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In My Backyard

A lab residency by Garrick Imatani


In My Backyard uses the fieldwork materials and processing workspace of Willamette Cultural Resources, an archaeological research organization, as a site to produce a series of public projects on memory and the use of public space. In My Backyard is open to the public Monday-Friday from 12-4pm or by appointment.

At Willamette Cultural Resources
623 SE Mill St, Portland 97214
Free admission and drinks


Kristin Calhoun, Public Art Manager for the Regional Arts & Culture Council, will speak about Creative Bureaucracy – It Doesn’t Have To Be An Oxymoron. She will highlight examples of how RACC has worked on behalf of artists to get to “yes” on projects, bringing them to life when codes or regulations would have more likely led to “no.”

Elliott Young, Associate Professor of Latin American and Borderlands History at Lewis & Clark College, will discuss the Sobre el Muro (On the Wall) exhibit that was part of Havana’s 11th Biennial this past spring. Sobre el Muro was a series of installations on Havana’s Malecón (boardwalk) designed to bring art outside of the gallery space and to a wider public. Young will address the political implications of public art in Cuba’s 21st century version of tropical socialism. 

Blair Woodard, Assistant Professor of Latin American History at University of Portland, will present In the Interest of Protest: Cuban Public Protest and the U.S. Interest Section in Havana, 1976-2008. Drawing a lineage from Carter to the billboard wars of the Bush administration, Woodard will look at the transformation of a standard sign into a site of permanent public protest. 

In My Backyard is made possible through the support of CoCA Seattle, Willamette Cultural Resources, Lewis & Clark College, Regional Arts & Culture Council, and Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe. 

For more information on a residency at KUNSTKAMMER PDX, please contact CoCA and/or: 
Willamette Cultural Resources
Phone: 503.281.4576

The exhibit is on view M-F, 10am - 4pm.( Interested artists may submit at (specify Kunstkammer PDX).

Earlier Event: November 1
Alive, Dead: 28 artists' interpretations
Later Event: December 29
2012 CoCA Annual