Pictures of the moon with teeth

TBA:15 Visual Art

Exhibition Open:

Pictures of the moon, is the holy spirit, is the tongue of fire, is the ghost…

2500 Sandy

Radhouane El Meddeb / La compagnie de Soi

Je danse et je vous en donne à bouffer

French-Tunisian Choreographer Radhouane El Meddeb carefully observed his mother and his aunts preparing couscous and the…

The Redd

Disoriented Comedy: Standup Comedy

Bri Pruett, Jenny Yang, D'Lo


The Redd


Workshop with Alessandro Sciarroni

We will focus on the performer’s presence in space when light (natural or artificial) designs or…

New Expressive Works

TBA Conversation: Radhouane El Meddeb

With Angela Mattox

Franco-Tunisian choreographer Radhouane El Meddeb illuminates cultural, historical, and aesthetic influences including complex explorations of gender,…

PICA at West End

Lecture: Marc Bamuthi Joseph

A Seeker's Guide to Black Joy

In this provocative performative lecture, renowned artist, curator, and educator Marc Bamuthi Joseph uses poem and…

PICA at West End

Beacon Sound Night at The Works

Bardo:Basho, Benoit Pioulard, and Apartment Fox

BEACON SOUND brings to TBA:15 an experimental night of music featuring performances by Benoit Pioulard, Bardo:Basho,…

The Redd

Dynasty Handbag

Good Morning Evening Feelings

…one of the most insanely funny, tone-perfect pieces of performance art I have seen in years. -…

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Field Guide: Amy O’Neal

With Guest Faculty Omar Willey

PICA’s signature public engagement program continues to cross disciplines and explore new thematic territory with five…

New Expressive Works

Amy O’Neal

Opposing Forces

O’Neal synthesizes complex themes with a cohesive, penetrating aesthetic. Her latest work transcends disciplines and boundaries….

The Redd

Philippe Quesne

La Mélancolie des dragons

Seminal French director and TBA alum Philippe Quesne returns with the large-scale theater work La Mélancolie…

PSU: Lincoln Performance Hall

Accident Preparedness

Workshop with Michelle Ellsworth

In this workshop, we will create short, original solo performance works with built-in coping mechanisms for…

New Expressive Works

TBA Conversation: Philippe Quesne

With Kate Bredeson

Philippe Quesne shares the unique artistic vision of innovative theatre lab Vivarium Studios and their TBA…

PICA at West End
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Field Guide: Radhouane El Meddeb

with Guest Faculty Keith Hennessy

PICA’s signature public engagement program continues to cross disciplines and explore new thematic territory with five…

Portland Art Museum

Radhouane El Meddeb / La compagnie de Soi

Au temps où les Arabes dansaient…

French-Tunisian choreographer Radhouane El Meddeb harkens back to the glory age of Arab cinema in this…

PORTLAND’5: Winningstad Theatre

Dana Michel

Yellow Towel

Ms. Michel explored black stereotypes with a stuttering body and voice. It was a bold production,…

Bodyvox Dance Center

Decibel Festival Night at The Works

Featuring: Lapalux, Strategy, Raica with Coldbrew Collective

Decibel Festival is proud to be curating three compelling audio/visual performances, each channeling a unique creative…

The Redd

Writing with the Set

Workshop with Philippe Quesne

Philippe Quesne and Vivarium Studios creates a technical theatre lab that modifies genre conventions to generate…

New Expressive Works
THE WORKS 2005. Photo by Sally Schoolmaster.

Know Your City History Tour

PICA and Portland, 1995-Present

Join PICA and Know Your City as we look back on PICA’s 20-year history through a…

PICA at West End

TBA Conversation: Dana Michel

With Lisa Jarrett

Dana Michel discusses complex performance work Yellow Towel and its explorations of race, gender, body politics,…

PICA at West End

Changing Cities: An Arts & Culture Outlook

Panel with Ethan Seltzer and Guests

In light of rapid economic development in West Coast cities, how are local artists and cultural…

PICA at West End

Night Tripper

Ingri Fiksdal, Ingvild Langgård, Signe Becker

Night Tripper is the most convincing collaboration between dancers, musicians, a forest, and the sun. –…

The Redd
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Field Guide: Dana Michel

With Guest Faculty Lisa Jarrett

PICA’s signature public engagement program continues to cross disciplines and explore new thematic territory with five…

Bodyvox Dance Center: Studio


Best Breakout Artist – Ukrainian folkdrone Björkpunk quartet. – Rolling Stone DakhaBrakha is a force of…

PSU: Lincoln Performance Hall

Party Like It’s 1995!

Featuring: SNAP! + more

1995 was a fruitful year in Portland. Punk and indie bands filled clubs like Satyricon and…

The Redd

History and Basics of Breaking

Workshop with Fever One

Born from Bronx street gang culture in the 1970′s, Breaking became a worldwide dance style by…

New Expressive Works

Dawn Kasper


I know but when you ask me I don’t  - Saint Augustine of Hippo WHAT IS…

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Akio Suzuki


Ancient Japanese haiku describes the sea as “hinemosu notari notarikana… all day and night it moves…

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Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Vanishing Point / A Drive-In at the End of the World

For TBA:15, Jibade-Khalil Huffman presents two concurrently running video works. Within the exhibition space, each will…

2500 Sandy

Bill Jenkins

Portland Apertures

A continuation of Jenkins’ experiments with light and architecture, this installation is constructed and composed using…

2500 Sandy

Peter Simensky

Surface Contents 1 & 2

Simensky’s multi-part Surface Contents 1 & 2 employs gold in a series of actions, prints, and…

2500 Sandy

Tannaz Farsi

And Others

Tannaz Farsi renders in light text by Bertolt Brecht with 5000 LEDs programmed to brighten and…

2500 Sandy

PICA + Paddle8

Benefit Auction for PICA

To continue celebrating our 20th anniversary, we are auctioning off some of our favorite work from…

I HEART PICA #givingtuesday


PICA Loves Food

PICA Loves Food Raffle

Food Forays to Drool Over

Once again, PICA has partnered with some of Portland’s most innovative culinary artists to bring you…

(It'll be chill)

PICA + Precipice Fund Winter Soirée

Precipice Fund Reception & PICA's Seasonal Celebration

Come celebrate the season with us—or just try to thaw out from it. We’ll kick off…

PICA at West End
Darren O'Donnell

Darren O’Donnell

Public Lecture: The International Work of Mammalian Diving Reflex

PICA audiences will remember Toronto’s Mammalian Diving Reflex from their past TBA Festival projects, Haircuts by…

PICA at West End
The Lasting Concept

The Lasting Concept

Curated by Rob Halverson

Exhibition Open:

The Lasting Concept began as a conversation between Rob Halverson and curators Bob Nickas and Kristan…

PICA at West End
Keith Hennessy

Keith Hennessy


Bear/Skin is a dance that is politically motivated by the tension between killer cops and virgin sacrifice, between indigenous culture and modernist appropriation. It has (almost) nothing to do with gay bears and everything to do with The Rite of Spring, teddy bear shamanism, the reconstruction of ritual bear dances, action movies, suicide economics, and the poetry of springtime….

New Expressive Works
Keith Hennessy

Field Guide: Keith Hennessy

PICA’s signature public engagement program Field Guide continues to cross disciplines and explore new thematic territory…

New Expressive Works: Studio 1
Creative Exchange Lab

Creative Exchange Lab

Spring Lab 2016

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the Spring 2016 Creative Exchange Lab…

Creative Exchange Lab

Creative Exchange Lab: Meet the Artists

Spring Lab 2016

Spend an evening with PICA’s Spring 2016 Creative Exchange Lab artists! Each artist in residence will…

The Cleaners at Ace Hotel
Drawing by Tetsuya Umeda

Tetsuya Umeda

See, Look at Observed what Watching is

Exhibition Open:

First Solo US Exhibition “Tetsuya Umeda’s installations are as much about the sounds as they are…

PICA at West End
Tetsuya Umeda

Tetsuya Umeda

It been moving at first

“A delicate soundscape, something between theater and performance, with finely tuned pandemonium: thin electrical wires, plugs…

Old Freeman Factory

Field Guide: Burke Jam on Tetsuya Umeda

Don’t miss this very special Field Guide in connection with Osaka-based artist Tetsuya Umeda’s one-night-only sound…

Old Freeman Factory


PICA’s Benefit Gala and After-Party

TADA!, PICA’s annual benefit gala, is back for 2016 and bigger than ever! Our 21st year…

The Redd
PICA's 21st

PICA’s 21st Birthday Party

DJs Troubled Youth & Daniela Karina, Princess Dimebag, and II Trill, with visuals from MSHR

Come join us at The Redd, we’ll be wearing sparkles and our best dancing shoes and hope you do too. Tickets will be available at the door for $5….

The Redd

Darren O’Donnell

The Mammalian SMYLE, presented for Assembly

The Mammalian Succession Model of Youth Labour Engagement (SMYLE) is an approach to working with young…

Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC)

Pumps & Poses

Workshop with Isaiah Tillman and Kumari Suraj

Strut out your powerful Runway, Waacking, goddess realness! This 90 min “pumps optional” adventure through dance…

New Expressive Works
Juliana Huxtable, part of TBA:16 Opening Night


The 2016 Time-Based Art Festival

Various Locations
Makeup on Empty Space. Photo by Emma Christ.

Makeup on Empty Space

TBA:16 Visual Art, Curated by Kristan Kennedy

Exhibition Open:

A NOTE FROM KRISTAN KENNEDY Here we are, on the cusp of a new space. It…

Various Locations
Opening Night Dinner

TBA:16 Opening Night Dinner

There’s no place like home… gather with us at the PICA family table with friends and…

PICA at Hancock
Kelly Pratt

Kelly Pratt

Fanfare: Birth > Rebirth

PICA COMMISSION: Commissioned for the opening night of TBA:16, Fanfare: Birth > Rebirth is a celebration…

PICA at Hancock
Juliana Huxtable

Juliana Huxtable

Part of PICA at Hancock Opening Night for TBA:16 Juliana Huxtable will treat opening night audiences…

PICA at Hancock


Workshop with Father Stephaun Blahnik

DANCE/MOVEMENT: Get warmed up for Critical Mascara’s “A Post-Realness Extravaganza” with legendary Father Stephaun Blahnik. In this…

New Expressive Works

Artist Dialogue: Juliana Huxtable

with Sampada Aranke

Please note: the time for this dialogue has changed and will now begin at 11:30 AM….

PICA at West End
Sacha Yanow

Sacha Yanow

Cherie Dre

Exhibition Open:

The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, is proud to present Cherie Dre: New…

Reed College: Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery

Panel: Festival as Platform

with Silvia Bottiroli, Helen Cole, Melissa Levin, and Angela Mattox

In a spirited launch of this year’s TBA, artistic directors of leading national and international art…

PICA at West End
Field Guide

FIELD GUIDE: Morgan Thorson

Facilitated by Linda K. Johnson

New to contemporary art but curious to learn more? Enjoy sharing thoughts and perspectives with other…

Morgan Thorson

Morgan Thorson

Still Life

Co-presented with Portland Art Museum WEST COAST PREMIERE: Within the galleries of the Portland Art Museum,…

Portland Art Museum
Christian Rizzo

Christian Rizzo/ICI-CCN Montpellier

d’aprés une histoire vraie

“…the joy of being alive, of being together momentarily, and the visceral excitement of dancing.” —LE…

PSU: Lincoln Performance Hall