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The Life and Work of League Alumna Pacita Abad

6:00 pm
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May 16, 2023
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May 16, 2023
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Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, 2nd Floor

Pacita Abad, A Million Things to Say, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, 2018. Image courtesy the Pacita Abad Art Estate. Photo: Pioneer Studios.

Explore the over three-decade career of League alumna Pacita Abad (b. Philippines,1946–2004) with Victoria Sung, curator of the artist’s first retrospective at the Walker Art Center, on view April 15 – September 3, 2023. Best known for her trapuntos, a form of quilted painting made by stitching and stuffing her canvases as opposed to stretching them over a wood frame, Abad used her artwork to address her feminist, transnational concerns in ways that continue to reverberate with artists and audiences today. 

Special thanks to the Tina Kim Gallery for support of this program. The Tina Kim Gallery presents their own exhibition of works by Pacita Abad, Colors of My Dream, May 18 – June 17.

Featured Guests

Victoria Sung

Victoria Sung is the Phyllis C. Wattis Senior Curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Previously, she was a curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, where she created exhibitions, publications, and public programs for contemporary art audiences. Recent projects include new commissions with Pao Houa Her, Shen Xin, Candice Lin, Rayyane Tabet, and Laure Prouvost. She has also curated large-scale survey exhibitions, including Theaster Gates: Assembly Hall (2019)and Siah Armajani: Follow This Line (2018), and recently opened the first retrospective on the work of Philippine American artist Pacita Abad at the Walker (April 15 – September 3, 2023). Sung has also worked at arts and culture institutions in New York City, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

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The Life and Work of League Alumna Pacita Abad

May 16, 2023
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May 16, 2023
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6:00 pm
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