In his first local solo exhibition since the Oregon Biennial, Eckard presents a series of works in latex paint and charcoal that are more complex and layered than his drawings of faux-organic forms that we've gotten used to seeing from the talented, multi-faceted artist. Leanne Hitchcock will also be showing her abstract photographs inspired by historical seasonal paintings concurrent with Eckard's show. Chambers, 207 SW Pine, 227-9398. Wed-Sat. Through Jan 24.
Several years ago, Julie Orser dazzled viewers at Soundvision Gallery with an installation of more than 100 intimate, delicate black and white photographs printed on the back of dominoes. Shortly afterwards, she moved to Los Angeles, although she resurfaced recently at the PDX Film Fest with a very smart and entertaining short film that took top prize in the hotly contested shorts competition. Now she returns to PNCA (her alma mater) with a sound and video installation from her series entitled Anna Moore. Shown concurrently with Orser's show is a program of international video works organized by Art Office, a collective co-directed by Orser in California. PNCA Feldman Gallery, 1241 NW Johnson. Mon-Sun. Through Feb 24.
Personal Best: Photographs by Elliott Erwitt
If one were to compile a shortlist of the greatest living photographers of the American scene, such a list would be woefully incomplete without the inclusion of Elliott Erwitt. A Magnum photographer since 1953, Erwitt has photographed the world relentlessly for his whole life; his black and white photos move easily between being hilarious, moving, iconic, and ridiculously impressive. For Personal Best, Erwitt has selected 88 photographs from his oeuvre that he's particularly proud of. Highly recommended. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park, 226-2811. portlandartmuseum.org. $10. Tues-Sun. Through Apr 29.