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Transforming Our Streets and the Public Realm Through Art and Programming: Gensler Design Exchange Podcast
May 7, 2021

2020 showed us that our public plazas, sidewalks, and parks are more important than ever. This week on the Gensler Design Exchange, Golden Triangle BID Executive Director Leona Agouridis sits down with Gensler Principal & Studio Director Carolyn Sponza and artist Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong to explore how art and the built environment can intersect to address the increased demand for public space activation spurred by the global pandemic and to create more equitable, sustainable business districts in the future.

Listen here.

‘MERIDIAN’ now installed at Penn West Pocket Park in Washington DC
April 30, 2021

As part of the Golden Triangle BID’s “Social Spaces” activations, ‘MERIDIAN’ is now activating the previously empty public space at the intersection of H Street and Penn West, two blocks from the White House.
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Featuring a terraced pavilion and a floor mural, MERIDIAN aims to transform this park into a community site for sitting, reading, and socializing outdoors. This site-specific installation draws inspiration from the celestial meridians, or the circular pathways, that run along the Earth from pole to pole. The colored patterns on the wood surfaces correspond to shadows that will be cast on these faces at solar noon on the first day of the year’s upcoming seasons: summer solstice, autumn equinox and winter solstice.

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WHOSE CHINATOWN? VIRTUAL CONFERENCE – APRIL 10-11
April 10, 2021

APRIL 11, 2021 | 5:45 – 7:15 PM EST | WOVEN THREADS: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CONNECTING AND COMMUNITY IN CALGARY CHINATOWN

TERESA TAM | ANNIE WONG | CHERYL WING-ZI WONG | MODERATED BY SU YING STRANG

Join us for a discussion featuring Calgary Chinatown Artists-in-Residence, Teresa Tam (Calgary, AB), Annie Wong (Toronto, ON), and Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong (New York, NY), moderated by Su Ying Strang, Director of The New Gallery. The artists will share their ongoing research and work specific to Calgary Chinatown, and how Chinatowns inform their respective practices and/or lives. This residency, organized by The City of Calgary Public Art Program and The New Gallery, is an opportunity for these artists to connect with stakeholders in Calgary Chinatown, and to learn about the community’s past, present, and possible futures. The residency also takes place during a time when The City is undergoing consultation and planning for the future of Calgary Chinatown. The overlapping timelines of these projects poses the question: how does artistic research support engagement and advocate for communities?

More information here
Download the virtual conference brochure here.





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RESILIENCE! A conversation on relief efforts, connecting Chinatowns across North America
January 11, 2021

Join us for a virtual panel discussion on ZOOM
Friday, January 15, 2021 from 5PM – 6:30PM EST


2020 has been an intense year of change, and the pandemic has brought unprecedented disruption to our lives. More than many other metropolitan areas, Chinatowns across the U.S. and Canada have been disproportionately impacted by the surge in xenophobic rhetoric about the “Chinese virus”, the rise in anti-Asian sentiment, gentrification and residential insecurity, and the decline in business that has forced many Chinatown businesses to struggle and shutter. In the face of these challenges, Chinatown groups have come together to support and uplift these communities. This discussion, connecting Chinatowns across North America, highlights the relief efforts and creative approaches to navigate ever-changing pandemic policies.

RESILIENCE! is hosted in conjunction with the exhibition WHAT REALLY DEFINES US? …IT’S COMPLICATED, currently on view at the Chinese American Arts Council in New York. The show, featuring works by women artists Patricia Cazorla, Nancy Saleme, and Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, explores the complexities of racial identity and labor in the domestic realm within the Asian-American and Latin-American diaspora. These immigrant groups have greatly shaped the U.S. and are often the silent, “unseen” characters in the systems and institutions that support, feed and clean American homes.


Panelists include:
+ NYC Chinatown:
• Chinatown Business Improvement District / Partnership (Wellington Chan, Executive Director)
• Welcome to Chinatown (Jennifer Tam, Head of Marketing & Communications)

+ Seattle Chinatown
• Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority — SCIDpda (Jamie Lee, Director of Community Initiatives)

+ Calgary Chinatown:
• I Love YYC (Alice Lam, Director)
• Calgary Chinatown Business Improvement Area (Terry Wong, Executive Director)

+ Toronto Chinatown:
• Friends of Chinatown Toronto (Annie Wong and Shellie Zhang, Members)

Moderated by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong

+++ RESILIENCE can be viewed online here. +++

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
September 24, 2020

An exhibition of works by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, Nancy Saleme, and Patricia Cazorla

September 24 – October 18, 2020
The Clemente – LES Gallery
107 Suffolk Street, #312, New York, NY 10002
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 2:30PM – 6:30PM





‘CONSTELLATION’ MODULES DEPLOYED IN NYC’S CHINATOWN
September 13, 2020

‘Constellation’ modules have been re-purposed and deployed at Pell and Doyers Street in New York City’s Chinatown.
As restaurants and bars extend outdoor seating to city streets — part of the City’s adapted pandemic-relief policies–
the hope is that more outdoor public seating will help support these local Chinatown businesses.

‘CURRENT’ in ARTSNEWS
June 29, 2020

The ‘CURRENT’ sculpture is featured in June 2020 and July 2020’s issue of ArtsNews — a publication of ArtsWestchester.
July 2020 issue – link here.

June 2020 Issue – “The Current Keeps on Moving.” By Kathleen Reckling.

“Artist Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong Brings ‘Current’ Into Being.” By Michelle Falkenstein.

‘CURRENT’ Sculpture — Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Path Opens to the Public
June 15, 2020

The “CURRENT” sculpture, installed at the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Path, is one of several permanent artworks commissioned by the New York State Thruway Authority that opened up to the public in mid-June.

Composed of 12 illuminated steel arches, CURRENT celebrates transformation. Referencing currents– of rivers, of light, of time– this dynamic sculpture is under continual activation. By day, its shadows and colored light refractions are ever-changing. In the evening, it creates a shared spatial experience through light animations that respond to movements of passers-by.





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WHAT REALLY DEFINES US? …IT’S COMPLICATED.
February 23, 2020

Exhibition Opening Reception: Friday, February 28, 2020, 6 – 8PM
February 28 – March 27, 2020

Gallery 456, Chinese American Arts Council
456 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10013

The exhibition features recent works by women artists Patricia Cazorla, Nancy Saleme, and Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong. Through
sculpture, installation and 2D works, the artists explore the complexities of racial identity and labor in the domestic realm
within the Asian-American and Latin-American diaspora. These immigrant groups have greatly shaped the U.S. and are often
the silent, “unseen” characters in the systems and institutions that support, feed and clean American homes.

As technology and social media grant us increasingly more access into our previously unsearchable pasts, DNA testing
companies also bring us more questions than answers about who we really are. Our identity seems tied to where we live,
where we grew up, where we call home. Yet ‘home’ is not a straight-forward concept, and often carries multiple meanings for us.

CALGARY CHINATOWN ARTIST RESIDENCY
February 19, 2020

CHINATOWN: REFLECTIVE URBANISMS is a research project being conducted as part a residency with The
New Gallery and City of Calgary Public Art. The project aims to trace the history of Calgary’s Chinatown through
its architecture — by way of oral histories, architectural drawings, historic photos and memorabilia.

Group exhibition at Northern-Southern Gallery
November 4, 2019

‘Monumentality’ sculptures are on display at Northern-Southern Gallery in Austin, Texas.

WORK PLAY MONEY LOVE WHAT IT IS WHAT COULD BE BOTH NEITHER ART DESIGN
surveys creative practices that overlap cultures, primarily professional design and fine art, but also politics, business,
spirituality, and social change.

November 4 (Austin Design Week Preview) through December 12


With work by Carter/Reddy, Greg Foley, Karen Gelardi, Rick Griffith, Mykola Haleta, Dev Harlan, Elaine I-Ling Shen,
Prem Krishnamurthy, Karel Martens, Meredith Miller, Christina Moser, Meghan Shogan, Simon Walker, Tigress Tile,
Transmountain, Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong






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SEPTEMBER 15TH EVENT @ POOLTIME
September 4, 2019

REFLECTION: PERIODS OF DECLINE, DISREPAIR AND ONWARD

3PM – 4PM Talk / Discussion led by William Gati, with Ruben Ramales of AIA Queens
4PM – 5PM followed by a movement workshop led by Marina Garde.
All events at the POOLTIME installation in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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POOLTIME INSTALLATION WITH NYC PARKS @ FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK
June 10, 2019

POOLTIME is now installed on the lawns by Ederle Terrace and will be exhibited for one year, until summer 2020. The public artwork was inaugurated with a public discussion led by architectural curator and critic Thomas Mellins on the history of the park’s historic World’s Fair structures and the Aquacade.

 

POOLTIME COLLECTION… AND OTHER WORLDLY NARRATIVES
May 13, 2019

Exhibition at:  One Brooklyn Bridge Park (360 Furman Street)
Brooklyn, New York 11201

May 24 – June 23, 2019, with Opening on Friday, May 24th / 6-9PM

Historic memorabilia, exotic fruit, minerals and monuments create collections of objects that tell stories about the passage of time. This 2-person exhibition features the collaborative series, POOLTIME COLLECTION, and sculptural works from Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong and Dev Harlan.

POOLTIME COLLECTION is a series of photographic works created with select memorabilia from the Queens Historical Society’s collection of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The narratives explore themes of technology, cultural and national representation, travel and artifact, as they have transformed across the ages.

POOLTIME… COMING TO QUEENS IN JUNE 2019!
April 16, 2019

POOLTIME is a public art collaboration with Dev Harlan. In conjunction with NYC Parks, the pavilion will be installed at the north end of Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this summer 2019. POOLTIME is a public pavilion and series of community programming centered around the rich history of the Park as a site for the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. POOLTIME activates an underused public space and aims to discuss the World’s Fair structures and their architectural lives and meaning post-exhibition.

+ This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.
+ With support from the Parks Build Healthy Communities Grant, led by Partnerships for Parks and made possible by Building Healthy Communities, an initiative of the Mayor’s Office and the Fund for Public Health NYC.

A YEAR OF SEASONAL CHANGES, ARCHITECTURE TRANSFORMATIONS AND ACTIVATIONS.
December 11, 2018

A look back on Constellation’s 2017 – 2018 transformations.

AUTUMN HARVEST MEAL @ TERRACE
September 30, 2018

TERRACE garden members + NYCHA residents and local community groups gathered together around the garden to celebrate the Autumn Harvest with a shared meal. TERRACE’s steppes were transformed into a hub for barbecuing, feasting and merrymaking.

 

TERRACE Launch @ NYCHA’s Marble Hill Houses
August 26, 2018

Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 11am
@ Marble Hill Houses
125 West 228th St. Bronx, NY 10463

TERRACE is a new community garden and public art project commissioned by OSS Project and in collaboration with residents of NYCHA’s Marble Hill Houses. TERRACE is a garden-pavilion with communal spaces for seating, socializing, gathering and growing plants. As one continuous structure, TERRACE is connected by relationships between plants, people and architecture.The launch day saw communities come together: NYCHA residents and garden members, artists, activists, and city officials, including Manhattan borough president Gail Brewer, NY state senator and city council members, local law enforcement and NYCHA outreach representatives.

CYCLE 3 PUBLIC PROGRAMS @ CONSTELLATION:

‘THE FUTURE OF CHINATOWN’ + ‘SANCTUARY CITY: Tactics for Strategic Action’

May 10, 2018

Both programs on Saturday, May 12th
@ Seward Park — East Broadway and Jefferson Street in LES

THE FUTURE OF CHINATOWN
2:00PM

In this discussion, we will explore Chinatown as an enclave for immigrants; the specifics of Manhattan’s Chinatown as well as Chinatowns as a nation-wide network. What is the future of Chinatown? Who are the shareholders? Who writes its future?

with Wellington Chen and Alan Chin
Organized by Andrew Shiue (Beyond Chinatown blog) and Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong



SANCTUARY CITY:
Tactics for Strategic Action

4:00PM

This workshop explores urban tactics for shaping the future of our communities. While unpacking some of the complex dynamics shaping our current political climate— new immigration policy and legislation to the rise in race-based antagonism, the discussion will focus on how we can proactively contribute to shaping NYC as a Sanctuary City.

with Lillian MacEachern, Joshua Bardavid

For more details:
http://www.cw-zw.com/constellation-cycles/cycle3/

‘TODAY’: CYCLE 2 DISCUSSION AT CONSTELLATION
November 1, 2017

Cycle 2 Discussion: TODAY
Saturday, November 4th at 4:30PM
@ Seward Park — East Broadway and Jefferson Street in LES

This discussion will cover ongoing urban transformations in the Lower East Side / Chinatown neighborhood. We will explore current-day urban issues and plans for the area, including housing, public space, local cultural landmarks and Seward Park’s recently awarded grant for renovations as part of the Parks Without Borders program.

with Kerri Culhane, Tobi Elkin, Cathy Lang Ho & Stefan Jonot
Organized by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong
Moderated by Quilian Riano

For more details and info on the panel: http://www.cw-zw.com/constellation-cycles/

IT’S HAPPENING: NYC Parks + Public Art Exhibition Central Park, Oct. 21
October 4, 2017

It’s Happening! Celebrating 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
East Pinetum (East 84th Street), Central Park

‘Prosthetics for Conflict Resolution’ sculpture series will be exhibited in Central Park
‘FINE LINES’ – Spatial drawing with the body / Participatory movement workshop with Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong and Devan Harlan Simunovich.

PINCH, FOLD, CUT, LINE
August 19, 2017

A collaborative project by Henna-Riikka Halonen and Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong.

6-9PM // Thursday, August 24, 2017 ++ One day only ++
@ Triangle Arts Association
20 Jay Street #317 + #318, Dumbo, Brooklyn NY 11201

Constructed as a multi-dimensional, domestic proposition, with spaces within spaces, Pinch, Fold, Cut, Line creates a disorienting, ever-expanding and warped environment woven with vignettes. Setting up a tension between texts such as Natalie Sarraute’s ‘Tropisms’ and Christopher Alexander’s ‘A Pattern Language’, Pinch, Fold, Cut, Line disables the audience’s normative perception of events, materials and spaces in order to present new modes of being and seeing.

The nuances, particularities, connotations of each built, architectural space of the home– how one is supposed to interact in shared or private rooms, how sex and race politics are embedded in domestic objects and space– is explored and challenged. It’s a kind of proposition for living in an awkward age, a diorama for difficulties that must be overcome in order to explore the limits of living spaces, human relationships and behavior.

Holes in the narratives allow for circulation between spaces and times, and disrupt typical boundaries in this porous space that the audience is invited to freely engage with. In this world, images and objects look at us. They no longer simply represent things, but actively intervene in everyday life. Stories are told and words go missing. In Pinch, Fold, Cut, Line, this set of diverse elements share the desire to dismantle structures and divisions, yet suggest alliances for a new kind of logic.

‘CONSTELLATION’: OPENING CELEBRATION + DISCUSSION @ SEWARD PARK
June 21, 2017

‘Constellation’ is a public art project with the NYC Parks Dpt. in the form of a pavilion, activated by a series of construction performances and urban discussions. The pavilion will be up for a year, with periodic programming.
‘In Retrospect’– the Opening Discussion (5-6PM)– will explore the topic of Seward Park / LES / Chinatown area history.

Saturday, June 24th // 5 – 7PM
Seward Park @ East Broadway and Jefferson Street in LES

For more details and info on the panel: http://www.cw-zw.com/constellation-cycles/

ARE WE HUMAN? — 3RD ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL
October 24, 2016

Our Urbanstage video, a documentation of the 2015 public art commission and shot in Los Angeles in collaboration

with Jesse Russell Brooks, is shown at the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial in a dedicated section of the exhibition showcasing

a selection of short videos submitted from around the world.

Video can be watched here.

October 22, 2016 – November 20, 2016
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EIGHTEEN: EXHIBITION OPENING @ USAGI GALLERY
September 15, 2016

Dev Harlan
Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong
Jayoung Yoon

EIGHTEEN is an exhibition of three artists working in sculpture, installation and transformation over time. The title of the show references the spatial concept of Usagi Gallery; architect Sou Fujimoto’s design is based on eighteen movable panels that divide, striate and give impermeability to the space. In EIGHTEEN, the panels are used not as surfaces to display 2D work, but as interventions in space that divide time.

Sculpture is investigated as a substrate to experience time– through motorized kinetics, video projection or dynamic shadows. Here, the sequence of artworks  reframe our perception of time.

Usagi Gallery
163 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, New York
Opening: Thursday, September 15th, 7-10pm
On view: September 15 – October 14th

FORIS, FORAS, FORUM
December 18, 2015

Installation at LACDA Gallery. Opening December 12, 2015 through May 2016.
104 E 4th St, Los Angeles, California.
Foris, Foras, Forum explores seeing through a series of spatial documentation derived from and referencing the
Urbanstage, a recent public art / urban intervention. The installation elements juxtapose documentation of the real, human-scale Urbanstage in situ with a scaled architectural model of the Urbanstage and the surrounding site.

FINAL URBANSTAGE CYCLE!!! WEEKEND EVENTS – APRIL 17 + 18
April 13, 2015

Details on April 17 – 18 events here: http://cw-zw.com/urbanstage-cycles/

‘SHARED FUTURES’ AND ‘ART CITIES’ – APRIL 10 + 11 AT THE URBANSTAGE
April 7, 2015

Details on April 10 – 11 events here: http://cw-zw.com/urbanstage-cycles/

‘AUTOPIA’ AND ‘WATER IN LA’ PRODUCTIVE DISAGREEMENTS – APRIL 3 + 4 AT THE URBANSTAGE
April 1, 2015

Details on April 3 – 4 events here: http://cw-zw.com/urbanstage-cycles/

INGLEWOOD URBANSTAGE CYCLE 1 – AMPHITHEATRE OPENING THIS WEEKEND
March 26, 2015

Psssst… Details on March 27-28 events here: http://cw-zw.com/urbanstage-cycles/

INGLEWOOD URBANSTAGE: CONSTRUCTION AS PERFORMANCE
March 11, 2015

Inglewood Urbanstage: Construction as Performance is a month-long architectural sculpture, construction performance.

Composed of wooden modules, Urbanstage is reconstructed once every week, for four weeks, to produce four distinct

iterations of transformative architecture. Urbanstage will be activated weekly by curated civic conversations and workshops

focused on urban issues in Inglewood and Los Angeles: transportation, Autopia, Surfurbia and water in LA, urban

development and shared futures based on food, culture, and diversity.

March 27 – April 26, 2015 // Events on Friday evenings at 7pm and Saturday afternoons at 12pm.

Full list of programs and panelist biographies can be found here.

ONLY TIME CAN TELL at Taliesin West
March 2, 2015

Wednesday, March 4th, 5PM – Sunset.

Drawings will be exhibited in the East Wing studio, where coordinates of installation / desert reception will be disclosed.
Anticipate approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the studio. Sunset cocktails… to celebrate the last hour of desert daylight.

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE TALK AT TALIESIN WEST
February 10, 2015

IN SITU: A PROJECT BY CHERYL WING-ZI WONG AND CLIFFORD OWENS
January 27, 2015

IN SITU uses Nine Square Grid (9SG), a pedagogical tool for architectural design problem-solving developed by John
Hejduk, as a conceptual point of departure for a 30-minute, audience-sensitive performance. IN SITU utilizes the
movable walls in the exhibition space in conjunction with choreographed movements that directly engage with the
audience, creating spatial and corporeal relationships. Link to SVA event calendar here.

COIR Design Build – Coconut Composite Board!
August 17, 2014

Coconuts form a major component of the Thai diet. Our composite boards are made from the remaining coconut husk and shell, which are often discarded once the coco meat and milk are extracted. Once coconut material is dried, it is then finely crushed, mixed with a 5% adhesive, then formed and pressed in a hot-press machine. Here, we have embossed a patterned decor on the boards, referenced from the various religious and cultural groups within the Kadeejeen community. More images here.

 

COIR Design Build – Project Construction Drawings
August 16, 2014

COIR design build course, taught at INDA, Chulalongkorn University, explores the coconut and its versatility for sustainable use and reuse. The project will be deployed as a permanent addition to the community of Kadeejeen in Bangkok, Thailand. Over six weeks, we use all parts of the coconut to design and construct a transformative food cart/mobile public space, and new building material: coconut composite boards. See our final design and construction drawings on our blog.

 

THE ARCHITECTURE OF PERFORMANCE Research Book
June 1, 2014

Book of studio research, design/urban intervention musings, and final student project proposals for a transformative
performance space in Shenzhen. View book here.

Architecture of Performance Studio – Site visit to Shenzhen and Design Workshop with Urbanus
April 3, 2014

Our research trip to Shenzhen, China included visits to OCT Loft area, urban villages Baishizhou and Caiwuwei,

Shekou and the closing ceremony of the SZ-HK UABB Biennial… See images here

THE ARCHITECTURE OF PERFORMANCE STUDIO:
RE-DEFINING PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS!
February 25, 2014

Re-defining performance through experiments in video, light, color and sound.
01 Video and Viewport
02 Light – with Sebastian Behmann/Studio Olafur Eliasson

THE ARCHITECTURE OF PERFORMANCE / THE PERFORMANCE OF ARCHITECTURE
February 9, 2014

Transformative Cultural Spaces in Shenzhen!

4th Year Architecture Design Studio blog (INDA, Chulalongkorn University)

ON THE SHENZHEN-HONG KONG BIENNIAL…
January 14, 2014
In Progress…. ASHORE PAVILION DESIGN BUILD
September 22, 2013

 

A LINE.
September 1, 2013

A BUILDING SECTION, POST-PERFORMANCE.
November 26, 2012