The exhibition, titled “Origins and Destinations,” is the most prominent show of Chen’s career to date. It opens Saturday, Aug. 1, and will be displayed for three weeks to Chen’s largest audience yet.
The display consists of 24 etchings that use both photography and drawing to address themes including race relations, gender politics and cultural history. As a Chinese-American artist, Chen offers perspectives on his own family history as well as broader intersections of Chinese and Western cultures.
The opportunity arose for Chen to exhibit in
In addition to the renown he will gain from the exhibition, Chen has learned valuable lessons about cross-cultural interaction from his experiences in preparing for
“There is much I can teach my students about ‘getting things done’ under the most adverse circumstances, in terms of making art of personal integrity while endeavoring to position it ‘out there,’” he said.
Chen first visited
Chen has returned to
Chen, who was born and raised in
His work has been featured in more than 150 venues worldwide, with regular displays at
Chen has received numerous honors for his artistic talent and work, including the 2005 Tiffany Foundation Award — a grant of $20,000. He has served as an evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, College Art Association and The John D. and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Foundation.