The Devil’s Garden: Vanessa Renwick, Colleen Plumb, Sam Coomes and Marisa Anderson

July 8, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fred & Suzanne Fields Ballroom
Image courtesy of Colleen Plumb.
Image courtesy of Colleen Plumb.

In connection with her current exhibition, Next Level Fucked Up, Vanessa Renwick and the Portland Art Museum welcome artist Colleen Plumb along with musicians Sam Coomes and Marisa Anderson for an evening of video projections accompanied by live music in the Fields Ballroom.

Plumb will showcase work from her video series Removed from the Domain of Struggle in which she documents captive tigers, jaguars, and polar bears pacing in their zoo enclosures. Plumb’s work will be layered with an improvised live music score composed by Coomes and Anderson, longtime Renwick collaborators. Throughout the evening, Renwick will be on hand to share information on advance directives while also passing out free NLFU stickers and sweet treats from Voodoo Donuts.

If it’s possible for an event to be simultaneously gut-wrenching, fun, tasty, deadly serious and beautiful, Renwick will be the one to pull it all together.  Drop-in for all or part of this NLFU evening. The program will conclude before 10 p.m.

Program Schedule

5-8:30 p.m.: Visit Next Level Fucked Up exhibition. Museum admission is $5 after 5 p.m. every Friday.

8 p.m.:  Visit with Vanessa Renwick as she distributes advance directives, donuts, and free stickers.

8:15 p.m.: Music performances by Sam Coomes and Marisa Anderson begin.

8:45 p.m.:  Colleen Plumb projections together with improvisational music by Sam Coomes and Marisa Anderson begin.

Food and drink will be available for purchase from 5-9:30 p.m.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.