Art, Artist Talk / Walk-Through, Cellar Gallery, Exhibit, Lobby, West Wing Gallery (Edge)

Cityzening

Cityzening
11 October to 10 November 2012
GF Lobby, West Wing Gallery and Basement C

Artists Talk: More Talk, No Big Talk
11 October, 4PM
Opening program and cocktails
11 October, 6PM

The University of the Philippines Vargas Museum presents Cityzening, one of the major exhibitions of Project Glocal 2012 BKK-HK-MNL-SG. It opens on October 11, Thursday, 6:00PM at the Lobby, West Wing Gallery and Basement of the museum.

Cityzening is an exhibit of contemporary pieces reflecting on citizens as city dwellers. Cityzening is an organic life form of its own, a correspondence between the mental map of the city and the practices of its occupants that arises from various engagements and memories. Proposing answers to the questions “where do cityzens reside?”, the following artists from Manila, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore impart their notions and experiences of city life: Anton del Castillo, Black Baroque Committee, Choon Lin Joo, Esther Yip Lai Man, Francis Yu, Irma Lacorte, Jaffa Lam, Urich Lau, Jason Wee, Jittagarn Kaewtinkoy, Kwok Hin Tang, Ling Nah Tang, Tam Wai Ping, Luke Ching, Mark Salvatus, Michael Lee, Mideo Cruz, Mimi Tecson, Preeyachanok Ketsuwan, Riel Hilario, Ruthairat Kumsrichan, Siu-Kee Ho, SongMing Ang, Thosapol Boriboon, Vichaya Mukdamanee, Wantanee Siripattananuntaku, Warawut Tourawong and Wesley Valenzuela.

Exhibit runs until 10 November. Jaffa Lam (Hong Kong), Vichaya Mukdamanee (Bangkok), Irma Lacorte (Manila) and Tang Ling Nah (Singapore) will have an Artists Talk at 4PM on October 11.  Project Glocal 2012 is a cross cultural multi-locale art project that aims to engage city artists and their public in conversations about the global-local experience, phenomenon, opinions and challenges in cities, spearheaded and curated by Dayang Yraola.

For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at +632 928-1927 (direct line), +63 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), +63 928-1925 (fax) or send an e-mail to vargasmuseum@gmail.com. You may also check our website at http://vargasmuseum.upd.edu.ph or like us at our official Facebook page www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd for more information.

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It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.

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