9 episodes

With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is the cultural heart of Portland, Maine.

The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and Contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special members-only events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities, to PMA Movies, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

The Backstory Podcast The PMA

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With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is the cultural heart of Portland, Maine.

The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and Contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special members-only events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities, to PMA Movies, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

    In Conversation At The PMA: Nan Goldin

    In Conversation At The PMA: Nan Goldin

    On October 3, artist Nan Goldin joined collector and friend Michael Zilkha for an intimate conversation about art, Goldin's oeuvre, and the PMA exhibition of her work, on view through December 31, 2017. Moderated by PMA Deputy Director and Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic Chief Curator Jessica May.

    • 51 min
    Worthy of History: Tim Rollins & K.O.S.

    Worthy of History: Tim Rollins & K.O.S.

    Worthy of History: Tim Rollins & K.O.S. by The PMA

    • 9 min
    Changing Place: Photographer Michael Kolster And The Rebirth of the Androscoggin

    Changing Place: Photographer Michael Kolster And The Rebirth of the Androscoggin

    2015 PMA Biennial artist Michael Kolster has spent the last 4 years photographing rivers around the country, with specific focus on the Androscoggin, which borders studio in Brunswick, Maine. In this episode of The Backstory, Michael draws parallels between his photographic process and the inherent nature of rivers, while connecting the history of industry, pollution, and the birth of the Clean Water Act to the Androscoggin, making a strong environmental case for why these rivers—no longer pristine but still beautiful and vital places—need to be protected for future generations.

    • 5 min
    Rose Marasco: index | Saint Rosalie Feast

    Rose Marasco: index | Saint Rosalie Feast

    In this touching episode of The Backstory, photographer Rose Marasco narrates the moments that brought her to Utica, New York in 1988 to photograph the Saint Rosalie Feast—and how that project affected her life and photographic career.

    • 6 min
    The Coast & the Sea, Chapter 3

    The Coast & the Sea, Chapter 3

    Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, on how the themes of seaside and leisure play out through The Coast & the Sea.

    • 1 min
    The Coast & the Sea, Chapter 2

    The Coast & the Sea, Chapter 2

    Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, on how The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America is a reflection of ourselves and the meaning of the sea.

    • 1 min

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