Present Tense Biennial 2009: 5/2 – 8/23

Present Tense Biennial: Chinese Character 現在時雙年展
Curated by Kevin Chen, Abby Chen & Ellen Oh
May 1, 2009 6:30 PM – VIP (CCC members & Donors) & Invited Guest Special Preview

Free to public on view from May 2nd – August 23rd
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In the hands of 31 contemporary artists from China and throughout the U.S., San Francisco’s Chinatown becomes a laboratory of diverse ideas about contemporary Chinese culture in a new exhibition at the Chinese Culture Center.

takes viewers outside of the common framing of questions of identity to get a clearer look at underlying truths,” Ann Taylor, SF Station

“a multitude of favorites in this diverse and absorbing show”, Subjunctive, Hideous Sunday

“Convey Your Truth”, The California Report, aired on NPR

“Vibrant, political, poetic, and challenging…Go see this show!!!”Marisa Nakasone, SF Art Examiner

“A fine exhibition all the way around… Definite go see.”,

“a perfect embodiment of a transitional moment in American racial politics” Claire Light, KQED Arts

I’m also delighted to see that it hasn’t been curated along predictable lines of authenticity and/or ethnicity. ” — Jenifer K Wofford

I’m looking forward to seeing Sean Marc Lee’s paternal portraits, Fang Lu’s answer to hyphy, Thomas Chang’s American twist on Jia Zhangke’s 2004 The World, Litang Liang’s revisions of calligraphy, and a video piece by sometime Guardian contributor Sergio de la Torre.(Huston)San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Top pick!” – Examiner

San Francisco Weekly

it’s going to be a really cool, fasinating exhibition,Angry Asian Man

is going to be kick-ass,

“…[the Present Tense Exhibition] won’t leave you intellectually hungry” – Shotgun Review

“A wonderfully diverse exhibition…” – SFStation

Interview on KPFA with Kevin Chen and Sergio de la Torre on APEX Espress – April 23, 2009 at 7:00pmClick to listen (or download)

Thirty-one contemporary artists from the Bay Area and beyond interrogate the phenomenon that is modern Chinese culture in the Chinese Culture Center’s (CCC) Present Tense Biennial: Chinese Character exhibition. Presented in collaboration with Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) and guest curated by Kevin B. Chen, program director for Intersection for the Arts, the exhibition features a wide array of media including photography, video, painting, animation, sculpture and installation art displayed at both the Center’s downtown San Francisco gallery and in a number of satellite storefront windows throughout Chinatown.

Featuring 參展藝術家
Tamara Albaitis 塔瑪拉
Nancy Chan 陳曼玲
Anita Wen-Shin Chang 張文馨
Julie Chang 張維倫
Thomas Chang 張凌生
Sergio de la Torre
Cui Fei 崔斐
Justin Hoover 胡智騰
Bu Hua卜樺
Arthur Huang 黃介彥
Suzanne Husky
Khiang H. Hei 夏漢強
Larry Lee 李煥庭
Sean Marc Lee 李荊山
Liting Liang 梁麗婷
Lucy Kalyani Lin 林冠瑩
Ken Lo 羅文驎
Fang Lu 方璐
Maleonn 馬良
Elizabeth Moy
Ming Mur-Ray 張賢明
Tucker Nichols
Nadim Sabella
Zachary Royer Scholz
Indigo Som 岑志廉
Charlene Tan
Patrick Tsai 蔡仁杰
Imin Yeh 葉艾明
Xudung Yu 喻旭東
David & Michelle Yun 雲明正 雲翠蘭

Chinese Character
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Find more about Present Tense artist on Chinese Culture Center Online Gallery

Present Tense Biennial 2009 is funded Grants for the Arts, Tower International, United Commercial Bank, Zellerbach and San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development

Present Tense Biennial 2009 would like to thank the following organizations for collaborative support:
Community Educational Services, Asian American Women Artists Association, Asia Society, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Asian Law Caucus,Chinese for Affirmative Action, Chinatown YMCA, Chinatown Community Development Center, and Community Youth Center.