David Levinthal
In the 1980s, David Levinthal was poised to be one of the major artists in the medium of photography. He's still a major figure with a swell career, but it's hard not to imagine how good he could have been. Works from several of his major series will be on view all month, and a book signing is planned for March 19th from 12-3:30 pm. Augen Gallery , 817 SW 2nd Ave, 224-8182, Through March 30

Michele Russo: A Tribute
It's no secret that the late Michele Russo was an immensely important figure in the development of Portland's art scene. I've never heard anybody publicly say the obvious--unless every work I've seen is a poor representation of what he created, his paintings were really bad and worked best as kitsch objects. It doesn't make me feel good to say that, but this emperor has been walking around nude for way too long. Philip Feldman Gallery, PNCA , 1241 NW Johnson, 226-4391, Through April 30

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People of The River: Native Arts of the Oregon Territory
PAM knocks it out of the park with this exhibition of amazing (and amazingly well-preserved) indigenous art. Every object in the show is more impressive than the next--we live in the shadow of some incredibly aesthetically-tuned people. Portland Art Museum , 1219 SW Park Ave, 226-2811, Through May 29

James Lavadour and Storm Tharp
OK sports fans--we have an early contender for best show of the year here. PDX powerhouse painters Storm Tharp and James Lavadour are debuting new large-scale works in PICA's old gallery space. There isn't enough hyperbole in the world to adequately promote this show. PDX at Wieden + Kennedy , 219 NW 12th Ave., Through April 30

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