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Day With(Out) Art: Kang Seung Lee

December 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Chazen Museum of Art is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2020 by virtually presenting TRANSMISSIONS.

Please note, this program may not be suitable for all audiences. It contains sexual content. This program is free to the public, but does require pre-registration: http://eventbrite.com/…/day-without-art-2020…

TRANSMISSIONS is a program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States. The video program brings together artists working across the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), Charan Singh (India/UK), and George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda).

Our virtual screening of TRANSMISSIONS will begin at 5:00 pm. After the screening, join us for Living with more than one Virus: A Conversation with Kang Seung Lee and Jill H. Casid on Art as a Praxis of Radical Care. The conversation amplifies and builds on the screening of TRANSMISSIONS, and is co-sponsored by the Center for Visual Cultures and the Borghesi-Mellon Workshop on Care.

Living with more than one Virus: A Conversation with Kang Seung Lee on Art as a Praxis of Radical Care

Facilitated and Organized by Professor Jill H. Casid (Departments of Art History and Gender and Women’s Studies) and Co-sponsored by the Center for Visual Cultures and the Borghesi-Mellon Workshop on Care.

Drawing from her forthcoming book on the new ars moriendi that contests the terms of planetary abandonment in which we are living our dying, Professor Casid will host a conversation with L.A. based Korean artist Kang See Lee. The conversation amplifies and builds on the screening of TRANSMISSIONS, the Visual AIDS program of of six new videos that consider the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States. In offering a platform for a diversity of voices from beyond the United States these videos offer an opportunity to reflect on the resonances and differences between the differential impacts of the two epidemics of HIV/AIDS and COVID-19.

Lee will present his multi-disciplinary art practice, focusing particularly on the way it mines private and public archives (from art collections to libraries) to unearth forgotten or marginalized transnational queer of color histories. As he describes this practice of care for otherwise ungrieved death, “My work comes from the desire to challenge the narrow perspective of the biased and first-world-oriented timeline of history.” And this presentation of his labor-intensive work that often makes a medium of absence and loss will set the stage for a conversation on art and care in pandemic times. The event will be public and will be widely publicized on campus and in the Madison community.

Kang Seung Lee is a multidisciplinary artist who was born in South Korea and now lives and works in Los Angeles. Lee has had solo exhibitions at One and J. Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (2018); Artpace San Antonio, TX (2017); Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, CA (2017, 2016); Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA (2015); Centro Cultural Border, Mexico City, Mexico (2012). Selected group exhibitions include MMCA, Seoul (2020); Daelim Museum, Seoul (2020); Palm Springs Art Museum, CA (2019); Participant Inc, New York (2019); Canton Gallery, Guangzhou, China (2018); LAXART, Los Angeles, CA (2017); DiverseWorks, Houston, TX (2017); Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador (2016); Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA (2014); and Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC (2012). Lee is the recipient of the CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists (2019), the Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant (2018), and Artpace San Antonio International Artist-in-Residence program (2017). His work has been reviewed and featured in Artforum, The New York Times, Frieze, New York Magazine, Artnet, LA Weekly, among others. Upcoming projects include exhibitions at the 13th Gwangju Biennale, MASS MoCA, Leslie-Lohman Museum and Art Basel Hong Kong 2021.

(Image caption: Kang Seung Lee, Untitled (David Wojnarowicz by Peter Hujar_1983), inkjet print2016).