Have you ever been touched by the power of a song? This is at the heart of Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei’s work, Sonic Blossom (2013-present). In this work, visitors to the Telling Tales exhibition might be approached by an opera performer, who will ask “May I give you the gift of song?”. Should you answer yes, you will be led to a lone wooden chair inside the Gallery, where you will be serenaded. This intimate and once-in-a-lifetime exchange has profound and varied effects on both visitors and the performers.
Join us on the final day of Telling Tales to hear some of the opera singers share their experience performing this work, as well as Lee’s own connection to song and how he incorporates it into his practice.
Sunday 9 October, 1–3pm
$15/$10 MCA Members and Concessions
Veolia Lecture Theatre, Level 2
About the speaker:
Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei is internationally recognised as one of the leading creators of art which invites audience participation. His work create spaces where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness, and one-on-one events, where visitors contemplate these issues with the artist through eating, sleeping, walking and conversation.
Lee received an MFA from Yale University in 1997, and has held solo exhibitions internationally including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Mori Art Museum, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art and has been featured in biennals in Venice, Lyon, Liverpool, Taipei, Sydney, Whitney, and Asia Pacific Triennials.
Image: Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form, installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 2016, image courtesy and © the artists, photograph: Jacquie Manning