Jun 10 2017

Tiffany Chung, Hoang Duong Cam & Tuan Andrew Nguyen at The National Art Center & Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan: July 5 – October 23, 2017

Tiffany Chung, Hoang Duong Cam and Tuan Andrew Nguyen are amongst the 86 artists to participate in SUNSHOWER, an ambitious exhibition that surveys Southeast Asian contemporary art from the 1980s until today. The exhibition is organised by the Tokyo-based National Art Center and Mori Art Museum, in association with the Japan Foundation Asia Center. The “sunshower” – rain falling from clear skies – is an intriguing meteorological phenomenon, and a frequent occurrence in the tropical climes of Southeast Asia. Sunshowers also serve as a poetic metaphor for the vicissitudes of a region that in the latter half of the 20th century, in the wake of the colonial era, experienced enormous political, social and economic upheaval: Cold War conflicts and dictatorships followed by modernization and the spread of democracy, and in more recent years, remarkable economic advancement, investment, and urban development. Out-of-the-blue rainfall is also a metaphor for the ambiguous nature of these ups and downs. Multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-faith Southeast Asia has nurtured a truly dynamic and diverse culture.This exhibition will explore contemporary art in Southeast Asia from the 1980s onward from various perspectives, including aspirations for freedom, identity, growth and its dark sides, community, faith and tradition, and the revisiting of history; showcasing that dynamism and diversity while comparing and contrasting Southeast Asian contemporary art with international contemporary art trends.

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Jun 01 2017

Tuan Andrew Nguyen at ARoS Triennial, Aarhus, Denmark: June 3 – July 30, 2017

Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s 2015 film work Kwassa Kwassa (co-directed with SUPERFLEX) will be screening at ARoS Triennial 2017 (Aarhus, Denmark) as part of the DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY programme (curated by Rirkrit Tiravanija, Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller).

Kwassa Kwassa portrays the construction of a boat on the island of Anjouan, in the Comoro archipelago between Madagasgar and Mozambique. Although usually used for fishing, boats like the one built in the film are in many cases also used for transporting migrants to the neighbouring island of Mayotte, a French oversea territory and the outermost region of the EU. The islands are 70 km apart – separated by a seemingly short, but life-threatening journey that has claimed more than 10,000 lives of women, men and children. Kwassa Kwassa interprets the boat as a contextual construction intended to carry migrants on a dangerous, politically complex journey. Carrying more than symbolic meaning as a vessel for dreams of reaching a better life on the other shore, the boat is also a labor-intensive work of craftsmanship and the physical passage bearing human lives to safety – as the title questions in translation “an unstable boat” from the language of the Comoro Islands.

For The Garden, the first ARoS Triennial in Aarhus, artist Rirkrit Tiravanija and architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller have developed a new version of their ongoing projectDO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY comprised of a pavilion and a dense program of films, talks and cooking.

In the logic of an exquisite corpse, the pavilion can be seen as a disembodied part of the future artist residency and workshop at The Land, a self-sustaining artistic community initiated by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kamin Lertchaiprasert near Chiang Mai in Thailand that engages with the idea of an artistic utopia and presents both an ecological and sustainable model for future artistic practice. Reminiscent of a Surrealist “exquisite corpse”—beginning with a single contribution that continues to grow piecemeal—various architects, engineers, and artists will contribute different building components (such as structure, façade, etc.) to this unusual architectural assemblage as a collective work.

Apart from Tuan Andrew Nguyen and SUPERFLEX, the film programme features works by the likes of Derek Jarman, Peter Greenaway, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Doug Aiken, Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp, amongst others.

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May 31 2017

The Propeller Group at Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX, USA: June 3 – September 30, 2017

The solo show by The Propeller Group is comprised of seven multi-part projects produced between 2010 and 2016, including: “Fade In” (2010), a video that tracks the fake antiques trade in Vietnam and is accompanied by an 18th century antique house; “Television Commercial for Communism” (2011), an advertisement campaign about communist propaganda disguised as capitalist propaganda; “The Dream” (2012), a multimedia work that documents a Honda Dream motorcycle – a highly coveted status symbol in Vietnam – as it is gradually stripped of its parts over the course of a night on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, and is displayed alongside the chassis of the moped; and, “The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music” (2014), a visual and musical journey through the fantastical funeral traditions and rituals of south Vietnam and New Orleans.

The exhibition is amplified by a series of public programs throughout the summer and part of the fall. The program begins on June 3 at 1:30 p.m. with a conversation between Tuan Andrew Nguyen from The Propeller Group and Duy Lap Nguyen, Assistant Professor of World Cultures and Literatures at the University of Houston, moderated by Javier Sánchez Martínez, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow at Blaffer. On June 21 at 12 p.m., Beverly Barret, Lecturer in Global Studies at the Bauer College of Business and at the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston, will led a gallery tour with a focus on the impact of globalization in Vietnam. On August 30 at 12 p.m., Robert Buzzanco, Associate Professor at the Department of History and one of the nation’s leading authorities on the Vietnam War, will speak about The Propeller Group’s approach to the war. Finally, during the summer Trinh Nguyen, Programming and Marketing Coordinator at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, will led gallery tours in Vietnamese.

Also in the work is a monograph — the first scholarly publication about the art collective — that features an artist project and includes writings by Cesar Garcia, curator, writer, and founding director of The Mistake Room in Los Angeles; former Blaffer Art Museum director and chief curator Claudia Schmuckli, Curator-in-Charge, Contemporary Art and Programming, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; and Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

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May 08 2017

Lien Truong at Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, USA: May 21 – September 3, 2017

Lien Truong will be participating in the 44th Art on Paper exhibition at the Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, USA. The work on view is taken from Truong’s series Musings of an Origin, which examines the American narrative formed through colonization, diverse immigrant groups and slaves.

Art on Paper celebrates contemporary art in which the use of paper—either as surface or material—is a primary concern. Since 1965, this dynamic survey has uniquely taken the pulse of contemporary art by showcasing artworks made on or with paper. This year’s installation features compelling new work by twenty-five artists from across the country. From exquisitely rendered ink drawings and densely layered collages to embroidered pages and “plucked” paper constructions, each artist has taken full advantage of paper’s astonishing possibilities as both surface and structure. In their hands the medium’s flexibility and facility has been used to explore a breadth of themes—from family relationships to geography, science fiction to ancient history, the natural world to digital technology. Visitors are sure to encounter works that both resonate with personal experiences and inspire new ways of thinking.

Selections from each Art on Paper exhibition are acquired by the Weatherspoon Art Museum for The Dillard Collection of Art on Paper, which now numbers more than 500 works of art. The collection includes noteworthy and established artists such as Robert Smithson, Howardena Pindell, Joseph Stella, Louise Bourgeois, and Lee Krasner. Contemporary artists added to the collection through Art on Paper include Amy Cutler, Elliott Hundley, Diana al-Hadid, and Rosemarie Fiore.

Artists featured in Art on Paper 2017 include Julie Alpert, Gerry Bannan, Marianne Barcellona, Maria Berrio, Pamela Cardwell, Martha Clippinger, Steven M. Cozart, Vandorn Hinnant, Matthew Kluber, Annie Lopez, Jennifer Meanley, Tracy Miller, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Renzo Ortega, Andrew Scott Ross, Mariam Aziza Stephan, Caleb Taylor, Barbara Campbell Thomas, Christopher Thomas, Lien Truong, Jina Valentine, Laura Vandenburgh, Neha Vedpathak, Amanda Wagstaff, and Saya Woolfalk.

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Apr 19 2017

Trong Gia Nguyen participating in California-Pacific Triennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA: May 6 – September 3, 2017

Curated by Orange County Museum of Art Senior Curator Cassandra Coblentz, this thought-provoking exhibition explores the topic of architecture and the temporal precariousness of the built environment. Among the issues to be addressed are the recording of history and preservation; the concept of home and displacement; and the influence of global power, economics, and political systems on global construction.

The artists live and work in 11 countries bordering the Pacific Ocean and will present work that includes sculpture, installation, photography, and drawing, as well as performance-based and socially engaged activities. The majority of the works in the exhibition will be created specifically for this project or will be on public view for the first time; and many are site-specific installations.

Trong Gia Nguyen will present 5 new windows from the series Illuminations (2016 – present) and 7 paintings/photographs from The Leavers (2014 – 2017).

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Apr 17 2017

The Propeller Group at Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN, USA: April 22 – September 10, 2017

The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota will be presenting The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music as part of an exhibition revolving around The Propeller Group entitled Reincarnations. The film will be accompanied by an installation of objects selected by the collective from the Institute’s Asian, African, Classical, and Native American collections, as well as new objects recently created by The Propeller Group. The exhibition invokes connections between cultures and their spiritual relics and rituals, centering on the relationship between the living and the dead, and the spaces created by the living to honor the dead.

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Apr 12 2017

Nguyen Huy An at Nha San Collective, Hanoi, Vietnam: April 14 – 28, 2017

New works by Nguyen Huy An will be featured in Nha San Collective’s upcoming exhibition Look for the Divine Beings, an exhibition inspired by lingering sceneries, by memories dearly associated with the countryside, by folktales and family fables. Participating artists include Nguyen Duc Phuong and Ta Minh Duc.

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Apr 10 2017

The Propeller Group at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland: April 13 – August 27, 2017

As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics (Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland) features an exciting selection of modern masterworks, contemporary art and new commissions, presenting a major international exhibition that looks at the role of spirituality in visual art. In particular, it considers the role played by certain spiritualist and alternative doctrines in the creation of abstract painting from its origins to the present digital age.

The arc of this exhibition spans a hundred years from the abstract masterworks of Kandinsky, af Klint and Kupka to contemporary work by Steve McQueen and Bruce Nauman and new commissions by Alan Butler and Linder Sterling among others. As Above, So Below resists becoming a comprehensive survey that traces the role of art and spirituality however. Instead, it presents perspectives on spirituality from a range of unique viewpoints in over 180 works, many of whom have never exhibited in Ireland before.

The title, As Above, So Below, echoes an often quoted saying, employed by artists, poets, writers and astrologers alike, as a means to describe and understand the mysterious but familiar world around us. To look at spirituality in such secular times is a provocation in itself, as the exhibition traces and questions the genesis of deep religious, mystical and occult beliefs that continue to shape the ideas of contemporary artists today.




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Mar 10 2017

Tuan Andrew Nguyen at Whitney Biennial, New York, NY, USA: March 17 – June 11, 2017

Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s latest film The Island will be featured at this year’s Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA).

The Island is shot entirely on Pulau Bidong, an island off the coast of Malaysia that became the largest and longest-operating refugee camp after the Vietnam War. The artist and his family were some of the 250,000 people who inhabited the tiny island between 1978 and 1991; it was once one of the most densely populated places in the world. After the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shuttered the camp in 1991, Pulau Bidong became overgrown by jungle, filled with crumbling monuments and relics.

The 2017 Whitney Biennial, the seventy-eighth installment of the longest-running survey of American art, arrives at a time rife with racial tensions, economic inequities, and polarizing politics. Throughout the exhibition, artists challenge us to consider how these realities affect our senses of self and community. The Biennial features sixty-three individuals and collectives whose work takes a wide variety of forms, from painting and installation to activism and video-game design.

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Jan 10 2017

XEM at Inlen Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: January 14, 2017

XEM Vietnam (of which Galerie Quynh artist Hoang Duong Cam is a member) will be launching the seventh issue of their eponymous publication on January 14 at Inlen Gallery (23B Tran Quang Dieu, District 3, HCMC).

XEM Magazine is a platform to showcase photography-based work by the collective (consisting of Vietnamese contemporary artists/photographers Quang Lam, Hoang Duong Cam, Phan Quang, UuDam Tran Nguyen, and Nguyen Thanh Truc). Each issue also features work by one invited guest, who – for the magazine’s latest issue – will be emerging HCMC-based artist Quynh Lam.

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