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Yu-Wen Wu in Conversation with Sarah Laursen

February 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

 |  FREE


February 21
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


Harvard Art Museums
(617) 495-9400

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This event requires registration; see further details below.

Join us for a discussion featuring interdisciplinary artist Yu-Wen Wu in conversation with Sarah Laursen, the Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art.

Wu’s subjectivity as an immigrant is central to her artwork. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Wu immigrated to the United States at an early age. Her experiences have shaped her work in areas of migration, examining issues of displacement, assimilation, and the shape of identity in a new country.

At the intersection of art, science, social and culture issues, and the natural world, Wu’s projects include large-scale drawings, site-specific video installations, community-engaged practices, and public art. Her work has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally, and she is the recipient of multiple awards, including the James and Audrey Foster Prize at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; her work is currently on view at the ICA through January 28, 2024. Wu’s handscroll Walking to Taipei was recently acquired by the Harvard Art Museums and is on view for the first time, in an installation titled Journeys, in Gallery 2600 Level 2.

Sarah Laursen oversees the Harvard Art Museums’ Chinese art collection as well as parts of the Korean and Central, South, and Southeast Asian collections. She is a specialist in early medieval China, and her research interests include Chinese archaeology, digital humanities, technical art history, collecting history, and contemporary Asian and Asian American art.

Yu-Wen Wu, Artist
Sarah Laursen, Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, Harvard Art Museums

Free admission, but seating is limited and registration is required. You can register by clicking on the event on this form beginning Sunday, February 11, after 10am.

The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Doors to the hall will open for seating at 6pm.

Limited complimentary parking is available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

The Harvard Art Museums are now offering free admission every day, Tuesday through Sunday. Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museums.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at am_register@harvard.edu at least 48 hours in advance.