Divided Attentions: Screening of "The Worlds of Bernice Bing"
The Asia Society, the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA), Asian Art Museum (AAM), and Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) are pleased to present The Worlds of Bernice Bing, a documentary short film illuminating the life and times of visionary artist, Bernice Bing (a.k.a. Bingo) —fine artist, community activist, lesbian, and Asian American. Through archival footage and interviews with scholars, colleagues, and friends, the film documents the importance of Bing’s place in American art history. From her art studio in North Beach, to her groundbreaking community work to her later life in rural northern California, Bing chose not to follow the trends of the day and created art on her own terms. The film tells the powerful and inspirational story of a unique American icon of the arts, finally giving Bingo the attention she so well deserves. The screening will be followed by an audience Q&A featuring award-winning director Madeleine Lim and the film’s collaborators as well as a captivating panel discussion with a diverse panel of voices from Bing’s communities. Engage in the conversation as we examine how and if artists are still pressured to compartmentalize their identities to maintain relevance in contemporary art.
This program is one of the many programs of Asian Contemporary Art Week.
Kim Anno, painter, photographer, and film/video artist
Lenore Chinn, American realist painter
Madeleine Lim, Executive/Artistic Director of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
Tina Takemoto, artist and Associate Professor of visual studies at California College of the Arts in San Francisco
Other speakers TBD
1:30 – 2:00 pm: Registration
2:00 – 4:00 pm: Screening, Panel Discussion and Q&A
Asian Art Museum, Samsung Hall, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco