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Opening Reception of “Spotlight Series: Nicole Leung” Arts and Culture American, Chinese

Chinese American Museum of Chicago


  • Event date: May 21, 2022 at 3:00 pm
  • Event end date: May 21, 2022 at 6:00 pm
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The Chinese American Museum of Chicago (CAMOC) is excited to announce the second exhibition of the Spotlight Series, featuring artist Nicole Leung. Please join us on Saturday, May 21, from 3:00-6:00pm CT for the opening reception. Leung’s site-specific piece “Untitled (Nicole Leung is too American to be Chinese and too Chinese to be American)” will be on view. This exhibition will run from May 21 through July 2.

The Spotlight Series is a new initiative to showcase recent and past work by emerging and mid-career artists of Chinese descent locally. Curated by Larry Lee (Molar Productions), the project aims to introduce, promote and celebrate the divergent artistic visions and experiences of being Chinese in America looking at and reflecting upon our relationship to contemporary visual culture to a wider audience within our community and Chicago.

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About the artist
Nicole Leung is an artist born in Queens, New York, currently based in Chicago, Illinois. A recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Fine Arts, their work reroutes spatial and interrelational dynamic, considering the roles and circumstances we have come to believe are inherent to life itself.

Nicole explores notions of inclusion and exclusion in their experience of diaspora as a second-generation Chinese-American through the manipulation of the museum space itself, intentionally obstructing the audience’s ability to enter the gallery space and (experience the text within it) to mimic a sense of displacement in fully identifying with, and belonging to, a single culture. This projection of self-assessment is intended to prompt said audience to reconsider their relationship with Chinese heritage in Chicago and throughout the United States, as one that is too often overlooked, overgeneralized, and pushed to the peripherals of our visions.

I bet you can tell just by looking at the back of my head.


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    The Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation located in Chicago, Illinois.

    Our mission is to advance the appreciation of Chinese American culture through exhibitions, education, and research and to preserve the past, present, and future of Chinese Americans primarily in the Midwest.

    The Museum building, formerly the Quong Yick Co., is located in Chicago's Chinatown, at 238 West 23rd Street, Chicago, IL 60616
    1/2 block west of Wentworth Ave. and 3 blocks from the Chinatown station of the CTA's Red Line.

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