Crossover features four artists of Chinese descent born in either Asia or America whose works transport viewers across space, time, and cultural divides. Curated
Crossover features four artists of Chinese descent born in either Asia or America whose works transport viewers across space, time, and cultural divides. Curated by Tracey Jen, a Curatorial Practice MFA candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the exhibition opens at Gallery CA on March 6 and runs through March 26. Programming for Crossover includes an Opening Reception on March 9 from 5:00 to 8:00pm—immediately preceded by an Intercultural Story Sharing program at 4:00pm facilitated by the curator, inviting the public to come participate in a discussion that reflects on identity, family traditions, and ever changing culture.
The exhibition presents traditional mediums like ceramics, calligraphy, and painting alongside digital media, underscoring how the contemporary hyper-connected world can complicate one’s sense of self. “Culture is constantly changing, naturally creating hybridized identities,” explains curator Tracey Jen. “Instead of struggling to fit in, I hope that people can learn that they are not alone, and discover the possibility of healing through building connections and empathy.”
Crossover explores Chinese identities from four perspectives:
Born in 1958, Taiwan-based calligrapher Hung-Chang Huang uses his art form to preserve Chinese traditions in the face of rapid technological change.
Chinese-born painter Sicheng Wang came to the U.S. in 2016 for further education; since then, he has faced the issues of homesickness while trying to make Baltimore his new home.
Born in Lafayette, Indiana, and working as a professional artist since the 1970s, ceramicist Beth Locreates pieces that reflect both the day-to-day challenges of parenting and her own childhood memories of feeling marginalized as an Asian-American.
Finally, having grown up in a biracial family in the U.S., New York artist Adam Chau combines the traditional craft of porcelain with current digital technology to explore how millennials interact and identify via social media.
About the Curator
Tracey Jen is a 2nd generation Taiwanese-American, originally from West Lafayette, IN and currently studying MFA Curatorial Practice at MICA in Baltimore, MD. She graduated with her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Indiana University Bloomington in 2015 and her Post-Bac in Fine Art from MICA in 2017, where she worked in traditional and new media, installation, and socially engaged art. In 2018, she co-curated the shows Land Trust at the Meyerhoff Gallery, Everything Must Go at Space Camp, and several GradEx student exhibitions.
About MICA’s Curatorial Practice Program
MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice prepares students to take a responsible approach to the expanding role curators play in creating a vibrant cultural life in the 21st century’s global society. Designed to forge connections among art, artists, and the community, the program’s collaborative and individual curatorial projects allow students to explore new methods of exhibition presentation-thinking outside of traditional models and training to create relevant, timely and accessible exhibitions for their audiences. This innovative graduate program is the first MFA in Curatorial Practice in the United States.
About the Venue
Gallery CA is a contemporary arts space devoted to showcasing local, regional, national, and international artists. The gallery also serves as an agent for community engagement by offering regular programming and creating sustainable partnerships with local art institutions and community organizations.
Crossover is realized through the support and generosity of its partners and donors.
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