Emily Miller, an artist featured in DISplace, explains her process of creating artwork and interactive community installations with responsibly recycled fishing gear and shares her connection to the ocean as a place of joy, grief, and sanctuary. This takeover occurred from January 10-16, 2021.View PDF
Twice a month, Five Oaks Museum places the museum Instagram page in the hands of an artist, activist, or historian from the community for an entire week. The community member posts about their work and practice, delves into their background and influences, and shares interactive activities and video content. The community takeover program brings additional perspectives around the themes of the museum’s exhibitions and engages with current events. Past topics have included artist-turned-curator projects, archiving queer Indigenous history, self-portraiture as an act of radical self-love, and more.
Each Community Takeover is archived and made publicly available as a pdf document, as well as through social media pages.
Aslan Newson, a queer Afro-Indigenous activist, describes how she found her voice and community through organizing with Fridays4Freedom, a Portland, Oregon-based collective of Black youth and allies for Black liberation, and shares about her self-growth and self-love journey in her identity. This takeover occurred from November 23-28, 2020.View PDF
Lehuauakea, artist and guest curator of Five Oaks Museum exhibition DISplace, shares their traditional Hawaiian kapa making practice, including the significance of reviving and passing on this practice of creating cloth with the bark of certain trees, the process and tools of making kapa, and the gathering of earth pigments. This takeover occurred from November 9-13, 2020.View PDF
Liz Pazmino Calderon, a student leader and Equity Ambassador for the PCC Rock Creek Multicultural Center, shares about Día de los Muertos, including elements of a traditional altar, views of death and life, the Aztec origins of the holiday, and celebrations in Guatemala, Bolivia, and Ecuador. This takeover occurred from October 26-31, 2020.View PDF
Junix Seraphim, an artist and activist also known as Prince Lavender, describes his alternative drag collective Darn Heckin Nerdy Drag, explores the role of art and cultural work in revolution, and shares what it means to be a kasama and organizer with Anakbayan PDX, a Filipino youth group organizing for national democracy. This takeover occurred from October 5-10, 2020.View PDF
Tuck Woodstock, a journalist and gender educator, takes viewers through a week in their life of covering Black Lives Matter and anti-fascist protests in Portland, creating their award-winning podcast Gender Reveal, and uplifting trans artists. This takeover took place from September 21-26, 2020.View PDF
Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr., describes their art practice around food and community, including their family influence, work with Portland youth, and food-based social practice events. This takeover took place from August 23 to 28, 2020.View PDF
Rya Hueston (Diné/Hopi), participating artist in Gender Euphoria, describes how they use personal history as a tool to uncovering non-white centric historical narratives, and de-colonize gender as we know it through artmaking and research practices. This takeover took place from August 10 to 15, 2020.View PDF
RaiNE Brabender, participating artist in Gender Euphoria, shares their self-portraiture process and how they connect with self-love, their senses and body, comfort, and home through their artwork. This takeover took place from July 20 to July 25, 2020.View PDF
Steph Littlebird Fogel, guest curator of This IS Kalapuyan Land, shares her editing process to reveal underlying biases in the original exhibition in order to reclaim her history. She also shares inspiration and favorite projects in her personal artwork. This takeover took place from June 22 to June 27, 2020.View PDF
Jennifer Fang, Director of Education at Japanese American Museum of Oregon and history professor at University of Portland, poses essential questions on Asian American history in Oregon, including how the presence of Chinese migrants complicates the idea of “frontier,” how to center people of color in local rural and agrarian history, and what does it mean to be considered “American?” This takeover took place from May 25 to May 31, 2020.View PDF
Becca Owen, Guest Curator of the Gender Euphoria exhibition, shares 3 great influences on their curatorial practice: the artwork of James Luna, the curation of Fred Wilson, and the project Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art; and leads viewers to create at-home curations. This takeover took place from April 20 to April 25, 2020.View PDF
Follow along with This IS Kalapuyan Land artist Angelica Trimble Yanu as she shares the meaning behind her work “lyeska,” makes paper sculptures, explains her family’s history of leadership on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and answers questions about her printmaking practice. This takeover took place from April 6 to April 11, 2020.View PDF