Mahmoud Ahmed performance
In April we asked for help --- we launched a campaign to raise funds to support YU’s contemporary art program. The response has been incredible and we are so grateful. The donations we received went directly to YU’s programming allowing Portland the opportunity to experience some incredible music and art.
At the end of April, YU hosted a music performance by Daniel Menche. Menche is an abstract sound musician and composer, a native Oregonian who has toured in Europe, Asia, and North America. His performance at YU was both heard and felt physically by attendees as the different compilations of sound sent vibrations through the audience and the building.
On Cinco de Mayo, YU and Portland welcomed Mahmoud Ahmed on his 72nd birthday with a certificate from Mayor Sam Adams declaring May 5th, 2012 Mahmoud Ahmed day. One of the great pioneers and innovators of modern Ethiopian music, Ahmed is a true legend who has influenced the way music gets made and distributed on the African continent. His performance at YU was breathtaking and went late into the night, drawing in a huge diverse crowd to experience this amazing music.
On May 12th, YU was again filled with sound, as the experimental electronic music group, Black Dice performed. Drawing in a younger crowd to YU, the group, based in Brooklyn, New York, played an energetic and compelling show making for an inspiring and unique performance.
Finally, on June 16th, YU opened its first exhibition of the season STEINBERG, SAUL. THE NEW YORKER. NEW YORK, 1945-2000. (HAROLD, WILLIAM, ROBERT, TINA, DAVID, EDS.)
“For more than fifty years, Saul Steinberg was The New Yorker’s nonpareil sketcher, observer, spy and – though he would have thought the word dingy and depressing – its chief cartoonist, too. But then he disliked being called an artist, too, since it called to his mind the salon-swindle of ‘exciting’ objects and collectors’ manias. ‘All of those drawings, whimpering at night in the wrong houses,’ was his dry description of the consequences of selling pictures to collectors, rather than publishers.”
-Gopnik, Adam. “Saul and the City.” In The Guardian (Nov. 26, 2008)
The exhibition collects some two hundred magazines, some slightly yellowed, others in mint condition, presenting his work in The New Yorker over a period of fifty years. The exhibition program will include a talk by Stuart Bailey of Dexter Sinister, a lecture by the exhibition coordinators Robert Snowden and Scott Ponik, and a screening of The Right Way by Fischli and Weiss. The exhibition will later travel to ARTSPACE, a non-profit institution in Auckland, New Zealand.
Thank you again for your support that helped make the programming over the last few months possible. YU will continue to support emerging and under-acknowledged contemporary artists, propose new modes of production, and stimulate the ongoing public discourse around art. We hope you will continue to follow and support us as we produce more contemporary art programs in the near future.