Julie Ault and Amy Zion: “Everything Must Go”

Taiping Tianguo Lower Manhattan walking tours

Julie Ault and Amy Zion: “Everything Must Go” Taiping Tianguo Lower Manhattan walking tours | Events Calendar
Courtesy of e-flux.

E Village / LES

e-flux | 311 East Broadway

In conjunction with Taiping Tianguo, e-flux has organized a series of guided walks in the East Village, Lower East Side, and downtown Manhattan led by Ryan Wong, Julie Ault and Amy Zion, and Gregory Sholette. These walks—given by artists, colleagues, and historians—will address cultural activities that took place in these locations in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Each will provide unique and personal contexts for considering the work of Ai Weiwei, Frog King Kwok, Tehching Hsieh, and Martin Wong included in the exhibition.

Taiping Tianguo explores connections between these four Chinese artists, who lived and worked in New York during the heady days of the 1980s and early ’90s. During that period, New York was welcoming a diaspora of creative people while also experiencing the critical early years of the AIDS pandemic. At the same time in China, the contemporary art scene was battling authoritarian censorship and repression.

Julie Ault and Amy Zion: “Everything Must Go”
Saturday, March 8, 11am
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A discursive experiential itinerary including locations in Lower Manhattan that were the subject matter of Martin Wong’s Losaida paintings in the 1980s, and the apartment building where Wong lived during that period. Part conversation, part visual presentation, part reading—Julie Ault and Amy Zion discuss the differing contexts of then and now, combining visual material and readings from several of Wong’s writings and their respective writings about Wong, in part drawn from the Martin Wong Papers at the Fales Library and Archives.

Julie Ault is an artist and writer who works both independently and collaboratively. She often assumes curatorial and editorial roles as forms of artistic practice. Ault’s work emphasizes interrelationships between cultural production and politics and frequently engages historical inquiry. She is a devotee of all that is Martin Wong.

Amy Zion became interested in Martin Wong through her work with Danh Vo and Julie Ault. In 2012, she curated Damnatio Memoriae: Danh Vo with Julie Ault and James Benning as part of her Master’s in Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Subsequently, she assisted Vo, Ault, and Heinz Peter Knes with their Martin Wong project embodied by the exhibition The Neptune Society at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin and the publication I.M.U.U.R.2., as well as Vo’s installation IMU UR2, first exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, NY in March 2013.