The current pandemic throws everything into turmoil, making us more widely connected by cyberlink, and more in tune with nature and inner mindset. This exhibit focuses on the diversity of life that promotes interactive relationships in communities. A self-sufficient group in any ethnicity may develop its own cultural identity, diverging significantly from its original character. Yet the members of urban tribes never completely take on the living style of the larger population in which they reside, and it is the differences that are most interesting. Here, we use a fresh perspective to view isolated pockets of disjointedness, and then interpret them in a larger context. We are all in a one-universe tribe.
Urban Tribes, of which this is the second part, examines how “tribe” and “community” have changed to apply to wider groups, defined by race, ethnicity, language, culture, art, economic dynamics, or even digital commonality. The resulting groupings form one of the urgent topics of the 21st century, which in many countries portend crises in political, economic, cultural, and environmental issues. Artists working in various media and representing various ethnic and cultural backgrounds conceptually address what it means to be part of these Urban Tribes. Here, the interconnection between mind, body, nature, culture, language, and how working with this concept of the urban tribe will pull a viewer through a symbolic journey.
Chief Curator: Luchia Meihua Lee, Executive Director, TAAC
Co-curators: Jennifer Pliego, Director of Special Programs and Head of the House of Art, El Taller Latino
Americano, NYC. Sarah Walko, Curator, Director of Education & Community Engagement, Visual Art Center of New Jersey
Luchia Meihua Lee, Executive Director, TAAC
Ms. Lee is the founding Executive Director of Taiwanese American Arts Council. She is a distinguished independent curator, and has successfully curated many significant exhibitions and events at museums, art organizations, and galleries, including multi-venue exhibits such as Urban Tribes, Rewoven, and The Moment, and Zhang Hongtu’s retrospective exhibition at the Queens Museum. Ms. Lee is deeply involved in the contemporary art scene in the New York metropolitan area, and she has published numerous catalogues and other written works. She is co-editor of the book entitled Zhang Hongtu: Expanding Visions of a Shrinking World co-published by Duke University Press and Queens Museum. She was Director and Chief Curator of the Exhibition Department of the National Taiwanese Museum of Art, Cultural Specialist at the Council for Cultural Affairs in Taiwan, and curator at the Chinese Information and Cultural Center Taipei gallery in New York City. Her exhibitions have received international acclaim from leading media venues including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Ms. Lee studied Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and pursued doctoral studies in Critical Art at New York University. She serves as committee member and art consultant for various organizations
Urban Tribes – Urban Caravan, Urban Reverence catalog publication and exhibition made possible through the generous support of the Taiwanese American Arts Council, NYC
New York Foundation for the Arts
El Taller Latino Americano
Brooklyn Artist Studio (BAS)
Taipei Cultural Center of New York
National Culture and Arts Foundation
Department of Cultural Affairs, City of New York. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council.
With contributions by Alexandra Chang, Pey-Chwen Lin, John Ensor Parker, Jennifer Pliego, Michael Royce, Sarah Walko, and Alexandra Wang