ARTIST TALK | After Hope: Artists in Conversation

December 10, 2020 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
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Museum of the African Diaspora and Asian Art Museum present

AFTER HOPE: Artists in Conversation

Join us for an evening conversation between artists across Asian and African diasporas in conjunction with After Hope: Videos of Resistance, at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Featured artists from the exhibition, Tiffany Chung and Connie Zheng, and artists previously exhibited through MoAD’s Emerging Artists Program, Simone Bailey and Cheryl Derricotte, will discuss their practices in relation to themes of hope, resistance, and transnational futurity. The evening’s discussion will be moderated by Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, Assistant Curator of American Art at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.

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Simone Bailey is an artist who utilizes video, performance, sculpture, and site specific installations in her artistic practice. Her practice is an interrogation of disembodied poetics and the impulse to grasp the intangible. Her work focuses on perception, process, ephemerality, desire, hybridity, violence, and the impossible, all while maintaining an intimate proximity to blackness.

Cheryl Derricotte is a visual artist and her favorite mediums are glass and paper. Originally from Washington, DC, she lives and makes art in San Francisco, CA. She has an extensive background in the arts and community development. Cheryl is an active thought leader in the arts. She serves as the Secretary, (aka The Minister of Information), for Three Point Nine Art Collective, a group fo Black artists who live and make art in San Francisco. She is also the Chief Mindfulness Officer of Crux, a nationwide cooperative of Black Artists working at the intersection of art and technology through immersive storytelling (VR).

Connie Zheng is a Chinese-born artist, writer and filmmaker currently based out of Oakland, CA. Her work examines diverse articulations of hope amidst ongoing ecological catastrophe, possibilities for expanding the language of climate apocalypse, and the racialization of contamination narratives, as told through visual and text-based forms. A 2019-2020 Graduate Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts, she has also been awarded fellowships and residencies from Ragdale, the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, and ACRE, and was recently a Collection Fellow at KADIST. She will be publishing a chapter in the upcoming Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change (forthcoming Spring 2021) and has exhibited and screened her work in the Netherlands and throughout the US. She received B.A.s in Economics in English and Economics from Brown University, her MFA from the University of California — Berkeley, and is currently a PhD student at the University of California — Santa Cruz.

Tiffany Chung is internationally noted for her research-based multi-media installations and meticulously detailed cartographic works that examine conflict, migration, urban transformation and environmental impact in relation to the history of specific places. Chung’s work remaps historical and collective memories of traumatized topographies, creates interventions into the spatial and political narratives produced through statecraft, and unveils the connection between imperialist ideologies and visions of modernity. Chung was awarded the Sharjah Biennial Artist Prize (2013) and named Jane Lombard Fellow for Art & Social Justice at the Vera List Center, New School (2018-2020). Selected museum exhibitions: Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue, Smithsonian American Art Museum, D.C. (2019); Thu Thiem: an archaeological project for future remembrance, Lumar Cité, Lisbon (2019); Where We Now Stand–In Order to Map the Future, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Japan, 2019); Artists Reflect: Contemporary Views on the American War, Minneapolis Institute of Art (2019); and New Cartographies, Asia Society, Houston (2018).

Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander is Assistant Curator of American Art at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. At the Cantor, she curated a reinstallation of the permanent collection, The Medium Is the Message: Art since 1950, and served as on-site curator for Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze. Working with assistant professor of art history Marci Kwon, Alexander is leading the Asian American Art Initiative (AAAI). Alexander has been invited to present her research and writing at the Harvard Art Museums, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Folk Art Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; her scholarship has been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, and the American Craft Council.

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition After Hope: Videos of Resistance. Hope is an emotion that drives us to imagine, represent, and create new worlds. Designed as a set of three interrelated programs — an in-gallery presentation of more than 50 short videos from across Asia and the Asian diaspora (Videos of Resistance); a series of workshops, roundtable discussions, and convenings (International Working Group); and an online platform ( — After Hope explores the role of hope in contemporary art and activism. This is the first in a series of programs produced in collaboration with outside curators and institutions that aims to foster artistic pollination across communities, practices, and perspectives. After Hope is co-organized with Padma D. Maitland, assistant professor of architectural history and theory at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

This program is presented in partnership with the Asian Art Museum