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Thursday, December 14, 2017

NEW YORK | A conversation and walk-through of "Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake," at the Queens Museum, with Patty Chang, Jill Casid and Hitomi Iwasaki

Date(s): December 14, 2017

Time: 3:30 PM  EST - 5:30 PM  EST

Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368


Members I $20
Guests | $25


Join ArtTable for a guided tour and conversation with Patty Chang (artist), Jill H. Casid (Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Hitomi Iwasaki  (Director and Curator of Exhibitions) about Patty’s most ambitious exhibition to date: "The Wandering Lake 2009 – 2017" at the Queens Museum.

Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake, 2009-2017 presents a groundbreaking project by Chang, a uniquely important artist who emerged from New York’s alternative art scene of the mid-1990s. From her tough-to-take, boundary-busting performance-video work that explored the complex psychic narrative behind often visceral solo performances, to more recent experimental films and lecture-performances, Chang has challenged the parameters of performance and its power as a storytelling vehicle. The Wandering Lake, 2009-2017 is a project that redefines the role of artist, image, object, and performance in the construction of narratives through an exhibition that integrates video projection, photography, sculpture, publication, and performance as one expansive body of work. The exhibition allows viewers to navigate through Chang’s personal, associative, and narrative meditation on mourning, caregiving, geopolitics, and landscape. The exhibition has been structured to replicate the complex way in which stories develop through geography, history, cultural mythology, fiction, and personal experience. While Chang’s multi-year project was in part inspired by turn-of-the-century colonial explorer Sven Hedin’s book The Wandering Lake (1938)—which tells the story of a migrating body of water in the Chinese desert—the project also chronicles the loss of Chang’s father as well as her pregnancy and the birth of her son.

An artist book has been conceived as an organically integral part of the project. The book conceptually mirrors the installation in the galleries and is comprised of a photo essay by Chang detailing her travels to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of Western China, the site of the wandering lake, and other aquatic locations, along with selected excerpts from the aforementioned literatures and other sources in relevant topics written by authors including Jill Casid, Herman Melville and Alice Walker. The book is co-published with Dancing Foxes Press, an independent publishing platform whose projects render ideas that emerge from the minds of artists, writers, and scholars, and are often driven by content and collaboration.

Patty Chang (b. 1972, San Leandro, CA) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Chang received a BA from the University of California, San Diego in 1994. Her work has been exhibited nationwide and internationally at such institutions as The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; New Museum, New York; BAK- basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, the Netherlands; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Fri-Art Centre d’Art Contemporain Kunsthalle, Fribourg, Switzerland; Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, England; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden. Chang has received grants from Creative Capital, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Tides Foundation, and Guggenheim Foundation. Most recently, Chang participated in the 2016 Shanghai Biennale. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Jill H. Casid is Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she founded and served as the first director of the Center for Visual Cultures. A historian, theorist, and practicing artist, her contributions to the transdisciplinary field of visual studies include her monographs Sowing Empire: Landscape and Colonization (Minnesota, 2006) which received the College Art Association’s Millard Meiss award and Scenes of Projection: Recasting the Enlightenment Subject (Minnesota, 2015) and the edited collection Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn (Yale, 2014) co-edited with Aruna D’Souza. Recent articles have appeared in the L.A. Review of Books, Women and Performance, TDR, and the Journal of Visual Culture and she has contributed essays to, among other volumes, Environmental Aesthetics after Landscape (Diaphanes/Johns Hopkins, forthcoming), Migration and the Contemporary Mediterranean (Oxford, forthcoming), The Philosophical Salon (Open Humanities Press, 2017), Architecture is All Over (Columbia, 2017), The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History (Princeton, 2015), A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2011), and Landscape Theory (Routledge, 2007). She is currently completing the two-book project Form at the Edges of Life. She serves on the governing board of the International Association of Visual Culture and on the editorial board of the Journal of Visual Culture. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her research and teaching, including the Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence in Teaching Award (2015), the Vilas Research Investigator Award (2014), the H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship (2011), and the Hamel Faculty Fellowship (2009).

Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions/Curator, joined the Queens Museum in 1996 and has worked on numerous landmark exhibitions, including Cai Guo-Qiang (1997), Out of India: Contemporary Indian Art from Diaspora (1997), and Global Conceptualism (1999) and initiated site-specific artist projects that later developed into longer-term residency and fellowship programs. As Director of Exhibitions, she organized Caribbean: Crossroad of the World (2012) in collaboration with El Museo del Barrio and The Studio Museum in Harlem and Bringing the World into the World (2015), large-scale international contemporary exhibition celebrating the largest artifact in the Queens Museum's permanent collection, The Panorama of the City of New York–a 9,000 sq.ft. scale model of the metropolis made in 1064 for the New York World's Fair.  Her work continues to focus on conceptually driven site-specific artist projects with a ranging body of local and international artists including Terence Gower, Nic Hess, Duke Riley, Johanna Unzueta, and Jewyo Rhii. In addition to Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake (2017), she has recently completed projects by Mariam Ghani, Anna K. E, and Sable Elyse Smith. Iwasaki is currently working on a forthcoming publication, The Panorama Handbook: Thoughts and Visions On and Around the Queens Museum's Panorama of the City of New York (2017). A recipient of the International Association of Art Critic’s IACA Curator’s Award Best Project in a Public Space, 2009–2010, Iwasaki received MA in Museum Studies from New York University and pursued additional post-graduate studies in Art History at CUNY Graduate Center.

Thank you to 
Louky Keijsers Koning, Patty Chang, Jill H. Casid, Hitomi Iwasaki, Sophia Marisa Lucas for participating in and organizing this program. 

Image: Patty Chang, Installation view, Invocation for a Wandering Lake, Part I, 2015. Projection, 12:49 minutes, sound, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and BANK/MABSOCIETY. Photo by Hai Zhang

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