Tuesday, November 07
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CST
Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave
Tuan Andrew Nguyen, The Specter of Ancestors Becoming, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York.
Join us for a lecture by artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen followed by an audience Q&A.
Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Explore the Visiting Artists Program homepage for visitor information, recordings of past events, and more.
Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s work explores the power of storytelling through video and sculpture. His projects are based on extensive research and community engagement, tapping into inherited histories and counter-memory. Nguyen extracts and reworks dominant, oftentimes colonial histories and supernaturalisms into imaginative vignettes. Fact and fiction are interwoven in poetic narratives that span time and place. Nguyen is a founding member of The Propeller Group, an entity that positions itself between a fake advertising company and an art collective. Accolades for the group include the main prize at the 2015 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and a Creative Capital Award.
The New Museum presented Nguyen’s first major solo museum exhibition in the United States in June 2023. The artist is the subject of two recent solo exhibitions in Europe at the Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow and Marabouparken konsthall in Stockholm. Nguyen’s work has been included in major international festivals, biennials, and exhibitions including, in the past year, the 12th Berlin Biennale, Germany; Manifesta 14, Prishtina, Kosovo; Aichi Triennale, Japan; and Dakar Biennale, Senegal. His work is included in the permanent collections of institutions including Carré d’Art, Nîmes, France; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In May 2023, Nguyen was announced the winner of the eighth Joan Miró Prize, which this year is being awarded by the Fundació Joan Miró with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
This event will be live captioned by Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services. The auditorium is wheelchair accessible and hearing assisted devices are available. For additional access requests, including ASL interpretation or audio description, visit saic.edu/access.
The Gene Siskel Film Center will host a screening of Nguyen’s films on November 1. Visit siskelfilmcenter.org for details.