Portland Museum of Art’s autumn of patronage — Portland Museum of Art

“Surrealist Play Gone Astray” (through Oct. 23) is a feast of surrealist fantasies by the likes of Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, and Yves Tanguy. The show features 20 objects from the collection of Isabelle and Scott Black.

“It’s a good cross-section of how Surrealism helps to get us to think more freely about how you can make art,” PMA chief curator Shalini Le Gall said of the Black collection.

And “The Draftsman in Society: German Expressionist Prints” (through Dec. 11) is a dark and intense exhibition of prints that are gifts of David and Eva Bradford. 

Taken together, the photographs, Surrealist works, and Expressionist prints are a fitting fall transition, offerings made to a season of dying light, drying air, and cooler temperatures after a long, hot summer of colorful whimsy.

“We love it when the shows talk to one another,” Le Gall, who came to PMA in 2020 from the Colby College Museum of Art, said.

Jane Rooks

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