Converge 45 is a non-profit arts organization that produces a Contemporary Arts Biennial in Portland, Oregon. In collaboration with a dynamic community of artists, organizations, galleries, corporate partners, alternative venues and a guest curator, Converge 45 develops a city-wide exhibition across the metropolitan area every two years. The biennial intersects regional, national and international perspectives around art and the futures it seeks. Outside of the biennial program, the organization works in continued collaboration with community partners to build strength and resiliency within the Portland arts ecosystem
EXPO CHICAGO EVENT: BIENNIAL AS INFRASTRUCTURE
Apr 15, 2023
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Panelists | Christian Viveros-Fauné (Converge 45, USF Contemporary Art Museum), Diana Campbell Betancourt (Desert X). Moderated by Chantal Wong (AFIELD).
How can the aspirations and expectations of the biennial model serve its locality, artists and audience? In conversation with Chantal Wong, convener of AFIELD – a network supporting artists and cultural practitioners in long term social change— guest curator of Desert X and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit Diana Campbell Betancourt and guest curator of Converge 45 Christian Viveros-Fauné will discuss themes to their recent and upcoming biennials in addition to how each biennial works to create ownership with the community over time. This panel is presented in partnership with Desert X and Converge 45. Desert X 2023 runs through May 7 in the Coachella Valley and Converge 45 opens August 24 in venues across Portland, OR.
Converge 45 Reveals the Artist List for Its 2023 Biennial, Titled “Social Forms: Art as Global Citizenship”
The exhibition opens Aug. 24.
February 22, 2023 at 5:52 pm PST
Converge 45, the Portland-based, nonprofit arts organization, has revealed the artist list for the upcoming edition of its biennial program, which is titled Social Forms: Art as Global Citizenship. Opening Aug. 24, 2023, the citywide exhibition will showcase the creations of more than 50 artists and artist collectives.
CONVERGE 45 NAMES ITS ARTISTS FOR ’23
Once upon a time there was the Oregon Biennial, an every-other-year survey of the best of art in Oregon that ran at the Portland Art Museum from 1949 until the museum killed it off in 2008. Others came in to fill the gap and, often, expand on the idea, including a series sponsored by Disjecta/Oregon Contemporary called the Portland Biennial.
Perhaps the biggest and most ambitious is Converge 45 (the “45” stands for “Art on the 45th Parallel”), which has just announced the artists for its 2023 exhibition, which will open Aug. 24 at 15 locations across Portland. Called Social Forms: Art as Global Citizenship, it’ll include more than 50 artists regional and international, living and dead. Among the artists are prominent Oregonians and Pacific Northwesterners including Marie Watt, who’ll show a major new public artwork for the City of Portland; Jessica Jackson Hutchins, James Lavadour, Malia Jensen, Adriene Cruz, Sara Siestreem, Jeremy Okai Davis, Joe Fedderson, and Judith Wyss; plus international figures including Joseph Albers, Romare Bearden, Robert Colescott, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Mikalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, and Kehinde Wiley. Check the link for the complete list of artists, and other details.
By Here is Oregon Community Connections Team
November 23, 2022 at 4:16 pm PST
The Chilean-born, New York-based writer and curator is showcasing the Rose City’s rich arts community as Converge 45′s newest guest curator. Viveros-Fauné will lead programming with over 80 artists across 15 venues under the title Social Forms: Art as Global Citizenship, supported by a grant award from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Converge 45 is committed to the region’s unique creative community and engaging with critical issues in contemporary art.
Converge 45 announces artist list for 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art as Global Citizenship
By Converge 45
February 24, 2023 at 3:18 pm PST
Converge 45, the Portland-based, non-profit arts organization is proud to announce the artist list for the upcoming iteration of its biennial program. Opening across the Portland metro area on August 24, 2023, and remaining on view through the fall of 2023, this citywide exhibition will feature the work of more than 50 artists and artist collectives in partnership with more than 15 museums, cultural spaces, and public sites.
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Converge 45 holds a cocktail party with curator Christian Viveros-Fauné ahead of Portland’s city-wide biennial this August.
Announcing the artist list for our biennial exhibition with 50+ artists at 15 sites across Portland | Social Forms: Art as Global Citizenship. Opens August 24, 2023. Check out some of our artists’ amazing work to-date and get ready to see even more around Portland!