Joseph Gallivan interviews the producers of Portland2014 Amanda Hunt and Bryan Suereth
On Tuesday March 4, 2014 at 11.30am Joseph Gallivan interviews the producers of Portland2014 Amanda Hunt and Bryan Suereth as they take the temperature of the contemporary art scene in Oregon. Portland2014 is a biennial show or Oregon art
Los Angeles-based Amanda Hunt is the curator of the biennial, and Bryan Suereth is the Director of Disjecta Contemporary Art Center at 8371 N Interstate Ave.
They will talk about some of the standout artists who are showing at four galleries around Portland and how they were chosen.
From the press release:
Portland2014 Curator Amanda Hunt is based in Los Angeles, where she is Curator at Large for LA><ART. She has worked at various galleries and institutions including Whitechapel Gallery, London; Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hunt worked on two major arts initiatives in Los Angeles in 2012, including the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, co-produced by LA><ART and the Getty Research Institute, and Made in L.A. 2012, the first Los Angeles biennial organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LA><ART. Hunt is a graduate of the Curatorial Practice program at California College of the Arts, San Francisco.
Presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland2014 is a major biennial exhibition celebrating artists who are defining and advancing contemporary art practices. Portland2014 will include exhibitions, events and performances in multiple locations throughout Portland from March 8 through April 27, 2014. Exhibitions in Disjecta’s 6,000-square-foot building in North Portland, Upfor Gallery in the Pearl District, White Box, University of Oregon, Portland in Old Town/China Town, and The Best Art Gallery in Portland in Northeast Portland, will be complemented through a series of public artworks, interventions and a Saturday Series of public lectures and panels designed to engage diverse audiences by activating new contexts for contemporary art throughout the city.
Portland2014 continues the tradition of the Oregon Biennial inaugurated by the Portland Art Museum in 1949. Oregon artists lost a longstanding platform for career advancement following the final iteration of the Museum’s Biennial in 2006. In 2010, Disjecta reintroduced the Biennial, curated by Linfield College Gallery Director Cris Moss. The exhibition spanned nine venues throughout Portland and included 19 Oregon artists. Portland2012 presented the work of 24 artists at five venues and was curated by Prudence F. Roberts, former curator of American Art at the Portland Art Museum. The curator’s vision is a key component of the exhibition, and as the first non-regional curator of the Biennial, Hunt’s perspective promises to engage artists and audiences in new ways.
Portland2014 is supported by The Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, The Kinsman Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, The Robert Lehman Foundation, Travel Portland, The Regional Arts & Culture Council, Deschutes Brewery and Sign Wizards, as well as our partnering venues Upfor Gallery, White Box, University of Oregon, Portland, and The Best Art Gallery in Portland.
Joseph Gallivan has been a reporter since 1990. He has covered music for the London Independent, Technology for the New York Post, and arts and culture for the Portland Tribune. He is the author of two novels, "Oi, Ref!" and "England All Over" which are available on Amazon.com