Circles and Circuits I: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora

September 15, 2017

February 25, 2018

California African American Museum, State Drive, Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Event Description

Circles and Circuits explores the art of the Chinese Caribbean diaspora from the early 20th century to the present day. By examining the contributions of artists of Chinese descent in Cuba, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and beyond, the exhibition will reveal the hidden complexities of the transcultural art of the Caribbean.

The exhibition is presented at two venues, the Chinese American Museum (CAM) and the California African American Museum (CAAM). The presentation at CAAM will trace the history of Chinese Caribbean art from the 1930s through the period of the region’s independence movements, showcasing the contributions of artists little known outside their own countries, such as Sybil Atteck (Trinidad and Tobago) and Manuel Chong-Neto (Panama), and providing a new context for understanding the better-known work of Wifredo Lam (Cuba). At CAM, the exhibition will focus on the work of contemporary artists such as Albert Chong and María Magdalena Campos-Pons, as well as artists of the ongoing Chinese Caribbean diaspora. The contemporary works featured explore issues of post-colonial history, popular culture, personal history, and the body.

This exhibition is organized by the Chinese American Museum in partnership with the Asian/Pacific /American Institute at New York University and California African American Museum. Curated by Alexandra Chang, APA Institute at NYU, and Steven Y. Wong, Chinese American Museum in coordination with Mar Hollingsworth, Visual Arts Curator and Program Manager of CAAM. The exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

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