No Country: Regarding South and Southeast Asia Part II

 
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The Propeller Group, Television Commercial for Communism, 2011–12. Color video, with sound, 1 min., edition 1/5. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund © The Propeller Group. Photo: Courtesy the artists

Lectures & Symposia

No Country: Regarding South and Southeast Asia Part II

Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 11 am

The second day of the symposium took place at the Queens Museum of Art. Artists, art historians, curators, and scholars addressed contemporary art practice in South and Southeast Asia. Speakers included Ly Daravuth (Cambodia), Gridthiya Gaweewong (Thailand), Alexandra Monroe (United States), Sharmini Pereira (Sri Lanka), The Propeller Group (Vietnam/United States), Nora Taylor (United States), and June Yap (Singapore/New York). For details on the first day of the symposium, held on April 16, 2014, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, please see Wong Hoy Cheong’s artist talk.

This program was developed as a part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative.

Queens Museum director Tom Finkelpearl inaugurates the symposium by introducing the museum’s historic premises, the highly diverse borough that it calls home, and the ideal of inclusivity that it attempts to embody. Download the transcript (PDF).

 

No Country curator June Yap lays the symposium’s theoretical ground. Citing some of the show’s themes, she highlights discussions sparked by blog contributors such as Zoe Butt, Hammad Nasar, and Gridthiya Gaweewong. Download the transcript (PDF).

 

Nora Taylor describes her route through the developing field of South and Southeast Asian—in particular Vietnamese—art history, citing museums and biennials, independent projects and transnational collaborations. Download the transcript (PDF).

 

Ly Daravuth talks about current art in Cambodia, tracing its roots to the 1950s. He then discusses works in No Country alongside other recent projects from Cambodia, by Prum Sam An, Svay Ken, Vann Nath, and others. Download the transcript (PDF).

 

Gridthiya Gaweewong rethinks South and Southeast Asian art, focusing on contemporary practice in Thailand. Discussing exhibitions including Traditions/Tensions, she grounds her observations in local culture. Download the transcript (PDF).

 

Noting the frequent oversight of emerging Sri Lankan artists, Sharmini Pereira discusses the work of local practitioners who are united by an interest in national identity and the divergent meanings of “country.” Download the transcript (PDF).

 

The Propeller Group traces its idea to rebrand Guggenheim UBS MAP to an encounter with No Country for Old Men director Joel Coen that occurred during a reading of the poem for which June Yap’s exhibition is titled. Download the transcript (PDF).

 

The Propeller Group announces a new icon to represent the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. The artists’ rebranding plan incorporates the image of an axe along with a memorable tagline: “We will not rest.” Download the transcript (PDF).

 

Curator Alexandra Munroe discusses No Country and the history of the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Initiative. She also revisits previous Guggenheim exhibitions featuring art from Asia, including the recent Gutai survey. Download the transcript (PDF).

 

Nora Taylor leads a group discussion in which participants address queries on topics including the development of the Guggenheim’s Asian Art department and the phenomena of exoticization and nostalgia. Download the transcript (PDF).

 

 

Tom Finkelpearl introduces the symposium: download the transcript (PDF)

No Country curator June Yap gives an overview of the talks: download the transcript (PDF)

Nora Taylor navigates Southeast Asian art history: download the transcript (PDF)

Ly Daravuth discusses current art practice in Cambodia: download the transcript (PDF)

Gridthiya Gaweewong rethinks Thai contemporary art: download the transcript (PDF)

Sharmini Pereira introduces work by Sri Lankan artists: download the transcript (PDF)

The Propeller Group unveils its new creative icon: download the transcript (PDF)

Alexandra Munroe on the Asian Art Initiative: download the transcript (PDF)

Moderator Nora Taylor leads a group discussion: download the transcript (PDF)