Unquiet Objects | Curated by Lucy Cotter

North Portland
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Mar. 12–May 2, 2021
Days vary, 12:00pm–5:00pm
8371 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97217

The following description was submitted by the event organizer.

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center is pleased to present Unquiet Objects, the second exhibition in Turnstones, Lucy Cotter's program as Curator in Residence 2020-21.

Presenting works by ten international artists, Unquiet Objects questions the naturalized but uneasy separation of cultural objects from human life and social reality.  The exhibition highlights the value of (art) objects as symbolic and material placeholders for embodied subject positions, for cultures and their histories, and competing conceptions of the world. 

Works by Ariella Azoulay, Christine Miller, and Lorraine O’ Grady probe the foundational relationship between imperialism and exhibition-making. Melvin Moti and Noah Angell engage objects as portals to Quantum, metaphysical, and supernatural realms. Kristan Kennedy’s sculptures manifest art objects’ relationship to the body, while Itziar Okariz’s performance invokes their gendered presence. Aram Lee, Morehshin Allahyari, and Stephanie Dinkins consider the unfolding futures for cultural objects in digital archives and artificial intelligence data sets. Collectively these works test continuities between our categorization and treatment of (art) objects and the cultural, racial, and gendered modalities that sustain hierarchies in our social structures and institutions.

Disjecta is open to the public Friday through Sunday, 12-5pm, and by appointment.  To make an appointment please email info@disjecta.org.

COVID-19 Safty Procedures: Capacity will be limited to 10 visitors in the 5,000 square foot gallery space, and masks and a social distance of 6-10' is required.