Fri January 28 - Sat December 17, 2022

Cathy Lu: Interior Garden

Lu's work manipulates traditional Chinese art imagery and presentation as a way to deconstruct the assumptions we have about Chinese American identity and cultural authenticity. And in this exhibition, Interior Garden, she uses utopian garden creation myths as a starting point and tropes of classical Chinese gardens to transform CCC's galleries into a contemplative space for reconciliation between the promise of the American dream and the dystopian experiences of so many immigrants and people of color in the United States.

The exhibition features four new, large-scale ceramic installation works such as her "American Dream Pillows," modeled after Song and Tang dynasty ceramic pillows, and one entitled "Pile," a mound of misshapen bricks, which references the resilience of immigrant communities and an important historical moment when, after the earthquake destroyed San Francisco's Chinatown and the city was eager to push out the community there, residents, understanding the threat, quickly rebuilt with the warped and burned 'clinker bricks' that littered the streets.

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Lu's work manipulates traditional Chinese art imagery and presentation as a way to deconstruct the assumptions we have about Chinese American identity and cultural authenticity. And in this exhibition, Interior Garden, she uses utopian garden creation myths as a starting point and tropes of classical Chinese gardens to transform CCC's galleries into a contemplative space for reconciliation between the promise of the American dream and the dystopian experiences of so many immigrants and people of color in the United States.

The exhibition features four new, large-scale ceramic installation works such as her "American Dream Pillows," modeled after Song and Tang dynasty ceramic pillows, and one entitled "Pile," a mound of misshapen bricks, which references the resilience of immigrant communities and an important historical moment when, after the earthquake destroyed San Francisco's Chinatown and the city was eager to push out the community there, residents, understanding the threat, quickly rebuilt with the warped and burned 'clinker bricks' that littered the streets.

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  • Fri Jan 28 (10am – 4pm)
  • Sat Jan 29 (10am – 4pm)
  • Tue Feb 1 (10am – 4pm)
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