Schneider Museum of Art Summer Exhibition
Portland2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art
The Schneider Museum of Art is excited to be a part of Disjecta Contemporary Art Center’s groundbreaking Portland2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art. The Museum is one of twenty-five different exhibition spaces across the state of Oregon that is showing works this summer.
Internationally renowned artist-curator Michelle Grabner selected thirty-four artists and artist-teams who are exhibiting their work at wide-ranging venues from Ashland and Clatskanie to Madras and La Grande this summer. Mirroring the geographic span of the artists—thirteen are from outside Portland—Disjecta’s Biennial engages sites across Oregon, making the project accessible to larger and more diverse audiences, while also encouraging visitors to travel between and explore host communities.
At the heart of Grabner’s vision is her investigation into regionalism, particularly how artists working in specific locations often reflect their geography and culture; and more broadly, how these local dynamics impact the global art world in a time of decentralization. During Grabner’s research, which included visits to 107 artists’ studios, she and Disjecta looked at potential exhibition sites, ranging from university galleries to museums, vacant storefronts, early 20th-century vaudeville theaters, garages, and libraries. “New and alternative exhibition contexts always present a challenge for artists. It is important to me that the artists I selected to represent the Portland2016 Biennial are offered an opportunity to grow and expand their creative process, to engage new audiences and exhibition sites,” Grabner says.
Grabner’s choice of artists—a mix of mid-career to emerging, working in a variety of media that encompass installation, film/video, sound, painting, craft, and social-based practice—is supported by her carefully-considered venue pairings. “We’ve always imagined the Biennial as a statewide event—a way to encourage cultural exchange,” says Disjecta Director Bryan Suereth. “Michelle’s interest in geographic proclivities made this an opportune year to expand the footprint of the exhibition. It serves a dual purpose; while celebrating the great art being made throughout the state, it also elevates the unique landscapes and communities of Oregon.”
The Schneider Museum of Art is presenting five artists working in diverse mediums. Mike Bray is a Eugene-based artist whose work spans from video, to installation, and to printmaking. He has exhibited his work internationally and is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary in Portland. David Eckard is an artist based in Portland who uses fabricated objects, drawings, paintings, prints, installations, and performances in his practice. He has been the recipient of many grants and awards, including the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship, the Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts, and the Jurors Award for the 2006 Oregon Biennial. Brenna Murphy is a Portland-based artist who creates unique, digitally-manipulated works that suggest strange, psychedelic visual experiences. Her work is highly renowned, earning her solo exhibitions such as Parameter Chant at Future Gallery in Berlin and Central~Lattice Tool Array at Upfor in Portland. Storm Tharp works and lives in Portland, where he creates the characters in his mysterious paintings. He has been widely acclaimed and showed his work in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Giles Lyon is a Portland-based artist who creates expansive colorful paintings and detailed ink drawings. He has exhibited his work nationally and was recently given a solo exhibition at the Optical Project in Houston, TX. For a complete list of venues and artists in the Biennial, see: http://www.disjecta.org/biennial-2016/.
Portland2016 is on view from Monday, July 11 through Saturday, September 17, 2016. Regular Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Portland2016 will be augmented with FREE Family Days, featuring hands on arts activities with artist Max Reinhardt on Saturdays, July 23 and August 13 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Please join us for Tuesday Tours, drop in docent led tours of the exhibition held every Tuesday at noon. The Schneider Museum of Art’s summer exhibition is generously supported by Rogue Frameworks, the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg, OR, and the National Endowment for the Arts – Artworks program.
Image above: Storm Tharp, Kids, Dads, 2016, Ink, gouache, linen tape and glue on paper, 50 x 60 inches