Shakespeare Festival (OSF), the nation’s largest
repertory theatre company. Eleven plays annually on three stages, February-October.
921 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97205
The Oregon Symphony, Portland’s oldest and
largest arts organization, brings many of the
world’s finest musicians to Portland each year
to perform alongside the 76-member orchestra.
Led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar, the
Oregon Symphony presents a full calendar of
performances from September through May
each year at downtown Portland’s 2,780-seat
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Its season
encompasses the breadth and depth of orchestral music today, from classical and pops
subscription series concerts to kids’ programs
and a broad range of special performances.
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
The largest art museum in Oregon and one
of the oldest in the country, the Portland Art
Museum was organized in 1892, and its first
exhibition was a set of magnificent plaster
casts of Greek and Roman sculpture, displayed
in the upper hall of the city’s library. Those
casts still dot the museum, a reminder of how
the museum — and Western art — began.
The museum has strong collections of prints
and drawings, photography, Asian art, Native
American (especially Pacific Coast) art, and
Northwest art, and its European and American collections contain some extraordinary
individual pieces, especially from the 19th and
20th centuries. The huge prints and drawings
collection was built largely by the late Gordon
Gilkey and includes Old Masters printmakers
(Dürer, Rembrandt) and the most recent examples of the art forms. And under chief curator
Bruce Guenther, the museum’s modern art
holdings have increased dramatically, in part
because of the addition of the collection of
the great modernist critic Clement Greenberg,
which gives the museum a unique window
into the development of advanced art in the
Native American art: The Native American collection was built from two primary
sources: the Rasmussen Collection of Northwest Coast art, with its fabulous masks and
whaling canoes, and the encyclopedic collection of Elizabeth Cole, which brings the
exquisite work of Southwest, Plains, Plateau
and Woodlands tribes into focus.
Northwest art: Northwest art is a primary attraction, tracking the development of art in Oregon
and Washington since the 19th century. The
museum’s curators have wisely spread this
work throughout the galleries, placing the best
work of Northwest abstractionists alongside
their more celebrated New York peers, for
example, but a gallery specifically dedicated
to Northwest art supplies a good introduction
to the fine artists who have worked here (C.S.
Price, Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Hilda and
Carl Morris, Sally Haley and Michele Russo).
Portland’ 5 Centers for the Arts
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
Portland’ 5 Centers for the Arts is the
premier arts and entertainment venue in the
Pacific Northwest. Nationally recognized
as one of the top 10 performing arts centers
in the nation, the Portland’ 5 Centers for the
Arts hosts every type of event imaginable —
more than 1,000 performances every year.
Portland Center Stage (PCS)
128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
Portland’s premier professional theater
company, Portland Center Stage presents classic and contemporary plays in the
Gerding Theater at the Armory, a sustainably
renovated historic building. Drop-in visitors
can check out the historic building and grab
a bite at the Armory Café inside. PCS season:
September-June. JAW, a developmental
festival of new work, takes place in July.
Portland Institute for
Contemporary Art (PICA)
415 SW 10th Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97205
Through performances and exhibitions,
lectures and workshops, and the annual
Time-Based Art Festival, PICA constructs
a citywide platform for the creation and
discovery of contemporary art. For current
information artists and events, visit PICA.org.
211 SE Caruthers Street, Portland, OR 97214
One of the country’s top opera companies,
Portland Opera inspires, challenges and
uplifts audiences by creating productions of
high artistic quality that celebrate the beauty
and breadth of opera. Portland Opera has
established itself as a vibrant and vital part
of the region’s cultural activity and identity.
With its commitment to producing operas
that invigorate the future of the art form and
are dramatically and vocally compelling,
Portland Opera has earned a devoted public
following throughout the Northwest.
Third Rail Repertory Theatre
121 SW Salmon Street, Portland, OR 97204
Third Rail Repertory Theatre, a permanent
ensemble of highly skilled theatre artists,
is dedicated to pushing its audiences to the
edge of the comfort zone, the zone of the
tickle, the chuckle, the gasp, and the ache.
Third Rail’s goal is to produce plays that
are rides through mysterious, but familiar
lands, from which the audience and players
all return changed, surprised, and a bit more
alive than when the performance started.
White Bird Dance Series
PO Box 99, Portland, OR 97207
White Bird Dance is committed to bringing
the best Portland-based, regional, national,
and international dance companies to Portland and to fostering the growth of dance
in the region. To complement the city’s resident talent, White Bird regularly brings the
world’s most innovative choreographers to
Portland. Season: September-March.
For an extensive roundup of Portland’s
music, film, visual arts, museums, and
performing arts, check out Travel Portland’s
culture section at www.travelportland.com/