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Why Decrim? Why Now?

Decrim OR invite you to a panel and community discussion answering the questions of “Why Decriminalization? Why Now?”

Exhibition Open:

Why Decrim? Why Now? Decrim OR invite you to a panel and community discussion answering the…

A Winter Social, a bounty of odds and ends with jello mold, grapes, tiny trophies, and PICA ephemera

2019 Winter Social

Precipice Fund Award Ceremony & PICA Year-End Celebration

Join us on Wednesday, December 4 at 6:00 PM for PICA’s Annual Winter Social, a Precipice…

Symposium: Art, Activism, & Publishing in Sex Work

Symposium: Art, Activism, & Publishing in Sex Work

Working It Release Party, Rose Nordin Artist Talk, Collaboration Across Communities Panel Discussion, and Symposium Wrap-Up

November 9, 2019 12:00–4:00 PM Portland Institute for Contemporary Art FREE AND OPEN TO ALL 12:00…

No Human Involved: The 5th Annual Sex Workers’ Art Show

No Human Involved

The 5th Annual Sex Workers’ Art Show

Exhibition Open:

No Human Involved: The 5th Annual Sex Workers’ Art Show November 8 – December 14, 2019…



We start the festival with a BBQ and end with a breakfast! For our final daytime…

Creative Exchange Lab, Meet the Artists

Meet the Artists

Creative Exchange Lab Fall 2019

Creative Exchange Lab (CXL) artists in residence are collaboratively selected by PICA’s Artistic Directors, who seek…

New Expressive Works
PICA Precipice Fund blue and white call for info sessions

Precipice Fund info session – Eugene

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4 | 12:00PM–2:00PM TROPICAL CONTEMPORARY (EUGENE) 1120 Bailey Hill Rd #11, Eugene, OR 97402…

Tropical Contemporary
Gordon Hall, Book Release & Reading

Gordon Hall

Book Release & Reading

Exhibition Open:

In conjunction with Gordon Hall’s solo exhibition, THROUGH AND THROUGH AND THROUGH, and in collaboration with…


Gordon Hall


Exhibition Open:

Gordon Hall’s eighteen distinct sculptures, made from cast concrete, poplar, colored pencil, hand-dyed fabric, and carved…

joy market at pica

Joy Market

PICA's Rummage Sale

Joy Market will be THE hot spot for purchasing your home’s most unique pieces at prices…

creative exchange lab spring 2019

Meet the Artists

Creative Exchange Lab Spring 2019

Come hear our Spring 2019 Creative Exchange Lab artists present on their current practice. …

PICA Annex

Non-Human Theatre

A Lecture by Manuela Infante

Lecture: Non-Human Theatre with Manuela Infante If we presume nonhuman-like stones and plants to have intelligence…

PICA Annex
Outside the Frame

Outside the Frame: Short Films by Houseless Youth

In association with Abigail DeVille’s The American Future

Join PICA and Outside the Frame for a closing celebration of Abigail DeVille’s The American Future, as we co-present a free screening of short films by houseless youth, including the premiere of a new project. A panel discussion with participating youth filmmakers will follow. Light snacks will be served. This event is a public program affiliated with Abigail DeVille’s exhibition The American Future, on view at PICA through January 12, 2019….

Arresting Power

Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, OR

Screening + Conversation in association with Abigail DeVille's The American Future

In connection with Abigail DeVille’s exhibition The American Future, PICA presents a free screening of Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon (2014), co-directed by Julie Perini, Erin Yanke, and Jodi Darby. Documenting the history of conflict between the Portland police and community members over the past 50 years, the film features personal stories of resistance told by victims of police misconduct, the families of people who were killed by police, and members of Portland’s reform and abolition movements. Utilizing meditative footage taken at sites of police violence, experimental filmmaking techniques, and archival newsreel, Arresting Power creates a space for understanding the impacts of police violence and imagining a world without police….

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Street Roots: I Am

Annual Zine Launch Party

Street Roots, Portland’s weekly newspaper that creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty, publishes…


Precipice Fund Awards + PICA Winter Social

Join us for our annual Precipice Fund awards ceremony, when we publicly announce our 2018 grant recipients and toast to some of the most innovative and exciting projects, programs, and spaces by artists in Portland, Astoria, and Eugene. Then, stick around for PICA’s Annual Winter Social, with seasonal beverages, local food, DJ’s, and dancing….

PICA Annex
ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS for Visual AIDS Day With(out) Art 2018. Logo design by Nelson Santos


New Short Videos Commissioned by Visual AIDS

In honor of World AIDS Day 2018 and the 29th iteration of Visual AIDS’ Day With(out) Art, PICA presents ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, which highlights the impact of art in AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives—ACT UP NY, Positive Women’s Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL NY. The program represents a wide range of organizational strategies, from direct action to grassroots service providers to nation-wide movement building, while considering the role of creative practices in activist responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis….

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9 Hours Away

Curated by Adela Demetja

9 Hours Away is an evening of video-art and text meant to create a connection and foster a conversation about similarities between the current socio-political situation in the US and Europe. The video screening will be enhanced by a poetical, critical and philosophical audio conversation between the curator Adela Demetja and the Portland based curator and writer Emily Henderson. …

PICA Annex
Adela Demetja

ArtsLink Fellow Adela Demetja – Talk

Curator and author, Adela Demetja is the founder of Tirana Art Lab—a leading independent contemporary art institution that engages…

PICA Annex
Gregg Bordowitz, Some Styles of Masculinity, 2018. Performance view, New Museum, New York, January 19, 2018. Photo: Chloe Foussianes.

Gregg Bordowitz


Sponsored by the Cooley Gallery—Part of the Visiting Writers Series, Reed College English Department Followed by…

Reed College Chapel
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Exhibition Open:

Part of The Snake In 2017, Daniel Godínez Nivón (Mexico City) made a project on a…


The Snake

Exhibition Open:

Exhibiting Artists: DB Amorin Judy Cooke Jessica Diamond Marcus Fischer keyon gaskin Daniel Godinez Nivón Kameelah…


Creative Exchange Lab: Meet The Artists

Spring 2018

Spend an evening with PICA’s Spring 2018 Creative Exchange Lab artists! Each artist-in-residence will share briefly…

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Subharmonic: A Sonic Arts Symposium

Subharmonic: A Sonic Arts Symposium spans two immersive days of interactive workshops, thought-provoking panels, and live…


SARAH SCHULMAN READING & Q&A: Conflict is Not Abuse

Moderated by Dana Ghazi

Writer Sarah Schulman discusses her controversial new publication, Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility,…

PNCA: Mediatheque
Alternative Endings, Radical Beginnings: Short Videos by Black Queer Artists Commissioned by Visual AIDS (NYC). World AIDS Day: Dec 1 2017 at PICA.


Curated by Vivian Crockett and Erin Christovale / Commissioned by Visual AIDS (NYC)

>7:00 PM Screening & Discussion, with introductions + responses by Roy Pérez and Omari Weekes (English…



Exhibition Open:

Delta will be closed on Wednesday, November 22, Thursday, November 23, Friday, November 24, Thursday, December…

Wayne Koestenbaum. W+K portrait by Katherine McMahon.

Wayne Koestenbaum Reading

On Friday, April 14th at 5:30 PM, PICA and PNCA present a reading with renowned artist,…

PICA at West End
Creative Exchange Lab

Creative Exchange Lab: Meet the Artists

Spring 2017

Spend an evening with PICA’s Spring 2017 Creative Exchange Lab artists! Each artist in residence will…

PICA at West End
Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

PDX Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Join us for an Art & Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons this spring in Portland! These events require…