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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Art and Censorship: Portland Responds to the Wojnarowicz Controversy

This Friday at 6 PM at the Lab at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, PICA presents a panel discussion on censorship provoked by the National Portrait Gallery’s decision to pull “A Fire In My Belly” by David Wojnarowicz from its Hide/Seek exhibition. Participating institutions and individuals: Kristan Kennedy, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Stephanie Snyder, […]

Review: Appendix Collective Tropical Depression

A low pressure system. The artists, as my friend Andre St. James says, “Keep it on simmer.” I don’t know how much consideration went into titling Tropical Depression, the current group exhibition at New American Art Union (922 SE Ankeny) by the Appendix Collective, but bearing Andre’s words in mind, it’s apt. The Appendix artists—Maggie Casey, Zachary Davis, Josh Pavlacky, Benjamin Young—like a tropical depression, have a low-key way of making weather happen.

One Day

To speak of ourselves – while living in a country that considers us or our thoughts taboo – is to shake the boundaries of the illusion of the ONE-TRIBE NATION. To keep silent is to deny the fact that there are millions of separate tribes in this illusion called AMERICA. To keep silent even when […]

Speak Now – Vocabulary of Memory

by Linda Wysong
The shiny metal tags flutter and sing as the breeze sweeps down from the Columbia River producing a gentle music that is in sharp contrast to the Expo Center’s barren parking lots. Valerie Otani’s Voices of Remembrance is the only indication that this modern consumer complex is also the site of a telling part of American history. She has created a large scale art installation that commemorates the shameful national policy of interning Japanese Americans in concentration camps during WW II and reminds us that Oregonians actively participated in this suspension of civil liberties.

Big n Little

In support of her exhibit For Begüm which closes that night, multi-disciplinary artist Rikki Rothenberg invited fellow dancer Kathleen Keogh and local writer Jae Choi to share an evening of performance as part of Nationale’s (811 E Burnside) membership program, Sunday December 5th at 7 PM. $3 donation, free for members.

Rothenberg and Keogh will present Big n Little. Some choreography for this piece is respectfully interpreted from Jérôme Bel’s The Show Must Go On, as it was seen performed by Andrieux in his solo portrait Cédric Andrieux, also by Bel.

Choi, along with guest readers Jaclyn Delorey, Liz Harris, Rikki Rothenberg, Steve Schroeder, and Joel Statz, will read nine of her poems.