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.

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Thursday, October 25, 6:30pm

Recto. Verso. Visiting curators Caitlin Murray and Tim Johnson will give a two-part primer on the life and work of Ian Hamilton Finlay. In French there is an old expression, la patte, meaning the artist’s personal style, his “paw”. This talk will attempt to discuss Finlay’s paw, the poetic context of his work, and the forms of reading that his work invite. It is co-presented by Reed College and marks the change from Johnson’s Finlay exhibition to Murray’s. Early attendance is recommended as seating is limited.

Caitlin and Tim live in Marfa, Texas, where she is the archivist at The Judd Foundation and he owns and operates the MARFA BOOK COMPANY. In 2010, they curated Ian Hamilton Finlay: A Selection of Printed Works and edited THE PRESENT ORDER: WRITINGS ON THE WORK OF IAN HAMILTON FINLAY (2011).

Special thanks to Gerri Ondrizek for her continued enthusiasm and support. This talk is the result of her diligence and academic pursuits.