MOCA Artist Talks with artist Hilda Shen

Museum of Chinese in America

215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013

Join us to meet and talk with Hilda Shen about her career as a Chinese-American artist. The talk will unfold as Hilda introduces her personal experience, her identity as a Chinese-American artist, her different career choices, and her evolution in style and techniques. You are also welcome to visit her work in Orogenies, an exhibition that is on view until August 11 at Fou Gallery, an apartment gallery and creative lab based in Brooklyn.

Hilda Shen was born in 1954 in Minneapolis, U.S. She received her B.A. in Music and East Asian Studies from Oberlin College, and her M.F.A. in Sculpture City University of New York, Queens College. Currently, she lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches at Parsons/The Newschool. Hilda’s sculptures, prints, drawings, and installations have been shown in Brooklyn, throughout the New York City area, Seattle, and Beijing. She acted in Public Hearing, a film by James Kienitz Wilkins, which premiered in the USA at MoMA/PS1 in 2013, and more recently in Common Carrier at BAM CinemaFest in 2017. Hilda created large installations at Wave Hill (New York), Tenri Cultural Institute (New York), China 2000 Gallery (New York), and the Smithsonian Flushing Town Hall (New York). Her 30-foot wide wall piece, Recurrent River, is permanently installed at Riverdale Country School in New York. Shen has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, ArtAsiaPacific, and ARTnews for both large-scale and small-scale works. She received residencies at Willapa Bay AIR, The Bloedel Reserve, Millay Colony for the Arts, Yosemite National Park, and Platte Clove.

Whether Hilda’s work centers around Manhattan’s urban skies, geological vastness, the idiosyncrasies of Chinese scholar rocks, or the waters of Maine, her imagery flows between monumental and sensual landscapes, between the enormity of the human footprint and the desire to feel simply at ease with our perceived and hidden surroundings. Hilda works with simple materials, such as paper, glue, ink, and clay. She layers these materials with careful attention and historical sensitivity: from her wall installations to sculptures, paintings, and prints, her pieces feel deeply spatial although sometimes displayed in a single plane. In engaging the layering process, Hilda creates both dynamic and contemplative pieces and shows her desire to explore how layers of human touch and intention have been interleaved into the natural world.

Founded in 2013, Fou Gallery is an apartment gallery and creative lab based in New York. With a focus on Chinese contemporary art, Fou is dedicated to promote creative talents and projects of our time. As suggested by its name, Fou is a denial of the mainstream commercial gallery model and an active contributor to a new organic art community. With the belief that enjoying art is an essential part of everyday life, Fou offers a vibrant, enjoyable and inspirational selection of original artworks. In addition to regular exhibitions and events, Fou Gallery hosts UNTITLEDdialogue series, screenings of art and independent films, sound performances, private dinners and art afternoon tea parties to create a diverse and accessible art space. As an extension of Fou Gallery, Fou Shop offers exclusive and limited edition works of art, design objects, accessories and functional collectibles which are often unique piece made by various artists and creators in New York.

Tickets are $15 and include wine and museum admission. Members receive complimentary tickets. Join today to become a member. 

Thursday, 08 August, 2019


Joseph Duong

Phone: 2126194785
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