the map is not the territory brings a new perspective to the art of the Northwest region, offering a reconsidered format to the biennial, previously known as the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. The series will feature regional artists through new and different perspectives in an effort to reconceive and reimagine the Northwest and consider diverse possibilities when thinking about place and boundaries.
The exhibition is a generative conversation about our connections to the land, efforts toward decolonization, bringing indigenous values to the forefront, and a celebration of the region’s kinship. The artists in the exhibition include Annette Bellamy, Fernanda D’Agostino, Jenny Irene Miller, Mary Ann Peters, Ryan Pierce, Rob Rhee, Henry Tsang, and Charlene Vickers.
the map is not the territory is the first exhibition in a new triennial series which includes Alaska and Vancouver, B.C. as part of the Museum’s Northwest Art program for the first time. This inaugural exhibition focuses on the eastern edge of the Pacific including Oregon; Washington; Vancouver, B.C.; and Alaska, as a connecting geographical site bound by economic possessions defined by the Pacific Rim. The next exhibition in the series will examine the interior regions of Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and the eastern parts of Oregon and Washington.