By Joseph Gallivan
HALLIE FORD FELLOWS IN THE VISUAL ARTS (CLASSES OF 2017-19)
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene. To Jan 10, 2021
The Ford Family Foundation in Roseburg, Oregon, uses independent juries to talent-spot early and mid-career artists and support them with $25,000 in cash. Here, see the fruits of three years of their work. Names to watch include Bruce Burris and Julie Green of Corvallis; Niraja Cheryl Lorenz of Eugene; James Lavadour of the Umatilla Reservation; and Corey Arnold, Avantika Bawa, Pat Boas, Demian DinéYazhi, Harrell Fletcher, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Flint Jamison, Elizabeth Malaska, Jess Perlitz, Sharita Towne and Marie Watt of Portland. On November 12, Perlitz will lecture online about her work. Register at design.uoregon.edu/events.
CARLOS MOTTA: WE GOT EACH OTHER’S BACK
Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. Nov 7, 2020 – Feb 14, 2021
The multidisciplinary artist-activist Carlos Motta, with Julio Salgado, Heldáy De La Cruz and Edna Vázquez, looks at suppressed histories, communities and identities. In a three-part, multi-channel video installation on LGBTQ+ Dreamers, We Got Each Other’s Back. Chapter 1: Narrative Shifter: A Portrait of Julio Salgado talks about Salgado’s inspirations Frida Kahlo and Emery Douglas, iconographer of the Black Panthers. Motta likes talking-head video overlaid with historicized objects. If you haven’t heard the term “Undocuqueer,” you will soon. Motta’s previous exhibitions, such as History’s Backrooms and Formas de libertad, show how he tackles political subjects head-on.