Annette Bellamy, Moving Mountains, detail, 2017.
Annette Bellamy, Moving Mountains, detail, 2017, stoneware, UV resistant line, steel pins, epoxy.
Fernanda D’Agostino, Borderline, 2018
Fernanda D’Agostino (American, b. 1950), Borderline, 2018, Still from video projection, 2 projectors, 13 scenes set up in a software to combine imagery in a 169 combinations, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Brian Foulkes.
Henry Tsang, Tansy Point (film still), 2019.
Henry Tsang (Canadian, born 1964 in Hong Kong; lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). Tansy Point (film still), 2019, video installation (double projection of DCI video footage), dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

the map is not the territory

FEB 9 – MAY 5, 2019

The map is not the territory is part of a triennial series featuring regional artists exploring place and boundaries. This inaugural exhibition focuses along the eastern edge of the Pacific Ocean stretching from Oregon through Washington and Vancouver, B.C., up to Alaska. The artists in this exhibition seek to reconceive and reimagine the Northwest. What does it mean to make art in this region today, and what are the immediate inspirations and pressing concerns that drive each artist’s work?

Through a culmination of studio visits, conversations with the artists, and shared readings, connective themes have surfaced for this exhibition. The map is not the territory is a generative conversation about our connections to the land, efforts toward decolonization, bringing indigenous values to the forefront, and a celebration of the region’s kinship. The artists in the exhibition are Annette Bellamy, Fernanda D’Agostino, Jenny Irene Miller, Mary Ann Peters, Ryan Pierce, Rob Rhee, Henry Tsang, and Charlene Vickers.

Geography connects the artists, but so does a deep sense of place and displacement in a moment when the effects of global climate change create a more urgent reconsideration of systemic values. While Bellamy responds directly to the land and ocean defined by her commercial work, D’Agostino and Peters point to severe moments of disconnect. Miller works to decolonize sexuality through the process of photography and narrative, asking, “How do we as indigenous people decolonize our sexualities, genders, and the way we treat individuals who identify outside of the standard binary male or female?” Tsang works closely with the Chinook Nation to revisit the 1851 Tansy Point Treaty, which was signed in good faith but never ratified by the federal government. To this day, the Chinook Nation is still striving to achieve official recognition. Vickers, despite a long residence in Vancouver, British Columbia, creates installations and performances that expose deep connections to her home and family of Ojibway ancestry, entwining healing body processes closely tied to her homeland. Pierce and Rhee speak to a resilience found in elements in nature that thrive and hold longevity beyond human time.

The exhibition title, the map is not the territory, derives from a remark by philosopher Alfred Korzybski, expressing the essential distinction between an object and its representation—or, more broadly, between our beliefs and the underlying reality. Through the field of general semantics, Korzybski’s intent was to improve the ways people interact with one another and the environment, particularly through critical use of words and other symbols in connection to our living experiences. In this vein, each artist has expanded their own practice and ideas while engaging with each other in preparation for the map is not the territory.

A catalogue will also be published in conjunction with the exhibition, featuring an essay by the curator, as well as essays from Sasha Archibald, Demian DinéYazhi’, and Ashley Stull Meyers to further expand on these broader exhibition themes.

The next exhibition in the series in 2022 will examine the interior regions of Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and eastern Oregon and Washington.

Organized by Grace Kook-Anderson, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art, in collaboration with the Museum’s education department.

This exhibition contains a multimedia piece that visitors are invited to move through in the Sculpture Court between the two lobbies. The piece features moving images projected onto scrims, walls, and floors. The exhibition space has low lighting, and the projection features bright lights. It also contains a soundtrack with ambient sound. Staff are happy to assist and if you have questions before you visit, email access@pam.org or call 503-226-2811.

Annette Bellamy
(b. 1951 in Seattle, Washington; lives in Halibut Cove, Alaska)
Annette Bellamy’s art represents the aesthetics of a lifestyle rich and full of contrasts. She has lived in coastal communities and fished commercially in Alaska for more than 40 years, and her work references time on the water, days in remote areas, and travel. Bellamy’s roots as a potter are reflected throughout her work, from the materials and processes she uses to the variety of clay bodies and firing techniques. She uses other materials such as metal, fish skin, flowers, and aged wooden tools to extend the possibilities of clay and to tell a distinct, unique story.

Fernanda D’Agostino
(b. 1950 in Trenton, New Jersey; lives in Portland, Oregon)
Fernanda D’Agostino’s installations bridge the divide between the digital and the real to create immersive, time-based works that unfold in surprising ways. Using architecture, interactive video, and sound, she choreographs an experience unique to each viewer, enfolding them in a fully immersive space.

Jenny Irene Miller
(b. 1988 in Nome, Alaska; lives in Anchorage, Alaska)
Jenny Irene Miller, Inupiaq, is originally from Nome, Alaska. Her family roots originate from the village of Kiŋigin, or as it is known in English, Wales, Alaska. She is a photographer who also works with video and sound art. Jenny’s art is concept-driven—packed with themes of histories, current realities, decolonization, and identities—to encourage dialogue on important topics and issues in aims to defeat stereotypes and support healing.

Mary Ann Peters
(b. 1949 in Beaumont, Texas; lives in Seattle, Washington)
Mary Ann Peters is an artist whose combined studio work, installations, public art projects, and arts activism have made noted contributions to the Northwest and nationally for over 30 years. Most recently, her work has focused on the overlap of contemporary events with splintered histories in the Middle East.

Ryan Pierce
(b. 1979 in Fort Bragg, California; lives in Portland, Oregon)
Ryan Pierce makes paintings, sculptures, and texts, and facilitates journeys inspired by the resilience of the natural world. He draws on influences from ecological theory, literature, and folk art to suggest visions of a near future amid dramatic climate change. Pierce is the co-founder of Signal Fire, a group that facilitates wilderness residencies and retreats for artists of all disciplines.

Robert Rhee
(b. 1982 in Bronx, New York; lives in Seattle, Washington)
Robert Rhee is a collector of accidents, a rubbernecker. He is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and organizer of collaborative artist projects. In his current work, he pursues situations on the precipice of formlessness, where a system is engaged but not controlled. He uses time (duration) to move ideas back and forth between modes: a sculpture conceived like a story, a poem worked on with power tools.

Henry Tsang
(b. 1964 in Hong Kong; lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Henry Tsang is a visual and media artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. His artworks incorporate digital media, video, photography, language and sculptural elements that follow the relationship between the public, community and identity through global flows of people, culture, and capital.

Charlene Vickers
(b. 1970 in Kenora, Ontario; lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Charlene Vickers is an Anishnabe artist based in Vancouver. Raised in Toronto, Vickers explores her Ojibway ancestry through painting, sculpture, and performance exploring memory, healing, and embodied connections to ancestral lands.

Feb
22
Fri
POWER UP: ReMapping for Revolution
Feb 22 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
POWER UP: ReMapping for Revolution @ Stevens, Kinney, and all over the Museum

The Portland Art Museum is hosting the fifth annual event for LGBTQIA+ youth and allies! Meet new people. Explore the exhibition the map is not the territory. Join a drag workshop with Carla Rossi. Create Gender Euphoria self-portraits. Speak your truth at the open mic. See films made by Northwest teens. Make art, make friends, and have fun!

Admission is FREE! Refreshments provided.

Middle school, high school, and college-age are all welcome. GSA/QSA advisors and teachers are welcome, too.

Schedule

Check in and get your Bingo card!
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Hoffman Lobby

Welcome to Clown Town: A Drag Workshop with Carla Rossi
4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Stevens Room

Outside the Frame and Northwest Film Center Present Youth-Made Films and Discussion
5 – 6 p.m.
Whitsell Auditorium

Open Mic Performance Space with Fyre Daway
6 – 7 p.m.
the map is not the territory

Gender Euphoria Self-Portraits with Anna Guyton
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Kinney Room

POWER UP Photobooth
4:30 – 7 p.m.
Stevens Room

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The exhibition the map is not the territory contains a multimedia piece that visitors are invited to move through in the Sculpture Court between the two lobbies. The piece features moving images projected onto scrims, walls, and floors. The exhibition space has low lighting, and the projection features bright lights. It also contains a soundtrack with ambient sound. Staff are happy to assist and if you have questions before you visit, email access@pam.org or call 503-226-2811.

All-gender restrooms are located in the first-floor gift shop and on the fourth floor of the main museum building.

Feb
26
Tue
Public Tour: the map is not the territory
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Tour: the map is not the territory

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition the map is not the territory.

Mar
2
Sat
Finding Place: Art, Power, and Community
Mar 2 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Finding Place: Art, Power, and Community @ Miller Gallery, Mark Building, and Museum Galleries

A Gathering for Educators Across Disciplines

Experience the museum as a space of expression and understanding. Share resources and ideas with fellow educators. Create and interact with art. Address issues of place, belonging, and equity in education and art. Connect the exhibition the map is not the territory to your teaching practices. Celebrate the joy of learning.

Including an opening program with Natchee Blu Barnd (Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Native American Studies at Oregon State University) exploring key concepts from the exhibition the map is not the territory, including decolonization, place/displacement, belonging, Oregon and the Northwest; teacher-facilitated workshops; experiences in the galleries; and art-making.

Schedule

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Creating Land, Power, and Belonging with Natchee Blu Barnd, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Native American Studies at Oregon State University
This workshop will engage participants with interactive activities to better understand decolonization, land and displacement, and how to implement concrete strategies for the classroom. We will consider: How do race, indigeneity, and culture intersect with geography and belonging?  How can we use text, images, and symbols to address cultural biases and dominance via place?  How can teachers use our power and influence to create a culture of belonging through spatial awareness?

12:15 – 1 p.m.: Lunch

1 – 1:45 p.m.: Experience the map is not the territory exhibition

1:45 – 3 p.m.: Teacher-facilitated small-group workshops connecting ideas from Natchee Barnd’s workshop and the exhibition to teaching practices
*Note: Do you have an idea or activity relating to the program topics that you would like to facilitate? There will be opportunities to sign up to facilitate on the spot.

3 – 4 p.m.: Celebration and wrap up with art-making, music, and dance

This program is free for all educators and students. Lunch will be provided. PDU credits are available.

Space is limited. Registration required.

Reserve tickets
The exhibition the map is not the territory contains a multimedia piece that visitors are invited to move through in the Sculpture Court between the two lobbies. The piece features moving images projected onto scrims, walls, and floors. The exhibition space has low lighting, and the projection features bright lights. It also contains a soundtrack with ambient sound. Staff are happy to assist and if you have questions before you visit, email access@pam.org or call 503-226-2811.

This program is part of the Teacher Leadership Initiative made possible through a generous grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.

Mar
7
Thu
Baby Morning: the map is not the territory
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

We welcome babies and their caregivers beginning at 10 a.m. The first tour begins at roughly 10:30 a.m., or when we have a large enough group ready to go. The second tour begins at 11 a.m. Baby Morning’s home base remains open until noon with toys, games, and books, providing a welcoming, accommodating space free of worries. Caregivers are also welcome to leave belongings here while on the tour. Carriers are recommended while in the galleries, but not required.

 Session 1  Session 2
Mar
10
Sun
In Dialogue: the map is not the territory
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
In Dialogue: the map is not the territory @ Trustee Room, 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. Over the next three months, we will take inspiration from ​the map is not the territory​ to consider timely and key exhibition themes and will be led by the facilitators below.

Ryan Pierce
Ryan Pierce makes paintings, sculptures, and texts, and facilitates journeys inspired by the resilience of the natural world. He draws on influences from ecological theory, literature, and folk art to suggest visions of a near future amid dramatic climate change. Pierce is the co-founder of Signal Fire, a group that facilitates wilderness residencies and retreats for artists of all disciplines. His work is on view in ​the map is not the territory​.

The In Dialogue series is cosponsored by Portland State University–University Studies.

Space is limited. Registration required. Cost per session: $10 Members/$20 non-member and includes Museum admission.

Purchase tickets
Public Tour: the map is not the territory
Mar 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: the map is not the territory

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition the map is not the territory.

Mar
15
Fri
Performance: Fernanda D’Agostino
Mar 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Performance: Fernanda D’Agostino

Fernanda D’Agostino, Sophia Wright Emigh, and Jaleesa Johnston will activate D’Agostino’s the map is not the territory installation with their collaborative performance work “In/Body.” Developed over the past year through residencies at Open Signal and Performance Works Northwest, “In/Body” explores the intersection of embodied generational memory and our current crises of mass migration and climate change. Esteemed Portland performer/choreographer Linda K. Johnson will join as a special guest.

Mar
22
Fri
Performance: Charlene Vickers
Mar 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Charlene Vickers presents her “Diviners Protection Performance” in which she incorporates cedar spear and quill “Diviners” in a series of performative actions, spoken word, and song to make a space of protection and care of Indigenous women’s bodies and voices.The performance will take place in the map is not the territory exhibition galleries.

Mar
24
Sun
Public Tour: the map is not the territory
Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: the map is not the territory

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition the map is not the territory.

Apr
14
Sun
In Dialogue: the map is not the territory
Apr 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
In Dialogue: the map is not the territory @ Trustee Room, 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. Over the next three months, we will take inspiration from ​the map is not the territory​ to consider timely and key exhibition themes and will be led by the facilitators below.

Sara Siestreem
Sara Siestreem​ ​(Hanis Coos) is a master artist from the Umpqua River Valley on the South Coast of Oregon. Her primary language is painting, but she also works in photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, video, and traditional Indigenous weaving. Her art practice branches into education and institutional reform. Siestreem created and runs a weaving program for the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. She teaches Studio Arts and Indigenous Studies Courses at Portland State University and Community Education courses at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her work in institutional reform relates to curatorial and educational practices regarding Indigenous Fine Art.

The In Dialogue series is cosponsored by Portland State University–University Studies.

Space is limited. Registration required. Cost per session: $10 Members/$20 non-member and includes Museum admission.

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Apr
16
Tue
Art & Conversation: the map is not the territory
Apr 16 @ 9:15 am – 11:30 am
Art & Conversation: the map is not the territory

Join us the third Tuesday of every month for coffee followed by a lecture or film screening. Coffee at 9:15 a.m. in the Fields Ballroom, Mark Building; lecture at 10:15 a.m. in the Whitsell Auditorium, Main Building.

This month, Mary Ann Peters will discuss the special exhibition, the map is not the territory.

This series is free for adults 62 and over and includes Museum admission.

The exhibition the map is not the territory contains a multimedia piece that visitors are invited to move through in the Sculpture Court between the two lobbies. The piece features moving images projected onto scrims, walls, and floors. The exhibition space has low lighting, and the projection features bright lights. It also contains a soundtrack with ambient sound. Staff are happy to assist and if you have questions before you visit, email access@pam.org or call 503-226-2811.

Art & Conversation is made possible through the Marguerite and Harry Kendall Education Fund.

Apr
21
Sun
Public Tour: the map is not the territory
Apr 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: the map is not the territory

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition the map is not the territory.

May
5
Sun
In Dialogue: the map is not the territory
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
In Dialogue: the map is not the territory @ Trustee Room, 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. Over the next three months, we will take inspiration from ​the map is not the territory​ to consider timely and key exhibition themes and will be led by the facilitators below.

Sasha Archibald
Sasha Archibald writes about shipwrecks, light, failed careers, renegade women, indexes, cats, and many other things. Her non-fiction essays about twentieth-century aesthetics and visual culture have appeared in magazines including Cabinet, The Believer, East of Borneo, Smithsonian.com, Rhizome and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Archibald also works as a curator and arts worker, most recently as Director of Public Programs at Clockshop in Los Angeles. She teaches critical studies and art criticism at Pacific Northwest College of the Arts and Portland State University. her work will appear in the catalog for ​the map is not the territory​.

The In Dialogue series is cosponsored by Portland State University–University Studies.

Space is limited. Registration required. Cost per session: $10 Members/$20 non-member and includes Museum admission.

Purchase tickets
Public Tour: the map is not the territory
May 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: the map is not the territory

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition the map is not the territory.

  • The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Endowments for Northwest Art
  • Exhibition Series Sponsors
  • Ed Cauduro Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
  • Northwest Art Council of the Portland Art Museum
  • Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation
  • Elizabeth Leach Gallery
  • Sue Horn-Caskey and Rick Caskey