Chinese Take Out: Artists and Restaurants Engage in Chinatown

June 30, 2011

Alumnus Jason Bailer Losh (MFA 2007 Fine Arts) has started a unique artistic and cultural exchange in Chinatown. For the current exhibit “Chinese Take Out,” Losh and nonprofit group Art in General have placed works by contemporary artists inside seven Chinese restaurants throughout the neighborhood. What they have taken in trade are decorative objects from the eateries, which are on display at Art in General’s nearby gallery (79 Walker Street) until July 2. The items from both sides of the swap are meant to represent cultural identity and offer a glimpse into the participants’ lives in New York.

Tonight at 6:30pm at the Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street), Losh and the project’s participating artists and restaurant owners engage in a roundtable discussion about ideas of public space, how food relates to art in Chinatown, and what they have all learned through the exchange.

Read more about “Chinese Take Out” at NY1 and The Wall Street Journal.

Images: (top) Martin Basher’s The Possibility of an Island, 2011. Duratran print, 48 × 110. Image courtesy of artist; (bottom) Installation image at Art in General. Image courtesy of the gallery.

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