a not-for-profit arts organization, hosted a luncheon and cocktail party to celebrate the  announcement of their 2020 art programme announcement, curated by guest artistic director Lisa Dent, at the elegant Artisanal House ( home of Susan Numeroff), located in Chelsea, Manhattan. Titled Facing Between Centers, the  series of exhibitions and programs organized throughout Portland, OR. marks the second of Dent’s three-year curatorial program that engages artworks as complex forms of aesthetic, cultural, and political choice. The artists included in Facing Between Centers simultaneously explore cultural translation, agency, and non-linguistic forms of communication. Dent’s program explores how artist networks provide engagement and support, yet each artist makes work based on careful aesthetic and technical decisions informed by multiple artistic and cultural communities.

& Designer Karen Erickson

The 2020 program currently includes artists Diana Al-Hadid, Firelei Báez, Jace Clayton, Alfredo Jaar, Steffani Jemison, Malia Jensen, Guadalupe Maravilla, Woody De Othello, and Jess Perlitz. Converge 45 is excited to be partnering with the Portland Art Museum, Pacific Northwest College of Art, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Contemporary Art at Portland State University, the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, and Disjecta Contemporary Art Center among others.

Cocktail Party

Artisanal House

  462 West 23rd Street  

ATTENDED: Lisa Dent, MaryAnn Deffenbaugh, Elizabeth Leach, Susan Numeroff, Mark Palmen, Judi Harvest, Diana Al- Hadid, Ethan Sklar, Judith Bookbinder, Monique Erickson, Nora Kobrenick, Monique Erickson, Monique Erickson, Olive Numeroff, Casey Kelbaugh, Adam Laukhauf, George Wayne, Christine Donellan, Elizabeth Axel, Tomas Auksas, Julia Hillman, Jenny van Leuven, Karen Erickson, Jeffrey Fulvimari, Karen Erickson, Mandie Erickson, and more..

Converge 45 is a citywide contemporary art platform based in Portland, Oregon. A nationally renowned curator is invited into conversation with local visual art institutions and independent collectives to develop a three-year program of presentations, exhibitions, and installations by regional and international artists. Converge 45 is committed to the promotion of the visual arts to local, national, and international audiences through public presentations and commissions of new work in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

Lisa Dent was a Helena Rubenstein Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art, NY and has held curatorial positions at the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She was director of the Friedrich Petzel Gallery and from 2004-08 owned Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco where she presented the work of emerging and mid-career international artists. Dent received her BFA from Howard University, an MFA from New York University and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in curatorial studies. She has served on several juries and committees and is currently a board member of Triple Canopy.


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