Adrian Wong Tenure Presentation

“Subjective Uncertainty and the Will to Render Messiness” by Adrian Wong, Assistant Professor of Sculpture

Adrian Wong will reflect on the operations of several recent and historical projects, in relation to their strategies for generating new meanings from existing bodies of knowledge—with a focus on his collaborative engagements from 2010-2020. At a time in history when reason and facts are in marked decline, this talk attempts to reconcile the cognitive dissonance produced by the instinct to knee-jerk into a defense of scientific consensus and a commitment to the spaces outside of empirical inquiry. The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A.  

Wong was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois in 1980. Originally trained in psychology (MA, Stanford 2003), he began making and exhibiting work in San Francisco while concurrently conducting research in developmental linguistics. He continued his post-graduate studies in sculpture (MFA, Yale 2005). Wong relocated his studio to Hong Kong in 2005, but recently returned to Chicago, where he teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited at The Drawing Center (New York), Kuandu Museum (Taipei), Kunsthalle Wien, Kunstmuseum Bern, Kunstverein (Hamburg), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), Palazzo Reale (Milan), Saatchi Gallery (London), and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam)—and can be found in public and private collections worldwide, including the 21c Collection (Chicago), DSL Foundation Collection (Paris), K11 Art Foundation (Shanghai), Kadist Foundation (San Francisco), M+ Museum (Hong Kong), Sifang Museum (Nanjing), and Uli Sigg Collection (Lucerne).  

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Wednesday, November 11, 4:30 p.m.