What do you think of when you think of ancient Egypt? Famous pharaohs and King Tut? There are many facts about one of the most mysterious regions of the world that are not as well known but just as significant.
What inspires the creation of new musical genres?
This weekend, four of Portland State’s choral ensembles—Vox Femina, PSU Man Choir, University Choir and Chamber Choir—will bring their voices to the “Clash of the Titans.”
Among the multitude of reactions one can have to art, a tear of laughter can be as powerful as a tear of sorrow.
What happens to that iPod Nano you replaced? That bulky television set rendered obsolete by the newest LED-screen model? If you’ve ever been curious about where your “e-waste” ends up, the documentary Terra Blight will shed some light on this mystery. And the truth can sometimes hurt.
Some of the most unique and surprising art forms spring from nothing more than a group of committed citizens in search of creative expression. Taiko, the traditional Japanese musical performance featuring large drums, is one such art form.
Great art can be a feast for the eyes. Fans of the Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards are eagerly awaiting the banquent after the selection of 28 finalists earlier this month.
How could Portland State live up to its reputation of promoting cultural diversity without providing fun and unique events—where folks can enjoy food and festivities while learning about other parts of the world?
Whom do you see when you look in the mirror?
Once selling for over $40 million at auction, “Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror” (1976), by Francis Bacon, debuted in Paris in 1977 and immediately received great praise. In it, the Dublin-born painter sought to portray the dual concepts of artistic process and insight in one of his most well-known works, on solo display at the Portland Art Museum through Sept. 2.
Why does U.S. culture revere its celebrities? What role does mass media play in how we as a society structure our daily lives?
New York-based architect and video artist Paul Pfeiffer will seek to answer these questions in his Thursday lecture, the last installment of the Portland State Department of Architecture’s Firsts series. Pfeiffer will discuss his past and recent works as well as his works-in-progress while inviting intellectual discussion about the nature of “perspective.”
“For me, it’s about making intelligent consensus and understanding one another’s viewpoints,” pianist Anirunn “Andy” Sharma said of his musical partnership with clarinetist Janet Coleman. “Unlike a concerto, where there are more people playing, this is a chamber piece—you can hear the clarinet and the piano individually.”
Imagine a U.S. agribusiness that promotes environmental sustainability while providing nutritious, locally grown food to schoolchildren. Sound too good to be true?
Not to sustainability activist and FoodCorps co-founder Curt Ellis, whose 2007 documentary King Corn will screen at Portland State Thursday, followed by a lecture by Ellis himself, titled “Growing Forward: A New Vision for Food and Farming in America.”