Saturday, Nov 11, 2017
Roundtable Discussion: Martin Wong in New York
Follow artist Martin Wong from the Bay Area to New York City where, in the 1980s, the Lower East Side became his subject as well as his home. This discussion will touch on themes such as the artist’s Chino-Latino identity, his connection to street art, the context of AIDS, and his relationship with poet and playwright Miguel Piñero. Presenters—most of whom knew Wong personally—are Sean Corcoran (who also moderates), curator of prints and photographs at the Museum of the City of New York, where he organized a major exhibition of Wong’s collection of graffiti and street art; Yasmin Ramirez, curator at the Bronx Museum of Art, who contributed to the exhibition catalogue; Barry Blinderman, director of the University Galleries of Illinois State University, who exhibited the artist’s work at his influential Semaphore Gallery on the Lower East Side; and artist Jane Dickson, a close associate of Wong’s whose urban themes resonate with his.