The global phenomenon of “Chameleon Artists”, or artists who hold multiple roles, as curator, administrator or art space organizer, is well known throughout the art world and can be both a boon and a hindrance to an artists’ creative life. Often, these multiple roles inspire different and unexpected perspectives, such that the organizational work can become entwined in and even inseparable from the art practice itself.
Asia Art Archive in America hosted a presentation and discussion by two such ‘Chameleon Artists’: I-Hua Lee, a visual artist based in Taiwan and the manager of the curatorial and residency program Taipei Artist Village, and Margaret Lee, a New York-based multi-media artist and a partner in the gallery 47 Canal. In addition to discussing their many professional roles, the conversation also addressed family issues such as marital and parental relations.
Light refreshments were served in the garden.
I-Hua Lee is a curator and visual artist based in Taiwan. She currently works as the manager of curatorial and artist-in-residence program in Taipei Artist Village and Treasure Hill Artist Village. She was a project manager at artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s studio in New York, and is the founder and chief editor for an independent curatorial journal Chuan Art which was launched in 2011. Her first artist book Short Conversation was published in 2009, which later was granted by the National Culture and Arts Foundation and exhibited in Garden City Gallery in Taipei. Her recent curatorial projects include: You Are the Sunshine of my Life – Treasure Hill Light Festival, Taiwan (2017), and Considerate Creations: Chameleons, Taiwan Academy and Gallery 456, New York (2017).
Margaret Lee has organized and exhibited work at numerous venues domestically and internationally including, The Windows, Barneys, NY; Concentrations HK: Margaret Lee, curated by Gabriel Ritter, Duddell’s x DMA, Hong Kong; Made in L.A, 2014 Hammer Museum Biennial, Los Angeles; 2013 Biennale de Lyon; de, da do…da, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Caza, curated by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Bronx Museum, New York; NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami; New Pictures of Common Objects, curated by Christopher Lew, MoMA PS1, New York, and Looking Back, White Columns, New York, amongst others. In 2009, Lee founded the artist-run space 179 Canal and is currently a partner in the gallery 47 Canal. Public collections with works by the artist include: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Dikeou Collection, Denver and the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.