THE WHITE BOX
The White Box at the University of Oregon in Portland is a visual laboratory invested in the exploration and presentation of contemporary critical inquiry in the visual arts. The 1,500-square-foot-gallery is located at 24 NW 1st Ave in Old Town Chinatown, home to many cultural and art organizations at the heart of Downtown Portland.
The White Box, housed in the historic White Stag Block, allows students, faculty, regional and national communities to research, explore and present global issues in art and design. Unique to Portland’s exhibiting institutions, the White Box features a state-of-the-art, multimedia, projection room, the Gray Box, which can support explorations in sound and video art.
Highlights from the first year of programming include – Inspiration China, the inaugural White Box exhibition, a collaboration between the University of Oregon’s Digital Arts program, the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and John Jay of Wieden + Kennedy. Donald Judd Symposium and Exhibition, explored concepts of delegated fabrication, featuring four original Judd sculptures. The More Things Change: Relocating Weegee Photographs, exhibited 22 photographs and presented two community lectures on the topic of Weegee’s profound influence on American photography. MADE: Product Design, Metalsmiting, Furniture and Ceramics, featured student work connected to the University of Oregon’s new Product Design program, presented in conjunction with the Industrial Design Society of America’s annual conference hosted in Portland, Oregon.