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Oakland, CA - Contemporary Vietnamese women artists challenge the traditional role of women in “Changing Identity: Recent Works by Women Artists from Vietnam,” a collection of approximately 50 recent works from 10 artists on exhibit at the Mills College Art Museum from June 20 to August 5, 2007. Curated by Nora Annesley Taylor, a research associate with the Smithsonian Institution and associate professor at Arizona State University, the exhibit will feature drawing, painting, photography, performance, sculpture, and video.

Using a range of subject matters and aesthetic sensibilities, the artists explore gender and cultural identity, and offer a diversified view of Vietnam. They also examine ways to provide alternative representations of the female body and gender roles in their society.

An opening public reception will be held at the Mills College Art Museum on June 20, 2007, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, followed by a curator’s talk in the Danforth Lecture Hall. A performance by artist Ly Hoang Ly will take place at the Museum on July 11, 2007, at 7:00 pm, followed by a conversation with the curator.

The artists featured in “Changing Identity” are:
Dang Thi Khue
Dinh Thi Tham Poong
Dinh Y Nhi
Nguyen Bach Dan
Nguyen Thi Chau Giang
Ly Tran Quynh Giang
Ly Hoang Ly
Phuong M. Do
Vu Thu Hien
An-My Le

A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibit. All events are free and open to the public at the Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94613. Museum hours: Tuesdays, and Thursday through Saturday 11–4 pm; Wednesday 11–7:30 pm; Sunday 12–4 pm.

Nora Annesley Taylor is the author of Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art (University of Hawaii Press, 2004) and the recipient of a 2004 Fulbright scholar award to research Vietnamese visual culture. She has lectured and presented her research on Vietnamese art throughout the world, examining the politics of art history, global art movements, and issues of ethno-nationality and gender in art.

”Changing Identity” was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, and supported in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation. Educational activities are made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation, Hanoi, and are fiscally administered by the Institute of International Education.

Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering innovative degree programs for undergraduate women, and graduate degree and certificate programs for women and men. Consistently recognized as one of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Mills currently ranks among the top 20 most diverse liberal arts colleges. The New York Times recently selected Mills as one of three leading California colleges for students to consider.

In 2006, the Washington Monthly College Rankings named Mills a leading liberal arts college based on community service, research spending, quality of preparation for graduate education, and social mobility. In addition, The Princeton Review’s annual guide, the Best 361 Colleges (2007) included Mills for the second year in a row among top U.S. institutions offering students an outstanding undergraduate education.

Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, on 135 lush acres, Mills provides a dynamic liberal arts education fostering women’s leadership, social responsibility, and creativity.

Deborah Dallinger
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Last Updated: 6/23/17