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NOVEMBER 12, 5 – 9 PM




New WeHo Park Mural Suggests Make Love, Not War
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

By Staff
From the “Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom” series by Mei Xian Qiu.
“Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom; 8990,” a mural by Los Angeles-based artist Mei Xian Qiu, has just been installed in West Hollywood Park. Presented by the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts, the large format piece [9 x 9 feet] is located on the ground floor of the five-story parking structure adjacent to West Hollywood Park and West Hollywood Library. It will remain on view through July 2017.

The image is from a series of photographs that imagines a mock Chinese invasion of the United States. Hidden political dangers are suggested, but rather than being urgently addressed, are put aside momentarily, subsumed to the romance of the Chinese cultural revolution-era’s notion of “the beautiful idea.”

While employing familiar symbolism and historical dystopianism, the work also explores the quest for an inner utopia, a theme common to Xian Qiu’s body of work. As well, the piece references the past yet boldly faces the future – affirmatively critical, specifically with respect to globalism, the identity of the self, the social landscape, post-colonialism and that of the larger national body politic.


Mei Xian Qiu
“I thought about if soldiers were countries – what would they do?” said Mei Xian Qiu. “Get into bed with each other, court each other, as governments do? It deals with the issue of identity as something that we create, and how others perceive that in a cultural sense. Especially as urban people, we’ve become so removed from any type of indigenous existence. It leads me to recreate my own fantasy of cultural identity.”

The title plays off Mao Zedong’s quote “Let a hundred flowers blossom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.” Taken from classical Chinese poetry, this line originated in a 1956 speech in which the then chairman of the Peoples’ Republic of China Communist Party seemingly launched a movement supporting liberalization and freedom.

Mao used the slogan to proclaim a great society where free speech and debate would flourish – as a result, artists, academics, and intellectuals came out of hiding and there was a brief flowering of culture. As the campaign gathered pace, intellectuals began to criticize censorship, the Soviet economic model and human rights abuses. Mao had underestimated the amount of dissent and in 1957 altered his speech to say that intellectual freedom was only valid when it contributed to strengthening communism, sending anyone who contradicted into labor camps.

Throughout Mei Xian Qiu’s “Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom” series, the models are Pan Asian and American artists and academics specializing in Chinese culture, the very sorts of people at risk in a Hundred Flowers Movement. The costumes include discarded U.S. military uniforms, cheongsams constructed for the photographs and Chinese mock ups taken from a Beijing photography studio, specializing in outfits for foreign tourists to re-enact Cultural Revolution propaganda imagery.

Mei Xian Qiu’s own story clearly informs her work. She was born in the town of Pekalongan, on the island of Java, Indonesia, to a third generation Chinese minority family – when it was illegal to be Chinese in Java. Her village had no cars, just horse-drawn carts and bicycles.

At birth, her parents gave her multiple names – Chinese, American and Indonesian – in preparation for societal collapse and variant potential futures. In the aftermath of their homeland’s Chinese and Communist genocide, the family emigrated from Java to the United States. During her childhood, she was moved back and forth several times between the two countries as her parents weighed what they perceived as the amorality of life in the West against the uncertainty of life in Java.

Partially as a result of a growing sense of restlessness, her father joined the U.S. Air Force and the family lived throughout the country, sometimes staying in one place for just a month at a time. The artist has also been based in Europe, China, and Indonesia as an adult (www.meixianqiu.com).



Christie’s Auction

Half the Sky: Artworks by Asian Women Artists

Oct 13 – 25

Christie’s presents Half the Sky: Artworks by Asian Women Artists, which features works ranging from the Modern through Contemporary period. All the works included in the sale have been conceived and executed by women artists working from around Asia, the United States, and Europe. With starting bids beginning as low as $600, collectors will find an outstanding array of accessibly priced pieces, including iconic works by women artists, such as Cao Fei, Lin Tianmiao, and An He, as well as fresh artworks by newcomers to auction such as Lin Yan, Ivory Yeunmi Lee, Huang Hai-Hsin and Zhou He. For those just beginning to build their collections to seasoned connoisseurs, Half the Sky: Artworks by Asian Women Artists will offer something for everybody.


Social Justice Show at St. Mary’s College Museum

Social Justice:
It Happens to One,
It Happens to All

We Invite You to Join Us!

In Conversation with the Artists
Exhibition Opening and Reception
Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art
Moraga, California
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Free and Open to the Public
Poetic, direct, conceptual and gripping–the works in this exhibition can say what words cannot and are the catalyst to empower social change, encourage empathy and respect for others, and foster important dialog on issues of social justice, immigration, human rights, economic disparity, civil rights and more. Art can inspire change and bring people together, crossing the borders of cultures and languages. We hope you will join us to imagine the potential and inspire social change!
Dan Tague “Justice Will Prevail” Ultra chrome print on photo luster paper, 42 x 42 inches, 2015
11:00 – 5:00 Sunday, September 18, 2016
Lockett Gallery, Museum Lobby and Gallery 160
Talk with the artists about their works!
Exhibition is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 11:30 – 4:00 p.m. through December 11, 2016IN CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTISTS
1:15 – 2:45 Sunday, September 18, 2016
Soda Activity Center (near the museum, check in at museum lobby for directions)
Lively discussion between artists and audience about motivations for and reactions to the social justice themed works in this exhibition.

3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Sunday, September 18, 2016

 Xian Mei Qiu “The Bird Cage” Photograph on plexiglass,
26 x 20 inches, 2013
Curated by Gutfreund Cornett Art, this international exhibition focuses on themes of social justice that examine timely subject matter being debated during this election year. Art is used as weapons in the fight for human rights to shine a light on the conditions of the working class, the disparities in global wealth, power inequities, education, shelter, access to food, water and health services, disabilities, immigration issues, criminal (in)justice, women’s rights, the subjugation of ethnic groups and the challenges of gender and identity in the modern world.
Please check our Info Page for more interactive events, currently in development, designed to further conversation about social justice issues throughout the run of the exhibition.FOR DIRECTIONS TO MUSEUM AND FURTHER INFORMATION, please go to our Info Page
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Gary Aagaard, Algie Abrams, Eric Almanza, Jenny E. Balisle, Ronda Brown, Marie Cameron, Jane Caminos, Veronica Cardoso, Gerardo Castro, Jennifer Cawley, James Davis, Justyne Fischer, Sara Friedlander, Linda Friedman Schmidt, Emily Greenberg, Vicki Gunter, Maru Hoeber, Beth Krensky, Dave Kube, Jihae Kwon, Scott Leahing, Dawn Nakashima, Nancy Ohanian, Priscilla Otani, Sibylle Peretti, Xian Mei Qiu, Sinan Revell, Joanne Beaule Ruggles, Timo Saarelma, Nick Hugh Schmidt, Jaime Shafer, Amy Siqveland, Miholyn Soon and Ellie Jones, Elka Stevens, Dan Tague, Rebekah Tarin, Joseph Tipay, Jane Venis, Eike Waltz, Frank Wang, Margi Weir, Elena Wyatt, and Brad Wong and Leo Volcy/The Meteorites

In order to accommodate as many viewpoints as possible and expand the conversation beyond the physical limitations of the museum, additional works were selected to be shown in a looped slideshow in the gallery by the following artists: Nic Abramson, Kamal Al Mansour, Marcia Annenberg, Anne Bascove, Nancy Calef, Jane Caminos, LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Alex Curtiss, Myra Eastman, Rachel Beth Egenhoefer, Beth Fein, Patricio Guillamon, Maggy Hiltner, Barbara Horiuchi, Catherine Johnson, Simone Kestelman, Pat Kumicich, Beth Lakamp, Sharon Lange, Monika Malewska, Penny Mateer, Melissa McCutcheon, Beverly Mills, Robbin Milne, Traci Mims, Christopher Owen Nelson, John Nieman, Annamarie Pabst, Sara Petitt, Roxanne Phillips, IlaSahai Prouty, The Ragdoll Project, Remedios Rapoport, Sinan Revell, Trix Rosen, Bridget Rountree, Timo Saarelma, Charles Seaton, Zahava Sherez, Kathryn Shinko, Bonnie J. Smith, Debra Thompson, Doerte Weber, Thomas Whalen, Aaron Wilder

Our Special Recognitions Juror: Social Justice and Women’s Rights Activist Attorney Sandra Fluke
Sandra chose these three works from the exhibition as the strongest representations of and best stimulus for discussions of social justice issues.
Justyne Fischer
“The Sunshine State”
Woodcut on voile, ?
?50 x 50 inches, 2014
In The Sunshine State, Justyne Fischer powerfully evokes the grief, anger, sorrow, pain, and history that courses through the Black Lives Matter movement. The lynched bodies of Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin are reminiscent of Lady Justice. Yet, their families and their communities continue to search for true justice. The needle dropped on “Strange Fruit” long ago, but it’s haunting lyrics and plaintive melody continue to score a nightmare of racism our country has yet to wake from. No justice, no peace.
Maru Hoeber
Porcelain and wood veneer, ?
?7.5 x 24.5 x 7.5 inches, 2015
The faceless refugees depicted in Flight by Maur Hoeber are anything but. Their features burst rapidly into focus as the sculpture’s kinetic energy captivates viewers, too many of whom have turned their minds away from the tragic realities of a crisis with no respite in sight, long forgotten by our 24-hour cable news cycle. The refugees’ heartbreak at leaving their homes behind, bittersweet relief at escaping their war torn country, and optimism that a better life awaits them on distant shores is palpable. This piece amplifies the voices of people who have been silenced for far, far too long. Snippets of their conversations rush through the minds of viewers, crackling with hopefully enough intensity that apathy is jostled away.
Nancy Ohanian
Digital print on aluminum, 30 x 20 inches, 2016Racism also lies at the heart of EPA Regulations by Nancy Ohanian, environmental justice evading the residents of Flint and numerous other cities across our country. Flint is one of Michigan’s poorest, Blackest cities, intersecting identities that increased its marginalization and vulnerability. Flint’s government served not just contaminated water, but a pointed disregard for the health of its poverty stricken African American community.

All works in this show are included in our Online Gallery.

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Sherri and Karen