Interior view of YU Contemporary, Portland, 2009. Courtesy YU Contemporary
YU Contemporary is a contemporary art center located in the Yale Union Laundry building in the Central Eastside Industrial District of Portland, Oregon. Founded in September 2009, YU’s mission is to bring about the most challenging national and international contemporary art—to empower the artistic imagination and cultural life of the Northwest. The center is artist-driven and was conceived to engage artists in experimental ways that raise questions and catalyze new dialogue. Its vision is to produce and present thought-provoking work, while simultaneously forming a community of ideas that contribute to the cultural, intellectual, and artistic life of Portland. YU connects artists and ideas through the production and presentation of exhibitions, new work, public programs, publishing, and residencies.