Midday Art Break: Rock of Ages
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020
Free for museum members; $17-20
Main Entrance Lobby
“Longtime Portland artist Isaka Shamsud-Din will deliver a 45-minute talk in the galleries, presented in conjunction with his exhibition Rock of Ages. Shamsud-Din is a masterful painter who blends folklore and personal narrative in his warm, intimate work. His scenes often illustrate old Portland landmarks significant to the Black community, some of them long since shuttered, while introducing elements that evoke African roots: the Pyramids of Giza, a zebra peeking over a shoulder.
For his artistic work and his accomplishments as a social justice leader, Shamsud-Din was recognized with Isaka Shamsud-Din Day at the 2019 Juneteenth celebration at Portland’s City Hall. His current exhibit is supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Teressa Raiford of Don’t Shoot Portland, and will also showcase the many iconic murals Shamsud-Din has painted in the city throughout the past half-century.”