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Opacity of Performance

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Performance Installation


Public Conversation

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Performance in Museum

June 18, 2022 10:30am

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Public conversation with Taisha Paggest, Ben Evans, Sara Krajewski and Takahiro Yamamoto

Perhaps museums need performance…but does performance need the museum? This in-person roundtable conversation will explore issues of presenting performance in museums from the curatorial and artistic perspectives. Participants are Los Angeles–based artist taisha paggett, Associate Professor in Dance at University of California Riverside, Ben Evans, artist, designer, dramaturg for Opacity of Performance, Opacity of Performance director/choreographer Takahiro Yamamoto, and Sara Krajewski, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. 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.

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Photography by Mack McFarland

On Opacity

June 25, 2022 10:30am

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Public dialogue between Takahiro Yamamoto and Joshua Chambers-Letson

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.

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 Bogliasco Foundation and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.