Alongside 15 other public artworks, ASSEMBLY has been installed in Renaissance Plaza in White Plains, New York. These public artworks are exhibited in public spaces across downtown for the Serious Fun Arts Festival — October 12 – 16 — and will remain on view until November 30 (the installation will move afterward to a permanent home).
Research and work in progress of the REFLECTIVE URBANISMS: Mapping New York Chinatown project was presented at this year’s GSAPP Incubator Prize presentations on September 16 at the Faculty House, moderated by Leslie Kuo. View the presentations online here.
REFLECTIVE URBANISMS: Mapping Calgary Chinatown is included in this year’s Asian American International Film Festival’s New Media Exhibition, focusing on archival practice within the Asian diaspora. View the virtual exhibition here on New Art City.
Thank you to Nadia Galindo of News 12 for this AAPI heritage month artist feature — covering the CURRENT sculpture, public art and Asian American identity. Watch here.
Read these write-ups on the installation’s activation of community space:
“Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong Creates Sites for Rest and Play in Boston’s Chinatown.” By Lian Parsons-Thomason
“Pao Arts Center celebrates five years, new installation comes to Mary Soo Hoo Park.” By Lex Weaver
Event Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 5-8PM EST in Dumbo
Please join us for the community celebration of the opening of the YEAR OF THE TIGER’ installation and the Pao Arts Center’s 5th Anniversary! Live performances include an inaugural lion dance by the Wah Lum Academy… and more! Details on the lineup can be found here.
Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 1PM to 4PM
Mary Soo Hoo Park, Boston Chinatown
Join us at the colorful INTERSECTIONS benches. We’ll be gathering outside this spring at Columbus Park on April 3rd and on Doyers Street on April 17 and May 1. We’d love to hear your story about Chinatown’s buildings!
Event Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2022 from 6-7PM EST
Join artist Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong along with staff from Pao Arts Center and the Greenway Conservancy for a virtual Community Studio Visit. Cheryl will lead a conversation about her creative practice, her love of Chinatown, and her inspiration for the YEAR OF THE TIGER pavilion, coming to Mary Soo Hoo Park on The Greenway in Spring 2022. Register here to attend.
As part of an annual series honoring the Chinese Zodiac on The Greenway, Cheryl has been commissioned to create an artwork celebrating the Year of the Tiger in partnership with Pao Arts Center.
Event date: Thursday, January 27th, 2022 at 4 – 5PM MST (6 – 7PM EST)
The New Gallery (TNG) is pleased to present a launch event of REFLECTIVE URBANISMS: Mapping Calgary Chinatown. This virtual event will showcase the website and include a conversation between Cheryl and the project’s web programmer, Tommy Gonzalez, along with Carol Poon and Doug Wong, Calgary Chinatown community members who contributed their stories to the project.
Watch the recording of the launch event here.
After two years of immersion in Calgary Chinatown, community engagement and interviews, research and data processing, design and web programming, the REFLECTIVE URBANISMS: MAPPING CALGARY CHINATOWN project is now live!
REFLECTIVE URBANISMS is an interactive web project that maps Calgary Chinatown through its architectural changes. Here, transformations that have occurred in its buildings, since Chinatown was established in its current location in 1910, are visualized and investigated alongside community stories about the histories and activities that took place in, outside, and around these buildings. REFLECTIVE URBANISMS is a project commissioned as part of the Calgary Chinatown Artist Residency by The City of Calgary’s public art program, in partnership with The New Gallery.
On the website, discover more about the individual buildings in Calgary Chinatown using the interactive 3D map feature, or select a building from the building index page. Learn more about each building through visual projections of the architectural transformations, read transcriptions of building memories from community members and look at photographs of building details from today and years past.
The ZIGGY benches have moved to their permanent home at senior residence, Oi Kwan Foundation’s Wai Kwan Manor. In situ, ZIGGY mirrors the angled planter nooks in the garden. Seniors have said they love sitting on the benches— a sturdy surface for the tush!
As part of the Calgary Chinatown Artist Residency, ZIGGY benches have been custom-designed and fabricated for Calgary Chinatown. This pair of benches, which invite users to play, pause and interact together, will be exhibited at the street event Linger With Calgary Chinatown, hosted by fellow residency artist Teresa Tam, and then will go on to live permanently at the local Oi Kwan Foundation’s senior residence, Wai Kwan Manor.
‘CURRENT’ has been featured in Dezeen! Read the article here.
MERIDIAN in Murrow Park was activated as seating, stage and a social space during the DC mayor’s press conference to announce investments to support the recovery of DC businesses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
connecting Chinatowns across North America
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.
+ 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
You can check out the recorded discussion online here.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
CHINATOWN: REFLECTIVE URBANISMS is a research project being conducted while in residence with The
New Gallery and The City of Calgary, in conjunction with the City’s new cultural plan for Calgary Chinatown. 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
‘Monumentality’ sculptures are on display at Northern-Southern Gallery in Austin, Texas.
November 4 (Austin Design Week Preview) through December 12, 2020
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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 look back on Constellation’s 2017 – 2018 transformations.
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.
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.
‘THE FUTURE OF CHINATOWN’ + ‘SANCTUARY CITY: Tactics for Strategic Action’
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 and Joshua Bardavid
For more details:
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 Tobi Elkin, Cathy Lang Ho & Stefan Jonot, organized by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong and moderated by Quilian Riano
For more details and info on the panel: http://www.cw-zw.com/constellation-cycles/
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.
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.
Saturday, June 24th // 5 – 7PM
Seward Park @ East Broadway and Jefferson Street in LES
‘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.
For more details and info on the panel: http://www.cw-zw.com/constellation-cycles/
Istanbul Design Biennial
October 22, 2016 – November 20, 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.
Group exhibition with works by Dev Harlan, Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong & Jayoung Yoon
163 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, New York
Opening: Thursday, September 15th, 7-10pm
On view: September 15 – October 14th
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.
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.
WEEKEND EVENTS – APRIL 17 + 18
Details on April 17 – 18 events here: http://cw-zw.com/urbanstage-cycles/
APRIL 10 + 11 AT THE URBANSTAGE
Details on April 10 – 11 events here: http://cw-zw.com/urbanstage-cycles/
APRIL 3 + 4 AT THE URBANSTAGE
Details on April 3 – 4 events here: http://cw-zw.com/urbanstage-cycles/
Psssst… Details on March 27-28 events here: http://cw-zw.com/urbanstage-cycles/
Wednesday, March 4th, 5PM – Sunset.
Drawings will be exhibited in the East Wing studio, where coordinates of the installation and desert reception will be disclosed. Anticipate approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the studio. Sunset cocktails… to celebrate the last hour of desert daylight.
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.
Coconut Composite Board!
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.
Research + Project Construction Drawings
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.
Our book of students’ studio research, design/urban intervention musings, and final student project proposals for a transformative performance space in Shenzhen is finally here! View book here.
Site visit to Shenzhen and Design Workshop with Urbanus
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…
RE-DEFINING PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS!
Re-defining performance through experiments in video, light, color and sound.
01 Video and Viewport
02 Light – with Sebastian Behmann of Studio Olafur Eliasson
THE PERFORMANCE OF ARCHITECTURE
Transformative Cultural Spaces in Shenzhen!
Check out our 4th Year Architecture Design Studio blog (INDA, Chulalongkorn University)