Event | “Urban Tribes: Urban Caravan” Exhibition

Event | “Urban Tribes: Urban Caravan” Exhibition

Multidisciplinary program highlights art produced by immigrant artists at several New York exhibition spaces.

Beginning June 8, 2019, The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) will host Urban Tribes: Urban Caravan in its Brooklyn gallery space. The multidisciplinary and multi-venue project, organized by the Taiwanese American Arts Council (TAAC), examines the transnational movement of people in the era of globalization and will showcase the perspectives of first, second, and earlier generations of immigrants from Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Russia, and South America. Kelly Tsai, a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Nonfiction Literature and Joanne Y. Chen Taiwanese American Artist Fellowship recipient, and Ming-Jer Kuo, an Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program alumnus, are among the featured artists. According to TAAC, urban tribe members “never completely take on the living style of the larger population in which they reside, and it is the differences that are most interesting.” The Urban Caravan title draws inspiration from all those who choose to leave their hometowns looking for a better life on either a material level, spiritual level, or both.

Title: Urban Tribes: Urban Caravan

Dates: Saturday, June 8 – Thursday, September 12, 2019 
Opening Symposium: Saturday, June 8, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8, 6:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM 
Location: The New York Foundation for the Arts, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201


Other exhibition sites include TAAC Tribeca/E. Tay Gallery, El Taller Latino Americano, Queens Museum, and Light Year Program at the Manhattan Bridge, all in New York City. The curatorial team includes Luchia Meihua Lee, Executive Director, TAAC; Jennifer Pliego, Director of Special Programs and Head of the House of Art, El Taller Latino Americano; and John Enzo Parker, Light Year. A second phase of Urban Tribes is planned for Fall 2019. Visit www.taac-us.org for full details.

Find out more about the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program, a $7,000 unrestricted cash grant awarded to individual artists living and working in the state of New York. Sign up for NYFA’s bi-weekly newsletter, NYFA News, to receive announcements about future NYFA events and programs.

Image: Ming-Jer Kuo (IAP ’15)

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