Opening-Day Panels: Pacita Abad
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Opening-Day Panels: Pacita Abad

A large colorful artwork of the Statue of Liberty hangs in a white art gallery.
Pacita Abad, L.A. Liberty, 1992. View of the exhibition Life in the Margins, Spike Island, Bristol, 2019. Courtesy Spike Island, Bristol. Photo: Max McClure.

In celebration of the opening of the exhibition Pacita Abad, join us for two panel discussions that explore the artist’s complex relationship to her diasporic identity and exuberant material practice. The first panel explores the critical position of Abad (b. Philippines, 1946–2004) as a Filipina American artist, working in crucial periods in the Philippines and the United States that deeply questioned identity and nation, through a conversation between artists Stephanie Syjuco and Angel Velasco Shaw, and Eungie Joo, curator of contemporary art at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Following is a second panel that examines how Abad’s often flamboyantly cosmopolitan persona and art practice intimately entwined to complicate easy categories of craft, geography, and time.

This program will have ASL interpretation.