Project Description


January 20 – March 4, 2018

Curator: Julia Greenway

January 20 – March 4, 2018
Opening Reception: January 20, 6–9pm
Gallery Talk with Portia Munson and Julia Greenway: January 21, noon
Gallery Hours: Fri / Sat / Sun, 12–5pm

Disjecta is proud to announce the third exhibition by Curator-in-Residence Julia Greenway. Portia Munson’s Flood presents a meditation on archive, materiality, and mass consumption. Describing her process of as “collecting objects and assembling, in essence using as my resource the refuse of consumer culture,” Munson assembles thousands of found objects, all of them made of blue plastic, creating a singular large-scale installation.

At the entrance of the exhibition, the visitor is greeted by multiple vitrines encasing found objects. Among the display cases, wall-mounted monitors display video footage of scanned installation materials. Flood, the installation work in which the exhibition takes its title, fills Disjecta’s main gallery. Carefully sorted, arranged, and compartmentalized, blue objects cover the floor in its entirety. Muson’s installation speaks to humanity’s failure to contain its waste.  Through monumental scope, Flood constructs an archive through which we can decipher the artifacts of consumerism.

This is the third of four exhibitions of the Season 7 Curator–in–Residence Program curated by Julia Greenway.


Portia Munson’s large scale object-based installations speak to our environmental imprint and consumerist culture through a feminist lens. Munson works in a range of mediums including photography, painting, sculpture and installation and focuses primarily on environmental and cultural themes. Munson’s work has been shown in major public and private exhibition spaces since the early 1990s, when she held “White Room” exhibition at White Columns (NY 1993) and was included in the “Bad Girls” show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (NY 1994). In 2015, she created a large-scale light box installation at the Bryant Park subway station for New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority.


The 2017-2018 Curator-in-Residence season by Julia Greenway showcases four exhibitions by a diverse
group of contemporary female artists. Through site-specific installations and cross-cultural dialogue, the
seventh CiR season evokes themes of identity as mediated through digital communications.


Julia Greenway is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She began her curatorial practice with Interstitial a contemporary new media gallery in Georgetown. Her work focuses on how digital media influences the aesthetic presentation of gender, economics, and environment. Upon relocating to Seattle 4 years ago, she began working with Kira Burge to create venues in which new media artists could receive the maximum amount of curatorial support. From 2012 to 2014 she developed exhibitions at various galleries and institutions within the region: LxWxH, SOIL Gallery, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Bumbershoot Festival, as well as participating in the Seattle Storefronts Project. In 2015, Julia was recognized by the New Foundation Seattle as part of its New Fellows program. Greenway is Disjecta’s seventh Curator-in-Residence.


The Curator-in-Residence program provides an opportunity for emerging curatorial talent to develop and expand the scope of their practice through a one-year residency. Curators engage with a broad range of artists to create a series of exhibitions in Disjecta’s dynamic 3,500-square-foot space. Past Curators-in-Residence include: Michele Fiedler (2016-17), Chiara Giovando (2015-16), Rachel Adams (2014-15), Summer Guthery (2013-14), Josephine Zarkovich (2012-13), and Jenene Nagy (2011-12).

Image credits: Image courtesy of the artist and P•P•O•W, New York



Opening Reception:
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Gallery Hours:
Friday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm

FREE and all ages