Berkeley College Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013
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BERKELEY COLLEGE CELEBRATES ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH
Berkeley College is exhibiting the work of three artists—Rose Sigal-Ibsen, Corky Lee and Wang Fangyu—at a new gallery at the New York City Midtown location, 12 East 41st Street. The exhibit will be on display from May 1 through 28. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. An artists’ reception will be held on Friday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Robert Keiber, Berkeley College Curator, said, “As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re happy to exhibit the work of these fine artists at our new gallery.” He explained that monthly art exhibits will continue to be held at the New York City Midtown location at 3 East 43rd Street, and the 41st Street gallery will be reserved for special exhibits and events.
Featured artists are:
Rose Sigal-Ibsen: She is a renowned painter and also a calligrapher. Calligraphy came about because, as she says, “When I went to China to study, something happened in my heart—the brush, the paper and I have become one spirit.” She has had several exhibitions in the US and abroad, and won recognition for all of her work. An exhibit of her art was featured at the Berkeley College New York City Midtown gallery, 3 East 43rd Street, in April 2011.
Corky Lee: Known as the “undisputed unofficial Asian American photographer laureate,” Mr. Lee’s photographs have documented the daily lives of Asian Pacific Americans as well as various historical moments in American history. His main goal is to chronicle and explore the diversity and nuances of Asian American culture overlooked by mainstream media, and to make sure Asian American history is included as a part of American history. He has said, “Every time I take my camera out of my bag, it’s like drawing a sword to combat indifference, injustice and discrimination, trying to get rid of stereotypes.”
Wang Fangyu: The late artist was known as an excellent calligrapher. His work was exhibited in many solo exhibitions around the US and in other countries, including Switzerland, Germany, China and South Korea. ''It seems to me,'' he once said, ''that I belong to a very small group of Chinese artists, painters and calligraphers of the second half of the 20th century who have succeeded in revitalizing an art form without turning our backs on tradition.''
For more information about all three artists and the exhibit, contact Mr. Keiber at rjk@BerkeleyCollege.edu or 212-252-2065.
Photo Caption: Artwork by Rose Sigal-Ibsen, one of the featured artists with work on display at the new Berkeley College New York City Midtown location gallery, 12 East 41st Street, from May 1 through 28.
Photo Caption: Photography by Corky Lee, one of the featured artists with work on display at the new Berkeley College New York City Midtown location gallery, 12 East 41st Street, from May 1 through 28.
Photo Caption: Calligraphy by the late Wang Fangyu, one of the featured artists with work on display at the new Berkeley College New York City Midtown location gallery, 12 East 41st Street, from May 1 through 28.
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