Sydney Chen

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Please join us for a online talk by the artist Sydney Shen

Location: The [DIAP] Zoom Room

Thursday April 30th

Time 10:30AM – 11:30AM

The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Sydney Shen’s (b. 1989, New Jersey) sculptures probe contradictions such as fear and wonder, pain and pleasure, sacred and profane. She destabilizes motifs of the macabre, especially those which test the limits of the body, to evoke ambivalent states. Her work is informed by a range of arcane to everyday sources: like Chinese opera, Medieval literature, and video games. The forms her work takes are as eclectic; she frankensteins found and fabricated materials to create abject, droll, and ludicrously poetic arrangements.
Recent solo exhibitions include Onion Master, New Museum, New York; Every Good Boy Does Fine, Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna. Shen is a 2019-2020 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace resident. Shen received the 2019 Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship, Queens Museum, New York; and the 2018 New Works Grant, Queens Art Fund, New York. She graduated from The Cooper Union in 2011. Sydney Chen

The [DIAP] MFA is committed to and supports racial justice activism as an enlivened and publicly engaged dialogue that explores artistic practices to change society. We are proud to be part of a vital campus that can be an instrument of change to push our society toward greater inclusivity and equity.

On June 9th at 1 PM the office of CCNY’s president and CCNY’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership is organizing an important conversation about this moment of protest and the movements for racial justice

Uprising in Context: The Struggle for Racial Justice in the United States