Mind the Gap
Panel Discussion on Role and Identity
Friday, January 3, 2020 | 5 - 7 PM
Through the lens of contemporary Chinese female artists, the Mind the Gap exhibition seeks to expose the universal and deeply hidden gaps existing in present and past memory, and in the realm of experience and imagination. These multi-generational artists, with lives spanning both the U.S. and China, insightfully explore the generational, geographical, and cultural gaps with their works. This panel discussion intends to explore the concept of “gaps” in women’s roles, and their identity in the context of East Asian contemporary art.
Panelists will include an artist, curator, and gallerist to present multiple perspectives on gender gaps, how the nexus of Wilmington, DE adds meaning to the exhibition or expands the narrative of gaps, how visual art benefits Asian communities; and how certain art education practices attract Asian artists to help close or minimize the gaps.
Curator | Kathrine Page
Kathrine currently serves as Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art at The Delaware Contemporary. Previously, she served for three years on the Board of Directors at The Delaware Contemporary. Prior to moving to Delaware, Kathrine owned and operated Spencer Hill Gallery LLC in Corning, NY, where she represented 22 contemporary American artists. Before opening Spencer Hill Gallery, Kathrine served as Gallery Manager at The Glass Menagerie, Corning, NY. While living in Rochester, NY, she served as Gallery Director of The Davison Gallery at Roberts Wesleyan College, founded and curated the B.T. Roberts Memorial Hall Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, and founded The Regional Gallery Director’s Forum in Rochester, NY. A published writer, Kathrine served as a lecturer in art history at Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary. She holds an MA in Theological Studies and Medieval Art History.
Artist | Caroline Chen
Caroline has a love of painting that she discovered as an adult. She is interested in expressing stories and emotions through painting and is fascinated by the mysteries of the creative process and its role in the artistic journey. Caroline maintains a studio at The Delaware Contemporary. She is included in the book 100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley by Catherine Quillman, published in 2010 by Schiffer. She is also the owner of Chengraphix, a graphic design firm based in Delaware.
Curator, Gallerist and Writer | Echo He
Yu “Echo” is a curator, gallerist, and writer in New York, NY. From 2010 to present, she has worked in various departments at Pace Gallery, a leading contemporary art gallery with locations in New York, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Palo Alto, Seoul, and Geneva. In 2013, she founded and has continued to operate Fou Gallery, a unique gallery space and creative lab located in a historic brownstone in New York, that focuses on promoting Asian contemporary artists. Fou Gallery has received significant global media attention for being a notable and viable model for alternative exhibition spaces, an art lab that brings in various forms of art, and thrives outside of mainstream gallery culture. Most recently, Fou Gallery received special Congressional Recognition of United States of America in 2018 because of the large public art project The Song of Dragon and Flowers by artist Chen Dongfan. Echo received Yishu Awards for Writing and Curating Contemporary Chinese Art (2016). She is a prolific writer and regularly contributes to a variety of publications, including The Art Newspaper (China), Lens, Art China, World Heritage Geography, Condé Nast Traveler, among others.
Host | Curator of Mind the Gap | Wenlu Bao
Wenlu Bao is an art professional currently working as the Curatorial Assistant at The Delaware Contemporary. She received her MA degree in Museum Communication from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and BA degree in Video Directing from Fudan University, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art. Wenlu's global exposure to hundreds of art museums and galleries enriches her view on contemporary art curation and research. She received a 2016 Annual Meeting Fellowship supported by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), a 2016 Marketing and Communications Intern Fellowship supported by the Richard C. von Hess Foundation, and a 2017 Highest Academic Achievement Award from the University of the Arts, Museum Studies Department.