Re-Model the Art Symposium
Location: CCC Auditorium, 750 Kearny St. 3RD FLOOR
An Auxiliary Program of XianRui: 10 Years exhibition series
CCC invites you to join the thought-provoking conversation around art, institutional practices and social justice! Re-Model the Art Symposium brings together thought leaders, top scholars, artists, and curators to reflect on current contemporary art practices as a means to define cultural and community spaces. The symposium format features pop-up presentations, critical conversation, and case study lectures to pursue a dialogue on how curatorial strategies act as a form of resistance, and as a mode to progressively shape and reshape art, the artist, and the art space.
The symposium asks:
How do you position or rethink Asian American art and culture in a transnational, global context?
What role do cultural creators play in social consciousness?
How do art institutions, largely dominated by white curators and leadership, resist and provide alternative and diverse narratives with cultural centers, community spaces?
How do you, and is it possible to, re-model art practices?
Dr. Margo Machida (Professor Emeritus of Art History and Asian and Asian American Studies at University of Connecticut)
Dr. Jacqueline Francis (Chair of the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts)
Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel (Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at Florida International University)
XianRui series artists: Adrian Wong, Summer Lee, Stella Zhang, and Beili Liu.
CCC Artistic Director Abby Chen created the Xian Rui series a decade ago to highlight the work of underrecognized, mid-career Chinese/Chinese diasporic artists by curating their institutional solo exhibition. Xian Rui creates a platform to elevate the work of artists who deserve more critical attention and complicate the bounds of ‘Chinese Culture’ through supporting a range of artists’ approaches to conceptualizing and making work. Through the support of CCC, many of those artists have since grown in their professional careers and their creative practice.
"鮮鋭 XianRui: 10 Years" is made possible by:
National Endowment for the Arts
San Francisco Arts Commission
The Fleishhacker Foundation
Additional Support by:
Grants for the Arts
The Zellerbach Family Foundation
Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund
Dr. Margo Machida is Professor Emerita of Art History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, she is a scholar, independent curator, and cultural critic specializing in Asian American art and visual culture. She has lectured widely on her research both nationally and internationally, and served as a curatorial advisor for the inaugural 2017 Honolulu Biennial. Her book, Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary (Duke University Press, 2009) received the Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. She is an Associate Editor of the international journal, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (Brill) and co-editor of the Spring 2017 special issue, “Island Worlds, Oceanic Diasporas, & Global Flows.” Recent publications include: “Pacific Itineraries: Islands and Oceanic Imaginaries in Contemporary Asian American Art” (ADVA Journal, Spring 2017); “Trans-Pacific Sitings: The Roving Imagery of Lynne Yamamoto” (Third Text, Spring 2014); “Devouring Hawai’i: Food, Consumption, and Contemporary Art” in Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (New York University Press, 2013); and “Convergent Conversations – The Nexus of Asian American Art” in A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).
Dr. Jacqueline Francis teaches US art history and researches critical questions about minority identities and identifications represented in visual culture. She is the author of Making Race: Modernism and “Racial Art” in America (2012) and a co-editor of Romare Bearden: American Modernist (2011). Her essays are forthcoming in The Image of the Black in Western Art (Volume 5), Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis, The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and American Art. From 2012-14, Francis was on the Executive Committee of the College Art Association. She also serves on the board of the Queer Cultural Center, a resource and site for LGBT artistic expression in San Francisco. She has lectured at Columbia University, Harvard University, the National Gallery of Art, and at scholarly conferences in the US, Europe, the Caribbean, and Japan. In 2016, Francis was awarded a Fellowship at the Cesar Chavez Institute in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, where she holds the title Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor in Social Justice. She is co-curator, with Kathy Zarur, of the exhibition Where Is Here at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; the show presents the work of contemporary artists of African descent who are interested in claiming, re-making, and describing places where they have lived and traveled. She is currently Chair of the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts.
Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel’s art historical scholarship, art criticism, and curating reflect his queer, anti-racist, transnational and practice-led approach to contemporary art. He is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at Florida International University, where he also directed the MFA in Visual Arts program from 2012-17. Manchester University Press published his first book Productive Failure: Writing queer transnational South Asian art histories (2017). He is currently at work on two books “Transregional Entanglements: Sexual Artistic Geographies” and “Curatorial Practice as Knowledge production: Investigations of Identity” that have been supported by two grants from the Fulbright Foundation and a fellowship from Cranbrook Academy of Art, respectively. In addition, an anthology “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Art History” (co-edited with Yasmeen Siddiqui) is under contract with Intellect Press. A frequent contributor of exhibition reviews to artforum.com, Artforum (print), Art in America, hyperallergic.com, and frieze, Dr. Patel has worked in the curatorial departments of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in NYC. He received his PhD from the University of Manchester and his BA with distinction from Yale University.
Beili Liu was born in Jilin, China, and now lives and works in Austin, Texas. Liu received her MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a Professor of Art at the University of Texas at Austin. Beili Liu is a visual artist who creates material-and-process-driven, site-responsive installations. Oftentimes embodying transience, fragility, and the passage of time, Liu’s immersive installations are engaged with multifaceted dichotomies: lightness contrasted with heft; fierceness countered by resilience; and chaos balanced by quiet order. Working with commonplace materials and elements such as thread, scissors, paper, stone, fire, and water, Liu manipulates their intrinsic qualities to extrapolate complex cultural narratives.
Beili Liu’s work has been exhibited in Asia, Europe and across the United States. She has held solo exhibitions at venues such as the Hå Gamle Prestegard, Norwegian National Art and Culture Center (2016, 2011), Hua Gallery, London, UK (2012), Galerie An Der Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich, Germany (2011), Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai (2009), and the Chinese Culture Foundation, San Francisco (2015, 2008). Liu’s work has been showcased in group exhibitions at the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. (2012), Hamburg Art Week, Germany (2012), the Kaunas Biennale, Lithuania (2011), and the 23rd and 25th Miniartextil International Contemporary Fiber Art exhibitions in Como, Italy (2015, 2013), among many others.
Dora Hsiung was born in China and currently lives in Boston. She attended high school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, received her Bachelor of Art degree from the University of Illinois and attended graduate school at Boston University. In earlier years, Dora worked on silkscreen prints. Later she changed to tapestry weavings. However, she is best known for her wall hangings using her original off-loom weaving technique: fiber wrapping over geometric armatures with color gradations and 3-dimensional patterns, that change with moving viewpoints. She has been working and developing this unique technique for over 30 years. Dora's fiber works range from miniature to monumental. Her wall hangings have been commissioned in many building lobbies and atriums, exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, and are in private and corporate collections, including IBM, GTE and Cabot Corporation.
Stella Zhang was born in Beijing, China and currently lives and works in San Francisco. She learned painting from her father the acclaimed brush painter Ping Zhang who was a professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. She attended the high school of Central Academy of Fine Arts. Then matriculated to the Central Academy of Fine Arts where she received her BFA in Chinese Brush Painting in 1989. She moved to Japan in 1990 where she studied Japanese Painting at Tama Fine Art University and later at Tokyo Art University where she earned her MFA in Japanese Painting in 1996. She has lived in the United States since 2003. In the past 20 years, her work has been exhibited in Chinese, Japanese and American galleries and museums. Her work has been included in fine arts collections in many countries. She has published six books.
Zheng Chongbin was born in 1961 in Shanghai, and lives and works in San Francisco. Throughout his career of three decades, Zheng Chongbin has held the classical Chinese ink tradition and Western pictorial abstraction in productive mutual tension. Systematically exploring and deconstructing their conventions and constituents—figure, texture, space, geometry, gesture, materiality—he has developed a distinctive body of work that makes the vitality of matter directly perceptible. Central to Zheng’s art is the notion of the world as always in flux, consisting of flows of matter and energy that repeatedly cohered and dissipated. Zheng Chongbin was educated as a classical Chinese figurative painter at the elite China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, where he taught for four years after graduation in 1984. Acclaimed as one of China’s preeminent young experimental ink painters in the 1980's, he mounted his first solo exhibition at the Shanghai Museum of Art in 1988. In 1989, he received a fellowship from the San Francisco Art Institute to study installation, performance, and conceptual art, receiving his MFA in 1991. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area for over three decades, Zheng is inspired by the region's distinctive atmospheric and environmental effects and rich ecologies, as well as by the California light and space movement. In recent years, Zheng Chongbin has been recognized by a growing number international curators and institutions. Zheng’s work can be found in the collections, among others, of the British Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco etc.
Adrian Wong was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois in 1980 and currently lives and works in Chicago. Originally trained in research psychology (receiving a Master’s degree from Stanford University in 2003), he began making and exhibiting work in San Francisco while concurrently conducting research in developmental linguistics. He continued his post-graduate studies at Yale University, where he received an MFA in 2005. He has been based in Hong Kong since 2005 and recently returned to Chicago. His exhibitions include the traveling exhibition A Journal of the Plague Year I, II, & III, A Passion for Creation for the Louis Vuitton Fondation pour la Création, and Hong Kong Eye at the Saatchi Gallery. His videos have been screened internationally at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, and Kunsthalle Wien. His works are included in numerous public and private collections including the M+ Museum (Hong Kong), Sifang Museum (Nanjing), Kadist Foundation (San Francisco), the Uli Sigg Collection (Lucerne), the DSL Foundation Collection (Paris), and the William Lim Collection (Hong Kong).
Summer Mei-Ling Lee lives and works in San Francisco. Summer Mei-Ling Lee holds BA degree from Stanford University and a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Using a range of media, Lee’s recent work draws from her personal ancestry to expose the limitations of the “consciousness of objects” and seeks an image of what transcending those limits might be. Her work has been shown at Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), Kadist Foundation Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Tangent Gallery (Sacramento, CA), Woman-Made Gallery (Chicago, IL), Sanchez Art Center (Pacifica, CA), University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA), Studio 110 Projects (Sausalito, CA), Bamboo Curtain Studio (Taipei), Fei Contemporary Art Center (Shanghai).