Updated April 20, 2012: Thank you to all who attended our opening reception of Remnants! Photos from the reception are now posted online on CHSA’s Flickr Page >
Join us to celebrate the opening of the new exhibition Remnants: Artists Respond to the Chinese American Experience, which explores artists’ interpretation of and response to the Chinese American experience. View the work, speak with the artists, enjoy refreshments, and see the Museum’s revitalized galleries.
In the Year of the Dragon, 2012, the Chinese Historical Society of America will revitalize its museum, giving its history exhibits an infusion of art. CHSA has reached out to its artistic community to create works that interpret and respond to the themes of its history galleries. The first art installations will appear in the museum in April, marked by an opening reception on Thursday, April 12.
Five artists are participating in the spring installation: Nancy Hom, Michael Jang, Lenora Lee, Cynthia Tom and Flo Oy Wong. Another group of artists’ works will be installed in September. With this creative approach to its exhibition program, CHSA hopes to invent a new experience for its visitors, bringing a deeper understanding of the Chinese American experience. The selected work for the spring installation focuses on personal narrative, memory and family – concepts that characterize Chinese America.
Among this group of artwork, the centerpiece will be a site-specific installation of the set from the performance “Passages” by Lenora Lee Dance. A powerful portrayal of the journey endured by Lee’s grandmother through Angel Island and into American life, “Passages” presents a memorable narrative through stunning visuals. Works by the other artists will further explore themes of family and remembrance using a range of artistic expression, bearing unique witness to Chinese American history.
Flo Oy Wong
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Cultural Equity Grants of the SF Arts Commission