An exhibition, Taiwanese curator Wu Dar-Kuen says, is just one opportunity.
Work by Taiwanese contemporary artists is rarely seen in the thriving art hub that is New York City, let alone anywhere else in America. Curators Wu Dar-Kuen and Chang Chung-Fan hope to change that with “Horizon Realm: Contemporary Art from Taiwan”.
The exhibition opened in at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City on 13 July 2013 to a receptive crowd, says Wu, and once it closes on 9 August, it will travel to Mississippi, opening again at the Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Gallery at Jackson State University on 5 September. While Mississippi might seem off the beaten track to some, the opportunity to have the exhibition actually arose from this location.
“One of the graduates [from Taipei National University of the Arts] became a professor at [Jackson State University]. That’s the connection,” says Wu. “She came back [to Taiwan] last year and started to give us these ideas.” While the original plan saw “Horizon Realm: Contemporary Art from Taiwan” exhibiting only in Mississippi, once monetary and administrative support from the Taipei Cultural Center in New York had been secured, the organisers realised it would not cost much more to tour the exhibition to New York City. “We just add a little more and we can have more venues, why not? We think it’s a good opportunity,” Wu explains.
The opening of “Horizon Realm” at the Tenri Institute attracted a number of the city’s leading curators and institutional directors, say Wu, which he believes will open the door to many more exhibition or collaboration opportunities. There are also plans to bring artists from Jackson State University to KdMofa in 2014, “because an exhibition is just one opportunity,” Wu explains. “Sometimes you need to sit down face-to-face, then we can know what we are thinking.”
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