September 10-11, 2016 Libby Werbel built a DIY Museum.

Libby Werbel installed Portland Museum of Modern Art (PMOMA), a weekend-long, build-it-ourselves outdoor modern art museum, co-presented by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art as part of the Time-Based Art Festival.   

Through PMOMA, Werbel orchestrated an exhibition in the heart of the city, inviting an impressive roster of visual and performance artists to engage with the space. PMOMA is an investigative project focused on the lack of major contemporary and modern art institutions within a growing metropolis. Werbel aims to draw a direct link between Portland’s lack of a contemporary art museum and the impressive output of the creative community. Does Portland’s quickly shifting economic demands endanger the cultural equity essential to maintaining the quality of any major city? Is it possible to have a museum without an established infrastructure to support it? What does a museum look like when fashioned through our ideal ethical processes? Werbel hopes to inspire dialogue around the notions of the ‘museum’ itself and larger institutional modalities for exhibition. Throughout the weekend of September 10–11, PMOMA partnered with Houseguest and PICA to investigate these ideas in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Visual art by:

Amy Bernstein, Roz Crews, Mariah Garnett, Midori Hirose, Johanna Jackson, Chris Johanson, Rainen Knecht, Daniel Long, Dino Matt, Rose Mackey, Ralph Pugay, Richart, Vanessa Renwick, Blair Saxon-Hill, Kyle Simon

Performances by: 

MU,Dynasty Handbag, Dragging an Ox Through Water, Larry Yes, Michael Hurley, Marissa Anderson, Julia Calabrese, DoublePlusGood, Tropic Green, Secret Drum Band,and Fred and Toody.

Larry Yes's brought us his Art in the Park Project, an arts engagement/ painting area free for all both days! 

A Museum Shop: made up of past collaborators and friends: art objects, handmade treasures, books and more.

Interview of Libby Werbel on OPB's State of Wonder with April Baer


About Libby Werbel:

Libby Werbel is an artist, curator, and social organizer living and working in Portland, OR. In 2012, she founded the Portland Museum of Modern Art project to create and instigate art and dialogue serving both artists and audiences. With an emphasis on accessibility and engagement, Werbel makes site-based works using community as her medium. Her investigation in space-making has included alternative exhibitions models in Barcelona, San Francisco, New York City, Joshua Tree and Santa Fe. Werbel has received public and critical acclaim for her DIY organization methods and creative mobility within the PMOMA project.