'Artists on Site' Talk with Ahra Cho and Royal Sumikat
Asia Society at Home
HOUSTON, March 8, 2021 — On January 20, 2021, Asia Society Texas presented the second in a series of webcasts highlighting the featured artists from our Artists on Site project. Ahra Cho and Royal Sumikat briefly presented their works-in-progress from their time in the Asia Society galleries, and then were joined by moderators Matt Manalo and Bridget Bray for a conversation exploring language, nostalgia, and the future of their work.
We have transcribed the conversation, which you can access or download below.
Please note that while the transcript has been reviewed for accuracy, it was originally produced by an automated service and may still contain small inaccuracies.
About Artists on Site
Due to the extraordinary challenges that artists have faced in 2020, we developed an initiative that transformed our galleries into studio and project spaces for Houston-based artists. The four featured artists — Ahra Cho, Laura Drey, Brandon Tho Harris, and Royal Sumikat — worked in media ranging among painting, photography, video, sculpture, performance, and installation. By using the galleries as public-facing studio spaces, each artist shared their unique process with visitors, who were able to see the artists' ideas, research, and works take shape as the project unfolded.
This project is organized by Asia Society Texas Center. Exhibitions and their related programs at Asia Society Texas Center are presented by Nancy C. Allen and Leslie and Brad Bucher. Major support comes from Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston Endowment, and the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Generous funding also provided by The Anchorage Foundation of Texas, The Clayton Fund, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Wortham Foundation, Inc., Agnes Hsu-Tang, Ph.D. and Oscar L. Tang, and Olive Jenney. United Airlines is our official airline partner. Funding is also provided through contributions from the Exhibitions Patron Circle, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional visual art to Asia Society Texas Center.
Nancy C. Allen
Leslie and Brad Bucher
Chinhui Juhn and Edward Allen
Official Airline Sponsor
About Asia Society at Home
We are dedicated to continuing our mission of building cross-cultural understanding and uplifting human connectivity. Using digital tools, we bring you content for all ages and conversations that matter, in order to spark curiosity about Asia and to foster empathy.
About Asia Society Texas Center
With 13 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and West. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.