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Keepers of OurStory: a discussion with Black elder artists

September 9, 2023

Centering elders’ voices, Keepers of OurStory is a panel discussion facilitated by Black Artists of Oregon curator, Intisar Abioto, with featured artists Adriene Cruz, Bobby Fouther, Richard Brown, and Isaka Shamsud-Din. This program is a deep dive into the practices and established work of Black elders as shapers of the arts in Oregon and the foundation for current and future generations of Black creators. As an opening program, Keepers of OurStory looks to elders’ stories as the roots of the Black Artists of Oregon exhibition. The title references photographer Richard Brown’s 1988 Keepers of OurStory, a photo series that documented and listened to the stories of Black Portland elders.

Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR, 97205
(503) 226-2811

The Portland Art Museum strives to be an inclusive institution that facilitates respectful dialogue, debate, and the free exchange of ideas. With a deep commitment to artists – past and present – and freedom of expression, the Museum and PAM CUT’s collections, programs and staff aspire to reveal the beauty and complexities of the world, and create a deeper understanding of our shared humanity. We are a Museum for all, inviting everyone to connect with art through their own experiences, voices, and personal journeys.