OUR CITY IN STEREO | Sharita Towne

Exhibition dates: July 29 – October 1 , 2016
Opening reception: Friday, August 5, 6-8pm
Check below for additional public programs.

About the exhibition:our-city-postcard-low2
Our City in Stereo, a project led by local artist Sharita Towne, combines the old medium of stereo views with stereo interviews to explore the topic of gentrification in Portland. The project relies heavily on community collaboration and site-specific conversation, featuring extensive interviews with local residents—teachers, artists, organizers, and local business owners. In this way, viewers can see in depth, but also hear in depth how gentrification operates and the ways in which people contend with it. This combination brings us to a third depth—a conceptual depth—in a rapidly changing city.

The exhibition at Newspace will invite viewers to engage with stereography in different forms, spanning from early twentieth-century stereoscopic viewers to modern-day stereo technology. Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear stories and testimonials by Portland residents who have witnessed and experienced firsthand the changes to their immediate surroundings, and contribute their own experiences and points of view into an interactive timeline. Our City in Stereo will release a tri-weekly podcast throughout the exhibition that can be found at ourcityinstereo.tumblr.com.

Schedule of podcast release:
August 20: Episode 1 available online (includes gallery audio + more)
September 10: Episode 2 available online
October 1: Episode 3 available online

About the artist:
Sharita Towne  works collaboratively in research, education, print media, video, and socially engaged art projects. She’s pursued work at concentration camp memorials in Germany, at Saharawi Refugee camps in Algeria, in Brazil, Chile, Spain, Palestine, and gentrifying cities like Portland. Her work takes place in museums, schools, print shops, community centers, neighborhoods, and within her own family. Towne works within the collective URe:AD Press (United Re:Public of the African Diaspora) and the postcolonial conceptual karaoke band Weird Allan Kaprow. She currently teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art and is 2015 Art Matters Grantee.

About the Gentrification in Portland residency program:1PplsPlanKalDisc_3-2-16-low
In Summer 2015 Newspace announced an open call for projects by local artists employing image-based practices that represent, track, and investigate the issue of gentrification and displacement in Portland, with a requirement of community collaboration in the development and presentation of the project. Towne’s project Our City in Stereo was selected and developed in residence at Newspace and c3:initiative from January to July 2016 for an exhibition in summer 2016 at Newspace.

For press inquiries contact Yaelle Amir at curator@newspacephoto.org or 503.963.1935



All public programs are free, open to the public, and take place at Newspace (1632 SE 10th Ave), unless otherwise noted.

* Opening reception: Friday, August 5, 6:00-8:00pm. The Cascade Stereoscopic Club will offer a short demo, Introduction to Stereoscopic (3D) Photography from 7:00 to 7:30pm.

* Offsite discussion: Our City in Stereo: Eastside: Saturday, August 27, 7:00-10:00pm. This event will take place at The Rosewood Initiative (16126 SE Stark St). Please note this event does not take place at Newspace.
What art, music, and culture is thriving in East Portland?
Join us for a showcase of East Portland creativity and organizing. This event is organized in partnership with the art collective The Numbers Music Project, a group of young East Portland-raised creatives. The night will showcase the art and culture thriving in East Portland and tell stories through music.

* Show and Tell: Gentrification in Portland: Sunday, September 18, 4:00-6:00pm. Presented with the Cascade Stereoscopic Club. Including a screening courtesy artist Stephen Slappe.

What do we know about past and present Portland? What do we see happening around us?
We are inviting the public to share their photos, short films, and stories on gentrification with the CSC and invited community groups. This will include a screening of the short educational film about redlining Turning Around provided by local artist Stephen Slappe.

Community Discussion & Outro: Gentrification in Portland: An Exhibition and an Issue. Saturday, October 1, 6:00-8:00pm.

What is being done? What can we do?
We will wrap up by discussing the exhibition as a whole and the most current news on gentrification in Portland.

Images (top-bottom): Sharita Towne, Peninsula Park, North Portland. PCRI Open House for Pathway 1000, 2016. Courtesy the artist; Carleton E. Watkins, Panorama of Portland and the Willamette River, Oregon. No. 4″ Stereo View, OR. Penitentiary on R. By River [Graphic], 1867. Courtesy the Oregon Historical Society; The First People’s Plan Kaleidoscope Community Conversation on March 2, 2016 partner institution c3:initiative. Image by Matthew Gaston.


April Baer, “An Artist Sees Portland In Stereoscopic Show,” OPB State of Wonder, September 15, 2016 (audio)


Check the Classes section on our website for pricing and registration information.

* Education Lecture Series: Parlor Games to Parallax: Stereography Then and Now: Tuesday, August 16, 7:00-8:30pm | Instructor: Graham Bell.


Address: 1632 10th Ave, Portland, OR.

Gallery hours:
Monday – Thursday 10:00am-9:30pm
Friday – Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm.
T: 503.963.1935 | W: www.newspacephoto.org
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For press inquiries, contact Newspace Curator Yaelle S. Amir at curator@newspacephoto.org or 503.963.1935.

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