MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA (MOCA) LAUNCHES NEW PUBLIC PROGRAM SERIES ON MARCH 9: CURATORS IN CONVERSATION


[New York, NY] February 22, 2016- The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will present its inaugural program for Curators in Conversation on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 6:30pm with a moderated talk between Brooklyn Museum's Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Eugenie Tsai, and MOCA's Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Herb Tam.

Curators in Conversation is a dynamic new public program series that engages Chinese American curators, artists, and cultural producers across generations and geographies in critical conversations to deeply investigate the aesthetic concerns, subject matter, and experiences within the Chinese and Asian American cultural community.

"These conversations are central to MOCA's mission-they will increase the visibility of the many voices and identities that make up major global cultural producers, and provide insight on how diverse cultural perspectives inform their work," said MOCA President Nancy Yao Maasbach.

The full schedule follows:

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 | 6:30pm
Curators in Conversation: Eugenie Tsai
Tickets: $12/adult; $8/senior (65+) and students (with valid ID); FREE for MOCA members

EUGENIE TSAI joined the Brooklyn Museum in the fall of 2007 as the John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art. With Patrick Amsellem, she organized 21: Selections of Contemporary Art from the Brooklyn Museum, a long-term installation that opened on September 19, 2008. Previously she was Director of Curatorial Affairs at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens, New York. Prior to Joining P. S. 1 in 2005, she was an independent curator with projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Berkeley Museum; and the Princeton University Art Museum. She held several positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art prior to becoming Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs. Among the exhibitions and installations she has organized are the mid-career survey Threshold: Byron Kim, 1990-2004; Robert Smithson, which received the International Association of Art Critics' first place award for the best monographic exhibition of 2005; and for Princeton University, Shuffling the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered. Dr. Tsai received a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Friday, May 20, 2016 | 6:30pm
Curators in Conversation: Christopher Y. Lew

Tickets: $12/adult; $8/senior (65+) and students (with valid ID); FREE for MOCA members

CHRISTOPHER Y. LEW is Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and is co-curator of the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Lew oversees the emerging artist program at the Museum and has recently organized the first US solo exhibitions for Rachel Rose and Jared Madere. His other upcoming exhibitions at the Whitney include Open Plan: Lucy Dodd (March 2016), Mirror Cells (May 2016), and a solo show by Sophia Al-Maria (summer 2016). Prior to joining the Whitney, Lew worked at MoMA PS1 and organized numerous exhibitions. Lew has contributed to several publications including Art AsiaPacific, Art Journal, Bomb, Huffington Post, and Mousse.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 6:30pm
Curators in Conversation: Xin Wang

Tickets: $12/adult; $8/senior (65+) and students (with valid ID); FREE for MOCA members

XIN WANG is a curator and researcher based in New York. She has worked as a special exhibition researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on projects such as Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China (2013). She was the associate curator for Asian Contemporary Art Week 2014 and the inaugural edition of its signature program Field Meeting. Independent projects include "Magiciens de la Terre and China: Looking Back 25 Years", a panel co-organized with Asia Art Archive at Columbia University, the New York solo debut of artist Lu Yang (2014), critically-acclaimed group exhibitions The Bank Show: Vive le Capital and The Banks Show: Hito Steyerl (2015) in Shanghai, and a performance art cabaret in New York titled House of Flying Boobs (2015). Her writing has appeared in exhibition catalogues (including the 2015 Venice Biennale), artist monographs, and journals such as Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, the Metropolitan Museum's blog, Hyperallergic, and Leap. Currently building a discursive archive on Asian futurisms: http://afuturism.tumblr.com/, among other research-based projects.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 6:30pm
Curators in Conversation: Paul Chan

Tickets: $12/adult; $8/senior (65+) and students (with valid ID); FREE for MOCA members

 

PAUL CHAN is an artist who lives in New York. A survey entitled Selected Works was mounted by Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland (April 11-October 19, 2014). His work has been exhibited widely in many international shows including: Documenta 13, Kassel, 2012; Before The Law, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, 2011-12; Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, 2009; Medium Religion, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2008; Traces du sacrê, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2008; 16th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, 2008; 10th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, 2007; and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, 2006. Solo exhibitions include: My Laws are My Whores, The Renaissance Society and the University of Chicago, Chicago, 2009; Paul Chan: Three Easy Pieces, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, 2008; Paul Chan: The 7 Lights, Serpentine Gallery, London and New Museum, New 2007-2008; Paul Chan, Para/Site art space, Hong Kong, 2006.

 

In 2002, Chan was a part of Voices in the Wilderness, an American aid group that broke U.S. sanctions and federal law by working in Baghdad before the U.S. invasion and occupation. In 2004 he garnered police attention for The People's Guide to the Republican National Convention, a free map distributed throughout New York to help protesters to get in or out of the way of the RNC. In 2007, Chan collaborated with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and Creative Time to produce a site-specific outdoor presentation of Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot in New Orleans. Chan's essays and interviews have appeared in Artforum, Frieze, Flash Art, October, Tate etc, Parkett, Texte Zur Kunst, Bomb, and other magazines and journals. Chan founded Badlands Unlimited in 2010.

 

Curators in Conversation is made possible with the generous support of S.H. Ho Foundation.

For press information, contact Sophie Lo at 917.484.4156 or email slo@mocanyc.org. For information on exhibitions and upcoming public and educational programs, visit www.mocanyc.org.