Announcing “Creative Spaces” exhibition program – Call for Entries
The Chinese Historical Society of America announces an exciting new exhibition program for 2013. Following the success of Remnants: Artists Respond to the Chinese American Experience, CHSA has established an ongoing project called
Creative Spaces to build on the concept of creating innovative interpretations of personal and community history. With this new project, we are reaching out to our creative community to carry on the spirit of Remnants. We invite artists, designers, curators and educators to submit unique ideas for interpreting and presenting history in our museum.
We are seeking proposals for interpretive art forms that respond, examine and reinvent the objects in our collection and the exhibit space in which they reside. These works may be conceptual installations, innovative museum exhibits, or any unique approach on presenting the Chinese American experience.
How to submit:
Please send the following materials to arrive no later than January 2, 2013
• Proposal describing your work and how it will be integrated into the CHSA Museum (3 pages max.)
• Examples of art work or other creative projects you have been involved with via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Creative Spaces 2013” via post to: Chinese Historical Society, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
We will select 4-5 proposals, or whatever number will practically fit our budget and timetable. We expect to install all work by mid-February—around the Lunar New Year. A modest budget and artist stipend is available for each work selected.
• Visit Remnants at CHSA. It closes on December 29, 2012. View the gallery below for excerpts from Remnants.
• Check out the coverage of Remnants from various media outlets: http://www.chsa.org/2012/04/20/remnants-press-coverage-photos/
• For more information, contact Amy Lam: email@example.com, 415 391-1188
Download a pdf flyer of the call for entries >
Artist Workshops for Creative Spaces
CHSA will host an artist workshop on December 8, 2012 at 11am
for those interested in applying to the Creative Spaces exhibition program. Interested applicants will be provided with information about applying, and a tour of the Remnants exhibition to provide more context about the Creative Spaces program. Attendance at the artist workshop is not required in order to apply for the Creative Spaces program. More details about the workshop will be announced soon at CHSA.org. For more information, please contact Amy Lam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Gallery of Remnants 2012
- Nancy Hom. All That I Am: A Chinese American Story, 2012. Mixed media
This site-specific installation . . .is a tribute to, as well as an exorcism of, the values that have been ingrained in me by my parents. The artifacts acknowledge my Chinese ancestry and upbringing as a first generation immigrant, the daughter of a sweatshop seamstress. But from the old sewing machine streams a colorful display of multicultural patterns, affirming all that I am today—a Chinese American who is influenced by many cultures as well as the hippie, feminist and activist movements.
- Michael Jang. The Jangs, 1970s
This group of photos from the 1970s captures the family life of two brothers: my father Woodrow Jang, and his brother, Monroe Jang...Looking at these images today, it is fascinating to see America of the 1970s so magnified when seen through the lens of these Chinese Americans trying to assimilate into the mainstream.
- Lenora Lee and Olivia Ting. Passages: For Lee Ping To. Site-specific installation inspired by 2010 performance by Lenora Lee Dance Mixed media.
The piece is an homage to Lenora’s maternal grandmother…Inspired by stories of immigration through Angel Island during the era of the Chinese Exclusion Act, Passages was part of the community Centennial commemoration of the opening of the Angel Island Immigration Station.
- Gordon Chun. Bachelor Society, 2012. Mixed Media with CHSA collection objects.
The CHSA collection of objects from San Francisco Chinatown at the turn of the 20th century presents the origins of iconic stereotypes. With this installation piece, I explore the irony and complexity of perspectives that create racial stereotype.
- Flo Oy Wong. Gum Chin Day, 2012. Self-adhesive vinyl graphics.
Gum Chin Day honors the Chinese immigrants of the past who fantasized that the streets of the United States, Gum Sahn, were paved with gold. By placing these coins on the floor I am recalling their immigrant dreams of literally finding riches scattered on the ground in their new country.
- Cynthia Tom with Vivian Truong and Cris Matos. Stories to Tell: Discards & Variances One Thousand Flowers and Curative Prototypes. Mixed media
My petite pillows tell stories about the discarded (trafficked) people in my life: my mother, my father and my grandmother…My intention for the pillows and ships, Vivian’s flowers and Cris’s assemblages, which are contradictions of sweetness and horror, is to raise awareness about this rampant crime against women and humanity.
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