Just when you think every gimmicky, invitation group exhibition has happened in Portland, there's always another one around the corner. This time, 70 artists were invited to interpret and create a playing card (18 jokers). There appear to be some unusually nice contributions here, including work from Jack Dingo Ryan, Marne Lucas, and Jason Tlush. The Art Nucleus, 1905 NW 26th, 503-224-2582, Through March 28

* Plateau Beaded Bags
This looks like a charming exhibition of image-based objects, in the form of heart-shaped beaded bags made by Plateau Indians from the 1920s through the '70s. Quintana Galleries, 120 NW 9th Ave, 503-223-1729, Through Feb. 29

* The Events Proceeding: Level 01
This is the first part of three collaborations between Marty Schnapf, a dynamic and inventive abstract painter, and Monster Squad, local experimental dance company. Their collaboration will come to a head this Fall at PICA's TBA Festival, so I wouldn't miss this chance to catch an early peek. Stumptown Downtown, 128 SW 3rd Ave, 6-9 pm

Whispers from the Walls
Acclaimed artist Whitfield Lovell's intricate, sensory installation lands at Reed College for Black History Month. Lovell has recreated his vision of a Texas sharecropper's home from the 1920s with meticulous attention to detail. Life-size figures of the imagined inhabitants are drawn on the wall, in case you don't realize that you are supposed to be focused on the plight of those who once dwelled there. Cooley Gallery at Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock, 777-7790, Through March 3

* Robert Rauschenberg
OK, who here doesn't like Papa Rauschenberg? Even if you don't, I know you're not raising your hand, because in the art world, disrespecting Robert Rauschenberg is like dissing John Lennon--you just don't do it in public. Anyway, go see the print survey of work from the '80s and '90s, and recognize that he worked as well in prints as any other medium that he pioneered. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 207 SW Pine St, 224-0521, Through Feb. 28

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