Boredom: I Learned it by Watching You
Boredom, that uniquely modern condition, is a great, if risky, theme for a group show. How do you present work about boredom that's not boring, and how do you avoid the obvious pitfall of simply exhibiting artwork that's made in a tedious, laborious manner? I guess you'll have to check this show out to see for yourself. Portland Art Center, 32 NW 5th, 239-5481, through April 23

From Anxiety to Ecstasy
Based mostly on its own holdings, the Portland Art Museum has curated an impressive survey of German Expressionist prints, from woodcuts to far more sophisticated lithographs, that span from Die Brücke's inception in 1905 through the 1930s. JM Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, 226-2811, though June 11, $6-10

New Trajectories II: Expansions
This second exhibition of work from the Ovitz collection in New York showcases the work of two of photography's most influential contemporary practitioners: Gregory Crewdson and Candida Hofer. Crewdson creates hugely intricate, cinematic living tableaux, which he photographs with an attention to detail unmatched in the history of art photography; Hofer has carried the deadpan German documentary style to its logical apex—blank, expressionless photographs of information repositories. Cooley Gallery at Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock, 777-7790, through June 11

Video Window
Matt McCormick's Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Fest is coming our way later this month, but you can warm up with this single-channel loop of Motor Hotel, an experimental, nonfiction video about Route 66 and American vernacular architecture. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th, 224-0521, through April 29