Rose Bond Installation Honors Chinese Community in Portland
Professor Bond debuts a new animated installation at an exhibition at the Oregon Historical Society
CCBA, a new animated installation by Rose Bond, Lead Professor, Animated Arts, explores the relationship between the Chinese community and Portland with glimpses into the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) in the early to mid 20th century. This piece is part of the Beyond the Gate exhibition on view February 29 – June 21, 2016 at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave) in Portland. Encompassing objects like Chinese opera costumes, theatrical sets, bilingual text, audiovisual media, and interactive visitor stations, Beyond the Gate aims to illuminate stories of contact and trade between China and the West, focusing on Portland’s Old (1850-1905) and New Chinatown (1905-1950).
Bond had previously done an animated installation in Old Town/Chinatown which led to this invitation. Bond notes that the CCBA was a vital center of community, recalling for example that students would attend language classes in the afternoons at the CCBA after public school let out for the day.
Here is a preview of CCBA:
Bond has created major, site-specific installations for a number of locations, including Broadsided! at Exeter Castle in England (2010) and Gates of Light at the Museum at Eldridge Street in New York’s Lower East Side (2004). Her multi-channel installation, Intra Muros, premiered at Director’s Invitation in the 2007 PLATFORM Festival and has been mounted internationally in the Utrecht City Hall during the Holland Animation Film Festival in 2008, the 2011 Nuit Blanche in Toronto and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb 2013. Bond’s composite animation, Memoria Mortalis, was screened in competition at Sundance 2001 and toured nationally with the Ann Arbor Experimental Film Winners. Her hand-drawn (direct animation) films are held in the Film Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
She is currently working on a commission for the Oregon Symphony.