He’s posed with Mickey Mouse or in front of Mt. Rushmore; in the thick of the Met Costume Ball or getting friendly with the politicians of the Moral Majority. His performative photographs range from candid snapshots with his club-going crowd, to staged encounters with American and European monuments.
Tseng Kwong Chi was a Hong Kong-born, Vancouver-raised artist and photo journalist immersed in the downtown New York Art Scene of the 1980s. Combining personal identity with global politics, his photographs riff off the histories of multiple forms: self-portraiture, touristic and landscape photography, and reportage, among others. Tseng’s images alternately function as witness to his life and community and as wry social commentary.
We invite you to join us in experiencing Tseng Kwong Chi’s photographs through the lenses of five local artists and thinkers. Through rapid fire presentations and performances, they’ll explore Tseng Kwong Chi’s legacy of cultural infiltration, political subversion and identity lived inseparable from art. Presenters include Chicago-based artists Rashayla Marie Brown and Leonard Surajaya, Northwestern professors Josh Takano Chambers Letson and Jessica Winegar, and exhibition curator Janet Dees.