The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America

February 7 through July 20, 2014 EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 17!The Other Side

The exhibition presents a collection of visual narratives about the Chinese and Mexican immigrant experiences. Through the works of five contemporary artists, we explore the recurring issues of immigration, border relations and labor practices that have persisted throughout U.S. history and remain timely today. The selection of works demonstrates a range of different styles and references, spanning different historic periods, geographic locations, cultural influences and gender perspectives, bound together by the common threads of memory, history, identity and humanity. Artists featured include Zhi Lin, Hung Liu, Andrea Bowers, Tony de Los Reyes and Margarita Cabrera.

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In recent works, internationally acclaimed artist Zhi Lin has explored the experiences of 19th century Chinese railway workers. In addition to the more abstract works currently on view in The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America, his deeply moving drawings documenting the individual workers and geography of the Transcontinental Railway were featured in the museum exhibition Chinaman’s Chance in 2008. Trained at the China National Academy of Fine Arts and London’s Slade School of Fine Art, Lin holds an Endowed Professorship at the University of Washington, teaching both in the Art Division and Jackson School of International Studies. His visit is made possible by the University of Washington.

Images (from top to bottom):

Zhi Lin
Bloody Summer, Cape Horn, California 1865
Building of the Central Pacific by Chinese Workers
2013
Chinese ink and colors on Chinese paper
Courtesy of Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, CA

Hung Liu
In the Garden 1
2005
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles

Andrea Bowers
No Olvidado (Not Forgotten), no. 16
2010
Graphite on paper
Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer

Tony de los Reyes
Border Theory (indeterminate zone/ black)
2013
Dye and oil on linen
Courtesy of the artist and Angles Gallery
© Tony de los Reyes

Margarita Cabrera
Echinocreus Dasycan #3
2006
Border patrol uniform, thread and terra cotta pot
Courtesy of the West Collection