Monday, August 3, 2020

Portland Museum of Art Raises Money to Bolster Collection by Female Artists

By Bob Keyes
Carrie Moyer (United States, born 1960), "Humming at the Gate," 2020, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 90 x 108 inches. Courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York. Courtesy of Alan Weiner Photography © the artist Photo courtesy of the Portland Museum of Art
The Portland Museum of Art has diversified its collection in recent years, with purchases of key works like “Ghetto Wall #2” by David Driskell and “A Distant Holla, Currency Exchange” by Daniel Minter, leading African American artists with strong Maine ties. This year and next, the museum will focus its collecting efforts on works by Emily Mason, Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe, contemporary female artists. Moyer and Pepe are showing together through Aug. 16 with the installation “Tabernacles for Trying Times,” an exhibition that pursues justice and equality through religious symbolism. [More]