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Photographer Tseng Kwong Chi - Metropolitan Museum, Grey Art Gallery, MOCA, and on CUNY TV.

Photographer Tseng Kwong Chi - Metropolitan Museum, Grey Art Gallery, MOCA, and on CUNY TV.

Published on June 9, 2015
Tseng Kwong Chi at Metropolitan Museum

Performing for the Camera and more...

To better understand the 1980's, art, photography and the performance scene and speaking of FUSION which we are writing about a bit on The Dance Enthusiast through the month of June, don't miss the opportunity to acquaint or reacquaint yourself with Tseng Kwong Chi a photographer who is often called a cross between Ansel Adams and Cindy Sherman. Some fascinating exhibits, TV shows, and even Wednesday Evening Walk Throughs with renowned choreographer Muna Tseng ( Tseng Kwong Chi's sister ) at NYU's Grey Art Gallery. Check it out.- Christine Jowers, Editor-in-Chief- The Dance Enthusiast

About Tseng Kwong Chi:

Tseng Kwong Chi (born 1950, Hong Kong; died 1990, New York) is internationally known for his photographic series Expeditionary Self-Portrait Series a.k.a. East Meets West. In over 100 images, he poses in front of iconic architecture and sublime nature as his invented artistic persona, a Chinese “Ambiguous Ambassador” in the classic Mao suit. “A cross between Ansel Adams and Cindy Sherman,” the work explores tourist photography in a playful juxtaposition of truth, fiction, and identity. Tseng was an important documentarian and denizen of the downtown 1980’s New York club and art scene. During his brief but prolific 10-year career, he created over 100,000 vibrant color and black-and-white photographs of his contemporaries Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, McDermott and McGough, Kenny Scharf, Philip Taaffe, Madonna, Grace Jones, the B-52’s, and Fab Five Freddy, among others, a rich historical archive of the decade. In 1990, Tseng died at age 39 from complications related to the AIDS virus, leaving an enduring body of work that engages major photographic traditions — the tourist snapshot, portraiture, the Sublime tradition of landscape photography, documentary and performance. Tseng’s photographs have been exhibited widely in international exhibitions and are in numerous major public museums and private collections. for more info go to the official website Tseng Kwong Chi

***Review of Grey Art Gallery's Tseng Kwong Chi Exhibiit by Ken Johnson on The New York Times

CONVERSATION: DORYUN CHONG AND HERB TAM ON TSENG KWONG CHI THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015 AT 6.30 PM - 8.00 PM MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA 215 CENTER STREET, NEW YORK CITY
 

Doryun Chong, chief curator, M+ Hong Kong, and Herb Tam, curator and director of exhibitions, Museum of Chinese in America, will discuss Tseng’s life and art in New York, his influence on younger Chinese artists, and how his cultural identity may have impacted his work.

Generously supported by the Asian Cultural Council. Co-sponsored by the Museum of Chinese in America and NYU’s Grey Art Gallery.

Tickets required: $12/Adult; $7/Student & Senior; FREE for MOCA Members. Free with NYU ID: NYU ID holders please email programs@mocanyc.org   To reserve your ticket click her for Grey Art Gallery tickets


WEDNESDAY NIGHTS WALK-THROUGH WITH MUNA TSENG

Muna Tseng will offer walk-throughs of the exhibition "Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera" on Wednesday nights in the month of June. Please RSVP with your date to reserve your spot.  The tour from 7.00 to 7.30 pm FREE.
Exhibition on view: now through - JULY 11, 2015
GREY ART GALLERY, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
100 WASHINGTON SQUARE EAST, NEW YORK CITY


CUNY TV

On Ch. 75 (Time Warner Cable and Cablevision/Optimum Brooklyn), Ch. 77 (RCN Cable) and Ch. 30 (Verizon FiOS)
ASIAN AMERICAN LIFE 4 repeat screenings Friday, June 19 - 10:00am, 3:00pm, 8:30pm Sunday, June 21 - 12:00pm
 

CUNY TV features the two current exhibitions on Tseng Kwong Chi at the Grey Art Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art on its Asian American Life, an in-depth news magazine program that addresses topical issues affecting the Asian American communities nationwide and profiles Asian American leaders.
Paul Lin interviews choreographer Muna Tseng about Kwong Chi's life and her tribute to him in her dance-performance piece "SlutForArt a.k.a. Ambiguous Ambassador".


 

CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS EXHIBITION ON VIEW: MAY 7 – AUGUST 16, 2015
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK

Tseng Kwong Chi's "Mao Suit" and photograph from his East Meets West series are part of the exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.

for more info click here Metropolitan Museum China:Through the Looking Glass


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