The Portland Mercury has released this article that goes into more specific detail about the shutdown and eviction of Place Gallery at the end of this month. This appears to confirm that the eviction is directly linked to the most recent shows the gallery had displayed- including one that poked fun at shopping and consumerism.
My questions are these: Is Portland becoming so absorbed with finding a way to make a profit off of the “creative class” (who came up with this term, again?) that we are now going to be told what art we can or can’t make? What does this say about the property owner of Pioneer Place, and of Portland as an (up until now) fertile ground for innovation and progress in the realms of community, art, and social analysis/social structure?
Note that there will be a closing show on March 30th- I encourage people to come out and show their support of Place Gallery. Or, at the very least, get a view of some art that is on display for reasons other than mere abject consumerism.
The lease is set to be terminated for this art gallery, hosted on the top floor of the Pioneer Place shopping center in downtown Portland. Was it really all about the money? Or was it about the message? Read more details here.