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Towards Equality Artists’ Showcase
June 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
“Towards Equality” Women Artists Lenora Lee, Katie Quan, & Cynthia Tom will discuss their experiences leading workshops at CHSA. They will show audience members new works-in-progress, inspired by their time at CHSA.
Seating is limited – Purchase tickets on Eventbrite.com. Tickets include admission to CHSA’s galleries and exhibitions.
About the artists:
Lenora Lee Dance creates large-scale multimedia performance works integrating dance, original music, video, and text that connect various styles of movement and music to culture, history and human rights issues. Lenora Lee has been a dancer, choreographer and artistic director for the past 20 years in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. In 2013 she was an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum and a Djerassi Resident Artist. She recently debuted Beneath the Surface, an underwater multimedia experience, at San Francisco’s Chinatown YMCA. lenoraleedance.com
Born and raised in San Francisco, Katie Quan harvests a love for wordplay, history, storytelling, and imagination. As a third generation Chinese American, she advocates and empowers others who are interested in community, art, and literature. Her web comic series, This Asian American Life, has been showcased at Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture (2016) and SF ZineFest (2017, 2018). In 2018, she joined the Asian American Women Artists Association’s Emerging Curators Program to create her first exhibition, Dear Mother. Currently, she teaches Asian American Studies at City College of San Francisco.
In between singing to her army of succulents and endless coffee breaks, her community involvement includes the Chinese Culture Center, Asian American Women Artists Association, Wah Mei School, and Square & Circle Club.
For her art practice of 25+ years, Cynthia Tom is a philosopher and “street archeologist” obsessively curious about issues in her life, her family and her communities. Being raised as a person of color in this multicultural environment informs her life and work in the community. Painting, mixed media, art installation and community projects are her tools to spark imagination, kindle curiosity and tell “our stories.” Her work helps her connect to her intuition and inspired her to help others to re-connect with theirs. Art helps us dig ourselves out of decades of “other people’s rules and expectations to find and celebrate our true identity.”
She is the founder/director of A Place of Her Own, an arts-based healing program. Board President of Asian American Women Artists Association 2006 – 2018. She is part of the Collections of the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, UC Santa Barbara.
She lectures on her work, issues related to women and Asian American women in the arts. She’s won awards for her art and leadership: ABC/KGO Profiles in Excellence Leadership award, The 2015 SOMArts Curatorial Fellowship and NPR Radio. Both her art and her community work, has been featured in the textbook by Postcolonial Feminism, the New York Times, SF Arts Monthly, SF Chronicle, Psychology Today, n.paradoxa – international feminist art journal and ERA 21– Czech feminist architecture journal.
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Part of Towards Equality Women Artists Series
Learn more about our exhibition Towards Equality: California’s Chinese American Women, on view now at CHSA