Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design
PORTLAND ART MUSEUM // JUNE 8–SEPTEMBER 8

Drawing from the one-of-a-kind collection of Viennese designer Michael Embacher, this exhibition promises something pure and simple: bike porn. From landmark racing models and vintage cruisers to folding bikes, a parachute bike, and even an ice bike (with a skate for its front wheel), the collection showcases not only the engineering behind the simple, sweat-powered vehicle of locomotion, but the sheer artistry that has elevated it from a tool to an obsession. Having been displayed just a few times in Europe, the collection makes its first and only stateside stop at the Portland Art Musuem—another yellow jersey for our town’s growing cycling cred. —AS  

Critical Art EnsembleMar 14–June 2

The internationally renowned, politically provocative arts collective Critical Art Ensemble is tapping economist Edward Wolff and mathematician David Sommer to create an installation illustrating the country’s relative wealth distribution, ranging from a two-foot hole in the ground representing debtors to a banner 450 feet in the air representing the top 20 percent. —Madelynn Vislocky  

An installation by Saya Woolfalk
An installation by Saya Woolfalk

Space Is the PlaceMar 23–Apr 28

With one foot in 1970s funk and the other in an outlandish future, Afrofuturism has reinterpreted the standard constructs of science fiction to explore connections between gender, race, and technology. In the final exhibition by curator-in-residence Josephine Zarkovich, work by David Huffman, Saya Woolfalk, Wendy Red Star, and Guillermo Gómez-Peña (who recently won a United States Artists Fellow Award) will show that the movement doesn’t stop at George Clinton. —GC  

Photo MonthApril

Now entering its third year, Photolucida’s Photo Month plasters Portland’s finest galleries, museums, and unlikely spaces with the still image in all of its complex, two-dimensional glory. Highlights include Hungarian photographer Tamas Dezso at Blue Sky Gallery, keynote speaker Alec Soth, and a portfolio walk through the works of 160 photographers from around the globe.—AS For festival info, visit portlandphotomonth.org.

Michelle RossJune 6–29

Among the artists featured in the art museum’s NW Contemporary Art Awards exhibition in 2011, Portland painter Ross continues her exploratory mix of materials, paint, print culture, and abstraction. For this show, she turns to magazine pages, riffing on the chemical reaction of pigment and ink. —SC 

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