Project Description

Meet the 2014-15 Curator-in-Residence

Curator: Rachael Adams
June 1st, 2014

Disjecta will host a Meet the Curator event to introduce artists and others in the community to Rachel Adams, Curator-in-Residence for the 2014-15 season, and encourage dialogue about Disjecta’s Curator-in-Residence program. Free and open to the public.

Adams is an independent curator and writer based in Austin, TX. From 2010 to 2013, she was the Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at The Contemporary Austin, curating a number of exhibitions and video projects, including exhibitions with Seher Shah, Amie Siegel, and Ragnar Kjartansson. She started the highly regarded Rooftop Architecture Film Series in 2011, premiering new architecture and design films on the rooftop of The Contemporary in downtown Austin. Adams most recently curated a solo exhibition with artist Justin Cooper at testsite in Austin.

Prior to moving to Texas, Adams lived in San Francisco and Chicago, curating at Queens Nails Projects, and David Cunningham Projects in San Francisco and co-directing Lloyd Dobler Gallery in Chicago from 2006-2008. Her writing has been included in, Arts + Culture Texas, Art Practical, Modern Painters, and Texas Architect. She is a graduate of the NAMAC Leadership Institute, served on the curatorial advisory board for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Biennial in 2013, and was a selection panelist for Art in Public Places in Austin in 2014. Adams holds a MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute (2010) and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006).

“I am thrilled to be invited as the Curator-in-Residence at Disjecta,” says Adams. “This immense opportunity offers me freedom and space to curate new work through varied yet thematically-tied exhibitions and accompanying programs. I intend to dive headfirst into the cultural community in Portland and to learn about the city and its culture. At Disjecta, I will work with emerging and under-recognized artists whose ideas will enliven the space and connect with audiences.”

An emphasis for the Curator-in-Residence is to place regional ideas in dialogue with international contemporary art practice. “Rachel is a motivated curator and her experience in San Francisco, Chicago and Austin give her a unique perspective on presenting work outside the major art centers of New York and Los Angeles,” notes Bryan Suereth, Disjecta’s Executive Director. “It’s a nuance that will translate well in Portland.”

During her residence, Adams will program four major exhibitions and a series of events, panel discussions and tours centered on themes of architecture and structure. Adams will draw on concepts of physical space, site-specific installation, and radical interventions in her program. A schedule of exhibitions and selected artists will be released in September.

Adams leads the Curator-in-Residence program at Disjecta into its fourth year. The program is supported by a $20,000 first-time grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Funds will be spent on the exhibitions and on strengthening the program’s reach and impact.

Getting to Know You | Art | Portland Mercury interview with Rachel Adams


Upfor Gallery
929 NW Flanders




Free and open to the public