Un-framing art

Mary Jane Jacob asks essential questions about social practice and public art

We tend to think of enjoying art as an experience that involves simply looking at things: at a painting that hangs on a museum wall, perhaps, or a statue in a park.

But Mary Jane Jacob, a professor and executive director of the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition program, argues that art involves so much more than this.

Faith, love and sexuality

An exclusive Q-and-A with Jewish LGBT writer and activist Jay Michaelson

Are religions, regardless of how they are practiced, actively hostile toward homosexuality? Or do the Old and New Testaments contain messages that transcend this common perception?

Jesse Feinstein tickles the ivory.

A journey of jazz

PSU’s Jazz Night to feature larger, more unique ensembles with classic flair

From Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix, Portland State’s Jazz Night, to be held Thursday, March 15, promises to appeal to many musical tastes and will showcase some new larger ensembles that depart from the usual musical conventions.

Donate a book, feed a mind!

A PSU capstone course organizes book drive for at-risk girls’ underfunded public school

Many people remember their first trip to the library. The books stacked row upon row, that feeling of independence when you learned to use the card catalog and the pleasure of bringing a book of your choice home for the very first time.

Losing my religion

An exclusive Q-and-A with author and religious scholar Sarah Sentilles

Religious scholar Sarah Sentilles will be holding a workshop at Portland State Thursday, Feb. 16, that focuses on “Seeing Other People,” the final chapter of her latest book, Breaking Up with God: A Love Story.

Misfortune cookie: Resolution(s) curator J.P. Huckins gives a presentation of controversial contemporary art.

Provocative art or hate speech?

Littman Gallery’s Resolution(s) exhibit, “Fortune Cookie,” ignites heated debate about use of slurs in art exhibitions

When a multi-artist show titled Resolution(s) went up in Portland State’s Littman Gallery Thursday, Jan. 12, the show and its artists unintentionally triggered issues not uncommon in the art world: taboo subjects and the possibility of censorship.

Polite society in Japan

Professor Patricia Wetzel to speak on the relationship between Japanese language and society

It’s too easy to take language for granted—not just what we say but the way our language defines us as individuals, as a people and as a nation.

Today, Patricia Wetzel, professor of Japanese at Portland State, will deliver a lecture titled “It’s not about you: language clutter on the Japanese landscape?” which will examine the cultural impact of Japanese language on Japanese society.

Drums and Dvorák

Portland State Percussion Ensemble and Florestan Trio to provide evening of tasteful tunes

Portland State Percussion Ensemble

“Many percussionists spend a lot of time at the back of the orchestra, following a conductor and playing accompanying parts to other sections of the orchestra,” said Jeffery Peyton, acting director of the percussion studies program at Portland State. “In percussion ensemble, these players get the opportunity to play the melodic parts.”

This Sunday, the Portland State Percussion Ensemble gets to shine. They will play a range of pieces, from 18th century Handel to 1960s John Cage and Lou Harrison.

A-to-Zed perversions

Peter Greenaway’s A Zed & Two Noughts a dark comedy with sick sense of humor

There’s nothing quite like being kicked out of the comfortable, predictable reality we inhabit by a film that takes us to a very different world, especially if that world is bizarre and sexually perverse.

Peter Greenaway’s A Zed & Two Noughts (1986) is everything—and anything—you’d want it to be. Like a talented prostitute, it titillates and entertains in all the right ways. And it will be up on the big screen for all to enjoy this weekend at Portland State’s 5th Avenue Cinema.

When twin animal behaviorist brothers employed at the zoo lose their wives in a freak car accident caused by roaming swans, their reaction causes them to spiral into an obsession with death, decay and sex. They begin sleeping with the zoo prostitute, Venus de Milo, as well as a woman named Alba, who drove the car in their wives’ fatal crash.

Don’t you know that you’re toxic?

PSU’s Sustainable Solutions Seminar identifies ways that Oregon can be a leader in green industry

There are 84,000 chemicals in use in the U.S. today, and only 200 have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to Jennifer Allen, associate professor and fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions.