The Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon announced today that Michelle Grabner has been named as curator of the Portland2016 Biennial of Contemporary Art, opening July 9, 2016 and running through September 18, 2016. Inaugurated in 2010, the Portland Biennial’s 2016 edition will be centered in Disjecta’s exhibition space while also extending to other spaces throughout the city.
Michelle Grabner is an artist, curator, chair of the department of painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and director of the exhibition spaces, the Suburban and the Poor Farm. She also previously served as one of the curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Grabner holds an MA in art history and a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and an MFA in art theory and practice from Northwestern University. From 2012 to 2014, she was a senior critic at Yale University in the department of painting and printmaking.