Movie Madness || Portland || OR

In our travels, we’ve had the chance to discover a fair number of comic shops, video libraries and cinema-related exhibitions. But we have never experienced anything like Movie Madness: a video store-cum-museum, with a vast collection of films including some hard to find elsewhere, neatly organised in clearly marked sections, and an exhibition space showcasing original costumes, props and other Hollywood memorabilia, this is one of the coolest places in Portland, a gem to be treasured by Portlanders and visitors alike.Laura Elliot, playing the character Miriam Haynes, wore these glasses in Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951). Her death by strangulation a the hands of Robert Walker’s character Bruno Anthony (reflected through the lenses of these glasses) was a key scene in the film. Costume worn by John Barrymore (1882-1942) in Romeo and Juliet, 1935.


Princess costume worn by Yvette Mimieux in the classic 1962 film ”The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm”. The costume was created by Mary Wills who won an Academy Award for Best Costume Designer.


Jessica Lange wore this matching print dress and purse in the movie Blue Sky. Ms. Lange won the Oscar for Best Actress in this film, directed in 1992 by the legendary Tony Richardson.


Peter Boyle wore this brown wool costume in Young Frankenstein, in 1974.


If you enjoyed this mini-gallery, you can find out more about the museum collection (and rental store) on their website @Movie Madness.

Portland, OR

June 10th, 2018

Fluorescent Light || Colour-Blocked Rooms

The next high rise project in Manhattan? Josiah McElheny
Bruno Taut’s Monument to Socialist Spirituality (After Mies van der Rohe), 2009
Glass and wood

This work reproduces Mies van der Rohe’s 1922 model for a theoretical, glass-clad skyscraper. But in a switch, McElheny replaces the clear windows with multi-coloured glass blocks. […] McElheny’s sculpture imagines a different history for twentieth-century architecture, one that embraced lively, transcendent spaces rather than the monochromatic monoliths of capitalism that evolved from Mies’ radical thinking.


Dan Flavin
Untitled (To Donna) II, 1971
Fluorescent light


Portland Art Museum

June 9th, 2018

In the Beginning | Minor White’s Oregon Photographs

“Long before co-founding Aperture magazine or establishing the groundbreaking photography program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Minor White (1908-1976) moved to Portland, where he sowed the seeds of what would become a forceful artistic vision. This exhibition of White’s rarely seen early work celebrates the artist’s influence on the region, and honours the Museum’s dedication to acquiring and displaying photography as the institution enters its 125th year.”

– Julia Dolan, Ph.D, The Minor White Curator of Photography

Untitled (Union Station Loading Platform) | ca. 1932 | Gelatin silver print


After the Fire Architecture (1211 Southwest First Avenue at Madison)  ca. 1939 | Gelatin silver print


Untitled (Broadway Bridge) | ca. 1939 | Gelatin silver print


Front Street, Portland, Oregon 1939 (negative) | ca. 1970 (print) | Gelatin silver print


Portland Art Museum

June 9th, 2018