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That We Should Be Heirs  (Forthcoming)

Location: San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Exhibition dates: February 16 - March 24, 2019                                                                                                  Dates and locations for artist talks, film screenings, and workshops: to be determined                                            

I am beyond elated to have been invited to work with SDAI on a socially engaging project that will result in an interactive installation at the museum. During this residency, I will be inviting members of the community to share in our inheritances as we utilize art as part of our practice in compassion and restoration.

Learn more about this project, and find out how you can contribute your writings to this project. I’d love to receive your writings to be part of That We Should Be Heirs!

Founded in 1941, San Diego Art Institute has provided the community with high quality, interactive programming, educational initiatives, and innovative exhibitions. As the only contemporary cultural institution in Balboa Park, SDAI promotes cultural equity and artistic enrichment within the community and enables diverse audiences to interact with art in meaningful ways. 

Thank you, Quyên Nguyen-Le and Sarah Trujillo-Porter for the invitation to work with our San Diego community.

 

Artist Talk with The Contemporary Arts Committee of SDMA  (Forthcoming)

Organized by the San Diego Museum of Art’s Contemporary Arts Committee (CAC)
Location: San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101                                                                             Date: February 11, 2019 7:00pm                                         

After a year and a half of being in conversation, I am very excited to finally be meeting with SDMA’s Contemporary Arts Committee!

CAC supports the SDMA through local tours and presentations with artists, curators, and gallery directors. These meetings are both social and educational, and are held at private residences, artist studios, galleries, and museums. 

Thank you, Betsy Lane, for this opportunity to speak with your group about my new body of work.

 

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Ancestral Journeys  (Forthcoming)  

Location: Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA 95014
Exhibition Dates: February 4 - March 21, 2019                                                                                                                   Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 5:30 - 7:30pm                                                                                   

It is my privilege to have been invited to exhibit with a selection of artists whose work expresses our collective need to hep tell and retell the stories of our ancestors. These artists understand far too well the responsibility that comes with this very personal method of art-making, and the need to carry forward the stories of our loved ones forward.

In this exhibition, we will explore identity and ancestral migration, immigration, and diasporas through family stories, history, and shared traditions. In collaboration with the community-wide organization called Silicon Valley Reads, Euphrat Museum of Art presents Ancestral Journeys, an exhibition which relates closely to this year’s theme, Finding Identity in Family History. Our show will align with this year’s chosen books: Finding Samuel Lowe by Paula Williams Madison, It’s All Relative by A.J. Jacobs, and Futureface: A Family History, an Epic Quest, and the Secret of Belonging by Alice Wagner.

Thank you, Diana Argabrite, for the invitation to show with artists who make such meaningful work!

Read about one of the past Silicon Valley Reads exhibitions at Euphrat Museum of Art in the New York Times.

 

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HerStory in History  (Forthcoming)  

Location: California History Center, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA 95014
Exhibition Dates: February 4 - March 21, 2019                                                                                                              Opening Reception: to be announced

I’ll be showing an intimate body of work at the California History Center. Although I cherish having my work showcased in traditional art houses, such as museums and galleries, it is an absolute privilege to work with various other departments to show and talk art. Art is a language and a means of documenting our times, our history, and our stories as living history, and it’s so special that more and more, art is being recognized as a vital part in this preservation of history!          

                                     

 

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Year of the Pig: Pacific Symphony's Lantern Festival (Forthcoming) 

Presented by the Pacific Symphony
Location: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Festival Date: Sunday, March 2, 2018   11-5pm
Free and open to the public

I’m happy to be, for my 4th year, working with Pacific Symphony on this year's lantern installation for Segerstrom Concert Hall as we celebrate the 2019 Lunar New Year of the Pig. On display will be hundreds of hand-painted lanterns by students of the Vietnamese Senior Art Class (Bowers Museum), and artists from Orange County Chinese Artists Association. Included this year's schedule of events will also be performances by Vietnamese dance troupes and musicians, an art display showcasing the works of local Vietnamese artists, and an array of free arts and crafts to ring in the new year. Come join us!

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới, Everyone! (Happy Lunar New Year!)

View photos here

 

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University of Washington's Walker Ames Fellowship  (Forthcoming)  

Location: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Fellowship Period: March - April 2019                                                                                                                                         Exhibition dates: April 1 - May 10, 2019                                                                                                                               Exhibition location: Gould Gallery, College of Built Environments, University of Washington                                       Lecture at Southeast Asia Center: April 2019 (dates to be announced)                                                                           Reception: Workshop: April 2019 (dates to be announced)

I am humbled to have been selected by the University of Washington as a Walker Ames guest scholar. Founded in 1936, the Walker Ames program is one of the oldest and most prestigious programs of its kind at the University of Washington, and supports UW in hosting some of the world’s most distinguished scientists, writers, and thought leaders on their campus. What a privilege it is to have been invited to take part in this program! 

For this visit, I will be spending time on their verdant campus, participating in seminars, classes and informal discussions, and even exhibiting with two other amazing women artists/innovators--Sara Zewde and Morehshin Allahyari. I’m looking forward to spending quality time working with, speaking to, and learning from UW faculty and students as we analyze ways in which art can help excavate, raise questions, and offer perspectives within our own personal, familial, and communal histories. 

Thank you, Professor Linh Thủy Nguyễn for the nomination, and to the University of Washington for hosting me and for the generous support that you’ve shown me.

 

 

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Fights and Rights  (Forthcoming)  

Presented by the American Civil Liberties Union
Location: KEXP Studios and Gathering Space, 472 1st Ave North, Seattle, WA 98109                                                     Date: Spring 2019 (dates to be announced)                                                                                                                  Exhibition: Spring 2019 (dates to be announced)                                                                                                    

The ACLU hosts their monthly community series called, Flights and Rights, featuring important civil rights issues at the KEXP Studios Gathering Space, and I’ve been invited to take part in a moderated discussion around immigration.

During this international crisis, I am feeling more and more compelled to create artwork that is developed though the hands and hearts of the public, inviting our fellow humanitarians to take part in the creative process with the collective aim become one voice in the work(s) of art.

It is my privilege to share my perspective with the Pacific Northwest community, and hope that I can contribute to the stand for humankind and the fight against injustice.

Thank you, ACLU and KEXP for hosting such an important event, and for inviting me to take part.


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Word Becomes Flesh (Forthcoming)

Presented by the Harvard University Department of History & Literature
Location: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138                                                                                                          Lecture date: April 2019 (dates to be announced)

I am so very honored to have been invited to present my work with the students and faculty of Harvard University. As part of their Asian American conversation series, I will be speaking about how oral and written history has informed the development of my artwork, and how the creative process has been vital in research, documenting history, and the gathering of perspectives that make up history. I’ll be sharing the ways in which I use of various media to retell the narrative, and inciting community engagement through the arts. What a unique opportunity to encourage others to delve further into their own histories and the ways in which they might help pass on their own stories!

Thank you, Professor Catherine Nguyen for this amazing opportunity to share my life’s work.