A Conversation with Lee Mingwei

Lee Mingwei, The Letter Writing Project, 1998–present. Mixed media interactive installation with three wooden booths, writing paper, and envelopes. Each booth: 114 1/8 × 66 7/8 × 91 in. (290 × 170 × 231 cm). Image courtesy of Davis Museum Wellesley College. Photograph by Anita Kan

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In this conversation with Lee Mingwei, hear about the Lee Mingwei: Rituals of Care exhibition and the artist’s practice. Led by Claudia Schmuckli, curator in charge of contemporary art and programming, this talk explores Mingwei’s interactive installations and performances inspired by personal experiences and world events. 

You may also join us to experience Lee Mingwei’s The Mending Project in Gallery 14, 10 am–4 pm, and Sonic Blossom in Gallery 26, 11 am–5 pm.

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A Conversation with Lee Mingwei

About the speakers

Born in Taipei in 1964, Lee Mingwei immigrated to the US when he was a young child. He went to high school in San Francisco and graduated with a BFA in textile arts from the California College of Arts in 1993 before earning a graduate degree at Yale University in 1997. He is one of the most prominent Taiwanese American artists today, and his practice has been celebrated across Europe and Asia with recent major solo exhibitions at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Gropius Bau, Berlin. Rituals of Care will be the artist’s first survey exhibition in the United States. 

Claudia Schmuckli joined the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 2016 as curator in charge of contemporary art and programming. Previously she was director and chief curator of the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston, where she forged a reputation as a pivotal figure in the presentation of contemporary art. Before coming to the Blaffer Art Museum, Schmuckli worked at the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. She holds an MA in art history from the Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.

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Free. Seating is limited and unassigned. Tickets for the discussion are distributed on a first-come first-served basis in front of the Koret Auditorium an hour before the program begins. This does not include admission to the museum. 

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