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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A Series of Performances
March 13, 14, 15
All Events are Free

The subject of a series of performances at Yale Union, Charlemagne Palestine has been undigestible since the late 1960s. Here in Portland, he will screen videos, play a circular organ at Lewis & Clark College, and perform a piano, his voice, and a cognac glass in an environment with his emblematic scarves and stuffed animals.

Charlemagne Palestine was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945. As a boy, he trained as a cantor and then later became a carillonneur. He studied at New York University, Columbia University, Mannes College of Music, and California Institute of the Arts. He lives in Brussels where he works in his studio, Chaaaaaarrllleeeewoooorld.

This program is organized by Mark Lewis and Robert Snowden with the help of Lawrence Kumpf.

It is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art, a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Henry Lea Hillman, Jr. Foundation, and The Martin Family. Thanks also to Lewis and Clark College, PNCA, Matt Carlson, Flynn Casey, Rebecca Cleman, Tony Chrenka, Josh Kline, Rose Mackey, Nour Mobarak, Jonah Porter, Jay Sanders, Stephen Slappe, Aude Stoclet, and Taryn Tomasello.

Exhibition Pamphlet

A performance for voice and piano
At Yale Union

A selection of performance videos and a discussion by Palestine
At Yale Union

Presented with the Video & Sound Department at PNCA.

A performance for organ
At Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Lewis & Clark College

Presented with the Music Department at Lewis & Clark College.

A shuttle will leave Yale Union at 5pm. Seating is limited. RSVP

Chucky Pickles