was a center for contemporary art in Southeast Portland, Oregon. It was led by a desire to support artists, propose new modes of production, and stimulate the ongoing public discourse around art. This website serves as an archive of Yale Union’s programming from 2011 through 2021.

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


July 22–September 16, 2018
Thursday–Sunday, 12–6pm

Opening Saturday, July 21, 4–6pm

Glasgow-based artist Cathy Wilkes makes her first solo exhibition on the West Coast. It will consist primarily of new work commissioned by Yale Union, and will include loans from private collections in San Francisco and Vancouver B.C. Wilkes will create a site-specific installation of sculptural objects that she has both crafted by hand and appropriated from everyday life.

Auxiliary programming for the exhibition will include a talk by critic and art historian Joanna Fiduccia on August 7.

Cathy Wilkes was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1966 and graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1988. She has had solo museum exhibitions at Tramway, Glasgow; Cubitt Gallery, London; SMAK, Ghent; Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, Zurich; Renaissance Society, Chicago; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Tate Liverpool; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; and MoMA PS1, New York. In 2008, she was nominated for the Turner Prize (UK), and in 2017, she was awarded the inaugural Maria Lassnig Prize (US). In 2018, she was selected to represent Great Britain in the 58th Venice Biennale.

Curated by Hope Svenson

Yale Union wishes to thank Adrien Howard, Emily Collier Johnson, Tabitha Nikolai, Brandon Phuong, Evan Gordon, Shane Paulsen, Neville Radon, Vasiliki Ioannou, and all of our volunteers. We also wish to thank The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd., Xavier Hufkens, The Rennie Collection, and Private Collection. We are grateful to Oregon Arts Commission and Culture Ireland for their financial support of this exhibition.



#1. Installation view
#2. Untitled, 2018.
#3. Untitled, 2018 (detail).
#4. Untitled, 2010–2018.
#5. Untitled, 2018.
#6. Element from Untitled, 2012.
#7. Untitled, 2010–2018.

Photos by Leif Anderson