Co-presented with Houseguest

A weekend-long, build-it-ourselves outdoor modern art museum, artist Libby Werbel orchestrates an exhibition in the heart of the city, inviting an impressive
roster of performers to engage with the space. PMOMA draws a direct link between Portland’s lack of a major contemporary art museum and the impressive output of
our creative community. Do Portland’s quickly shifting economic demands endanger the cultural equity essential to maintaining the quality of any major city? Is it possible to have a museum without an established infrastructure to support it? What does a museum look like when fashioned through our ideal ethical processes? Werbel hopes to inspire dialogue around the notions of the ‘museum’ itself and larger institutional modalities for exhibition. Throughout the weekend of September 10 – 11, PMOMA partners with PICA and the Houseguest Residency program to investigate these ideas in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Founded in 2012 by Libby Werbel, PMOMA is an investigative project focused on the lack of major contemporary and modern art institutions within a growing metropolis. PMOMA has produced more than 50 exhibitions and events within the context of a self-actualized and community-grown modern art museum.

Visual Art by:

Amy Bernstein, Roz Crews, Mariah Garnett, Midori Hirose, Johanna Jackson, Chris Johanson, Rainen Knecht, Daniel Long, Rose Mackey, Dino Matt, Ralph Pugay, Richart, Vanessa Renwick, Blair Saxon-Hill, Kyle Simon

Music and performance by:

Marisa Anderson, Fred and Toody Cole (of Dead Moon), Michael Hurley, Tropic Green, Dynasty Handbag, Secret Drum Band, Julia Calabrese, DoublePlusGood, Dragging an Ox Through Water, Larry Yes, MU

Schedule of Events

Sat Sept 10

  • 1pm MU
  • 2pm Dynasty Handbag
  • 3pm Dragging an Ox Through Water
  • 4pm Larry Yes
  • 5pm Michael Hurley
  • 6pm Marissa Anderson

Sat Sept 10

  • 11-2 pm DJ Yolo Biafra
  • 2pm Julia Calabrese
  • 3pm DoublePlusGood
  • 4pm Tropic Green
  • 5pm Secret Drum Band
  • 6pm Fred and Toody

Art in the Park engagement area

11am-4pm both days Facilitated by Larry Yes. Create your own painting to contribute to the PMOMA exhibit! An area designated for you to make work to be hung in the square as part of the weekend-long installation. Free and open to all.