Nov 16th 2017

The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection and Vietnam Artists’ Book Project invite you to a solo exhibition and artist’s talk by Tammy Nguyen:

Artist Talk: Thursday, Nov 16 at 4.30PM
Venue: The Joan Flasch’s Artists’ Book Collection
Suite 508, 37 S. Wabash, Chicago IL
Exhibition opens from Nov 15-Dec 8, 2017
Hours: Mon-Thu: 9AM-7.30PM; Fri: 9AM-4PM; Sat: 12-4PM
Free Admission

How to Breathe in Selected Tropics is a visual novella by Tammy Nguyen. The novella takes the form of books, pamphlets, and works on paper organized in four boxes. Each box is a chapter in the novella: A Cyclops, Hog, The Fan, and Banana. This project is Nguyen’s reflection on her experience in the tropical places of Vietnam, the Philipines, and Hawaii. Nguyen uses her memories as a starting point to explore the geopolitics of these locales, the history of US military involvement, and the transforming of these places into “paradise.”


Tammy Nguyen (b. 1984, San Francisco, CA) is a multimedia artist working with geopolitics, science, and less known histories. She received a BFA from the Cooper Union in 2007 and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2013. From 2007-08, Nguyen was a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam where she studied traditional lacquer painting. She has exhibited at the Leroy Neiman Center, San-Art, The Fine Arts Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, the Bronx Museum, Wave Hill, Carriage Barns Art Center, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and the Inside-Out Museum. In 2014, Nguyen was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship at Wave Hill as well as inclusion in the Bronx AIM program. In 2015, she was selected for the Scholarship for Advanced Studies by The Center for Book Arts in New York City. Her work has been collected by Yale University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. In Fall 2016, Nguyen founded Passenger Pigeon Press, an independent press that brings the work of scientists, journalists, creative writers, and visual arts together to create politically nuanced projects. Recently she was an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space program and is an Asia Delegate for the Carnegie Council.

**The exhibition is a collaboration between the IAP (IAP – Indochina Arts Partnership’s Vietnam Artists’ Book Project) and the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection. Curated by Nhung Walsh. Sponsored by School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Office of Engagement.

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