YU Contemporary

YU is a contemporary art center in Portland, Oregon with a vision to produce and present the most thought-provoking contemporary art, to form a community of ideas relevant to Portland and to empower the artistic imagination and cultural life of the Northwest. YU will realize this mission by creating art exhibitions, performances, public programs and events with regional, national and international artists as well as engaging in community and educational activities.
Jun 25, 2013

Announcing YU's summer 2013 exhibition: Lucy Skaer

Raw material for Lucy Skaer
Raw material for Lucy Skaer's exhibition at YU

Yale Union (YU) is proud to announce its summer 2013 exhibition, a commission of new work by British artist Lucy Skaer. From approximately 22 tons of lithographic limestone quarried from northeastern Iowa, along with cast terra cotta and milled mahogany, Skaer will create sculpures for installation using the entire second floor of the Yale Union building.

The exhibition will open on July 19th and run until September 12, 2013. Open hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12pm to 6pm. 

Lucy Skaer was born in Cambridge in 1975. She attended the Glasgow School of Art, receiving her BA in 1997. Skaer makes just about everything--sculpures, drawings, videos, films, and prints. She has had solo exhibitions at the Chisenhale Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Basel; Kunsthalle Wien; and Location One, New York. She represented Scotland in the 52nd Venice Biennale, and she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2009. Skaer lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. 

Mar 26, 2013

Andersen & Fisher, an Exhibition

For the last fifty years, Thom Andersen and Morgan Fisher have been friends and filmmakers. They met as students in 1964 in the film department at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. They made films that spoke with equal assurances about Hollywood and avant-garde histories, but acquiesced to the terms of neither. 

YU's next exhibition, a survey of Andersen's and Fisher's films from 1964 to 2013 is more than a display of reciprocal advocacy. It is not a victory lap for two old friends. It is a chance, at bottom, to see the ways in which their work is different and the ways in which it chimes, and directs our attention to film itself, its plumbing, contrivances, history, and possible political consequences. The survey will take place at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212) over several weekends. Andersen and Fisher will be in Portland on the opening weekend, March 30 and 31, to discuss their working relationship and introduce a new state of Screening Room, (1968/2013). Please join us for this retrospective of films co-curated with Lucas Quigley. 

(all films 16mm)

Screening Room
MF, 1968–, variable length

TA, 1964–65, 6 min. 

Olivia’s Place
TA, 1966/74, 6 min.

— —– 
TA, 1966–67, 12 min. 

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MF, 2003, 21 min.


Production Stills 
MF, 1970, 11 min. (16mm)

Cue Rolls
MF, 1974, 5.5 min. (16mm)

Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer
TA, 1975, 59 min. (35mm)


Protective Coloration 
MF, 1979, video, 13 min. (3/4″ video transferred to DVD)

Standard Gauge 
MF, 1984, 35 min. (16mm)


Los Angeles Plays Itself 
TA, 2003, video, 169 min. (DVCAM)

(all films 16mm)

Projection Instructions 
MF 1976, 4 min.

Picture and Sound Rushes 
MF, 1973, 11 min.

Production Footage
MF, 1971, 10 min.

The Wilkinson Household
Fire Alarm 

MF, 1973, 1.5 min.

The Director and His Actor
Look at Footage Showing Preparations
for an Unmade Film (2)

MF, 1968, 15 min.

Documentary Footage 
MF, 1968, 11 min.

Phi Phenomenon
MF, 1968, 11 min.


Turning Over 
MF, 1975, 13 min. (1/2″ video transferred to DVD)

Get Out of the Car 
TA, 2010, 34 min. (16mm)

Dec 26, 2012

2012 -> 2013

Consider the accomplishments of 2012:

In February
, YU and FearNoMusic presented “John Cage, 100 Years,” inaugurating the year’s programming throughout our landmark building.

In March, Paris collective castillo/corrales spoke to us on attitude and institution making.

In April, Common Room, a New York and Brussels based architectural office, designed our exhibition space.

In June, the SAUL STEINBERG exhibition opened. Stuart Bailey joined us for a talk on J.D. Salinger and Steinberg before the exhibition traveled to ARTSPACE in New Zealand.

In July, we opened, “, , , , , , ” a series of exhibitions about Scottish artist Ian Hamilton Finlay with selections by Will Holder. Caitlin Murray of the Judd Foundation, and Tim Johnson have since continued the series.

In July, we hosted an exhibition on Alvar Aalto at Alvar Aalto’s Mount Angel Library in rural Oregon.

In September, YU’s first Artist in Residency began with the curatorial team Cinema ProjectCP has since activated our theater with over 45 films.

In October, the German artistMARIANNE WEX installed her first American exhibition which continues to Presentation House in Vancouver, BC.

In November
, critic and poet Charles Bernstein gave a talk about his friend George Kuchar as part of our ongoing Kuchar Retrospective!

And more music: we presented performances by Ethiopian legend Mahmoud Ahmed (upon which Mayor Sam Adams declared May 5 “Mahmoud Ahmed Day”) and the British electronic musician Mark Fell. Portland’s Daniel Menche made a site specific sound piece and Patrik Czak performed Walter Marchetti’sNatura Morta

None of these programs were possible without the generous support of our members and friends. PLEASE JOIN US BY BECOMING A MEMBER OR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY.

2013 will be another ambitious year of bringing emerging and under-represented artists to Portland. By supporting YU, you support the creation of new culture.

Curtis Knapp & Steve van Eck

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