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Yale Union acknowledges that it occupies the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Chinook, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla, and other Indigenous peoples.

PROPERTY

July 16, 2020. Yale Union and the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation announce the transfer of ownership…

UNTITLED

A publication to accompany “Sometimes, when birds make sounds, it feels like the sounds…”

SOMETIMES,

when birds make sounds, it feels like the sounds are coming out of me. June 2020…

KUCHAR

Ongoing. A George Kuchar retrospective, one *picture* at a time until we’ve screened them all…

Sheshadri

POSTPONED. Artist and musician Asha Sheshadri will perform a live set in Yale Union’s gallery…

powwow

POSTPONED. Sky Hopinka organizes the 2020 Yale Union Powwow as part of his project “What Was Always…”

STRIKE

To commemorate the centennial of the 1919 Portland laundry workers’ strike, we launch an online archive…

RESIDENCY

February–December 2020. YU supports four Portland-based Artists in Residence throughout the year…

ABOUT

Yale Union is a non-profit contemporary art center in Portland, Oregon. Our program…

DONATE

We’re here! We’re knocking! Express your support today. The process is very…

PRESS

A continuously updated collection of critical reviews of exhibitions and of Yale Union itself, with links…

COMMUNITY

Yale Union is proud to support community members by regularly hosting programs and events…

BRICK/MORTAR

Contribute to the ongoing renovation of the nationally registered historic Yale Union Laundry Building…

VOLUNTEER

The spirit of volunteerism makes possible the vitality of our culture’s non-profit organizations…

RENTAL

Support our mission by using our space. To organize a tour of the building or learn more about our rates…

home school

March–December 2019. Artists in residence, home school, present a series of events…

WILLIAMS

July 3, 2020. A conversation with artist Kandis Williams and home school’s manuel arturo abreu…

READING #5

June 12, 2020. Featuring Legacy Russell, S*an D. Henry-Smith, and manuel arturo abreu…

ABREU

June 5, 2020. Yale Union screens a new long-form work by manuel arturo abreu…

vishmidt

April 18, 2020. We will livestream a talk by Marina Vishmidt on her recent book “Speculation as a Mode…”

EAAPES

March 13, 2020. Paris-based artists Charlotte Houette and Clara Pacotte give a virtual talk…

STACKS

February 20, 2020. Singer-songwriter Ms. Carrie Stacks returns to Yale Union to give a solo concert of new and old material…

DRUMLOOP

On December 1, New York–based musicians Drumloop and 7038634357 will each perform solo sets.

THE DOPE ELF

Sept. 14–Oct. 20, 2019. Asher Hartman’s Gawdafful National Theater performs a newly commissioned play…

JONES

October 6, 2019. William E. Jones screens a selection of his videos in conjunction with…

DURAN

August 24, 2019. Dominican-American artist and producer Kelman Duran will perform at…

MANIFESTO

A new edition of Yutaka Matsuzawa’s 1988 book published as part of the exhibition…

oe

August 17, 2019. Art historian Ignacio Adriasola will give a talk and show the early films of Masanori Oe…

KUNIMOTO

August 4, 2019. Yale Union and End of Summer co-present a talk by art historian Namiko Kunimoto…

MATSUZAWA

June 29–August 18, 2019. Yutaka Matsuzawa (1922–2006) was considered the…

UTOPIA

Bernadette Mayer publishes a new edition of her 1984 book and gives it away for…

SEYMOUR

July 11, 2019. UK artist and filmmaker Benedict Seymour screens his 2017 video “Dead the Ends”…

CALLAHAN

May 31, 2019. Jack Callahan will present a new sound piece involving a DMX-controlled light and a fog…

HOPINKA

April 25–June 9, 2019. “What Was Always Yours and Never Lost,” an exhibition curated by Sky Hopinka…

POWWOW

April 13, 2019. Sky Hopinka organizes a powwow as part of his project “What Was Always Yours…”

ASHANTI

March 21, 2019. Onyx Ashanti performs beatjazz on his unique 3D-printed body mesh instrument…

KOLBOWSKI

February 20, 2019. Silvia Kolbowski screens a new video and talks with curator Kari Rittenbach at…

PARKER

November 3–December 16, 2018. McIntyre Parker presents a new commission for Yale Union on 16mm…

EMBACI

November 25, 2018. The vocalist and producer from Brooklyn performs solo at…

WILKES

July 21–September 16, 2018. Cathy Wilkes makes her first West Coast solo show for which…

FIDUCCIA

August 7, 2018. Art historian and writer Joanna Fiduccia will give a talk as part of CATHY WILKES…

LARRY B

June 23, 2018. The London-based singer and DJ will bring summer to Yale Union…

GEYS

❤️ April 14–June 10, 2018. A solo exhibition by Belgian artist Jef Geys (1934–2018) curated by…

KEMPENS

❤️ For 50 years, Jef Geys published a newspaper that he took over in De Kempen, his home region in Flanders…

PHEW

March 16, 2018. Legendary Japanese experimental musician Phew will perform vocal…

CRAMPTON

March 10, 2018. Elysia Crampton performs Red Clouds, an audiovisual lecture that takes…

TOTAL FREEDOM

October 31, 2017. SEIZURE WARNING. Total Freedom with DJ massacooramaan…

BARTLETT

October 29, 2017. Poet and scholar Jennifer Bartlett will give a talk about poet Larry Eigner…