INDOCHINA: THE ART OF WAR, March 17 - April 28, 2001, at the Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, Cal State L.A.
The Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, located on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles; in conjunction with the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department; present Indochina: The Art of War. Indochina: The Art of War is a group exhibition of artworks by Hei, Han Khiang; H. Lan Thao Lam; Dinh Q. Le; Hanh T. Pham; Sheila Pinkel; and William Short and Willa Seidenberg. The exhibition is curated by Los Angeles-based artist Tran, T. Kim-Trang and will be on view at the Luckman Fine Arts Gallery from March 17 to April 28, 2001. Admission is free of charge.
April 2000 marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of Indochina and the end of its war with the United States, inspiring this exhibition of works by artists with extensive personal connections to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Although the U.S. involvement in Vietnam is best known, its devastating roles in Cambodia and Laos have remained largely un-discussed. Indochina: The Art of War addresses the relationships between the East and West, history, personal and institutional memories, and the complexities of experience and the place of culture in our lives. Working primarily in photography, these artists aim to remember and understand, and to make us aware of what took place during the war and its aftermath. This exhibition endeavors to promote this understanding and awareness, not just among the regions specified, but on a broad and universal scale.
A six-page, color illustrated exhibition brochure with essays by Tran, T. Kim-Trang and Kathryn McMahon, Ph.D., and professor, California State University, Long Beach, shall be available during the exhibition.
Interviews with the exhibition curator, Tran, T. Kim-Trang, and several of the artists in the exhibition are available upon request.
Related events Press Preview: A special press preview, providing an opportunity to speak to the exhibition curator and several of the artists in the exhibition, is scheduled for Friday, March 16, 10:00 a.m. Please call (323) 343-6608 for reservations.
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 17, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Curator's Talk: Wednesday, April 4, 6:00 p.m. A talk by Tran, T. Kim-Trang.
Film & Discussion: Monday, April 16, 6:00 p.m. University-Student Union, Maxwell Theater (2nd floor), Cal State L.A. Regret to Inform, directed by Barbara Sonneborn: An unwavering look into the deep, long lasting effects of war, this film brings together women who lost loved ones on both sides of the Vietnam conflict. Their voices, and the many layered truths of their stories, gently forbid viewers to look at the costs of war in anything but human terms. Followed with a discussion by Chorswan Ngin, professor, Department of Anthropology, California State University, Los Angeles.
This program is supported in part by the California Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Directions & Parking: Please call (323) 343-6610 for directions to the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.
Pay parking [permit dispenser - 50Â¢ per hour] available in Parking Structure II.