“Portlandia,” which graces the front of the Portland Building on SW 5th Avenue, is the second-largest copper statue in the nation. She greets visitors with her downward open right hand.
Portlandia depicts the image of a classical female figure with European features, but one new artist wants to create a Portlandia that encompasses all of Portland.
Anthony Hudson, an emerging artist and 2013 Pacific Northwest College of Art graduate is showcasing an interactive art installation in the Portland Building titled Queering Portlandia.
In the artist’s words, “Queering Portlandia will allow for a multitude of new Portlandias: Portlandia as a person of color, Portlandia as queer, Portlandia as a person with disabilities, Portlandia as a true, living Portlander. Queering Portlandia will demonstrate our community’s commitment to providing visibility, safety and opportunity to all its citizens.”
Stop by the Portland Building from noon to 2 pm, Monday through Thursday, to see the installation or become part of it! Pose or perform on camera sharing your version of Portlandia with the public. The project is open to everyone, and costumes and props are provided.
Each year the Portland Building Installation Space series reserves several exhibition opportunities for advanced students in fine art. Anthony Hudson is the third student artist to present work this season.
Show Portlandia what Portland is really made of!
The Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Ave
July 9 – August 2
Participate: 12 – 2 pm, Mon - Thurs
View: 8 am – 5 pm, weekdays
'Queering Portlandia' interactive installation opens at Portland Building downtown
Sara Hottman in The Oregonian