Opening reception, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. Artist Lee Mingwei will be present for the exhibition opening. Attendees will enjoy live music, a cash bar, and complimentary light bites.
Internationally renowned artist Lee Mingwei explores the power of our everyday interactions, creating participatory installations where a conversation between strangers becomes the catalyst for introspection and interconnection. In The Gifts of Connection, Kimball Art Center presents four of Lee’s celebrated works: The Mending Project, The Tourist, The Living Room, and 100 Days with Lily. Inviting explorations of interconnection, trust, and intimacy, his purposefully open-ended work evolves and takes on different forms with the involvement of various participants, constantly changing during the course of an exhibition.
“The Mending Project was created by Lee Mingwei in response to September 11th. As we grapple with the tragic events in Israel and Palestine, we acknowledge many similarities between that time and today,’ shared Aldy Milliken, Kimball Art Center Executive Director. “We feel strength in offering an exhibition designed to build connections and to share stories through art.”
Born in Taiwan in 1964, Lee Mingwei, currently residing in Paris, Taipei, and New York, creates participatory installations that enable strangers to engage with concepts of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness. Additionally, Lee conducts one-on-one experiences in which he and visitors explore these themes through daily activities like eating, sleeping, writing, and conversing. His projects often present open-ended scenarios for everyday interactions, adapting and transforming with participant involvement throughout an exhibition’s duration.
Lee received his MFA from Yale University in 1997 and has since showcased his solo exhibitions internationally at venues including the Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern, Gropius Bau, Sydney Modern, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Mori Art Museum, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Auckland Art Gallery, Art Museum Ateneum, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has also been featured in Biennials in Venice, Lyon, Sharjah, Liverpool, Taipei, Sydney, Echigo-Tsumari, Whitney, and the Asia Pacific Triennials.
Kimball Art Center exhibitions are supported by Utah Division of Arts & Museums, National Endowment for the Arts, Summit County RAP Tax, Summit County Restaurant Tax, Utah Office of Tourism, Tomilee Tilley Foundation and George S. and the Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.
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