GA TALK 019 “Story Time” by LEE Mingwei (Artist)

Young Lee Mingwei with his mother, 1969

GLOBAL ART TALK 019 “Story Time” by LEE Mingwei (Artist)

Currently living in Paris and New York, Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations, where strangers explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness, and one-on-one events, in which visitors contemplate these issues with the artist through eating, sleeping, walking and conversation. Lee’s projects are often open-ended scenarios for everyday interaction, and take on different forms with the involvement of participants and change during the course of an exhibition. For this talk, Lee will share stories of connection and beauty.

About the Talk

Time/Date:18:00-19:30 2019.11.04 Mon
Venue:Ningenkan room NA208, Kyoto University of Art and Design
Address: 2-116, Uryuyama, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Access: Take city bus No.3 , 5 or 204 and get off at ‘Kamihate-cho Kyoto Zokei Univ.’
Admission:Free (Booking required)
Seating Capacity:100
*English>Japanese consecutive translation available

Organized by: Kyoto University of Art and Design, Graduate School of Art and Design Studies/HAPS

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About the Speaker

Lee received an MFA from Yale University in 1997, and has held solo exhibitions internationally including Whitney Museum of American Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Mori Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou, and has been featured in biennials in Venice, Sharjah, Lyon, Liverpool, Taipei, Sydney, Whitney, and Asia Pacific Triennials.


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Connecting Kyoto and the World through Contemporary Art

The environment surrounding contemporary art has become vastly more complex over the past few decades. Faced with this situation, it is no easy task for artists to find a way to be active at a global level. Naturally, it is virtually impossible to get a firm grasp on the art scenes that are being produced concurrently all over the world. In particular, in neighboring Asian countries that are seeing rapid economic growth and modernization, there are more opportunities than ever before to show one’s work, taking into account the new art museums and art fairs that are being established, and the flourishing numbers of international exhibitions. Although global attention focused on this region has increased, the situation is quite different in Japan, where there is a general sense that the work of developing art-related institutions has been finished. However, it is precisely this state of affairs that has led to a renewed questioning of how global networks are constructed, a reconsideration of how institutionalization works, and the role of artists in society.
In Kyoto, art schools produce a large number of new artists each year. But what kinds of connections might one discover today between this center of traditional Japanese culture and the world of contemporary art that has grown ever more complex in this way? “Global Art Talk,” presented by HAPS and Kyoto University of Art and Design, is a program where internationally active artists, curators, collectors, researchers, and gallerists, among others, are invited, and, through a series of dialogues, strives to provide a global perspective as well as deepen understanding. (Until last year it ran under the title of “ULTRA x HAPS.”)

The “GLOBAL ART TALK” is part of the Resident Curator Program of HAPS, which seeks to provide support to young emerging artists.

The Kyoto University of Art and Design is dedicated to establishing an institution that will foster artists from Kyoto who aim to work in the contemporary art world at a global level.


Sonic Blossom, 2013/2015, ongoing participatory performance installation. Photo © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Moving Garden, 2009/2017, mixed media interactive installation. Photo: Wayne Taylor, courtesy of National Gallery of Victoria