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MPA Delivers Provocative Collapse At Art Center

Tuesday, September 08, 2015



This saturday, artist MPA will unveil a temporary, site-specific installation called Nothing To You at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center.

MPA is an artist who observes the human body as simultaneously orbiting and rejecting the social climate of the space they inhabit. MPA's work has been in in venues such as the Swiss Institute, the Whitney Museum of American Art, LACE, the Stedelijk Museum, and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Oaxaca. Her work has contrasted the military-industrial complex and corporate presence against the intrinsically maternal, as well as document the frozen imprint of her father's fist.

For Nothing To You, MPA will "direct an action that tours the perimeters of thoughtful collision between bodies, objects and sound within the space." during an approximately 45-minute performance and installation. MPA is a frequent collaborator and joins Chiara Giovando for Nothing to You. Giovando has curated the current series as Disjecta Contemporary Art Center.

"I do not believe that this performance will put people into a transcendental state. We would need much more time together to accomplish this.  So, what to do in the meantime?" - MPA

Disjecta works to put forth progressive exhibits and installations from visual and performing artists across a broad spectrum. They provide a professional platform for those artists both nationally and in the region. For fifteen years, Disjecta has served Portland's need for accessible, cross-platform artistc exhibition. They hosted over 500 shows, 3,000 artists and 30,000 patrons at their former location. They are now in a 12,000-square-foot former bowling alley. 

Doors open at 6 PM on Saturday, September 12th. This is a free event. 


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