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before the clay dries by Malia Hatico-Byrne and Melissa Lewis Wong

Sat, Oct 8, 2022, 1:00 PM PDT

3rd Floor, CCC Gallery, SF Chinatown

October 8th, 2022

Saturday, 1pm & 2pm

before the clay dries, derived by Malia Hatico-Byrne and Melissa Lewis Wong, activates and responds to Cathy Lu’s Interior Garden, a site for joy, connection, play, processing, and care - all manifested through movement and performance. This immersive gallery performance asks: how do we shape our bodies and relationships in times of grief and celebration? What are the origin stories we need to tell? Deeply rooted in Malia Hatico-Byrne and Melissa Lewis Wong’s Asian matrilineages, before the clay dries is a duet that reckons with and satirizes the impossibility of agelessness (a myth often prescribed for Asian American femmes) and instead leans into reinvention and pliability — thinking about our bodies and stories as soft, wet, clay. There will be two rounds of the performance, one at 1PM and another session at 2PM. After the second performance, please join us for a Q+A with the performers and Interior Garden artist Cathy Lu. ASL interpretation will be provided throughout the program. Our gallery will be closed to the public for this event; RSVPs are required to attend. Interior Garden by Cathy Lu is a solo ceramic exhibition, part of the XianRui (Fresh and Sharp) series, which aims to highlight contemporary Asian American artists at key junctures in their careers. From the hands of creation myth goddess Nüwa to the teary eyes of Ruth Asawa, Lu transforms CCC’s galleries into a contemplative space for reconciliation between the promise of the American dream and the dystopian experiences of so many immigrants and people of color in the U.S.

Covid Guidelines All attendees are required to wear masks throughout the duration of the event. RSVPs are required to enter this event.

About the Performers @maliabyr Malia Hatico-Byrne (she/they) is a queer, mixed-race, movement and community-based artist. currently rooted in the Bay Area (Ohlone land), malia's practice is centered around ancestral lineage, body reclamation, collaboration, and storytelling. since 2017, they have worked with Skywatchers, a community-based art program and performance ensemble based in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. @lemelissa Melissa Lewis Wong (she/they/他 - AKA Deuce Lee) is a queer, biracial Chinese American artist working with mixed lineages, mother tongues, tube tops, Bruce Lee and drag. Their physicality comes from a background of traditional Chinese folk arts, Western modern dance, and martial arts—with contemporary performance as a place for their intersections to breathe. They have been working in Yelamu (San Francisco) since 2010.

About the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco @cccsanfrancisco | Chinese Culture Center (CCC) is a non-profit arts organization established in 1965. CCC elevates underserved communities and gives voice to equality through education and contemporary art. Rooted in San Francisco’s Chinatown, CCC is a loud and creative voice to uplift social and economical transformation. We provide a safe environment for artists who champion activism, resiliency, and healthy communities. In doing so, we shift dominant narratives, empower change, and reimagine our futures. Interior Garden is supported by:Institute of Museum and Library Services , National Endowment for the Arts, #StartSmall, California Arts Council, and Fleishhacker FoundationAdditional Support: The San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, CCC Contemporaries



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