KSMoCA hosts a quarterly rotating exhibitions... [add description]



Byron Kim: Sunday Paintings

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Samantha Wall: Inheritance

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Ralph Pugay: Excursions

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Laylah Ali: Not Self Portraits

Not Self-Portraits is a collaborative exhibition featuring work by artist Laylah Ali and students from Mrs. McCarthy’s 4th grade and Ms. Johnson's 5th grade classes who participated in workshops with the artist. Ali’s paintings explore relationships between race, gender, and social status influenced by personal experiences. Prior to the workshops, each student posed for photographic portraits expressing contrasting emotions. In the workshops, they selected a photograph of a classmate to draw.

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Chitra Ganesh: On Moonless Nights

On Moonless Nights features artwork by Brooklyn-based artist Chitra Ganesh. Her work is inspired by fairy tales, mythology, iconography, and comic books. The show includes original pieces by Ganesh as a well artwork created by Ms. Johnson's (5th) and Mr. Caldwell's (4th) classes, who participated in a workshop with Ganesh to create drawings of superheroes inspired by people in their everyday lives.


Carson Ellis: Intro to Galactic Alienology

Introduction to Galactic Alienology features work by artist Carson Ellis and her son, Hank Meloy. The show is a collaboration between Ellis, PSU students and students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School with work is inspired by interviews between Ellis and her son Hank. Exhibition includes works portraying Hank’s and MLK Jr. students' imagined alien creatures.


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Our Civil Rights History, Revisited

Our Civil Rights History, Revisited is an exhibition of re-created historical photographs depicting some of the most pivotal images in the civil rights movement, both locally and nationally. PSU and 5th grade students at King discussed these images and events and restaged them.  KSMoCA has the pleasure of revisiting and displaying.

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Let’s Go Inside the Paper to Go Inside the Museum

Let’s Go Inside the Paper to Go Inside the Museum is a collaborative art project. Ms. Ellis’s 3rd grade class at King School in NE Portland, OR and Portland State University (PSU) Art and Social Practice students worked together to explore what a museum is and could be. Working in small groups, the third graders were prompted by the PSU students to imagine and illustrate their own museum ideas. The resulting designs were transformed into posters displayed at KSMoCA and in the surrounding community. Collectively, the students acted as artists and curators, creating work for both the school’s contemporary art museum and a neighborhood public art project.


Not MoMA: Shared Space

not MoMA: Shared Space is a collaborative art project between Stephanie Syjuco, Ms. Ellis’s 3rd grade class and Ms. Asay’s 6th grade class, and PSU students. PSU and King students explored the online collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and decided to curate artworks for re-creation around the theme Shared Space. Working in small groups the third graders followed Syjuco’s written instructions to decide which works they wanted to make and shared their thoughts on why these works appealed to them. Collectively, the students acted as artists, curators, and docents to present notMoMA: Shared Space.



Postcards from America

Postcards from America is an ongoing photographic experiment. Since 2011, the Postcards project has traveled to eight locations across the country. Nearly twenty Magnum Photo Agency photographers have been involved with the project. Portland is one of the last stops forPostcards from America and seven photographers have come here to document a wide variety of subjects in the city, including King School, in conjunction with PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA Program.

KSMoCA’s inaugural exhibition features work selected by students at King School from all of the past Postcards locations and has been overseen by Magnum photographer Alec Soth and various PSU-related volunteers.