In Dialogue: Art, Power, And Identity

February 26, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Millery Gallery, Mark Building

In Dialogue is an occasional series of interdisciplinary, discussion-based seminars that explore art on view at the Museum in relation to works in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The February seminar Navigating Identity: Youth Voice, Activism and the Power of Perspective will address some of the big ideas raised by the special exhibition Constructing Identity: Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art. We will explore how young activists approach identity with a new and alternative framework, in hopes of carving out a place for themselves among the overarching social constructs limiting their personhood. Drawing on examples of small, youth-led visual projects as well as historic instances of socially conscious activism within art, we will dive deeper into the meaning of identity, as it relates to each of us. This youth-focused, intergenerational discussion will force us to think of who we are, who we have been told to be, and how to create a space for who we want to be.

The seminar will be facilitated by Tyler White, a young, black, De La Salle North Catholic High School student, community organizer, blogger and cultural enthusiast. White has spent his last year interviewing Portlanders, exploring the nuances of gentrification and recently, producing a show with OPB, The Future of the American Dream. He formally holds the titles of Project Coordinator and Chief Blogger for the I Love This Place Project, Youth Outreach Coordinator for the CENTER (part of Catlin Gabel’s PLACE program), along with being a member of many other organizations and boards.

This series is co-sponsored by Portland State University–University Studies.

Space is limited. Registration required.

Educators, please enter the promo code EDUCATOR16 with Adult ticket type to receive your discount.

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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.