Transart Advisor Mary Ting lecture ” Art: Grief, Guanyin & the Elephants” at CUNY
Mary Ting on Art:
“Grief, Guanyin & the Elephants”
Friday, April 15, 2016
Reception 6pm, Lecture 6:30
CUNY Asian American/Asian Research Institute – AAARI
25 West 43 St – Rm 1000 (5th/6th Avenue)
RSVP suggested but not required: https://maryting.eventbrite.com
Mary Ting will highlight artworks that weave family stories of 1930/40s Nanjing, purges during the Cultural Revolution, field research in the Yellow River Plateau, and her mother’s passing. Along the way she will re-examine traditional symbols, literary metaphors and talk about grief, social status, Chinese consumers and endangered species.
This highly personal lecture will provide the audience with a window to Mary Ting’s process, thinking and philosophy. Mary’s artwork includes drawing, cut paper, installation, sculpture, photography, and community projects. Her ongoing social practice community projects are Daffodil Ashes on Grief and Art and Compassion: for the Animals Great & Small, on wildlife trafficking. As an independent curator, she organized the International Cultural Collaborations Tibet/NY artist project with the Trace Foundation, Paper Trails for the American Museum of Natural History, and a series of nine photography exhibitions for UNICEF-China in Beijing. Mary teaches at John Jay College in the art department and the Sustainability and Environmental Justice Program, as well as the Transart Institute, NY/Berlin, MFA in Creative Practice.