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Monday, September 7, 2009

Shine a Light: A Night at the Museum

Posted by Ezra Ace Caraeff on Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 7:00 AM

Im sorry Mirah. I promise to never Photoshop your head on Ben Stillers body again.
  • I'm sorry Mirah. I promise to never Photoshop your head on Ben Stiller's body again.

A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History Portland Art Museum discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.

Okay, that's actually the plot of some crappy Ben Stiller movie that you probably watched on a plane. Thankfully Shine a Light: A Night at the Museum will not involve Rob WIlliams, Dick Van Dyke, or a rapping monkey (I didn't see the film, but I assume that happens). On September 19th the Portland Art Museum will transform itself into a participatory art and workshop space that will be soundtracked by live performances from Mirah, Atole, Tu Fawning and tons more.

The event consists of six hours of performances, installations, tours, workshops, and games by 15 artists drawn from Portland State University’s MFA, Art and Social Practice concentration, led by Harrell Fletcher and Jen Delos Reyes. The projects are centered on artist and audience participation and visitors are encouraged to experience the Museum’s spaces and collections in new ways.

Projects and events take place inside and outside of the Museum. Outdoors in the sculpture court, local bands Atole, Tu Fawning and E*Rock, will play throughout the day and visitors can watch an expert “dowser” uncover the colors and sounds of works of art, see a demonstration of printmaking at a mobile print factory and sample specially made beer brewed to complement individual museum objects for the event by Old Lompoc, Laurelwood and Lucky Lab. Inside, projects located throughout the Museum include “Learn to Count in Mon”, a project to save endangered languages, a break-dancing display, musicians, including Mirah, Joe Preston of the Thrones, Honey Owens of Valet, Christopher Doulgeris of Hooliganship, Alex Guy, Drew Slum, and Blacque Butterfly serenading select works of art, “Stranger Moments”, a roving theatrical tour of the Museum employees’ interactions in the galleries with strangers, video installations from the Northwest Film Center and much more.

This event will set you back $12, a small price to pay to help the West Coast's oldest museum (and to stop an "ancient curse" that will surely lead to wacky hijinks).

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