New Media Fellow Exhibition: Black Life on Air

by Sharita Towne

New Media Fellow Exhibition: Black Life on Air

A show of work from artist and winter 2019 New Media Fellow Sharita Towne.

Note: Registration is not necessary. This exhibition is open to all during our public hours!

Black Life on Air is an exhibition built from community captured audio. Some excerpts were recorded this past April, when StreamPDX's Airstream podcast trailer was parked in front of North Portland's In & Out Food Market for three days, inviting neighbors and community members in for a live podcast recording.

The results are paired with projected images and presented in this exhibition, where the public is invited to listen in and reflect on the conversations held that center around Black Life, community memory and organizing, changing neighborhoods and more.

Thank you to the Oregon Community Foundation and The Jane Schiffhauer Charitable Trust for supporting the 2018-19 New Media Fellowship.


Tuesday, Nov 19 6:00pm – Saturday, Feb 29 6:00pm


Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center

2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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Sharita Towne Winter 2019 New Media Fellow

Sharita Towne is s transdisciplinary artist born and raised on the West Coast of the U.S. along I-5—from Salem to Tacoma and down to Sacramento. She is a research-based video artist and printmaker most interested in creating interdisciplinary community art projects that engage local and global Black geographies, histories and possibilities. Sharita is an Assistant Professor in Intermedia, Thesis and Critical Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art.


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