Another great article about YU.
by Brian Libby
“For the last several years the Yale Union Laundry building at 800 SE 10th Avenue, a striking brick Italian Renaissance space built in 1908 and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, has sat empty. But now, it is poised to become the major contemporary art center Portland has more or less lacked since the closing of the Portland Center for the Visual Arts closed in 1987.”
Had a typical rainy Portland bike commute to work today.
D.K. Row, The Oregonian
“From the moment potential donors and other arts followers curious about new contemporary art center YU walked into Tuesday’s soft launch party, they were treated to a series of choreographed movements: Expertly crafted invitations and press material. Free flowing wine and gorgeously made food. Well-attired and well-mannered docents offering witty, informative tours. And, finally, a presentation by the founding members that included a short pep talk by Portland Mayor Sam Adams.”
Read entire article: Oregon Live
Refreshingly busy week working on projects for adidas, ESPN, Hasson, Lane Community College and Population 2. Next week looks to be promising. Hoping the economic thaw continues.
Beginning work on illustrations of an office for Hasson Company Realtors. Once again working with Reveal Architecture.
“The unveiling of the YU contemporary art center on November 2 in Portland felt both energizing and overly familiar. On the positive side an LLC holding company already owns the building and (according to YU founders Curtis Knapp and Aaron Flint Jamison) seeks to transfer ownership of the former Yale Union Laundry building to YU (acronym for Yale Union) a 501(c)3 non profit arts institution as the project gets underway. Located in the inner SE industrial district YU is in an ideal location. The team has already donated and carried out a feasibility study by BOORA, which requires 5-7,000,000 for build out and seismic upgrades (though 10-$20,000,000 seems much more prudent for endowing the programs). Yu already has some finished renovations like the impressive kitchen for major events.”
Read entire article: Port