The current Portland art scene is a lot of things: broad-based, eclectic, somewhat high-strung, and often high-concept. But easy to access? Not so much. How do you take the pulse of something so ragged and rangy and hard to pin down? How about a singular, galvanizing crash course in the best (or, at least, most provocative and striking) contemporary art the city and state have to offer right now? That’s what the Portland Biennial sets out to do, pulling from across Oregon’s creative landscape and showcasing work in 25 venues across the state. The anchor will be the 12,000-square-foot former bowling alley that’s the home base of Disjecta, the eternally scrappy North Portland nonprofit that orchestrates the whole production.


Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm between July 9 and September 18