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Members’ Exhibition Celebration: Zhi LIN
July 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

You are invited to a celebration of Tacoma Art Museum’s summer exhibitions with northwest artists featuring the work of visual artist Zhi LIN, poet/artist Alan Chong Lau with sound artist Susie Kozawa, and musicians Miz Floes and the Jazzy Sol Band.

Internationally acclaimed Northwest artist Zhi LIN has refocused attention on the overlooked yet vital history of the Chinese laborers of the 19th century. Thousands of men migrated from China to seek fortunes in the gold mines of California but, instead, mainly found work building the transcontinental railroads. Celebrated as a technical marvel in its day, the first transcontinental railroad was constructed from 1863 to 1869, due largely to the contributions of Chinese workers who cut through the mountains and deserts of the American West. The absence of Chinese laborers from American history books is an animating force in the exhibition, Zhi LIN: In Search of the Lost History of Chinese Migrants and the Transcontinental Railroads. Zhi Lin will be present to talk about his work.

In conjunction with LIN’s exhibition themes, Seattle poet/artist Alan Chong Lau will read a longer performance piece/poem entitled “Water Springs From a Rock” in a collaboration with Seattle sound artist Susie Kozawa. The work references the massacre of Chinese workers who worked the coal mines of Rock Springs, Wyoming in the late 1800’s. It is based on historic documents from that era as well as imagined stories from fictional Chinese characters. The reading is enhanced by Susie Kozawa’s sensitive handling of sound using toys, home-made instruments, found objects, and voice.

The evening continues with live music by Miz Floes and the Jazzy Sol Band offering jazz, soul, and funk tunes for your listening pleasure. Contribute to the Zhi Lin exhibition with an activity in TAM Studio, enjoy hors d’oeuvres prepared by TAM Café, refreshments from a no-host bar, and find more to explore in all the galleries

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In-kind support provided by Heritage Distilling Co.

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Zhi LIN, Chinaman’s Chance” on Promontory Summit: Golden Spike Celebration, 12:30 pm, 10th May 1869, 2013. HD video projection and painted granite ballast with a surround sound environment. Courtesy of the artist and Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Seattle.