MOCATalks: Mind the Gap

When 10 Dec 2019
6:30PM - 7:30PM
Where Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
United States

Mind the Gap is an upcoming exhibition at The Delaware Contemporary that aims to explore the gaps in life we all face. The work on display investigates various perspectives that will inspire viewers to reflect on their own gaps in life. This panel discussion intends to explore the concept of “gaps” through the critical lens of women’s roles and their identities in the context of Chinese contemporary art. Moderated by the curator of Mind the Gap, Wenlu Bao, the discussion invites female art professionals from different roles and jobs to share their ideas, experiences, and stories. Panelists will include the New York based artist Emily Cheng, curator Kathrine Page, and gallerist Echo He. Questions will center on issues such as gender gaps, how New York City reacts to Chinese female artists, how visual art benefits Asian communities, and what kind of art education practices attract Asian artists that help to close or minimize the gaps.

Wenlu Bao is an art professional currently working as the Curatorial and Marketing Assistant at The Delaware Contemporary. She received her M.A. degree in Museum Communication from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and B.A. degree in Video Directing from Fudan University, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art. Wenlu‘s exposure to hundreds of art museums and galleries globally enriches her view on contemporary art curation and research. She received 2016 Annual Meeting Fellowship supported by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), 2016 Marketing and Communications Intern Fellowship supported by the Richard C. von Hess Foundation, and 2017 Highest Academic Achievement Award from the University of the Arts, Museum Studies Department.

Emily Cheng received a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and attended the New York Studio School for three years. Her solo shows in New York include The Bronx Museum, Plum Blossom Gallery, Winston Wachter Fine Art, Bravin Post Lee Gallery, David Beiztel Gallery, and Lang and O’Hara Gallery. Emily has also had solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (MOCA, Taipei); Zane Bennett Gallery in Santa Fe; Hanart Gallery in Hong Kong; Louis Vuitton, Kowloon, Hong Kong; Metropolitan Museum of Manila; and the Ayala Museum in Manila, Philippines; Byron Cohen Gallery in Kansas City; The Cincinatti Center of Contemporary Art; Schmidt Dean Gallery in Philadelphia; and Timezone 8 in Beijing and Shanghai.

Yu “Echo” He is a curator, gallerist and writer in New York. From 2010 to present, she has worked in various departments at Pace Gallery, a leading contemporary art gallery with locations in New York, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Palo Alto, Seoul, and Geneva. In 2013, she founded and has continued to operate Fou Gallery, a unique gallery space and creative lab located in a historic brownstone in New York, with a focus on promoting Asian contemporary artists. Fou Gallery is considered as a notable and viable model for alternative exhibition spaces, an art lab that brings in various forms of art and an ecology that thrives outside of mainstream gallery culture, and has received significant media attention globally. Most recently, Fou Gallery received special Congressional Recognition of United States of America in 2018 because of the large public art project The Song of Dragon and Flowers by artist Chen Dongfan. Echo received Yishu Awards for Writing and Curating Contemporary Chinese Art (2016). She is a prolific writer and regularly contributes to a variety of publications, including The Art Newspaper (China), Lens, Art China, World Heritage Geography, Condé Nast Traveler, among others.

Kathrine Page currently serves as Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art at The Delaware Contemporary. Previously, she served for three years on the Board of Directors at The Delaware Contemporary. Prior to moving to Delaware, Kathrine owned and operated Spencer Hill Gallery LLC in Corning, NY, where she represented 22 contemporary American artists. Before opening Spencer Hill Gallery, Kathrine served as Gallery Manager at The Glass Menagerie, Corning, NY. While living in Rochester, NY, she served as Gallery Director of The Davison Gallery at Roberts Wesleyan College, founded and curated the B.T. Roberts Memorial Hall Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, and founded The Regional Gallery Director’s Forum in Rochester, NY. A published writer, Kathrine served as a lecturer in art history at Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary. She holds an MA in Theological Studies and Medieval Art History.

Image courtesy of the event organizer.

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