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Lee Mingwei’s The Travelers — Museum of Chinese in America, NYC

Lee Mingwei’s The Travelers

Project launches: September 22, 2010
Exhibition opens: October 20, 2011 – March 26, 2012

 

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On the day of the Chinese Moon Festival, September 22, 2010, MOCA launched Lee Mingwei’s artist project, The Travelers. Lee custom-made 100 blank notebooks for the project. Released into the world from MOCA, the books will travel around the world for one year. The books are passed from person to person like a chain letter, with each participant adding a personal story about “leaving home” at some point in their lives. Did they have a call to adventure? Did they leave willingly? Did they overcome setbacks? Did they ever return home? Each book becomes a “Traveler” in the project, who leaves the MOCA “home village” to embark on a long journey.
The project was commissioned by MOCA to launch on the first anniversary of its new home at 215 Centre Street, designed by Maya Lin. Inspired by the museum’s mission to document the epic journey of Chinese to America, and the ongoing journeys we make as Americans, the project was envisioned to actively engage the public in the spirit of MOCA’s approach over the past 30 years as a “dialogic museum”.
Participants are asked to send the books back to MOCA by the next Moon Festival, on September 12, 2011. The books that make it back to the museum, each transformed by their individual journeys, will be displayed in an evocative installation by Lee Mingwei, with all the accumulated stories accessible for visitors to read. How many Travelers return home? What kinds of stories will they be filled with on their return?
A companion website to the project (http://traveler.mocanyc.org) tracks all the books as they travel around the world. Project participants are asked to upload the current geographical location of the books, and 5 images that illustrate the story they’ve written in the book.


About the Artist

Born in Taiwan and currently living in New York City, Lee Mingwei creates both participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness on their own, and one-on-one events, where visitors explore these issues with the artist himself through eating, sleeping, walking and conversation. Lee’s projects are often open-ended scenarios for everyday interaction, and take on different forms depending on the participants. Time is central to this process, as Lee’s installations often change during the course of an exhibition.
Mr Lee received an MFA from Yale University in 1997, has had solo exhibitions internationally including Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Fabric Workshop and Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has been featured in biennials in Venice, Lyon, Liverpool (2006, 2010), Taipei, Echigo-Tsumari, the Whitney Biennial, and at the Asia Pacific Triennial. He is represented by Lombard Freid Project, New York. For more information on the artist, please visit:http://www.leemingwei.com.

 

The Travelers is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The project is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties. It is also supported by the generosity of museum members.

Project courtesy of the artist and Lombard Freid Projects, NY

 

Museum of Chinese in America:

215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

(b/w Howard & Grand Sts; one block north of Canal St)

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Illuminations: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2011

Illuminations: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2011 
Exhibition: October 7 – November 5, 2011 
October 7th: Opening Reception $6-10  sliding scale
Nov. 5: Closing reception 
$6-10  sliding scale
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103
Participating AAWAA members are Cynthia Tom, Shizue Seigel and Kathy Fujii-Oka

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Studio Visit: Ursula O’Farrell

If you are up for a creative adventure in art, please come join me during this year’s Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour. I’d love to see you. My painting studio is at 800 Estates Drive in Aptos, CA 95003 and will be open from 11am to 5 pm on:

October 8 and 9 (Saturday and Sunday)

October 15 and 16 (Saturday and Sunday)

At my studio, I’ll have signed copies of my new book available. It’s a 100-page color catalogue ($25 plus $2 tax) that includes an in-depth interview by Dr. Peter Selz, along with essays by art critics Mark Van Proyen and Maureen Davidson.
 
PS  Also, feel free to join me at two other upcoming art events:
(1) “Emotion in Motion: New Paintings by Ursula O’Farrell,” runs October 1 – 31 at Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto, California.  Public art reception at the gallery: Friday, October 7 from 6 to 8 pm.  Bryant Street Gallery is located at 532 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650)321-8155
(2) In March 2012, come see my soon-to-be newest works at Patricia Rovzar Gallery  in Seattle, Washington.

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FREE FORM: SIMON ESLING, KERRY ANN LEE & TIM THATCHER, Wellington, New Zealand

 Bartley + Company Art

FREE FORM          

SIMON ESLING, KERRY ANN LEE & TIM THATCHER

4 – 29 October 2011

You are warmly invited to the opening preview on Tuesday 4 October, 5.30 – 7.30pm

This exhibition brings together three artists whose work explores our interaction with the built environment and with architecture. All foray into the fantastical to suggest ideas about the psychology of architectural space and its impact on human experience. Here imagination triumphs over function to create spaces for contemplation rather than machines for living.

 

Simon Esling’s exquisitely rendered drawings present the body as integral to the making of architectural building. The grafting of bones with houses suggests an uneasy tension between nature and the manmade world. Auckland based, Simon has a Master of Fine Arts from University of Auckland and is included in the Warwick Brown Book, Seen this century: 100 contemporary New Zealand artists where his work is described as “always fresh and surprising”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerry Ann Lee, 2011, Rock and Roll, digital lambda print, 400 x 500 mm 

Kerry Ann Lee generates a pop sensibility in her digital montage prints which explore place-based identity through fantastic and re-imagined urban forms. The new works in this exhibition based on New Zealand buildings and landscape, build on her earlier well-received deconstructions of landmark works of contemporary Chinese architecture. Lee, who has a Masters in Design from Massey University, has exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, China and the United States.

Tim Thatcher’s gouache paintings capture some of the haunted ambience of the cityscapes of the Surealist painter De Chirico. They explore the architecture of the artistic mind, in which forms and narratives come into being through a process of imagination, self doubt and self criticality. Tim Thatcher, who has a Master of Fine Arts with First Class Honours from Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland, lives and works in Wellington. He is also included in the book Seen this century: 100 contemporary New Zealand artists.

Brett Graham paintings

We are pleased to report that Brett Graham’s new paintings have been extremely warmly recieved with most selling in just one week. We have two paintings only still available but we do also have two bigger works on paper. We also have a small bronze maquette of his tank that was shown at the 2010 Biennale currently in the gallery.

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Please Help To Pass A Dream: Lin Shih Pao at Chinese American Arts Council Gallery 456

CAAC

Please Help To Pass A Dream

Lin Shih Pao

January 14 – February 11, 2011
Gallery 456

Opening Reception
Friday, January 21, 6 – 8 PM

Chinese American Arts Council and Gallery 456 are supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Office of Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation, The City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, and many other friends. Special thanks to Assemblyman Sheldon Silver.

Chinese American Arts Council | 456 Broadway 3rd Floor | New York | NY | 10013

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QUESTIONNAIRE: Asian American Art and Its Institutional Spaces

Because of your valuable contributions to the field of Asian American art, I am requesting 5 -10 minutes of your time to complete a questionnaire that surveys your experience(s) of bringing Asian American art to the public. If you chose to remain anonymous, your identity will not be released to the public. All participants will be consulted if the data is to be used in a manner other than specified.

I am interested in studying how Asian American art is available in institutional and non-instutitonal settings by capturing the changing landscape of Asian American art practitioners’, scholars’, critics’, administrators’, and viewers’ experiences over the past 20 years. By recording, analyzing and discussing this information, my hope is that this research helps to preserve, learn, grow and celebrate Asian American culture and its contributions to U.S. society.

This research project was designed as part of the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, “State of the Arts” annual conference. A tabulation of this research will be shared through a panel, “Assessing Asian American art and its Institutional Spaces,” at this year’s conference, “Future Tense: Alternative Arts and Economies in the University,” held at the University of California, San Diego, November 18-21, 2010. If you would like to attend the conference please notify me with your name and attendance date(s) and you will be added to the guest list. Your participation is deeply appreciated!

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Krystal R. Hauseur

OVERVIEW: I have broken the questionnaire into four sections: first, to share my rationale for doing this research; second, a background of influential scholars whose work I am building on; third, instructions to clarify my use of terms; and, finally, the actual questionnaire. You may skip to any, or all, of the first three sections to immediately begin taking the questionnaire (Section 4).

QUESTIONNAIRE: Assessing Asian American Art and Its Institutional Spaces
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Background Narrative
Section 3: Instructions
Section 4: Questionnaire (15 questions, 5 optional)

TO TAKE THE QUESTIONNAIRE PLEASE CLICK ON, OR COPY AND PASTE IN YOUR BROWSER, THIS LINK: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/hauseur

TO TAKE THE QUESTIONNAIRE A SECOND TIME TO DISCUSS ANOTHER EXPERIENCE PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/hauseur_secondtime

Responses are collected by Krystal R. Hauseur, Doctoral Candidate, Ph.D Program in Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine, by Saturday, October 9, 2010. Please contact her with your questions or thoughts.

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