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If the Sky Could Dream

February 9, 2024 - February 8, 2025
Interactive Installation | Performance | Workshop Series

Heritage Museum of Asian Art is collaborating with 2024 Resident Artist Irene Hsiao to create a new interactive installation, performance, and workshop series called If the Sky Could Dream. Coinciding with the Lunar Year of the Dragon, the museum will showcase dragon artworks from throughout Asia, as well as include an original, contemporary vision of the dragon from an Asian American perspective by Hsiao.

If the Sky Could Dream combines drawing, painting, dance, found materials and found spaces at the museum to reveal and celebrate the dragons among us—structural, ancestral, architectural, internal, and environmental. Because the dragon is a water deity in Chinese culture, this work also features projections of the waters of Chicago: Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and the lakes, ponds, and lagoons of Chicago Parks.

 

Dates:

Friday, Feb 9, 6:00 - 8:30 PM: Year of the Dragon Exhibition Preview

Saturday, Feb 10, 11:00 - 12:00 PM: Dragon Exhibition Opening Ceremony

Friday, Feb 16, 6:00 - 8:00 PM: 3rd Friday with Irene Hsiao and guest artist Olula Negre

Friday, Mar 15, 6:00 - 8:00 PM: 3rd Friday with Irene Hsiao and guest artist

Saturday, Mar 16, 1:00 - 2:30PM: If the Sky Could Dream - Exploratory Tour with Irene Hsiao

Friday, Apr 19, 6:00 - 8:00 PM: 3rd Friday with Irene Hsiao and guest artist

Saturday, May 11, 1:00 - 3:00PM: If the Sky Could Dream Workshop - Series Two

If the Sky Could Dream is supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

About the Artist:

Irene Hsiao creates performances in conversation with visual art in museums, galleries, and public spaces, a practice that includes site-specific interaction with visual artworks and experimental engagement with artists, institutions, and the public. More information at https://www.heritageasianart.org/if-the-sky-could-dream-ih

Photo of Irene Hsiao in white by William Frederking. 

Photo of Irene Hsiao in black by Kristie Kahns.

  • IF THE SKY COULD DREAM: Exploratory tour with Irene Hsiao
    IF THE SKY COULD DREAM: Exploratory tour with Irene Hsiao
    Sat, Mar 16
    Chicago
    Mar 16, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Chicago, 3500 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Mar 16, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Chicago, 3500 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Join the HMAA's Artist in Residence Irene Hsiao for a conversation and workshop developed from the process behind her project, IF THE SKY COULD DREAM. Attendees will explore the museum and the dragons exhibition through the lens of movement, improvisation, and imagination.
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