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* Please note-- the location of this event has changed from the Dweck Center to the Info Commons Lab.

Visual artist and writer Tammy Nguyen, whose drawings is currently on exhibit at Central Library, speaks on her work in the studio and her newly published book, O, (Ugly Duckling Presse), an experimental novella that "sounds the depths of personal, mineral, and geopolitical histories of Vietnam." Nguyen will share how she moves among the various dimensions of her creative process, from text to image, publishing to printmaking, all the while threading together images and stories that slip across cultures and genres.

Following her presentation, Nguyen will be in conversation with celebrated artist and writer Christopher Myers as they discuss the questions of memory, place and the multvalent form of the book. Nguyen and Myers met in Vietnam.

About the Artist

Tammy Nguyen is a multimedia artist whose work spans painting, drawing, printmaking and book making. Intersecting geopolitical realities with fiction, her practice addresses lesser-known histories through a blend of myth and visual narrative. She is the founder of Passenger Pigeon Press, an independent press that joins the work of scientists, journalists, creative writers, and artists to create politically nuanced and cross-disciplinary projects. 

Her work is included in the collections of Yale University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, MIT Library, the Seattle Art Museum, the Walker Art Center Library, and the Museum of Modern Art Library, among others. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Wesleyan University and represented by Lehmann Maupin, New York, Seoul, London.   


About Christopher Myers

Christopher Myers is an artist and writer who lives in New York. While he is widely acclaimed for his work with literature for young people, he is also an accomplished fine artist who has lectured and exhibited internationally. He is interested in the aesthetic bridges that have been built organically across cultures, classes, and geographies, and has been creating work in those in-between spaces for years.

Myers has curated shows in Vietnam; worked with traditional shadow puppet makers in Jogjakarta, young musicians in New Orleans, and weavers in Luxor; designed theater that has travelled from PS122 in New York City to the Genocide Memorial Theater in Kigali, Rwanda; and collaborated with Hank Willis Thomas on a short film, Am I Going Too Fast, which premiered at Sundance. He participated in the Whitney Independent Studio Program and has written essays that have been published by the New York Times. Currently, he is working on a book comparing global censorship methodologies. ||

*Photo: Annie Ling, Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London.

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