The Art Gallery Inside a Ford Bronco

Why two Portland artists built a mobile gallery in a classic American car.

By Brandon Staley December 21, 2015 Published in the January 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

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Why chase art when you can let it come to you? Dubbed the Bronco Gallery, this mobile art space makes its home in, yes, a 1991 Ford Bronco. In 2014, artists Emily Wobb and Maggie Heath (from left) purchased the SUV after falling in love with its quintessential Americanness during a cross-country move and retrofitted the ride with track lighting and a hardwood floor. Artists use the space in different ways: Tatyana Ostapenko displayed her paintings on small easels at a motocross rally, while Kelly McGovern’s nighttime screening and performance showed a series of crash-test videos on a loop. “The context of where we move the Bronco to ultimately changes the conversation that happens with the artwork,” says Heath. True to the car’s namesake, the gallery can be found tailgating rodeos, too.

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