Phung Huynh, Bleaching, 2017, oil on canvas, 42″ x 42″
a panel discussion
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 3 p.m.
In conjunction with the current exhibition, Pretty Hurts which features new works by artist, Phung Huynh, CB1 Gallery will host a panel discussion about uncovering the complicated issues related to Asian female bodies and plastic surgery. The panel will present probing conversations about body image, patriarchy, colonialism, popular culture, and social media as critical markers in how beauty is constructed and to what lengths women will go to subject their bodies to be reconstructed.
The moderator for the panel discussion is Annie Buckley (artist, writer, curator, and Associate Professor of Visual Studies at California State University, San Bernardino); and the panelists include Evonne Gallardo (Arts and Culture Consultant), Phung Huynh (artist and Associate Professor of Art at Los Angeles Valley College), Tiffany Lanoix (Associate Professor of Sociology at West Los Angeles College), and Jennifer Lynne Musto (Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College).
Phung Huynh, Unbound, 2015, oil and collage on canvas, 20″ x 20″
Annie Buckley is an artist, writer, and curator with an emphasis on art and social justice. Her work embraces image, text, and social practice and has been included in public and gallery exhibitions since the early 90s. Recent works include the participatory project, “Pollinating Kindness” and the multidisciplinary work, “The People’s Tarot” which was included in Miami Basel 2014. Her writing about contemporary art has been published in Artforum, Art in America, The Huffington Post, and she is a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Review of Books. Buckley is currently Associate Professor of Visual Studies at California State University, San Bernardino, and the founder and director of Community-based Art and the Prison Arts Collective, for which she has been awarded prestigious grants from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Annie earned a BA with honors from UC Berkeley and an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design. She completed additional coursework in Psychology at UCLA and Education at CSU, Los Angeles. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
Evonne Gallardo is an arts and culture consultant dedicated to honoring and valuing artists as critical components to a successful society. Evonne works to advance and resource artists and the organizations that serve them, and has held leadership positions in a wide range of arts organizations including museums, community based art centers and artist-led international organizations. Evonne has hands-on leadership experience in arts management and programming, curatorial and public art projects, board development and fundraising strategies, organization management, as well as cultural equity, inclusion, and diversity in the arts and culture sector. Evonne received a B.A. in American History at Columbia University and an M.A. in the Sociology of Art/Liberal Studies from the New School in New York City. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC).
Phung Huynh is a Los Angeles-based artist whose practice is primarily in drawing and painting. Her most current work probes the questions of cultural perception and cultural authenticity through images of the Asian female body vis-à-vis plastic surgery. Huynh is interested in how contemporary plastic surgery on Asian women have not only obscured racial identity, but it has also amplified the exoticism and Orientalist eroticism of Asian women. Phung Huynh is represented by CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles and has had solo exhibitions at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills and the Sweeney Art Gallery at the University of California, Riverside. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally in countries such as Germany and Cambodia. She has also completed public art commissions for the Metro Orange Line, Metro Silver Line, and the Los Angeles Zoo. Phung Huynh is Associate Professor of Art at Los Angeles Valley College. She completed undergraduate coursework at the University of Southern California, received her undergraduate degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and received her graduate degree from New York University.
Tiffany Lanoix is Associate Professor of Sociology at West Los Angeles College where she teaches courses in racial and ethnic relations, social problems, intersectionality and related topics. Tiffany Lanoix was Chair of the Sociology and Ethnic Studies Department at Los Angeles Valley College where she was also the faculty advisor to the Gay-Straight Alliance and spearheaded significant programs such as the Same Sex Parenting Forum, Sexual Harassment Symposia, and Heterosexual Privilege Workshop. Community activism and social awareness are core to her activities as a scholar and professor. Currently, at West Los Angles College she serves on the Student Success Committee, is the Transfer Honors Director and was awarded a student equity grant along with two other faculty members to launch a program called “Westside Connections,” which helps underserved students reach their goals for transfer and certificate completion. Tiffany Lanoix received a B.A. in Sociology from CSU Dominguez Hills and an M.A. in Sociology from UC Irvine.
Jennifer Musto is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College and a postdoctoral researcher with the SEXHUM: Migration Sex Work, and Trafficking project. An interdisciplinary scholar, Jennifer’s research interests and expertise are situated at the intersections of gender, sexuality, feminism, technology, law, and migration and she has lectured widely and published articles and a book on the laws, policies, and technologies designed to respond to human trafficking and sex work in the United States. Before arriving at Wellesley College, she was an External Faculty Fellow at Rice University and a member of the inaugural Humanities Research Center Seminar, Human Trafficking Past and Present: Crossing Borders, Crossing Disciplines. She was also a postdoctoral researcher at USC’s Annenberg Center on Communication & Leadership Policy. Jennifer Musto received her PhD in Women’s Studies from UCLA.