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Finding Our Way

March 14, 2020 - February 28, 2021

Installation view of Finding Our Way at Lumber Room, a bright room with white walls, wood floors, exposed wood ceiling. In the center of the image, three framed works, a decorative bottle, and small object are arranged on a shelf. To the right, a stack of whitewashed wood lean against the wall.

Finding Our Way examines how the lumber room functions both as a home for a collection and for the collector and her family. The exhibition showcases the collection as a point of entry for understanding the person who built it, Sarah Miller Meigs, and the artists and ideas she supports. Over the past 10 years the lumber room has placed itself as a meeting ground between exhibition space and private residence, with a goal of creating access and community around a shared interest in the arts. This exhibition aims to highlight the idea of the lumber room as a place in-between roles; a site that strives for both domestic comfort and discourse around contemporary art.

With an intention of allowing conversations to happen organically between the artworks, this exhibit will experiment with informal modes of display and a regular rotation of new work being moved in and throughout the space.

In addition to the art on display, Finding Our Way will also include a contemporary film program with visiting works from both regional and international new media artists. Our film program begins with a mini-documentary titled Échale Sávila, 2019 (12 min.) by Los Angeles based filmmaker Caitlin Díaz. Guided by the music project Sávila, the film finds the band interviewing their mothers as they speak on themes of Mexican-American identity, resilience, inter-generational healing, and beauty shot through the lens of a super-8 camera.



March 14, 2020
February 28, 2021
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Lumber Room


BIPOC artist(s), Women-owned, Women curated, Women artist(s)


Lumber Room
419 Northwest 9th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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