Martin Wong: Human Instamatic

September 20–December 10, 2017

This retrospective surveys the career of "one of our great urban visionaries" (New York Times), from Northern California to New York and back.

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  • Martin Wong: Brainwashing Cult Cons Top TV Star, 1981; acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 in.; the Bronx Museum of the Arts, gift of JP Morgan Chase.

  • Martin Wong: Sweet ’Enuff, 1987; acrylic on canvas, two panels; 69 3/4 x 64 1/2 and 72 x 62 1/2 in.; collection of the de Young Museum, San Francisco; gift of Judy and Michael Moe.

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Past Events

  • Selected Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

    Guided Tours: Martin Wong

    Join a tour of Martin Wong: Human Instamatic and discover the work of a painter the New York Times called “one of our great urban visionaries.”

  • Saturday, December 9, 3:30 PM

    Gallery Talk by David Call: Martin Wong and ASL

    Artist Call shares insights into the distinctive presence of American Sign Language in Martin Wong’s work.

  • Saturday, November 11, 1 PM

    Roundtable Discussion: Martin Wong in New York

    Follow Martin Wong from the Bay Area to New York City’s Lower East Side in this discussion with Sean Corcoran, Yasmin Ramirez, Barry Blinderman, and Jane Dickson.

  • Saturday, November 11, 11:30–1:00 & 1:00–2:30

    Gallery + Studio: Explore ASL in Collage

    See how Martin Wong used American Sign Language in his paintings, then learn about this compelling visual language as you create your own art.

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, October 7, 1 PM

    Roundtable Discussion: Martin Wong in San Francisco

    This program explores both the formative and the final years of Martin Wong, who began and ended his career in California. With Mark Dean Johnson, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Sergio Bessa, Marci Kwon, and Charlie Ahearn.

  • Thursday, September 21, 1 PM

    Curator’s Talk: Constance Lewallen on Martin Wong

    Lewallen discusses the life and work of Martin Wong—his identity, his milieu, and his passions.