Narcissister Organ Player

In partnership with the Hollywood Theatre’s Feminist March programming, PICA co-presents the new documentary NARCISSISTER ORGAN…

Hollywood Theatre
Peter in the Cave of Light

Peter Simensky unearth

Peter Simensky unearth screening/sound/performance/event March 9, 2019 Doors at 7:30 PM PICA Annex – 15 NE…

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….

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
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Doomtown Screenings: Charlie Ahearn

Exhibition Open:

In conjunction with our exhibitions Delta and Doomtown, we’re screening short films by Charlie Ahearn. Free…

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…

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Exhibition Open:

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

A.K. Burns

A.K. Burns

A Smeary Spot

WEST COAST PREMIERE: A Smeary Spot, 2015 is a 53 minute 4-channel video installation drawing on…

Carlos Motta

Carlos Motta

Deseos/تابغر [Desires]

WEST COAST PREMIERE: In the early 19th century, a Colombian named Martina was investigated by the…

Hollywood Theatre
Blind Cinema

Britt Hatzius

Blind Cinema

US PREMIERE: In the darkness of a cinema space, the audience sits blindfolded. Behind each row…

Hollywood Theatre
Erik Bünger

Erik Bünger

The Third Man

Co-presented with Cinema Project Erik Bünger takes listeners on a journey through the world of film…

PICA at West End
Hypnosis Display

Paul Clipson and Liz Harris


HYPNOSIS DISPLAY is an original live sound and 16mm film collaboration between experimental vocalist and musician…

PSU: Lincoln Performance Hall
Jennifer West, Flashlight Filmstrip Projections.

Jennifer West

Flashlight Filmstrip Projections - Performance

Exhibition Open:

Jennifer West launches the first of her new pre-post fragmented cinematic environments where viewers are invited…

THE WORKS at Fashion Tech
Cinema Night

Cinema Project Night

In Favor of Skepticism

No need to stay fixed to your seat, no need to act as passive viewer, or…

THE WORKS at Fashion Tech
Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq in concert with Nanook of the North

[Tagaq’s music is] like Edith Piaf… Totally emotional. — Björk [Tagaq] made it (Inuit throat singing)…

PSU: Lincoln Performance Hall

Andy Warhol

Bufferin and The Velvet Underground in Boston

Presented by Cinema Project This program features two 33-minute, rarely-screened works by Andy Warhol (33 minutes…

PICA at West End

JJ Murphy

Print Generation

Presented by Cinema Project JJ Murphy’s Print Generation (1974) is both a diary film and structuralist…

PICA at West End

Andrew Ritchey


***UPDATE: A video has been produced by local artist-videographer Rebecca Carlisle-Healy in conjunction with the Secret…


Movement (R)evolution Africa

A documentary on nine choreographers from Africa challenging stale stereotypes of the continent….

Living Room Theater

Paris Is Burning

Co-presented with Northwest Film Center and QDoc. Jennie Livingston’s iconic 1990 documentary explored the voguing and drag ball…

Northwest Film Center: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium

Peter Burr


Video and performance artist Peter Burr presents a live television show featuring 18 short animations from…

THE WORKS at Con-Way


Presented by QDoc

In English and Spanish, with Spanish and English subtitles Community Partners: Causa Oregon; Portland Institute for…

McMenamin’s Kennedy School Theater

Sam Green & Yo La Tengo

The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller

A “live documentary” film with a live soundtrack by Yo La Tengo, examining the legacy of the visionary Buckminster Fuller….

Washington High School


Time-Based Art Festival

TBA returns for its tenth anniversary with a slate of international artists and projects that cross the boundaries of forms and ideas….

Various Locations

Dean & Britta

13 Most Beautiful... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests

A live, cinematic concert of songs scored by Dean & Britta for 13 of Andy Warhol’s famous black and white Screen Tests….

Washington High School

James Benning


Benning explores duration and the cinematic industrial sublime in a series of masterfully composed long-take shots of Germany’s Ruhr Valley….

Northwest Film Center: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium

Miwa Matreyek

Myth & Infrastructure

Miwa Matreyek steps behind the video screen to enter as a shadow into a world of her own animation….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Cinema Project Presents: Alex MacKenzie

the wooden lightbox: a secret art of seeing

A home-built, hand-cranked projector presents turn-of-the-century cinematic prototypes and long-forgotten ideas surrounding the moving image and its early promise….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Experimental 1/2 Hour

Experimental 1/2 Hour, a biweekly cable access program produced by Eva Aguila & Brock Fansler, presents a night of video and live multimedia music performances produced for stage and television….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Shana Moulton & Nick Hallett

Whispering Pines 10

Comic, contemplative, and surreal, Whispering Pines 10 is a one-act, live-performance, video opera featuring Moulton’s alter ego, Cynthia….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Tim DuRoche & Ed Purver

The Hidden Life of Bridges

For this live event, video projections on the river piers of the Morrison Bridge and audio compositions from the Hawthorne Bridge will bring the two structures to life….

Hawthorne Bridge

Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor

Rite of Spring

Exhibition Open:

Each spring, Romanian children set mounds of white poplar fluff aflame in the street gutters. The sparks and small fires in the film suggest the numerous catalysts for social change around the world….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Cristina Lucas

Europleasure International LTD. TOUCH AND GO

Exhibition Open:

Lucas’ video makes a sly commentary on the diaspora of Western factories to the Third World, through an encounter with one such British company, Europleasure International LTD….

THE WORKS at Washington High School


Time-Based Art Festival

This September, PICA takes over Portland with an all-hours happening of contemporary performance and visual art….

Various Locations

Blue Sky Presents: Laura Poitras

O'Say Can You See

Exhibition Open:

Drawing upon images and sounds recorded in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, O’Say Can You See evokes the experience of disorientation and loss that continues to haunt the nation….

Blue Sky, Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

QDoc: Arias with a Twist

A film captures the dynamic collaboration of legendary performance artist Joey Arias and brilliant puppeteer Basil Twist for their jaw-dropping stage spectacle….

Clinton Street Theatre


Performing Artists on Work and Life in NYC and PDX

A documentary screening and panel discussion on the daily lives and challenges of performing artists in New York City and Portland, OR….

New Expressive Works

Miranda July

The Future

Two advanced screenings of July’s new film, “The Future,” and a shorts program with PSU Social Practice MFA students….

Hollywood Theatre

David Wojnarowicz

A Fire in My Belly

A screening in protest of the National Portrait Gallery’s censorship of their current exhibition of gay portraiture….

PICA: Resource Room (old location)


A previously banned screening of short films straddling the line and blurring the boundaries of art, sexuality, and pornography….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

On the Boards TV

Presents Young Jean Lee's Theatre Company's THE SHIPMENT

TBA favorite Young Jean Lee returns in one of’s performance videos, exploring the experience of live vs. recorded theater….

Northwest Film Center: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium

This Is Displacement

Curated by Carolyn Anderson and Emily Johnson

Native film and video artists consider the relationship between land and identity. …

Northwest Film Center: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium

On the Boards TV Noontime Chat

On the Boards leads a dynamic conversation about performance, the Internet, and the questions raised by….

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

Jennifer Reeves and Skuli Sverrisson

When It Was Blue, Curated by Cinema Project

With haunting live music by Sverrisson, Reeves’ hand-painted film is an ode to nature and 16mm film as they both rapidly vanish….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Zachary Oberzan

Flooding with Love for The Kid

A one-man remake of First Blood, directed, filmed, acted, edited, and designed for $96 in a New York studio apartment….

Northwest Film Center: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium


Curated by Stephanie Snyder

Women Artists and Abstraction through the Moving Image…

Northwest Film Center: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium

The Short Films of Dayna Hanson

This program of dance films, experimental shorts and kinesthetic music videos spans film, music, dance and theater….

Northwest Film Center: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium

Charles Atlas

With Merce

An intimate look at the late choreographer Merce Cunningham, through the 8mm films and video collaborations with Charles Atlas….

Northwest Film Center: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium

The Wooster Group


Controlled by the audience, this 360-degree interactive war takes on a new narrative scope with each choice to look or turn away….

PORTLAND’5: Brunish Theatre

John Smith

The Girl Chewing Gum, 1976

Exhibition Open:

A commanding voiceover appears to direct the action in a busy street, until the audience realizes that the director is fictional…

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Shirin Neshat

Women Without Men

Adapted from a novel by Iranian author Shahrnush Parsipur, Neshat’s debut feature weaves the stories of five women during the 1953 coup….

Northwest Film Center: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium


Eighth Annual Time-Based Art Festival

Join us September 9-19, 2010 in Portland, Oregon for a ten-day happening of contemporary performance, dance, music, and new media, with an additional month of visual arts installations….

Various Locations

Winnipeg Babysitter

Daniel Barrow's Community Access TV Tapes

In Winnipeg in the late 1970s, anyone with a dream, concept, or exhibitionist politic would be endowed with airtime and professional production services….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Daniel Barrow

Everytime I See Your Picture I Cry

Overhead projection combines with video, music, and live narration to tell the story of a garbage man with a vision to create an independent phone book….

Northwest Film Center: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium

Tyler Wallace & Nicole Dill

Between Us

This mobile performance-based outdoor video installation examines the lines between private and public, voyeurism and exhibitionism….

Various Locations


Erased James Franco

Denied the charged interplay with other actors, Franco adopts a strangely flat affect, imbuing the film with a dialectic quality….

Northwest Film Center: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium

Kalup Linzy

Churen Trading Mess: Conversations Wit De Churen Episodes I - VII

Rarely seen outside of gallery walls, Linzy’s satirical narratives are inspired by television soap operas, telenovelas, and Hollywood melodramas….

Northwest Film Center: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium

Crock: The Motion Picture

Luke Cage and Prescott Sheng

Over a decade later, Crock continues to vex audiences with its weirdly puritan perversity and disregard for cinematic conventions. …

Northwest Film Center: Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium

Hitoshi Toyoda

NAZUNA and spoonfulriver, Curated by Cinema Project

Toyoda has worked exclusively in the medium of slideshows, consisting of images taken in the course of his daily life, for the past decade….

THE WORKS at Washington High School

Fawn Krieger


This series of TV-commercial-length video vignettes, called Dramas, features narratives constructed with fake-real objects. …

Various Locations


Time-Based Art is Happening 09:03:09 - 09:13:09

PICA’s seventh annual convergence of contemporary performance, dance, music, new media and visual arts projects in Portland, Oregon, USA….

Various Locations