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.


What Was Always Yours and Never Lost

April 26–June 9, Thursday–Sunday, 12:00–6:00pm
Opening April 25, 5:00–7:00pm

June 8, Saturday, 7pm
Walk-through and Q&A with Sky Hopinka

List of Works
(All photos by Leif Anderson)

Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys
The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets, 2017, 9:43 min, HD

Thirza Cuthand
Reclamation, 2018, 13:11 min, HD

James Luna
The History of the Luiseño People, 1993, 27:47 min, video

Sky Hopinka
First Annual, 2019, 15:36 min, HD

Caroline Monnet
Mobilize, 2015, 3:33 min, 16mm/HD
Gephyrophobia, 2012, 2:21 min, 16mm/HD

Colectivo Los Ingrávidos
Faces in the Crowd, 2019, site-specific video installation

Sky Hopinka is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a descendent of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. He was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent several years in Southern California and in Portland, Oregon, where he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. Hopinka received his BA from Portland State University in Liberal Arts and his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His work has played at festivals and exhibitions including ImagineNATIVE, Images Festival, Courtisane, Wavelengths, Ann Arbor Film Festival, AFI, Sundance, Antimatter, Chicago Underground Film Festival, FLEXfest, Projections, Out of Sight Seattle, the 2016 Wisconsin Triennial, and the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Hopinka is currently an Associate Professor of film, video, and animation at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, and a Radcliffe-Harvard Film Study Center Fellow in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This program would not be possible without Yale Union’s supporters, volunteers, and funding from the Oregon Arts Commission, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, and the City of Portland Office of Community & Civic Life and SE Uplift’s Community & Civic Engagement Small Grants Program.