Events

Past Events:

(Joint program) MOCA TREASURES ON THE ROAD

Unveiling the Untold Stories in the Chinese American Journey

 
As MOCA continues to rebuild from a devastating fire at its archives and the global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum remains committed to telling the untold stories in the making of America. 
 
The near loss of MOCA's irreplaceable archives of 85,000+ artifacts that tell 200 years of Chinese American history is a stark reminder of how objects bring history to life and how quickly these stories may be lost. MOCA believes now more than ever that it must inspire individuals to preserve artifacts, share them with the public-at-large, and provide an educational resource to supplement missing parts of U.S. history.
 
HAAA invites you to the second installment of MOCA's newest initiative called MOCA Treasures on the Road on Wednesday, October 21, at 3:00 P.M. CT. 

A recording of the webinar is available at MOCA's Vimeo Channel:

https://vimeo.com/471010059


Artist Talk Series | "Faces In the Pandemic"


Houston Asian American Archive announces "Faces in the Pandemic" artist talk series, part of the programs for the current exhibition, featuring six artists (after cancellation by two artists) in this group show. 

The talks will contextualize each of the artists' works in the exhibit as well as their individual practices, journey, and vision. Audiences will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end. 

The talk series is moderated by Ann Shi, associate curator of Houston Asian American Archive. 

Artist Talk #1: Sherry Tseng Hill & Anthony Pabillano

Date: Sep 30, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time

A recording of the webinar can be found here

Artist Talk #2: Brandon Tho Harris & Victor Ancheta

Date: Oct 7, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time

Register in advance for this webinar: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tjn_RGwoRri5YioaUPFs5g

Artist Talk #3: Antonius-Tin Bui & Jennifer Ling Datchuk

Date: Oct 14, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time 

[CANCELLED] Artist Talk #4: Wen-Hui Shen & Yinxi Jushi

Date: Oct 21, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time


Artist Talk #1: Sherry Tseng Hill & Anthony Pabillano

Date: Sep 30, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time

A recording of the webinar can be found here

Sherry Tseng Hill

Reflecting on the multi-faceted world we live in, Sherry Tseng Hill often superimposes imagery and pattern and plays with combining opposite expressions: the soft and the hard, the transparent and the opaque, the flat, and the spatial, the literal and the abstract. Constantly exploring different techniques and mediums to create textures and see how they can best tell the story or convey the emotions she hopes to evoke, her drawings, paintings, and 3-D constructions reflect her background as an architect. Her love of the sciences, mathematics, and literature, and her particular interest in the idea of nonlinear time/space of personal histories as well as the cosmos are prominent themes in her work.

Straddling the east and the west, Hill was born and raised in Taiwan until the young teenage years. Her childhood experiences in Taiwan forms a great part of her approach to life and her art. She is a Rice alum (BA in Art History & Architecture '80, B.Arch '82), and a practicing architect. She lives and works in Houston.

Anthony Pabillano was born and raised in the Philippines, moved when he was 11, and lived out the rest of his youth in Corpus Christi, Texas. Art has been part of Pabillano's life since childhood; although he later pursued studies in accounting and now a practicing accountant, he never gave up on art. Paper has been a medium unique to Pabillano, ever since an assignment during high school where he was asked to follow Henri Matisse's paper cut practice. Portraiture is his favorite genre from his introspective approach and sharp observations of human beings, especially people he respects and connects with. Using Matisse's inspiration, with self-made techniques of rendering "chiaroscuro" using layered paper art, Pabillano's portraiture forges a unique channel of storytelling, and the discourse in layers of and the depth of skin, their shades, and the intricate and hybrid world we live in.


Artist Talk #2: Brandon Tho Harris & Victor Ancheta

Date: Oct 7, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time

Register in advance for this webinar: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tjn_RGwoRri5YioaUPFs5g

Brandon Tho Harris

is an interdisciplinary artist based in Houston, Texas. His creative practice explores his identity as a child of war refugees. By examining the Vietnamese diaspora in relation to his own family history, he is able to understand and process intergenerational trauma. Harris' work incorporates self-portraiture, his family archives, and historical images portraying the Vietnam war. Through photography, video, performance, and installation, he allows the viewers a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding migration. His work has been featured in exhibitions at Houston Center for Photography and the Blaffer Art Museum. Harris' projects have also been funded by grants from The Idea Fund and Houston Art Alliance. Currently, he is pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Houston with a concentration of Photography and Digital Media.

Victor Ancheta

is a gay immigrant artist and writer. He spent his childhood in the Philippines, and then migrated to the United States. He is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and studied Studio Art and Creative Writing at the University of Houston-Downtown. Victor is a conceptual artist and works in installations, sculptures, and paintings. His pieces deal with his identity and his relationship with religion, colonial and post-colonial history, and deconstructing traditions.

Artist Talk #3: Antonius-Tin Bui & Jennifer Ling Datchuk

Date: Oct 14, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time 

Antonius-Tín Bui (they/them pronouns) is a polydisciplinary artist with roots all over the USA.

They are the child of Paul and Van Bui, two Vietnamese refugees who sacrificed everything to provide a future for their four kids and extended family. Born and raised in Bronx, NY, Antonius eventually moved to Houston before pursuing a BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MIC/A).

Since graduating in 2016, Antonius has been fortunate to receive fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Kala Art Institute, Tulsa Artists Fellowship, Halcyon Arts Lab, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Yaddo, Anderson Center at Tower View, The Growlery, and Fine Arts Work Center.

Antonius has exhibited at various institutional, private, public, and underground venues, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, IA&A at Hillyer, Lawndale Art Center, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Artscape, Satellite Art Fair Austin, Blaffer Art Museum, Laband Art Gallery, and Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building.

Jennifer Ling Datchuk 

was born in Warren, Ohio, and currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.

As the child of a Chinese immigrant and grandchild of Russian and Irish immigrants, the family histories of conflict she has inherited are a perpetual source for her work. She captures this conflict by exploring the emotive power of domestic objects and rituals that fix, organize, soothe, and beautify our lives.

Trained in ceramics, her works often use a myriad of materials ranging from porcelain to fabric or embroidery. Datchuk holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. She has received grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio as well as Artpace to research the birthplace of porcelain in Jingdezhen, China.

In 2016, she was awarded a residency through the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, and was a Black Cube Nomadic Museum Artist Fellow. Recently, she completed a residency at the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands and was awarded the Emerging Voices Award from the American Craft Council.



[CANCELLED] Artist Talk #4: Wen-Hui Shen & Yinxi Jushi

Date: Oct 21, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time

Wen-Hui Shen

Born and raised in Taiwan, Wen-Hui Shen immigrated to the US at age 16. Shortly before her high school graduation, her father suffered a series of strokes, which had turned her life upside down. The family's changes had reshaped her views of the world and its existential issues. She completed John Hopkins University's most selective 7-year combined undergraduate and medical school program and graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree; and Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. As successful academia, doctor, venture development leader, now turning 60, she has started to let go of titles and responsibilities and spend more time with patients. She reclaimed her childhood passion for art and joined "Wild Carrots," an abstracting painting and multi-media art workshop in Fremont, CA. She has been painting there ever since 2007. Art, for her, is a way to connect with her emotions.

Yinxi Jushi

Born in Jiangsu, China, Yinxi Jushi completed his Bachelor in Fine Arts in Nanjing Normal University; and subsequently admitted as the youngest member of the China Calligraphers Association. Unlike many contemporary and multi-disciplinary artists, ink wash on rice paper is the only medium he has ever worked in his over four decades of career.


His earlier career involves modern studies of old masters of classical Chinese paintings, such as Fu Baoshi, Zhang Daqian, Xu Beihong, and others. The motif was often mystical but figurative, and follows the literati traditions, such as landscape paintings of mountains and rivers, the render artistic conceptions of the gods and fairies in Taoist and Buddhist philosophies. Religion, at this point in his life, is still considered a philosophy of life.

Yinxi Jushi's life has changed since he became a devoted Buddhist follower, which also caused the change of his name to "Yinxi Jushi," where "Jushi" is a word for Buddhist layman, or layperson, a devoted Buddhist who is not a monk. Art has become a way of prayer for Yinxi; and the motif has consistently been Buddhist figures, inscribed with mantras and scriptures. His calligraphy has also turned from the wildest and most cursive scripts to regular scripts served with undivided attention in his pious prayers.