Temporary art exhibitions are an entry point for artists to create work in the public realm. Artists are given opportunities to engage the City as a studio and a playground, providing unexpected creative experiences. Check out what’s happening today!
Downtown Eugene’s empty storefronts become interactive artworks and galleries with new and evolving windowfront paintings and art installations.
Windowfront Exhibitions Info
Culture Raising is a temporary public art project along a 100-foot fenceline in the new Riverfront Park.
Temporary Art Installations
This IS Kalapuyan Land
Curated by Steph Littelbird Fogel
Viewable August 5-2023
Presented by Five Oaks Museum and City of Eugene Cultural Services
“We have always been here, we will always be here.” - Steph Littlebird Fogel
In partnership with Five Oaks Museum, the City of Eugene is honored to present “This IS Kalapuyan Land” at the new Farmers Market Pavilion and Plaza. This exhibit opened in 2019 as a physical installation at Portland’s Five Oaks Museum by Guest Curator Steph Littlebird Fogel (Grand Ronde, Kalapuya) and became an online exhibition in 2020. Fogel annotated panels from the museum’s outdated and problematic exhibit on Kalapuyan people, curated contemporary Native artwork into the exhibition and added historical content from Dr. David G. Lewis, who is a preeminent scholar on Western Oregon Tribes.
“This IS Kalapuyan Land” acts as both a museum exhibition title and land acknowledgement. It is also a declaration of perpetual stewardship by the Kalpuyan people. As you look at the panels, see where the changes have been made. They invite critical thinking around representation of Indigenous history and identity by non-Indigenous institutions.
Viewable August 5, 2022 - August 4, 2023
Presented by Eugene Contemporary Art
I glean, filter and re-metabolize found and cast-off materials into complex assemblages that reveal toxic histories. These bricolages examine unfathomable networks in cycles of proliferation, contamination and decay. Pseudo-naturalistic, the forms are ambiguous and pulsating, suggestive of the necropastoral: graffiti on rocks, bowerbird mating displays, lingering pesticides in soil.
Reflections Space: A Call for Our Future
Mid August-December 2020, Installation 2022
Found in the Whiteaker Neighborhood. More details to come.
Brought to you by Whitaker Community Art Team
The murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer has sparked global social movements calling for change in the institutions that perpetuate systemic racism destroying black communities and ending black lives. Simultaneously, COVID-19 has fundamentally altered the way in which we interact with each other and express ourselves, both privately and publicly, causing, for some, a profound and sustained sense of isolation.
In “A Call for Our Future” the Whiteaker Community Art Team (WCAT) is using a mobile visual art installation that resembles a British Red Telephone Box, creating an invitation for participants to call their future selves. Inside the installation, the WCAT will have instructions for participants to call a phone number and provide a message to their future selves, two years from now, reflecting on what future they want, and commit to building. These expressions will then be recorded and transcribed. After being recorded and transcribed, these messages will then be shared with the community in two years, through audio and visual installations. Participants will then be able to reflect on what they were experiencing during a time when it took a global pandemic to provide people the space and free time to join an international human rights movement against black violence, racism and systemic oppression.
Reflections Space: Shine ON
North Fence on 30th Ave. between Harris & University
Brought to you by ArtCity Eugene
Shine ON is a SAFE community building public art project that brings school communities, neighborhoods, and the town together on a quest for hope, purpose and creativity through an eco-based and collaborative public art creation. The vision for Reflections Space: Shine ON is to create an inspiring message that the community will carry forward.
Participants can show up to participate in creating the art when they like. There is no mass gathering, only the need to observe, be respectful and wait your turn to add your special items, recycled plastic, or found objects that will fill in the letters and literally spell out the words “SHINE ON”. The letters S-H-I-N-E O-N are ‘mapped’ out with color coded tape on the chain link fence. Participants simply tie their objects into the letter that matches the color of each object. Together we create and Shine ON.