Patty Chang, Letdown (Milk), 2017. Image courtesy of the artist and BANK/MABSOCIETY.
Image of Letdown Letdown by Patty Chang, 2017.


The Wandering Lake: Patty Chang in Conversation with Hitomi Iwasaki

February 17, 2018
Queens Museum

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY

Queen’s Museum hosted a tour and conversation with the artist on the closing weekend of Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake, 2009-2017. After exploring the exhibition Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions and Curator, led a discussion with Patty Chang on her practice, research, and the artist’s book published in conjunction with the show. A light lunch was served.

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. Navigating through this work, viewers explored Chang’s personal, associative, and narrative meditation on mourning, care-giving, geopolitics, and landscape.

Patty Chang is an artist working in performance, video, writing, and installation. Her work has a capacity to explore complex subjects nearly simultaneously, as does life. Her work has been exhibited nationwide and internationally at such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. 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 de Freibourg, Fribourg, Switzerland; Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, England; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the M+ Museum, Hong Kong; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Her work received a 2003 award from the Rockefeller Foundation and a 2012 Creative Capital award. In 2008, she was a finalist for the Hugo Boss Prize and a Guna S. Mundheim Fellow in the Visual Arts at the American Academy in Berlin. In 2014, Chang was a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow.  She lives and works in Los Angeles.

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 Museum’s collection, The Panorama of the City of New York.  In addition to Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake 2009-2017, she has recently completed projects by Mariam Ghani, Anna K. E, Ronny Quevedo, Julia Weist and Sable Elyse Smith. Iwasaki is currently working on a forthcoming online publication, The Panorama Handbook: Thoughts and Visions On and Around the Queens Museum’s Panorama of the City of New York (2019). She is a recipient of the  International Association of Art Critic’s IACA Curator’s Award Best Project in a Public Space, 2009–2010, with her project with Duke Riley.

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.