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Smell, Memory, Place Tour of Picturing Oregon @ PAM!

November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

WHAT: Noggin Smell, Memory, and Place Tour of Picturing Oregon exhibit

WHERE: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

WHEN: Saturday, November 4, 2017, noon – 5:00pm

UPDATE: See what we did (and smelled, and experienced, and drank!)

One landscape contains the other…

Join a PAM Museum Educator and volunteers from NW Noggin on an olfactory trek through the Picturing Oregon exhibition. This 30 minute expedition of select landscapes inspired by Art and Beer brewers, will teach you a little bit about the neuroscience of smell, memory, and place with the aid of regionally specific natural materials. All tours are 30 minutes and meet in the first gallery of Picturing Oregon– 3rd floor, Main Building


Tour #1 @ 1:00pm:  Michael Brophy, Harvest, 1995, oil on canvas

Michael Brophy (American, born 1960), Harvest, 1995, oil on canvas, Gift of Laura Russo and Lucinda Parker, © Michael Brophy and The Laura Russo Gallery, 1995.32

Tour #2 @ 3:30pmLily E. White, Evening on the Columbia, 1903/1905, platinum print

Lily E. White (American, 1865-1944), Evening on the Columbia, 1903/1905, platinum print, Museum Purchase: Caroline Ladd Pratt Fund, no known copyright restrictions, 91.22.1

Tour #3 @ 4:30pmFrank Vincent DuMond, Sketch of Table Rock Near Medford, 1911, oil on board

Frank Vincent DuMond (American, 1865-1951), Sketch of Table Rock Near Medford, 1911, oil on canvas, Gift of 52 subscribers, © artist or other rights holder, 13.9

What is smell?

Take a deep breath. Stuff is made of smaller pieces, and you just inhaled them through your nose. These pieces are molecules, and they are released from foods, surfaces, plants, trees, dogs, bodies, and that delicious pint of beer in your hands.

Up your nose is a hidden cavity, where special cells called odor receptors grab specific molecules and respond by sending electricity directly into your brain! These odor receptors stick these hair-like processes through the ceiling of the nasal cavity to bind molecules, and send more wire-like projections through holes in the bone below your brain to carry the currents.

LEARN MORE: Olfactory booklet

Committed participants
Heather Wild, PSU/Mount Hood Community College
Heather Hamilton, PSU/NIH BUILD EXITO
Cody Prouty, PSU/PSU Neuroscience Club


November 4
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Portland Art Museum