Code Switching, Ortega y Gassett, New York
Nov. 2 - Dec. 10 | Opening Reception: Nov. 2 | Link
Code Switching is a linguistic term, defined by one who can go back and forth between two languages. In popular culture it has expanded to include social and identity based behaviors which may alter based on situational necessity, or proprietary cues. Code Switch will be an exhibition of artists who use this multiplicity in their own visual language. This invented language comes from working through and within a variety of combinations, which come together to form a new whole. The ability to shift between language and culture is imperative to artworks which dig into complex subjects ranging from identity to intimacy, navigating our contemporary existence, power and politics.
Artist in Residence, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
September - November 2017
I'm thrilled to be headed to Omaha, Nebraska for a residency at Bemis. My fellow artists are: Bailey Arend (Boone, NC) Jessica Bardsley (Cambridge, MA) Jayoung Chung (South Korea) Anthony Green (Providence, RI) Tanya Hartman (Lawrence, KS) Brendan Hoffman (Albany, NY) Helina Metaferia (Oakland, CA) Tug Collective (Gaelyn + Gustavo Aguilar) (Sharon, ME) Jody Wood (New York, NY)
Civic Arts Grant, The City of Berkeley, 2018
The Civic Arts program has awarded funds for a social justice project to be exhibited in the spring of 2018. We are thankful and excited. More info to come.
RECENT | 2017
Montalvo Art Center: The Long Distance Call
January 27, 2017
Lucas Artists Program Fellow Christy Chan and actors Gail Jones and Catherine Lerza present a live performance of Chan’s The Long Distance Call. A Q&A with Chan will follow the performance. In addition, visiting artist Simón Adinia Hanukai will discuss his new work informed by questions and concerns about data mining and Lucas Artist Program Visual Arts Fellow Kim Beck will present her past work and projects she intends to explore while in residence. Tickets
100 Days of Action: Phone It In
February 12, 2017
Community day at studio. Provided with call lists and various provided scripts for causes, guests are invited to call their congresspeople and let them know how they feel on the new administration's proposals. Participants each receive a hand-made button that says "I phoned it in." Or, use a button machine to create their own wearable mantras. Snacks, music and children welcome.
SOMArts: Magic Word Mother Tongue
March 9 - April 30
A poly-lingual exhibitions, public workshop and performance series features artists, linguists and performers investigating the ways in which language forms our culture, society and sense of self. Participating artists include Michael Arcega, Christy Chan, Jamil Hellu, Desiree Holman, Sasha Petrenko, Christina Victor, and the Bureau of Linguistical Reality. Curated by Sasha Petrenko. as part of Somarts Curatorial Residency. The opening reception on March 9 will feature an interactive performance by The Bureau of Linguistic Reality, as well as performances by Tommy Becker and Christy Chan. Photos
Kala Art Center: Just Breathe
Kala hosts a night of music and live storytelling; where you can sit, relax and “Just Breathe.” Bay Area storytellers and comedians will have the floor to share humor, compassion and connection in their experiences dealing with the changes in our country right now. Emceed by artists Christy Chan and Maria Finn. Storytellers include comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, comedian and Second City veteran Rachel Hamilton, Moth performer Daniel Ari, NPR storyteller Scott Sanders, and author Emily Meg Weinstein. Video world premiere of "EKGT" Jenifer Wofford and music by artist Lexa Walsh. Photos
The Wassaic Project, New York - Artist in Residence
May - June 2017
Open Studios: Saturday, May 27th
I'll be joining the good people at The Wassaic Project this summer for a six week residency, along with artists in residents Beverly Acha, Meghan Moe Beitiks, Pamela Council, Kristine Eudey, Carrie Fonder, Christopher Kardambikis, Calvin Rocchio, Eric Simmons, Jasphy Zheng, Info
Root Division, "Wild" Exhibition
July 7 - August 12, 2017
Curated by Marisa Aragona, WILD will feature artworks, performances and installations that attempt to express the vast infinity of the wild. Exhibiting artists include Marisa Aragona, Sarah Barsness, Jackie Baxton, William Bland, Claire Brandt, Jessica Cadkin, Christy Chan, Holly Coley, Seamus Conley, Diane Dallas Kidd, Ruth Eckland, Alicia Escott and more.
Opening reception: Saturday July 8, 7 - 10 pm Info
Artist Talk - The Living Room Light Exchange
September 19th, 7 pm RSVP: Eventbrite
September's Exchange features artist Christy Chan and artist collective The Black Aesthetic. The Living Room Light Exchange is held once a month in rotating locations across the Bay Area. Doors open at 7pm, talks begin at 7:30pm, and open discussion at 8:30pm. Location of gatherings is provided after guests RSVP. The Exchange is organized by Liat Berdugo and Elia Vargas. Support is provided by Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure Grant Program. It is fiscally sponsored by the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.