Reception for Super Sarap & Artists' Conversation


O.M. France Viana, UBE, 2017, Neon, mounted on Plexiglas, Courtesy of the artist, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and Tran Tran

Join Asia Society Texas Center to celebrate the opening of Super Sarap. In this exhibition, artists Mik GaspayJeanne F. Jalandoni, Charlene Tan, and O.M. France Viana revisit commonplace objects and food within Filipino cooking. Through sculpture, photography, and video, the artists elicit personal and collective memories and offer cultural connections that go beyond the Philippine diaspora.

The artists will be present and participate in a conversation led by guest curator Patricia Cariño Valdez and Bridget Bray.


Thursday, March 14, 2019
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Artists' Conversation

About the Artists

Mik Gaspay was born in Quezon City, Philippines, and lives and works in San Francisco, CA. His work reinterprets and recontextualizes the form of found objects to suss out questions of meaning, status, and value. Gaspay received his MFA from California College of the Arts in 2011. He has had a solo exhibition at Alter Space Gallery in San Francisco. He has also participated in various group shows in museums and spaces including the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, CA), Bass & Reiner Gallery (San Francisco, CA), SOMArts (San Francisco, CA), Center for Art + Thought (Chicago, IL), Art Gallery at the University of Hawaii in Hilo, and WhiteBox Gallery (New York, NY). Gaspay was awarded a commission by the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco for a permanent public art installation in San Francisco Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square Bridge.

Jeanne F. Jalandoni is a New York City-based artist, who works primarily with oil paint and textile. Her work explores visually defining bicultural identity through examining her Filipino heritage and experiences growing up as a 2nd generation American. She received her BFA from New York University with a concentration in painting. Her solo shows include Bicultural Identities & Histories at (Little Underground Gallery | Jefferson Market Library (New York, NY) and The Next Generation: Jeanne Jalandoni at Berkshire Art Museum (North Adams, MA). Jalandoni has participated in numerous group shows in New York City, Berlin, and Paris. In 2018, Jalandoni was an artist-in-residence at 36 Chase & Barns Residency (North Adams, MA; affiliated with ERICA BROUSSARD Gallery, (Santa Ana, CA).

Charlene Tan is an artist who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Houston, Texas, she spent most of her childhood in the Philippines only to return to San Francisco to begin her education. Her work has been shown at Intersection for the Arts, Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, [ 2nd floor projects ], ampersand international arts, and Southern Exposure among other spaces. Her practice is diverse ranging from sculpture to performance, investigating topics on assimilation, consumer culture, digital loss of imagery via facsimile, and post-colonial immigrant diaspora.

O.M. France Viana is a conceptual multimedia artist, working in photography, painting, collage, video, and installation. Her artworks interrogate the semiotics of color, the inner experiences of meditation and mindfulness, and Filipino American identity as expressed through Radical Hospitality. She received an MFA in Studio Art and BA from Mills College. Born in Manila, Philippines, she studied art in Switzerland and Spain before moving to California. She founded the Diviana Gallery, the first gallery entirely dedicated to fine art photography in Manila. In the Bay Area, she has exhibited at the San Francisco Art Institute, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Mills Museum (Oakland, CA), SOMArts (San Francisco, CA), Pro Arts (Oakland, CA) and Embark Gallery (San Francisco, CA). She guest curated exhibitions at the Dominican University Gallery. Active in the Asian American community, she is former board member of the Center for Asian American Media, current board member of Philippine International Aid and received a “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S.” award from the Filipina Women’s Network.

Patricia Cariño Valdez (guest curator) is an independent curator based in Oakland, CA. She is the guest curator for Super Sarap at Asia Society Texas Center, after initiating the exhibition with ERICA BROUSSARD Gallery in Santa Ana, CA. Currently, she is developing public programs related to special exhibitions at the Oakland Museum of California. Valdez is part of Casa de Palomitas, a collaborative research and writing project with her partner Cesar Valdez  From 2016 - 2018, she served as the Curator and Director of Public Programs at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in California. She serves on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland. In 2016, she was selected to participate in the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in Manila, Philippines. She was born in Manila and grew up along the West Coast of the U.S. Valdez earned a BA in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts.

This exhibition is organized by Asia Society Texas Center, and expanded from an initial presentation at ERICA BROUSSARD Gallery. The exhibit is guest-curated by Patricia Cariño Valdez.

Exhibitions at Asia Society Texas Center are presented by Wells Fargo. Major support comes from Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Nancy C. Allen, and Leslie and Brad Bucher, as well as The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston Endowment, and the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Generous funding also provided by The Clayton Fund, Texas Commission on the Arts, Wortham Foundation, Inc., The Franci Neely Foundation, Olive Jenney, Nanako and Dale Tingleaf, and Ann Wales. Funding is also provided through contributions from the Exhibitions Patron Circle.

Presenting Sponsor

Wells Fargo

Program Sponsors


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Event Details

Thu 14 Mar 2019
6 - 8 p.m.

1370 Southmore Boulevard

Houston, Texas 77004


Free with RSVP
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