11.04.15

Martin Wong: Human Instamatic at the Bronx Museum of the Arts

curated by Sergio Bessa and Yasmín Ramírez

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, New York 10456

Human Instamatic will explore Wong’s engagement with his community as a major concern of his practice. The exhibition will trace Wong’s development as an artist, beginning with his transition from an introspective youth in San Francisco painting haunting self-portraits to his self-identification in the mid-1970s as the “Human Instamatic,” a street artist selling portraits of passersby in Eureka, CA. Human Instamatic will highlight Wong’s later years in New York City, where he played a pivotal role in the Lower East Side (LES) arts scene in the 1980s/90s, a period in which he created an oeuvre immortalizing the vibrancy of a resilient, artistic, and multi-ethnic community facing displacement. The exhibition will feature Wong’s diaristic renderings of the LES Latino community, NYC’s Chinatown, graffiti artists, and later works created in San Francisco, where he returned in 1994. On view at the Bronx Museum from November 4, 2015 through Feb 14, 2016, this exhibition will travel to additional venues starting in the spring of 2016... http://www.bronxmuseum.org/exhibitions/martin-wong...

Martin Wong, Big Heat, 1988.COURTESY THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

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