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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