Hills. The society is best known for its Rose Festival Art Show (June 22-24). Its plein-air show (featuring work done in the open air as opposed to in a studio) is always a great leveler, a chance to explore our local landscape through the minds and eyes of local painters. It offers a variety of art classes and serves as a focal point for member artists, most of whom paint in traditional 20th- and 19th-century styles.