Ryan Wong: “Basements and Murals”

Taiping Tianguo Lower Manhattan walking tours

Ryan Wong: “Basements and Murals” 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.

Ryan Wong: “Basements and Murals”
Saturday, March 1, 2pm
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A partial art history of Chinatown during the 1970s and ‘80s, emphasizing the connections among activism, alternative art spaces, the streets, and artistic creation. Sites include the former location of Basement Workshop (a groundbreaking space that was integral to New York’s Asian American movement), now-lost CITYarts murals, the former Asian American Arts Centre, and proposals for unrealized public art projects.

Ryan Lee Wong is the curator of Serve the People: The Asian American Movement in New York at Interference Archive. He was previously Assistant Curator at the Museum of Chinese in America, where he organized the exhibition June 4, 1989 and assisted on numerous other exhibitions. He has contributed writing to Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, and ArtSlant.