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The Walters Art Museum | Artist Talk: Leise Hook and Khánh H. Lê

May 20, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Join multimedia artist Khánh H. Lê and cartoonist Leise Hook as they discuss their experiences as artists, the Walters collection, and their Asian-American identities expressed in their art practice. Khánh and Leise explore themes of belonging and Midwestern sensibilities through manipulating photography, illustration, and craft materials. This program seeks to highlight and uplift Asian and Asian-American stories as a part of Asian American Heritage Month.
To support Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, we are sharing information about local organizations and individuals who are advancing justice and amplifying AAPI stories, perspectives, and arts and culture. Explore this list of resources on our website: https://thewalters.org/experience/baltimore/aapi/
About the Artists
Leise Hook is an Asian American cartoonist and illustrator. She is a graduate of the MFA program at The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont and currently lives in New York City. She previously worked in art museums in New York City and Beijing. Her work has appeared in The Believer and The New Yorker magazines.
Khánh H. Lê (b. 1981, Long Dinh, Vietnam; lives and works in Washington, D.C.) creates mixed-media collages based on deteriorating photographs and collective memories of his personal and familial history as refugees living in Vietnamese internment camps. Lê merges narratives—both horrific realities and idyllic fantasies—filled with tension as he explores notions of home, country, and safety. Lê graduated with an MFA from Syracuse University in 2008. His work has been exhibited at the Hunterdon Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Vox Populi, Honfleur Gallery, DC Arts Center, Hillyer Art Space, Transformer, CulturalDC, Pyramid Atlantic, Arlington Arts Center, VisArts, and Washington Project for the Arts. Lê continues to live and work in Washington, DC, where he actively explores and questions the notion of identities through the lenses of culture and memories.
Photo credits:
Leise Hook: Courtesy of the artist.
Khánh H. Lê: Pete Duvall @ Anything Photographic
Thursday Nights are supported by BGE.