Flying Woman: The Paintings of Katherine Bradford, 25 Jun 2022 — 11 Sep 2022

Flying Woman: The Paintings of Katherine Bradford

The PMA hosts "Flying Woman: The Paintings of Katherine Bradford", the first solo museum survey of the painter’s work.

7 Congress Sq., Portland

Bradford’s figures, who often defy society’s expectations of women and all genders, serve as surrogates for a mother, painter, and lesbian coming of age at the turn of the 21st century. The performance of paint on the canvas—her modus operandi—activates her characters who collectively chronicle her life and present universal themes of humanity as they float, swim, dive, and commune in candy-colored cosmos of ethereal abstraction and terrestrial routines of daily life.

The exhibition highlights the artist’s ongoing commitment to abstraction, figuration, and color. She is widely applauded for her vibrant palette, eccentric compositions, and her approach to narrative and figurative painting in a wholly personal, unpredictable way. Organized chronologically from 1999 to the present, the exhibition explores her bathers, swimmers, superheroes, friends, and strangers for the very first time.

Consisting of approximately 40 paintings, “Flying Woman” offers an intimate presentation of the artist’s oeuvre and properly positions Bradford as a key figure within the canon of American painting from the late 20th century.

Contacts & Details


Portland Museum of Art


Wed – Sun 10am – 6pm

Fri free admission from 4pm – 8pm


7 Congress Sq., Portland
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