Saturday, April 10, 2010

Patty Chang in H-TOWN.

I dunno how i didn't hear about this sooner!

University of Houston Clear Lake


"Contortion” 2003 “Fountain” 1999

UHCL Presentation and Workshop APRIL 13TH, 2010, Two sessions: 11:00 and 6:00 in the Garden Room at UHCL Bayou Building
New York-based performance/film/video artist Patty Chang will present her work and discuss the artist’s process in two presentations on Tuesday, April 13th. The workshop is a rare opportunity to gain first-hand understanding of how an artist succeeds in collaborating across artist groups, studios and galleries in today’s globalized field of contemporary art. Chang’s latest video installation entitled “Die Ware Liebe” the Product Love (2009), shown at Mary Boone Gallery in New York, presents a two channel video, running 42 minutes long. The subject of the installation is based on the 1920s Hollywood star, Anna May Wong, who left the U.S. to live in Europe where she captured the fascination of the critical theorist Walter Benjamin – he subsequently met with and interviewed Wong and wrote an article in the literarische Welt in 1928. For “Die Ware Liebe,” Chang hired actors in Shanghai to perform a re-enactment of the fantasy fascination that both Anna May Wong and Benjamin evoked.

Chang undertakes the transnational subject that has long existed in visual culture and renews the concept within the frame of contemporary expression. Her 2006 video/sculptural project entitled “Shangri-La” explores James Hilton’s 1933 “Lost Horizon” by incorporating filmic images of the town in China called “Shangri-La” that was recently renamed by the province to exploit its touristic potential. The video/sculptural project was shown at theUCLA Hammer Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Chang underscores the rich and complex meanings that are produced when art and ideas cross cultural boundaries in history, time and international locations to become shared amongst a multiplicity of artists/actors, programs, and audiences.

This event is sponsored by the UHCL Arts Association, the Women’s Studies Department, and Student Life Cultural Arts.

Any individual who requires a special accommodation for a specific disability should contact 281-283-3432 at least one week prior to the date of the program/event.
Contact: Jane Chin Davidson,,
281 283 3432

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