War is for the Living — Opening Reception in N.Y.C. on February 14

Chuong-Dai Vo’s co-curated exhibit, War is for the Living, seems conceptually brilliant and long overdue. In critical engagement with war and its enduring aftermath/afterlife, An-My Le and Dinh Q. Lê join eight other artists at The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery in New York City. The program even includes Yoko Ono’s collaborative anti-war project (circa 1969) with her late husband John Lennon. Seriously! And Việt Lê performs “incredible indelible invisible man” at the opening reception on Valentine’s Day. Swoon! diaCRITICS wishes this show much success, yet with this star-studded line-up, how could it go wrong?! One of the most exciting exhibits we’ve seen go up, in a while. See details below or visit the Facebook page.


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War is for the Living

Opening Reception with Việt Lê performing!

The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery 417 Lafayette St, 4th Floor (Take 6 train to Astor Place or N/R train to 8th St/NYU)

“War is for the Living” brings together a distinguished group of emerging and established artists whose works provoke questions about the everyday of war, the relationships formed and broken, the displacements that people must endure, and the inadvertent histories that arise.

The artists include: Tomie Arai, Allan deSouza, Nancy Hwang, Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, An-My Le, Dinh Q. Lê, Simon Leung, Yoko Ono, Paul Qaysi, and Hiroshi Sunairi.

Curated by Chuong-Dai Vo and Midori Yamamura

…………. Opening Performance: February 14, 2013, 7:45-8:15pm “incredible indelible invisible man”

Participatory Actions: March 2, 2013, 4-6pm: Nancy Hwang, “War is for the Living: What’s it to You?”

March 9, 2013, 4-6pm: Robin Kahn, “Western Sahara: ‘The Art of Sahrawi Cooking'”

……. Tel: 212/598.1155 | email: [email protected] Press contact: Sumin Hong ………

“War is for the Living” is supported by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Vilcek Foundation, and Japan Foundation of New York.


Chuong-Dai Vo is an independent curator based in New York City and a Visiting Scholar in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at MIT. Her research focuses on how war and migration affect the production of literature, cinema and visual culture, especially in Southeast Asia and its diasporic communities. Currently she is working on a book project titled An Assemblage of Fragments: Transnational Vietnamese Culture and Post-War Returns. She has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, Fulbright Program and University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, among others.


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