03.20.19 / Dinh Q. Lê & Quach Phong


Dinh Q. Lê


Quach Phong

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam-based Artists

March 20, 2019

Timken Lecture Hall, SF Main Campus

“Light and Belief: Voices and Sketches of Life from the Vietnam War”

This talk is co-sponsored by the San José Museum of Art.

Quách Phong

Born in 1938 in Vĩnh Long, Vietnam, Quách Phong studied art at Gia Dinh Fine Arts School and the Vietnam College of Fine Arts.  In 1966, he became an illustrator and writer for a Northern Vietnamese newspaper, sketching wartime activities until he was injured in 1972.  After the end of the Vietnam-American war, Quách Phong became a government arts administrator and later helped to establish and served as secretary general of the Hồ Chí Minh City Fine Arts Association.  His exhibition, Sketching Vietnamese History, opened at the Hồ Chí Minh City Fine Arts Museum in 2016 and was curated by Dinh Q. Lê, Zoe Butt, and Nguyễn Bích Trà of Sàn Art, a non-profit art space based in Saigon.

Dinh Q. Lê

Born in 1968 in Hà Tiên, Vietnam, Dinh Q. Lê and his family escaped the Khmer Rouge invasion of his hometown and fled to the United States in 1979.  Lê received his BA in studio art from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989 and MFA in photography and related media from The School of Visual Arts, New York in 1992.  He currently lives and works in Vietnam. Recent awards include a Rauschenberg Residency, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York (2016); Bellagio Creative Arts Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation, New York (2014); and Visual Art Laureate, Prince Claus Fund, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2010).  He has had solo exhibitions at the San José Museum of Art (2018); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2015); Rice Gallery, Houston (2014); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); Bellevue Arts Museum Washington (2007); Asia Society, New York (2005); and The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky (2000).  His work is in the collections of Asia Society; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and San José Museum of Art.