Listings

Listings below are ordered in ascending order from their end dates, so exhibitions, performances, applications, and events closing soonest are toward the top, and those events for which you have the most time to see (or to plan) are toward the bottom.

To submit an exhibition, film screening, performance, opening, lecture, public talk, residency or grant application, call for art, or other type of event or listing, please fill out our submission form. Have a correction? Please submit them to info@thechart.me.


Art Opening

OPENING: Right Side Out: the Modern Self-Portrait
Able Baker Contemporary | August 18, 2017 through August 18, 2017

Right Side Out presents the work of contemporary and historical artists, working with the theme of the self-portrait. The visualization of one’s self has become increasingly personal, meaningful, and contentious in recent history. Each piece in this exhibition offers one solution to the problem of how the artist can present a deep and unique vision of self–unified, fractured, or otherwise–to a world that is increasingly mired in the spectacle of superficial self-presentation; we are interested in the alternative model these artists are proposing.


Art Opening

OPENING: WILD FAMILY
Border Patrol | August 18, 2017 through August 18, 2017

Border Patrol is pleased to announce WILD FAMILY, an exhibition that celebrates memories, representations, and imaginings of matriarchy. Join us for an opening reception Friday, August 18, 4p – 6p.


Exhibition

SARAH CIURYSEK LANDSCAPE
SPACE Gallery | June 30, 2017 through August 18, 2017

Landscape is a photographic installation that places the viewer under the surface of the ground. Referencing the stability and instability of the earth, the three photographic panels are seamless at their top and fragmented at their bottom. The high degree of realism and detial was posible due to a production process that mixes analogue and digitial: Landscape was shot on large-format film and then digitally compositioned, then printed on Tyvek.


Exhibition

Adriane Herman: Wreckage Salad
Ocean House Gallery & Frame | July 22, 2017 through August 19, 2017

Adriane Herman’s series of monotypes entitled “Wreckage Salad” is collaboratively created, inspired by parti-colored piles of castoff wood, which physically dwarf, and aesthetically vie with, much contemporary art. Each print is a unique impression of an ephemeral arrangement of hand-colored shapes representing material found in the municipal woodpile in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, the artist’s home.


Art Opening

Karen Lederer: Cheeto Fish | OPENING
Grant Wahlquist Gallery | August 19, 2017 through August 19, 2017

Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to present “Cheeto Fish,” a solo exhibition of works by Brooklyn-based artist Karen Lederer. The show will run from August 19 through September 22, 2017. An opening reception will occur on Saturday, August 19 from 5 – 7 pm.


Exhibition

RETROSPECTIVE, Portland’s Metals Collective Through the Years
Maine College of Art, Artists at Work | July 7, 2017 through August 20, 2017

The Metals Collective was founded by Maine College of Art Alumni in 2010, and now after 7 years includes more than 25 participating members who to date have put on more than a dozen group shows at local venues, with themes ranging from poison rings to absinthe spoons, pickle forks to tussie mussies. This RETROSPECTIVE will give the public the unique opportunity to revisit these group shows .


Residency

Surabhi Ghosh
Space Gallery | August 11, 2017 through August 25, 2017

Examining the cultural significance of repetitive patterning by drawing on the marginalized power of the decorative, Ghosh will spend her residency at SPACE Gallery researching a new subject: garlands.


Exhibition, Performance

Gordon Hall: The Number of Inches Between Them
Steel House Projects & other locations listed above | August 4, 2017 through August 26, 2017

The Number of Inches Between Them is a new sculpture and performance project by New York based artist Gordon Hall taking place across multiple locations in mid-coast Maine in the summer of 2017.


Performance

The Yellow Wallpaper by Bare Portland
eighteen twenty wines | August 18, 2017 through August 26, 2017

An immersive experience inspired by the classic short story and devised by the company. A desperate woman attempts to escape her stifling reality surrounded by haunting yellow wallpaper. This adaptation explores the classic tale for a modern audience through movement, puppetry, and prose. Enjoy a glass (or two!) of wine or cider in eighteen twenty wine’s new tasting room.


Exhibition

Bo Bartlett | John Goodyear
Dowling Walsh Gallery | August 4, 2017 through August 31, 2017

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host two exhibitions in the month of August: Bo Bartlett and John Goodyear.


Exhibition

Occupied Wall
Post Office Plaza | August 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017

Prasch’s Occupied Wall is the third project in TEMPOart’s summer series UNDER REVIEW: The American Dream, and follows John Sundling’s Ghost Fence in the Franklin Street Arterial and Christina Bechstein’s Now We Plant: Seeds for our American Dream at the Boyd Street Urban Farm.


Exhibition

Hans Hoffman at the Portland Museum of Art
Portland Museum of Art | June 16, 2017 through September 3, 2017

Hans Hoffman works on paper on view at the Portland Museum of Art.


Exhibition

A New American Sculpture at the PMA
Portland Museum of Art | May 26, 2017 through September 8, 2017

A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach is the first exhibition to investigate the integral relationships between modernism, classicism, and popular imagery in the interwar sculpture of Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman, and William Zorach.


Exhibition

Exquisite Corpse
Space Gallery | July 15, 2017 through September 9, 2017

A collaborative wall drawing based on the Surrealist game of the same name. Over the first siux weeks of this exhibition, artists were invited to create a work without knowing what others had made. This exhibition celebrates chance, coincidence and odd pairings.


Performance

PERFORMANCE: FREEDOM PROJECT
space gallery | September 8, 2017 through September 9, 2017

FREEDOM PROJECT is a multimedia physical theater piece that interweaves gripping personal stories, evocative imagery, and athletic choreography in an examination of mass incarceration in America.


Exhibition

American Genre: Contemporary Painting
Maine College of Art, ICA | July 20, 2017 through September 14, 2017

The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art is pleased to announce American Genre: Contemporary Painting curated by artist, writer, and curator Michelle Grabner.


Exhibition

CREATE VI: MECA’s Annual Continuing Studies Student and Faculty Exhibition
Maine College of Art, First Floor | August 23, 2017 through September 15, 2017

The annual Continuing Studies student and faculty exhibition at MECA features a range of work from paintings to photographs to ceramics and highlights the breadth and depth of talent in our local community.


Exhibition

Screen – Pop Killed Culture
Center for Maine Contemporary Art | June 13, 2017 through September 18, 2017

The second iteration of the CMCA’s Screen series, focusing on video works, will feature the work My Body is Your Body is Everybody is Nobody by Pop Killed Culture.


Film Screening

FILM: WHOSE STREETS? IN PERSON FILMMAKER SABAAH FOLAYAN
space gallery | September 18, 2017 through September 20, 2017

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, WHOSE STREETS? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy.


Exhibition

Karen Lederer: Cheeto Fish
Grant Wahlquist Gallery | August 19, 2017 through September 22, 2017

Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to present “Cheeto Fish,” a solo exhibition of works by Brooklyn-based artist Karen Lederer. The show will run from August 19 through September 22, 2017. An opening reception will occur on Saturday, August 19 from 5 – 7 pm.


Community Event

COMMUNITY EVENT: DRINK N’ CRIT
space gallery | September 27, 2017 through September 27, 2017

The Drink N’ Crit presents the work of the first two of three charrettes that examined ways in which Portland can become a city of 75,000 and be better than it is today. PSA architects, landscape architects, engineers and planners responded to our open call to participate in the charrette series. Now these visions are subject to public critique.


Call for Art/Entries

INAUGURAL Boston Art Book Fair: Vendor Applications Open
Mills Gallery and Black Box Theatre at Boston Center for the Arts | August 3, 2017 through September 30, 2017

Organized by Boston Center for the Arts and Bodega, the inaugural Boston Art Book Fair is an innovative and cutting edge event where international and local artists, thinkers, collectors, publishers and anyone drawn to the rich intersection of text and image convene to celebrate and trade print in all forms—including art books, zines, prints, catalogs and analog recordings.


Exhibition

MAPS
Stonewall Gallery at the Yarmouth History Center | May 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017

Friends of Aomori is proud to announce the 2017 exhibition series for the Maine-Aomori Printmaking Society. MAPS is a cultural exchange program, sharing art and artists between the sister states of Maine and Aomori, Japan.


Art Opening, Exhibition

MEGGAN GOULD: Bureau of Visual Instruction
Maine Museum of Photographic Arts | June 29, 2017 through September 30, 2017

The Bureau of Visual Instruction is an ongoing body of work, an open-ended dissection of the fluidity of photographic vision.


Exhibition

Right Side Out: the Modern Self-Portrait
Able Baker Contemporary | August 18, 2017 through September 30, 2017

Right Side Out presents the work of contemporary and historical artists, working with the theme of the self-portrait. The visualization of one’s self has become increasingly personal, meaningful, and contentious in recent history. Each piece in this exhibition offers one solution to the problem of how the artist can present a deep and unique vision of self–unified, fractured, or otherwise–to a world that is increasingly mired in the spectacle of superficial self-presentation; we are interested in the alternative model these artists are proposing.


Community Event

Waking Windows Portland ME
TBA | September 29, 2017 through September 30, 2017

Waking Windows has just expanded to Detroit (July 21 & 22) and will be back for a third edition in Portland, ME (September 29 & 30).


Exhibition

Feel the Weight
Chocolate Church Arts Center | August 11, 2017 through October 1, 2017

“Feel the Weight,” the Chocolate Church’s end-of-summer show, features the works of Veronica A. Perez, Isabelle O’Donnell, and Salley Knight, three contemporary Maine artists who explore the limits and potential of materials such as silk, cotton, fake flowers, concrete, and more. Inspired by the physicality and tangibility of these materials, these artists explore intangible questions about history, culture, memory, and identity.


Residency

Chani Bockwinkle
Space Gallery | September 26, 2017 through October 11, 2017

Chani Bockwinkel is a performer and filmmaker. She makes interdisciplinary-collaborative-feminist imagery for the stage, gallery, and internet. Her work was most recently shown in San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and Philadelphia. She is also a founding member of SALTA dance collective.

During her residency at SPACE, she will be working on a queer film that depicts a religious doomsday movement that began in Portland, Maine in the mid-19th century. The film is a co-directed project that is working collaboratively with the local Maine community.

Follow Chani on Instagram: @chanibocks


Exhibition

William Wegman – Reel to Real
Center for Maine Contemporary Art | June 10, 2017 through October 22, 2017

An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created hundreds of short performance-oriented videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field.


Exhibition

WILD FAMILY
Border Patrol | August 18, 2017 through October 28, 2017

Border Patrol is pleased to announce WILD FAMILY, an exhibition that celebrates memories, representations, and imaginings of matriarchy. Join us for an opening reception Friday, August 18, 4p – 6p.


Exhibition

John Walker – From Seal Point
Center for Maine Contemporary Art | June 24, 2017 through October 29, 2017

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art presents John Walker – From Seal Point.


Residency

Jeremy Okai Davis
Space Gallery | October 30, 2017 through November 13, 2017

Jeremy Okai Davis’s use of color and fidelity to his subjects make his paintings feel alive. At first glance, the work feels light, but closer examination of text and posture shows work that is full of conflict, an exploration of the contrast between the shiny, smiling exterior that is frequently presented on the surface and the inner, self-conscious, status obsessed mind state that so many of us endure beneath it all.


Art Opening, Exhibition

The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe
Bowdoin College Museum of Art | June 24, 2017 through November 26, 2017

This exhibition represents a significant contribution to our understanding of the rich visual culture of mortality in Renaissance Europe. The appeal of the “memento mori,” featuring macabre imagery urging us to “remember death,” reached the apex of its popularity around 1500, when artists treated the theme in innovative and compelling ways. Exquisite artworks—from ivory prayer beads to gem-encrusted jewelry—evoke life’s preciousness and the tension between pleasure and responsibility, then and now.


Residency

John Cotter
Space Gallery | November 28, 2017 through December 19, 2017

John Cotter is the author of the novel Under the Small Lights. A deaf writer, John’s current project concerns the dynamics of sound and what the world resembles when sound disappears (excerpts in Catapult, Electric Literature, and Open Letters Monthly). In 2016 John was an inaugural fellow at the Lighthouse Writers Fort Lyon residency where he spent a month living and working with recovering addicts at a homeless shelter on the high plains of Colorado. His short fiction has appeared in Puerto del Sol, his poetry in Volt, his comics in Westworld, and his art writing in Sculpture.