“Same Difference: A Cross Cultural Dialog
with Shana Kaplow and Meng Tang” will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Avenue, Studio B, Minneapolis.
A suggested donation of $5 to $10 includes the program, and the ping-pong and karaoke to follow the event
Through video, sculpture, and painting, artists Shana Kaplow and Meng Tang explore the relationships between the individual and society, family and foreigner, and American and Chinese culture.
The Third Place Gallery is presents a two-person show of their work and host a public dialogue between Meng and Shana that will touch on the issues they both work with in their artistic practices.
Shana will show work from her recent series, Close to Home, which began dur ing her stay at the prestigious Red Gate International Artist Residency in Beijing, China. This new work includes the video Facetime and new ink-on- paper paintings.
In addition to her experiences as an American living in China, Shana’s work is informed by her
experiences as the adoptive mother of
a Chinese-born daughter
Internationally recognized video and installation artist Meng Tang presents Land of the Free, a participatory sculpture in which she invites viewers to symbolically place their own mark on China. One by one, viewers approach a large map of China, replacing 293 flags (one for each large city) with multi-colored Post-it Note messages
Combined with Meng’s
video work, Land of the Free speaks
to the cumulative effect of many
individual voices over a period of time.
Meng Tang was born and raised in Tianjin, P.R. China. She earned Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Beijing Film Academy, a Master’s degree in Media Art at NYU, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in New Media Arts at the University of Minnesota. She currently lectures at the University of Minnesota Department of Art.