Pink Martini photo by Chris Hornbecker.

Paige Powell: The Ride
Still from The Ride, 2015, 3-channel color digital projection; 18:42 min., Image courtesy of the artist.

Kenny Scharf, Cosmic Cavern. Courtesy Honor Fraser Gallery. Photo Joshua White/JWPictures.com.
Kenny Scharf, Cosmic Cavern. Courtesy Honor Fraser Gallery. Photo Joshua
White/JWPictures.com.

Pink Martini performs at Paige Powell opening November 4

We’re thrilled to announce an opening reception on November 4 for Paige Powell: The Ride, featuring performances by special guest Pink Martini. Visitors will enjoy special preview access to Paige Powell’s multimedia installation and be immersed in the 1980s New York art scene of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Kenny Scharf.

Party-goers will also preview a companion exhibition of Scharf’s installation Cosmic Cavern, which immerses viewers in a day-glo universe densely packed with graffiti tags, detritus, and everyday objects reimagined as cartoon personalities. Both Paige Powell: The Ride and Kenny Scharf: Cosmic Cavern will be on view to the public from November 5, 2015, through February 21, 2016.

Portland native Powell is a native a longtime friend of Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale, whose “little orchestra” appears at the Museum fresh off its European tour. The beloved Portland ensemble will keep the opening party hopping with an evening of globe-trotting, genre-crossing music and dancing in the Kridel Grand Ballroom, transporting listeners to the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, a French music hall in the 1930s, or a palazzo in Napoli.

6 – 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 4. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets to the opening reception on November 4 are $40 and available online in limited quantity until sold out. No-host bar and food. Sorry, we are unable to take phone orders for tickets. All purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges.

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May
28
Sat
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May 28 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

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May
29
Sun
Frida is Here: Mural Painting Reflections by IDEAL PDX
May 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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14
Tue
The Gooey 80’s – Transforming Bodies, Affect, and the Physicality of Practical Effects
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Gooey 80’s – Transforming Bodies, Affect, and the Physicality of Practical Effects

June 14, 21, 28, 2022
Saturdays | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | 3 Sessions

Online via Zoom
Instructor: Donal Mosher

$180

Please note: Issues of sexuality, race, and some violent imagery are part of the class.

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The 1980’s are considered the golden era of gore, goo, and cinematic bodies in transformation. Censorship was looser than it had been in decades; physical special effects technologies were advancing rapidly; and both low budget and massive genre spectacles were in high demand. At the same time the AIDS crisis was raging, fears of nuclear war pervaded culture, and the world was rushing into the digital age. The bodily images from the era not only reflect its particular contradictions and fears, they also carry within them a history of representation and cultural conceptions of the body that go back to beginning of cinema. We may have left latex skin and rubber organs behind but in these times, when the vulnerability and strength of the body are the primary global issues, there is a greater need than ever to examine the ways we have shape and are shaped by images of the transforming body.

Donal Mosher is a filmmaker, writer, and musician. He is the co-director with Mike Palmieri of the award-winning documentaries October Country and The Gospel of Eureka. Their live cinema work NIGHT WIND REMEMBERS premiered at the Museum of The Moving Image’s First Look Festival in 2019. His written work has been published in the LAMBDA award-winning Portland Queer anthology, Talk House, and the U.K based Failed States Journal. Most recently he is the creator and co-director with Mike Palmieri of Spectral Transmissions, an ongoing audio broadcast and multi-media exhibit made in partnership with the Co:Laboratory at the Northwest Film Center. Spectral Transmissions Onstage had its world premiere at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2021.

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Jun
16
Thu
Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto

Performance dates

June 16, 17, 18, and 19
June 23, 24, 25, and 26

Portland-based choreographer and artist Takahiro Yamamoto’s new collaborative dance installation Opacity of Performance investigates the physical and emotional effects that both dancers and viewers undergo when visibility, activity, and attention vary over an extended duration. 

In the Portland Art Museum’s Laura & Roger Meier Family Gallery of European art, viewers will encounter three performance areas divided by three movable curtains, which dancers will move to obscure, reveal, and shape viewers’ experiences of the solo performances coexisting in these distinct spaces. Yamamoto’s choreography centers states of visibility and invisibility, created collaboratively with the performers. Both in design and movement, the durational performance explores the tension inherent to being seen, which both validates the performer’s subjectivity and objectifies the individual as a member of a specific group. Resisting such visibility counteracts society’s drive to control and empowers otherness in the face of cultural repression. 

Curated by Sara Krajewski, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Lead support provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative with additional support from the Museum’s Art Gym Endowment. Creative development supported by MacDowell, lumber room, the Henry Art Gallery, Velocity Dance Center, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

The performers Intisar Abioto,Roland Dahwen, Nolan Hanson, Garrick Imatani, Sydney Jackson,  Irene June, Stephanie Schaaf, Emily Squires, and Takahiro Yamamoto will be on a rotational schedule. Thank you to Ben Evans as the project’s dramaturg.

About the Artist

Takahiro Yamamoto is an artist and choreographer based in Portland, Oregon (on the ancestral lands of Cowlitz, Clackamas and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde). His artistic approach is relational and observational. Starting his conceptual investigations with questions—currently about the phenomenological effects of time, the mutability of identity, and the social/emotional implications of visibility—he often invites collaborators to bring their own perspectives into the creation. He has received support from Bogliasco Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, MacDowell, National Performance Network, Japan Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, danceWEB scholarship program, and others. His performance and visual art works have been presented at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA); Diverseworks, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi, among other venues. He co-directs the performance company madhause with Ben Evans and is part of the Portland-based support group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim. Yamamoto holds an MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Jun
17
Fri
Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto
Jun 17 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto

Performance dates

June 16, 17, 18, and 19
June 23, 24, 25, and 26

Portland-based choreographer and artist Takahiro Yamamoto’s new collaborative dance installation Opacity of Performance investigates the physical and emotional effects that both dancers and viewers undergo when visibility, activity, and attention vary over an extended duration. 

In the Portland Art Museum’s Laura & Roger Meier Family Gallery of European art, viewers will encounter three performance areas divided by three movable curtains, which dancers will move to obscure, reveal, and shape viewers’ experiences of the solo performances coexisting in these distinct spaces. Yamamoto’s choreography centers states of visibility and invisibility, created collaboratively with the performers. Both in design and movement, the durational performance explores the tension inherent to being seen, which both validates the performer’s subjectivity and objectifies the individual as a member of a specific group. Resisting such visibility counteracts society’s drive to control and empowers otherness in the face of cultural repression. 

Curated by Sara Krajewski, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Lead support provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative with additional support from the Museum’s Art Gym Endowment. Creative development supported by MacDowell, lumber room, the Henry Art Gallery, Velocity Dance Center, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

The performers Intisar Abioto,Roland Dahwen, Nolan Hanson, Garrick Imatani, Sydney Jackson,  Irene June, Stephanie Schaaf, Emily Squires, and Takahiro Yamamoto will be on a rotational schedule. Thank you to Ben Evans as the project’s dramaturg.

About the Artist

Takahiro Yamamoto is an artist and choreographer based in Portland, Oregon (on the ancestral lands of Cowlitz, Clackamas and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde). His artistic approach is relational and observational. Starting his conceptual investigations with questions—currently about the phenomenological effects of time, the mutability of identity, and the social/emotional implications of visibility—he often invites collaborators to bring their own perspectives into the creation. He has received support from Bogliasco Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, MacDowell, National Performance Network, Japan Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, danceWEB scholarship program, and others. His performance and visual art works have been presented at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA); Diverseworks, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi, among other venues. He co-directs the performance company madhause with Ben Evans and is part of the Portland-based support group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim. Yamamoto holds an MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Jun
18
Sat
Performance in Museums
Jun 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Performance in Museums @ Meier Gallery

Perhaps museums need performance… but does performance need the museum? This roundtable conversation will explore issues of presenting performance in museums from the curatorial and artistic perspectives. Participants are artists taisha paggett, and Takahiro Yamamoto and PAM curator Sara Krajewski. 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.

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.

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

Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto
Jun 18 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto

Performance dates

June 16, 17, 18, and 19
June 23, 24, 25, and 26

Portland-based choreographer and artist Takahiro Yamamoto’s new collaborative dance installation Opacity of Performance investigates the physical and emotional effects that both dancers and viewers undergo when visibility, activity, and attention vary over an extended duration. 

In the Portland Art Museum’s Laura & Roger Meier Family Gallery of European art, viewers will encounter three performance areas divided by three movable curtains, which dancers will move to obscure, reveal, and shape viewers’ experiences of the solo performances coexisting in these distinct spaces. Yamamoto’s choreography centers states of visibility and invisibility, created collaboratively with the performers. Both in design and movement, the durational performance explores the tension inherent to being seen, which both validates the performer’s subjectivity and objectifies the individual as a member of a specific group. Resisting such visibility counteracts society’s drive to control and empowers otherness in the face of cultural repression. 

Curated by Sara Krajewski, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Lead support provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative with additional support from the Museum’s Art Gym Endowment. Creative development supported by MacDowell, lumber room, the Henry Art Gallery, Velocity Dance Center, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

The performers Intisar Abioto,Roland Dahwen, Nolan Hanson, Garrick Imatani, Sydney Jackson,  Irene June, Stephanie Schaaf, Emily Squires, and Takahiro Yamamoto will be on a rotational schedule. Thank you to Ben Evans as the project’s dramaturg.

About the Artist

Takahiro Yamamoto is an artist and choreographer based in Portland, Oregon (on the ancestral lands of Cowlitz, Clackamas and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde). His artistic approach is relational and observational. Starting his conceptual investigations with questions—currently about the phenomenological effects of time, the mutability of identity, and the social/emotional implications of visibility—he often invites collaborators to bring their own perspectives into the creation. He has received support from Bogliasco Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, MacDowell, National Performance Network, Japan Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, danceWEB scholarship program, and others. His performance and visual art works have been presented at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA); Diverseworks, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi, among other venues. He co-directs the performance company madhause with Ben Evans and is part of the Portland-based support group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim. Yamamoto holds an MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Jun
19
Sun
Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto

Performance dates

June 16, 17, 18, and 19
June 23, 24, 25, and 26

Portland-based choreographer and artist Takahiro Yamamoto’s new collaborative dance installation Opacity of Performance investigates the physical and emotional effects that both dancers and viewers undergo when visibility, activity, and attention vary over an extended duration. 

In the Portland Art Museum’s Laura & Roger Meier Family Gallery of European art, viewers will encounter three performance areas divided by three movable curtains, which dancers will move to obscure, reveal, and shape viewers’ experiences of the solo performances coexisting in these distinct spaces. Yamamoto’s choreography centers states of visibility and invisibility, created collaboratively with the performers. Both in design and movement, the durational performance explores the tension inherent to being seen, which both validates the performer’s subjectivity and objectifies the individual as a member of a specific group. Resisting such visibility counteracts society’s drive to control and empowers otherness in the face of cultural repression. 

Curated by Sara Krajewski, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Lead support provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative with additional support from the Museum’s Art Gym Endowment. Creative development supported by MacDowell, lumber room, the Henry Art Gallery, Velocity Dance Center, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

The performers Intisar Abioto,Roland Dahwen, Nolan Hanson, Garrick Imatani, Sydney Jackson,  Irene June, Stephanie Schaaf, Emily Squires, and Takahiro Yamamoto will be on a rotational schedule. Thank you to Ben Evans as the project’s dramaturg.

About the Artist

Takahiro Yamamoto is an artist and choreographer based in Portland, Oregon (on the ancestral lands of Cowlitz, Clackamas and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde). His artistic approach is relational and observational. Starting his conceptual investigations with questions—currently about the phenomenological effects of time, the mutability of identity, and the social/emotional implications of visibility—he often invites collaborators to bring their own perspectives into the creation. He has received support from Bogliasco Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, MacDowell, National Performance Network, Japan Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, danceWEB scholarship program, and others. His performance and visual art works have been presented at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA); Diverseworks, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi, among other venues. He co-directs the performance company madhause with Ben Evans and is part of the Portland-based support group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim. Yamamoto holds an MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Jun
23
Thu
Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto
Jun 23 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto

Performance dates

June 16, 17, 18, and 19
June 23, 24, 25, and 26

Portland-based choreographer and artist Takahiro Yamamoto’s new collaborative dance installation Opacity of Performance investigates the physical and emotional effects that both dancers and viewers undergo when visibility, activity, and attention vary over an extended duration. 

In the Portland Art Museum’s Laura & Roger Meier Family Gallery of European art, viewers will encounter three performance areas divided by three movable curtains, which dancers will move to obscure, reveal, and shape viewers’ experiences of the solo performances coexisting in these distinct spaces. Yamamoto’s choreography centers states of visibility and invisibility, created collaboratively with the performers. Both in design and movement, the durational performance explores the tension inherent to being seen, which both validates the performer’s subjectivity and objectifies the individual as a member of a specific group. Resisting such visibility counteracts society’s drive to control and empowers otherness in the face of cultural repression. 

Curated by Sara Krajewski, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Lead support provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative with additional support from the Museum’s Art Gym Endowment. Creative development supported by MacDowell, lumber room, the Henry Art Gallery, Velocity Dance Center, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

The performers Intisar Abioto,Roland Dahwen, Nolan Hanson, Garrick Imatani, Sydney Jackson,  Irene June, Stephanie Schaaf, Emily Squires, and Takahiro Yamamoto will be on a rotational schedule. Thank you to Ben Evans as the project’s dramaturg.

About the Artist

Takahiro Yamamoto is an artist and choreographer based in Portland, Oregon (on the ancestral lands of Cowlitz, Clackamas and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde). His artistic approach is relational and observational. Starting his conceptual investigations with questions—currently about the phenomenological effects of time, the mutability of identity, and the social/emotional implications of visibility—he often invites collaborators to bring their own perspectives into the creation. He has received support from Bogliasco Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, MacDowell, National Performance Network, Japan Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, danceWEB scholarship program, and others. His performance and visual art works have been presented at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA); Diverseworks, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi, among other venues. He co-directs the performance company madhause with Ben Evans and is part of the Portland-based support group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim. Yamamoto holds an MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Jun
24
Fri
Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto

Performance dates

June 16, 17, 18, and 19
June 23, 24, 25, and 26

Portland-based choreographer and artist Takahiro Yamamoto’s new collaborative dance installation Opacity of Performance investigates the physical and emotional effects that both dancers and viewers undergo when visibility, activity, and attention vary over an extended duration. 

In the Portland Art Museum’s Laura & Roger Meier Family Gallery of European art, viewers will encounter three performance areas divided by three movable curtains, which dancers will move to obscure, reveal, and shape viewers’ experiences of the solo performances coexisting in these distinct spaces. Yamamoto’s choreography centers states of visibility and invisibility, created collaboratively with the performers. Both in design and movement, the durational performance explores the tension inherent to being seen, which both validates the performer’s subjectivity and objectifies the individual as a member of a specific group. Resisting such visibility counteracts society’s drive to control and empowers otherness in the face of cultural repression. 

Curated by Sara Krajewski, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Lead support provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative with additional support from the Museum’s Art Gym Endowment. Creative development supported by MacDowell, lumber room, the Henry Art Gallery, Velocity Dance Center, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

The performers Intisar Abioto,Roland Dahwen, Nolan Hanson, Garrick Imatani, Sydney Jackson,  Irene June, Stephanie Schaaf, Emily Squires, and Takahiro Yamamoto will be on a rotational schedule. Thank you to Ben Evans as the project’s dramaturg.

About the Artist

Takahiro Yamamoto is an artist and choreographer based in Portland, Oregon (on the ancestral lands of Cowlitz, Clackamas and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde). His artistic approach is relational and observational. Starting his conceptual investigations with questions—currently about the phenomenological effects of time, the mutability of identity, and the social/emotional implications of visibility—he often invites collaborators to bring their own perspectives into the creation. He has received support from Bogliasco Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, MacDowell, National Performance Network, Japan Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, danceWEB scholarship program, and others. His performance and visual art works have been presented at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA); Diverseworks, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi, among other venues. He co-directs the performance company madhause with Ben Evans and is part of the Portland-based support group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim. Yamamoto holds an MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Jun
25
Sat
On Opacity
Jun 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
On Opacity @ Meier Gallery

Philosopher and poet Édouard Glissant’s ideas have been influential in political thought, social critique, creative inquiries, and cultural criticism in various corners of the world ever since his English-translated publication of Poetics of Relation became available in 1997. One influential idea he describes is opacity: what cannot be known in identity, phenomena, and human relationship. Glissant’s thoughts and propositions are vital to the foundational research for Takahiro Yamamoto’s Opacity of Performance. For this public conversation, he invites writer and performance theorist Joshua Chambers-Letson to join him in reflecting on what makes Glissant’s proposition so resonant yet so ungraspable.

Joshua Chambers-Letson is a writer and performance theorist who researches and teaches courses in performance studies, critical race theory, and queer of color critique. He is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University, and currently a visiting professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Yale University.

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

Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto
Jun 25 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto

Performance dates

June 16, 17, 18, and 19
June 23, 24, 25, and 26

Portland-based choreographer and artist Takahiro Yamamoto’s new collaborative dance installation Opacity of Performance investigates the physical and emotional effects that both dancers and viewers undergo when visibility, activity, and attention vary over an extended duration. 

In the Portland Art Museum’s Laura & Roger Meier Family Gallery of European art, viewers will encounter three performance areas divided by three movable curtains, which dancers will move to obscure, reveal, and shape viewers’ experiences of the solo performances coexisting in these distinct spaces. Yamamoto’s choreography centers states of visibility and invisibility, created collaboratively with the performers. Both in design and movement, the durational performance explores the tension inherent to being seen, which both validates the performer’s subjectivity and objectifies the individual as a member of a specific group. Resisting such visibility counteracts society’s drive to control and empowers otherness in the face of cultural repression. 

Curated by Sara Krajewski, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Lead support provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative with additional support from the Museum’s Art Gym Endowment. Creative development supported by MacDowell, lumber room, the Henry Art Gallery, Velocity Dance Center, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

The performers Intisar Abioto,Roland Dahwen, Nolan Hanson, Garrick Imatani, Sydney Jackson,  Irene June, Stephanie Schaaf, Emily Squires, and Takahiro Yamamoto will be on a rotational schedule. Thank you to Ben Evans as the project’s dramaturg.

About the Artist

Takahiro Yamamoto is an artist and choreographer based in Portland, Oregon (on the ancestral lands of Cowlitz, Clackamas and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde). His artistic approach is relational and observational. Starting his conceptual investigations with questions—currently about the phenomenological effects of time, the mutability of identity, and the social/emotional implications of visibility—he often invites collaborators to bring their own perspectives into the creation. He has received support from Bogliasco Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, MacDowell, National Performance Network, Japan Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, danceWEB scholarship program, and others. His performance and visual art works have been presented at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA); Diverseworks, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi, among other venues. He co-directs the performance company madhause with Ben Evans and is part of the Portland-based support group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim. Yamamoto holds an MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Jun
26
Sun
Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto
Jun 26 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto

Performance dates

June 16, 17, 18, and 19
June 23, 24, 25, and 26

Portland-based choreographer and artist Takahiro Yamamoto’s new collaborative dance installation Opacity of Performance investigates the physical and emotional effects that both dancers and viewers undergo when visibility, activity, and attention vary over an extended duration. 

In the Portland Art Museum’s Laura & Roger Meier Family Gallery of European art, viewers will encounter three performance areas divided by three movable curtains, which dancers will move to obscure, reveal, and shape viewers’ experiences of the solo performances coexisting in these distinct spaces. Yamamoto’s choreography centers states of visibility and invisibility, created collaboratively with the performers. Both in design and movement, the durational performance explores the tension inherent to being seen, which both validates the performer’s subjectivity and objectifies the individual as a member of a specific group. Resisting such visibility counteracts society’s drive to control and empowers otherness in the face of cultural repression. 

Curated by Sara Krajewski, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Lead support provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative with additional support from the Museum’s Art Gym Endowment. Creative development supported by MacDowell, lumber room, the Henry Art Gallery, Velocity Dance Center, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

The performers Intisar Abioto,Roland Dahwen, Nolan Hanson, Garrick Imatani, Sydney Jackson,  Irene June, Stephanie Schaaf, Emily Squires, and Takahiro Yamamoto will be on a rotational schedule. Thank you to Ben Evans as the project’s dramaturg.

About the Artist

Takahiro Yamamoto is an artist and choreographer based in Portland, Oregon (on the ancestral lands of Cowlitz, Clackamas and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde). His artistic approach is relational and observational. Starting his conceptual investigations with questions—currently about the phenomenological effects of time, the mutability of identity, and the social/emotional implications of visibility—he often invites collaborators to bring their own perspectives into the creation. He has received support from Bogliasco Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, MacDowell, National Performance Network, Japan Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, danceWEB scholarship program, and others. His performance and visual art works have been presented at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA); Diverseworks, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi, among other venues. He co-directs the performance company madhause with Ben Evans and is part of the Portland-based support group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim. Yamamoto holds an MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.