Performance in Museums

June 18, 2022 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Meier Gallery

Perhaps museums need performance…but does performance need the museum? This in-person roundtable conversation will explore issues of presenting performance in museums from the curatorial and artistic perspectives. Participants are Los Angeles–based artist taisha paggett, Associate Professor in Dance at University of California Riverside, Ben Evans, artist, designer, dramaturg for Opacity of Performance, Opacity of Performance director/choreographer Takahiro Yamamoto, and Sara Krajewski, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Questions from the audience will be invited to further the discussion. Audience members will be invited to stay for Opacity of Performance beginning at noon.

Participant bios

taisha paggett makes things and is interested in what bodies do. They/she believes language is tricky, thoughts are powerful and that people are most beautiful when looking up. paggett received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Merce Cunningham Award in 2019 and is an Associate Professor in Dance at UC Riverside.

Ben Evans works as a director, writer and designer across the realms of the physical and virtual. He has worked with Takahiro Yamamoto and the performers over the past two years as the dramaturg of “Opacity of Performance.”

Takahiro Yamamoto is a multi-disciplinary artist, and the director/choreographer for Opacity of Performance.

Sara Krajewski joined the Portland Art Museum in 2015 and has expanded the contemporary program through exhibitions, performances, and publications.


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.

Yamamoto and Opacity of Performance cast during rehearsals, September 2021.
Yamamoto and Opacity of Performance cast during rehearsals, September 2021.