Reading Group Collecting Identities

July 9, 2014, 6:00PM

20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15
Cambridge, MA 02139

To explore deeply the ideas embedded in 9 Artists, join List Curatorial Fellow Jeff De Blois for a reading and discussion group examining the relationship between collecting and identity in contemporary art. 

Known for works that mix personal biography and a wider engagement with geopolitics, history, and art, artist Danh Vo places his own identity on shifting grounds through gestures such as his series of marriages to friends that allow him to legally adopt their surnames. Vo’s work I M U U R 2, now on view at the List as part of the exhibition 9 Artists, draws from the personal archive of artist Martin Wong, and mixes an incredible array of objects from thrift store bric-a-brac to rare scrolls, paintings, toys, and lunch boxes that Wong had accumulated in collaboration with his mother. Vo acquired the holdings from Wong’s mother Florence and showed it for the first time at the Guggenheim Museum, exhibiting it in this context with the hope of bringing greater awareness to Martin Wong’s work. As an artwork attributed to Vo, I M U U R 2 then poses a multiplicity of questions about systems of collecting, the mutability of identity, and notions of generosity that this reading group seeks to explore. 

The seminar is free and open to all; advanced sign-up required. All readings will be sent electronically prior to the meeting.

For more information, contact:

Jeff De Blois
[617] 253-9477

  • Image of artist Danh Vo with his installation I M U U R 2. Courtesy Walker Art Center. 

  • Danh Vo, I M U U R 2, 2013. An installation featuring 4000 artifacts from the Martin Wong Collection as well as paintings and drawings by Martin Wong, and a sculpture by Danh Vo. Courtesy the artist, Gallerie Buchholz, Berlin/Koln and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York