See You Again

Caucus-vote museum acquisition project
Presented at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR
Collaboration with Erin Charpentier, Roz Crews, Emily Fitzgerald, Harrell Fletcher, Derek Hamm, Renee Sills, and Arianna Warner

The Art & Social Practice MFA program at Portland State University was invited to present a project for Shine-A-Light, the Portland Art Museum's ongoing socially-engaged programming. We presented See You Again, a dinner and cocktail hour hosted in the PAM's ballroom where members of the public voted for the first non-object artwork to be proposed to PAM's permanent collection.

Utilizing the form of short but passionate political speech, we presented to the public six specific artworks from six international socially-engaged artists. Artists considered were Ariana Jacob, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Ben Kinmont, Carmen Papalia, Pedro Reyes, and Stephanie Syjuco. After a stirring debate, the public voted caucus-style for their favorite work of art.

At the end of the evening, Stephanie Syjuco's notMoMA was chosen by the audience to be proposed for permanent collection to the Portland Art Museum.

Photo credit: Harrell Fletcher | Graphic credit: Derek Hamm