The People’s Biennial is an interdisciplinary platform for the exchange of ideas about contemporary arts and culture. Founded by Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann in 2009, its public debut will showcase the work of twenty-five regional artists from five US institutions that lie outside mainstream art centers.
The Biennial responds to the increasing exclusivity of the art world, which has turned the spaces where art is produced and exhibited into privileged havens detached from the realities of everyday life. In contrast, The Biennial will display significant contemporary work by artists who have not had major exposure, thus offering a model for more community-based and even grassroots exhibitions.
Fletcher is an artist based in Portland, Oregon. He has worked collaboratively and individually on socially engaged, interdisciplinary projects for over fifteen years. Fletcher is a Professor of Art and Social Practice at Portland State University in Portland.
Hoffmann is a writer and exhibition maker based in San Francisco, California, where he is the Director of the CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts. He is co-curator of the 12th International Istanbul Biennial in 2011 and editor of The Exhibitionist: A Journal for Exhibition Making.
People’s Biennial is a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by ICI (Independent Curators International), New York. The exhibition, tour, and catalogue are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; ICI Benefactors Agnes Gund, Gerrit and Sydie Lansing, Jo Carole Lauder, and Barbara and John Robinson; and the ICI Partners.
Sept. 10 – Sept. 19 . Every Day, 12 – 6:30 pm
Sept. 23 – Oct 17 . Thurs – Fri . 12 – 6:30 pm; Sat – Sun . 12 – 4 pm