The programs in American studies and Asian American studies, in cooperation with the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Art and Archaeology, invites the University and local community to an art exhibition and public conversation on Oct. 6, 2021, in honor of Filipino American History Month.
The exhibition presents works by the eight artists of the Filipino American art collective NExSE. The exhibition’s title, “300 Years in a Convent, 50 Years in Hollywood,” is taken from a popular idiomatic expression used in the Philippines to describe its complex colonial history. The convent signifies Spanish rule through Catholicism and its values, customs, and codification. Hollywood refers to the ways in which American popular culture has imagined the Philippines in terms of exoticism, glamour, difference, and seduction.
This exhibition explores the diversity and complexity of the Filipino diaspora and its many expressions across different generational, geographic, and cultural contexts. The artists in the collective explore shared roots and diverse relationships with the Philippines’ layered colonial histories through a range of aesthetics, installation modes, and media- using language as a connective thread by mining discrete experiences.
The exhibition will be open to the University community during the day on October 6, 2021, at the forum level of the Lewis Center. At 4:30, there will be a meet-and-greet with the artists. At 5:00, the artists will be joined by art historian and curator Patrick Flores from the University of the Philippines, who will offer opening remarks before opening up to a conversation with the artists and the public.
Registration opens soon. Attestation to vaccination will be required for registrants not enrolled in the University’s Covid-19 testing program.