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Capital Crawl

Apr 5 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Off Campus Exhibition

Third Room: Located at 717 NE Broadway, Suite 205

Graduate Exhibitions

Capital Crawl Opening reception: Friday, April 5th, 7-10pm. Performance begins at 8pm. Refreshments served, books for sale.

Marie Conner explores disability aesthetics and identity revelry through sculpture, video installation, performance in her first solo exhibition.

PORTLAND, OR (5 April, 2019) –Third Room is pleased to present Capital Crawl, a celebration through multimedia installation by Marie Conner that explores disability aesthetics and identity revelry. In her first solo exhibition, the artist utilizes performance, video, ink drawings, and sculptural installations as an intervention to respond to accessibility and take back the right to take up space.

Marie’s work lives in the world that lingers in the peripheral, fragments of memory and experiences told through vignettes of form and words.

Her work examines disability aesthetics and the intersection of personal narrative, ableism, and otherness theories, utilizing first-person perspective to shift the perception of spectacle traditionally related to disability. It is intensely personal, often drawing from experiences with her own disability and how it connects to aspects of her childhood, while also addressing sociological and cultural commonalities such as otherness, belonging, and the search for home.

Recent work focuses on dehumanization as an intensely personal yet universal experience, challenging the social constructs of the disabled citizen as opposed to disability in design, function, and society. Disability studies, like critical race, gender, and feminist theories, can be seen through a lens of the sublime and beautiful, and she strives to establish a framework and language with which to open lines of communication concerning difference and acceptance.

This work has been fueled by research into the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in 1990, which finally recognized the rights of disabled citizens in the United States after a huge activist movement that culminated in the “Capitol Crawl”, a protest in which over 60 activists with disabilities got out of wheelchairs and put down crutches to painstakingly crawl up the stairs of the US Capitol building in Washington D.C. (read more in the link below).

Artist Bio Marie Conner is living her best/second life as a Portland based inter-disciplinary artist and non-fiction writer. She received a BA in Liberal Arts, Sculpture and Writing and an MA.Ed in Postsecondary Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University after her first life as a pastry chef of 15 years ended with the discovery of a late onset birth defect led to her permanent disability.

Marie is currently an MFA candidate in the Low Residency Visual Studies program at Pacific Northwest College of the Arts in Portland, Oregon.

About Third Room: Located at 717 NE Broadway, Suite 205, Third Room is a space where artists, scholars and activists can come together and remind ourselves of the invaluable impact we have on each other in our community and develop strategies for supporting and sustaining social welfare and growth in our practices, for the long road ahead.

*About accessibility: Third Room is located in a building with two flights of stairs and currently, no working elevator. Curation and gallery staff understand that such limitations make the location a physically inaccessible space, as a result excluding valuable community members who may otherwise want to attend. Third Room welcomes feedback and concrete solutions to issues around accessibility.


Capital Crawl, April 5th-21st Third Room, 717 NE Broadway, Suite 205, Portland, OR Exhibition hours: (Friday 12-6 or by appointment). Email: or for appointments.