Oct 12 2017
The Propeller Group at San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, USA: October 27, 2017 – March 25, 2018
A major survey dedicated to The Propeller Group is currently on view at the San Jose Museum of Art (San Jose, CA), bringing together multipart projects from the past five years, comprising video, installation, and sculptural works that represent the scope of the group’s artistic practice.
One highlight of the exhibition is The Living Need Light, the Dead Need Music (2014), a visually lush film that follows funerary traditions of the Mekong Delta. It combines documentary footage, staged reenactments, and fantastical scenes to explore slippages between real and imagined rituals shared across cultures. The film is accompanied by sculptures inspired by traditional Vietnamese funerary objects: a carved jackfruit wood snake with gold fangs and an adorned water buffalo skull.
In collaboration with internationally acclaimed graffiti writer El Mac and local artists, The Propeller Group will also present a new public mural in downtown San Jose.
The exhibition has been organized by the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Phoenix Art Museum.