Art Across Archives: Postcards from Chinatown
February 17, 2018 – April 29, 2018
Think!Chinatown’s Community Art Space
New York, NY
Produced by Think!Chinatown in collaboration with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Asia Art Archive in America, Asian American Arts Centre, and chashama.
Curated by Stephanie H. Tung
Featuring the work of Ming Fay and the EPOXY Art Group
Art Across Archives re-constitutes the work of the EPOXY Art Group, a collective of artists hailing primarily from Hong Kong and China active in New York during the 1980s and ‘90s. The group experimented with a variety of art forms, including installation, performance, slideshows, and zines, as a collaborative means of exploring and re-framing their cross-cultural experiences in the US.
The featured works, The Decolonization of Hong Kong (1992) and Thirty-Six Tactics (1987), are examples of a research-based approach to art-making. The artists sifted through mass media archives and used Xerox machines to compile their own unofficial histories of global events. Drawing upon resources as disparate as Reagan Era scandals, the Opium Wars, and classical Chinese military stratagems, these artworks piece together far-flung fragments of a world that has already happened. Traversing time and space, they gesture toward a past that both travels and evolves.
The EPOXY Art Group’s core members included Ming Fay (b. 1943), Bing Lee (b. 1948), Jerry Kwan (1934-2008), Kwok Mang Ho (b. 1947), Kang Lok Chung (b. 1947), and Eric Chan (b. 1975), with Esther Liu, and Cissy Pao (b. 1950), Andrew Culver (b. 1953), and Zhang Hongtu (b. 1943) as additional participants. The exhibit included an archival wall with modules addressing Epoxy’s work as a collaborative group, the significance of downtown New York to their work, and the slideshow as an innovative, hand-drawn medium.
Art Across Archives drew material from three New York collections: the Asian American Arts Centre, the Asia Art Archive in America, and selections by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU of materials from the Fales Library and Special Collections at NYU. Slideshows featuring each collection will be on view 24/7 in the window of 384 Broadway and as a projection indoors. In opening up these archives to fresh perspectives, this exhibition asked us to rethink the archive as a space for play and a source for new ideas in the community.
On view: Saturday, February 17 – Saturday, April 29, 2018
Community day: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Open Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Window Display visible 24/7: The Asia Art Archive in America window display will be on view until the end of February
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.