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Vanport Mosaic Exhibition Opening & Reception

  • Cerimon House 5131 Northeast 23rd Avenue Portland, OR, 97211 United States (map)

Join us for this exhibition opening reception for a conversation between artist Henk Pander and Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty.

Originally from the Netherlands, Henk Pander was a child during WWII. Since immigrating to the PNW in 1965, he has become one of the region’s most renowned artists. This series of large format watercolors about the Vanport Flood and Nazi-occupied Amsterdam invites us to reflect on the invisible histories held by buildings, streets, and empty places. What is the danger of forgetting?

Co-curated by Laura Lo Forti and Greta Smith, made possible by the generous support of Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, Business for a Better Portland, and Cerimon House.

This event is part of THE VANPORT MOSAIC FESTIVAL 2019, May 21-June 5: two weeks of memory activism opportunities to explore the many silenced histories that surround us through screenings, tours, performances, exhibits and dialogues. Full program at Contact

BBPDX’s own historic connection to preserving the memory of the Vanport Flood can be found linked here: