Artist Talk: Laura Drey and Brandon Tho HarrisVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
7 p.m. Moderated Discussion
7:40 p.m. Audience Q&A — Questions welcome via YouTube or Facebook Live
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Two of the featured artists in the current Artists on Site project — Laura Drey and Brandon Tho Harris — will discuss their work in Houston and join in conversation with moderators Ashley deHoyos and Bridget Bray.
During the project, the two artists have been using the Asia Society galleries as public-facing studio spaces, and each artist will share their findings from the experience.
About the Artists
Laura Drey is a visual artist, writer, and educator, who lives in Houston, Texas, where she was born and raised. She graduated with her MFA, in Studio, from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018, and she holds an (Honors) BA, in Studio Arts, from the University of St. Thomas, Houston in 2015. She has exhibited and performed her art nationally and internationally. Awards include a grant from The Warhol Foundation’s Idea Fund through Diverseworks for her project, Unsettled Space — by way of crops. In 2019, she was an artist in residence at Arquetopia Foundation and International Residency in Oaxaca, Mexico. She was also a 2020 Residency Scholarship Award Recipient for Arquetopia Foundation and International Residency in Cusco, Peru. Drey is a founding member of the collective MotherArt: Revisited.
Brandon Tho Harris is an interdisciplinary artist based in Houston, Texas. His creative practice explores his identity as a child of war refugees. By examining the Vietnamese diaspora in relation to his own family history, he is able to understand and process intergenerational trauma. Harris’ work incorporates self-portraiture, his family archives, and historical images portraying the Vietnam War. Through the use of photography, video, performance, and installation, he allows viewers a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding migration. He has received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with the concentration of photography and digital media from the University of Houston. His work has been featured in exhibitions at Houston Center for Photography and the Blaffer Art Museum. Harris' projects have also been funded by grants from The Idea Fund and Houston Art Alliance.
About the Moderator
Ashley DeHoyos, Curator, DiverseWorks
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
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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.