North and Northwest

June 3, 2009

Residents of and travelers to the Pacific Northwest have the opportunity to visit a new exhibition by alumnus Dinh Q. Lê (MFA 1999 Photography and Related Media) at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon. “Signs and Signals From the Periphery” collects photographs and abstract sculptures that echo a system of signs from Vietnam that indicate the availability of certain goods and services. These signs typically use available disposable materials relating to the trade (e.g., a tire for bicycle repair) and can be easily and quickly assembled at no cost. The show, on view through Monday, June 15, showcases the latest of Lê’s ongoing work exploring the intersections of Vietnamese and American history and culture.

Also in the region is “Portfolio,” a new show by alumnus Lydia Panas (BFA 1984 Photography) at the Wall Space Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Running through Saturday, June 6, “Portfolio” compiles more than a dozen outdoor portraits from her series The Mark of Abel.

Image: Dinh Q. Lê, Bicycle Repair Signals, 2009; courtesy of the artist and the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

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