About

Presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland2014 is a major biennial exhibition celebrating artists who are defining and advancing contemporary art practices. Portland2014 will include exhibitions, events and performances in multiple locations throughout Portland from March 8 through April 27, 2014. Exhibitions in Disjecta’s 6,000-square-foot building in North Portland, Upfor Gallery in the Pearl District, White Box, University of Oregon, Portland in Old Town/China Town, and The Best Art Gallery in Portland in Northeast Portland, will be complemented through a series of public artworks, interventions and a Saturday Series of public lectures and panels designed to engage diverse audiences by activating new contexts for contemporary art throughout the city.

Portland2014 continues the tradition of the Oregon Biennial inaugurated by the Portland Art Museum in 1949. Oregon artists lost a longstanding platform for career advancement following the final iteration of the Museum’s Biennial in 2006. In 2010, Disjecta reintroduced the Biennial, curated by Linfield College Gallery Director Cris Moss. The exhibition spanned nine venues throughout Portland and included 19 Oregon artists. Portland2012 presented the work of 24 artists at five venues and was curated by Prudence F. Roberts, former curator of American Art at the Portland Art Museum. The curator’s vision is a key component of the exhibition, and as the first non-regional curator of the Biennial, Hunt’s perspective promises to engage artists and audiences in new ways.

Portland2014 is supported by The Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, The Kinsman Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, The Robert Lehman Foundation, Travel Portland, The Regional Arts & Culture Council, Deschutes Brewery and Sign Wizards, as well as our partnering venues Upfor Gallery, White Box, University of Oregon, Portland, and The Best Art Gallery in Portland.

About the Curator

Portland2014 Curator Amanda Hunt is based in Los Angeles, where she is Curator at Large for LA><ART. She has worked at various galleries and institutions including Whitechapel Gallery, London; Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hunt worked on two major arts initiatives in Los Angeles in 2012, including the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, co-produced by LA><ART and the Getty Research Institute, and Made in L.A. 2012, the first Los Angeles biennial organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LA><ART. Hunt is a graduate of the Curatorial Practice program at California College of the Arts, San Francisco.

About Disjecta

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center builds ambitious programs that promote artists and engage communities. Disjecta presents forward-thinking work from visual and performing artists. We provide a professional platform in which artists can realize their best work and engage new audiences. Dynamic programs showcase new work and fuel collaborations between artists, curators, and viewers that impact and intervene in the larger contemporary arts dialogue. Disjecta exacts equal rigor from local and national artists, while keenly recognizing and supporting the talent of the region.