Crochet Workshop and Plant Exchange With Naomi KuoVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Saturday, August 5, 2023
11 a.m. Introduction and Workshop
12 p.m. Plant Exchange and Sustainability Swap
Join Artists on Site Series 4 resident Naomi Kuo for a hands-on crochet workshop and plant exchange in our gallery! Make the most of your Saturday morning by learning how to recycle plastic bags and packaging into yarn and creating your own basket. As part of the event, participants are invited to bring their plants, seeds, produce, and tools to exchange with each other.
During the workshop, guests will get to add to Kuo's "open resource basket," which will be filled with free sustainability tips to share and learn about, as Kuo reflects on the importance of sustainability and upcycled materials in her practice. Both the resource basket and plant exchange will remain in the gallery for the duration of Kuo’s residency.
The artist and Asia Society Texas will provide materials to start the event. Guests are welcome to bring their own plastic bags for the workshop.
About Artists on Site
Asia Society Texas developed the Artists on Site project in 2020 as an initiative that transforms the galleries into studio and project spaces for Houston-based artists. The idea emerged from conversations starting in early 2020 with many artists in Houston and throughout the country to develop ways that Asia Society Texas could support them and their practices. Through studio visits and related programs, visitors can connect with these artists and the critically important insights they contribute.
About the Artist
Naomi Kuo is a Taiwanese American artist based in Houston, Texas. She utilizes drawing, collage, textile-making, and various collaborative modes to make connections between social systems, material culture and individual experiences—particularly in peripheral spaces. Through her work, she hopes to address both critical and everyday gaps in cultural understanding and to contribute to the well-being of her local community. Subjects of interest include urban ecology, Asian American identity, and solidarity economies.
Kuo received an MFA in Studio Art/Social Practice at the City University of New York, Queens College. Her artwork has been exhibited in the Queens Museum of Art, Queens Public Library, and Houston City Hall, among other places. She is also a recipient of The Idea Fund grant (2023).
This program 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 and Mary Lawrence Porter, as well as The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Hearst Foundation, 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., Olive Jenney, and Ann Wales. 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.
The Plant Exchange is part of Kuo's Garden Connections project, made possible with support from The Idea Fund. The Idea Fund is a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Nancy C. Allen
Leslie and Brad Bucher
Chinhui Juhn and Edward Allen
Additional Support for Artists on Site Series 4
About Asia Society Texas
Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diverse perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating the vibrant diversity of Asia, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Spanning the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community — trusting in the power of art, dialogue, and ideas to combat bias and build a more inclusive society.
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