At the Met, Alumnus Celebrates "Season of Cambodia"
On February 25 DNAinfo—a growing hyper-local news source—highlighted Cambodian Rattan, an exhibition of sculptures by SAIC alumnus Sopheap Pich (MFA PTDW 1999) currently on view at the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art Daily also covered the exhibition on February 27. Ten sculptures utilizing “classic artistic techniques and jungle fibers” reflect the artist’s upbringing in Cambodia during Khmer Rogue’s reign of terror in the late 1970’s. After immigrating to the United States and earning an MFA in painting at SAIC, Pich returned to Cambodia in 2002. “That was the catalyst, really, for switching from painting to sculpture," explains John Guy, curator of the Arts of South and Southeast Asia at the Met. “This juxtaposition of classical technical approaches and uncommon materials reflects Pich's background.” The exhibition is installed in three spaces in the Met’s Asian galleries, and is part of the Museum's contribution to the New York–wide Season of Cambodia. The exhibition webpage also features a video highlighting the artist’s creative process. Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pichn runs through July 7.