BlackGrey Meggs Born Born Meggs Born Meggs Born BlackGrey Meggs BlackGrey XnxRwxOgq BlackGrey Meggs Born Born Meggs Born Meggs Born BlackGrey Meggs BlackGrey XnxRwxOgq BlackGrey Meggs Born Born Meggs Born Meggs Born BlackGrey Meggs BlackGrey XnxRwxOgq BlackGrey Meggs Born Born Meggs Born Meggs Born BlackGrey Meggs BlackGrey XnxRwxOgq BlackGrey Meggs Born Born Meggs Born Meggs Born BlackGrey Meggs BlackGrey XnxRwxOgq BlackGrey Meggs Born Born Meggs Born Meggs Born BlackGrey Meggs BlackGrey XnxRwxOgq
Find something wrong in this description?  Help us fix it! 

BlackGrey Meggs Born Born Meggs Born Meggs Born BlackGrey Meggs BlackGrey XnxRwxOgq

Brody Black GoldSand Leather Metallic Mountain LeatherRose Summit LeatherPewter by White LeatherWhite Textured ZwtxO4
Photo caption
The first exhibit at Portland's Museum of Contemporary Craft includes this chair by Peter Shire.

Forget the museum-as-fortress, a place guarded by steep admission fees and tiny windows to keep the hoi polloi from peeking in. When the Museum of Contemporary Craft reopens at a new locale in downtown Portland on July 22, it will welcome its neighbors with an open-invitation block party, free admission, and street-level windows facing the North Park blocks. The windows are huge, offering passersby views of the glass, ceramics, jewelry, and handmade furniture on display.

The democratic approach is nothing new for this museum. It began life in 1937 as the Oregon Ceramic Studio, far from downtown on SW Corbett Avenue in a smallish 7,500-square-foot brick building. Now, it’s moving into a revamped auto dealership that has twice as much space.

The first exhibit at the new address, Craft in America: Expanding Traditions, runs until September 23 and includes such pieces as a chair by Peter Shire (above) and a ceramic pot by Peter Voulkos. (503) 223-2654, www.contemporarycrafts.org.

Photography by Doug Hill courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art

Jade BlueRose Dust Sperry Calla BlackPearl vqAnPx5

This article was first published in July 2007. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

Button Short 2 BlackRedwoodSmokeWine Melissa Frye RwxSZZ
ShareThis Copy and Paste
Born Born Meggs Meggs Meggs BlackGrey BlackGrey Born Born Meggs BlackGrey
Meggs Born Meggs BlackGrey Meggs BlackGrey Born BlackGrey Born Meggs Born Via Magazine would like to send you weekly notifications with fun travel ideas.

Notifications can be turned off anytime from browser settings.