Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Present Tense Biennial

I received an email regarding a panel discussion about contemporary art, community and public space and was intrigued by the project being discussed. It is called Present Tense Biennial and is presented by the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco in collaboration with Kearny Street Workshop. The panel discussion is July 25th form 1-3 in the San Francisco Culture Center Auditorium. This biennial exhibition showcases vibrant and diverse perspectives on contemporary Chinese culture. Featuring artists from the Bay Area and beyond, the show includes a wide array of media at the Center’s main gallery and in storefronts throughout Chinatown.
Here is the show's website:

Many very interesting artists are participating. Here are a few:
Cui Fei:

Bu Hua:

I think this would be a great model for showcasing artwork in Japantown, San Jose. Inviting contemporary Chinese and Japanese American artists to create art for storefronts and reflect on the history of San Jose's Heinlenville Chinatown/Nihomachi would result in innovative and engaging art that would educate the public on the histroy of the site and bring visitors to this area.

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