SOPHEAP PICH IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN GUY AT THE MET(NY) – 14 APRIL26 Mar,2013|ARTIST'S TALK

CONVERSATION: SUNDAY AT THE MET, WITH SOPHEAP PICH AND JOHN GUY @ Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

14 April 2013 – 3-4pm – free with museum admission

Contemporary Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich discusses his work with John Guy, Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of the Arts of South and Southeast Asia. Followed by a recital of traditional Cambodian music by an ensemble of distinguished Phnom Penh–based musicians. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich.

The exhibition and related programs are made possible by Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky.

Born in 1971 in Battambang province, Cambodia, Sopheap Pich lives and works in Phnom Penh. He holds a BFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts (1995) and an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999).

Working primarily with rattan and bamboo, Pich’s early sculptural works (2004 – 2010) addressed issues of time, memory, and the body, often relating to Cambodia’s history, particularly with regard to his childhood recollections of life during the Khmer Rouge period (1975-79), and its culture, both its ancient traditions and contemporary struggles. In his recent wall relief works (2011 – ), Pich departs from the burden of socio-political references. Working with materials indigenous to Cambodia – bamboo, rattan, burlap, beeswax and earth pigments– Pich turns inwards towards his practice itself, its materiality and formal references.

For more information, please visit: http://seasonofcambodia.org/event/conversation-sunday-at-the-met-with-sopheap-pich-and-john-guy/

Also:

AN EVENING AFTER YEAR ZERO: A CONVERSATION ABOUT HISTORY, HEALING, AND THE FUTURE OF CAMBODIAN ARTS
Sopheap Pich // Him Sophy // Sophiline Cheam Shapiro

15 April 2013 @ Asia Society New York – 6.30pm, $10 members/ $12 students and seniors/$15 non members

Professors Boreth Ly (UC-Santa Cruz) and Khatharya Um (UC- Berkeley) will curate and moderate a symposium that features some of the most renowned contemporary artists from Cambodia: Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, Him Sophy, and Sopheap Pich, on topics relating to “Year Zero” and, in particular, the moment of reconstruction after “Year Zero”. Topics will include the current situation of the arts in Cambodia, visions for the future, the challenges of collaboration and the role of the imagination and artistic expression in Cambodia.

For more information, please visit: http://seasonofcambodia.org/event/an-evening-after-year-zero-hosted-by-boreth-ly-and-khatharya-um/