W/Y Gallery

Henry Wong and You King Yee Memorial Gallery, also known as the W/Y Gallery, is the exhibition space of the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) inspired by the rich experiences and activism of two of our elderly founding members. It is devoted to partnering with local artists to showcase work that reflects the lived experiences and struggles of our communities, using the gallery as an incubator for discussion and dissemination of the social justice work with which CPA is engaged.

28 Ash St
Boston, MA 02111
http://cpaboston.org

"Every river has its source, and every tree has its roots. The social status of Chinese Americans has risen day by day. These gains were not just given to us by those in power, nor did they fall from the sky, but rather they were the result of good leadership and broad unity."
- You King Yee, Founding Member
The Wong/Yee Gallery of the Chinese Progressive Association is excited to announce a new CALL TO ARTISTS!The project, entitled R Visions for Chinatown, will be a one-week series of temporary art interventions in Boston’s Chinatown sited on or highlighting public parcels or vacant properties with potential for community development.Artists working in any medium are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to concepts for projects that focus on the theme of stabilizing Chinatown’s future. To apply, please submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) to the Wong/Yee Gallery by Friday, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014.Following initial submissions of an LOI, selected artists will participate in a community planning session to be held on the evening of THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, in which Chinatown residents can talk with artists about their goals and visions for the future of Chinatown. Following the planning session, artists will begin production on a project which expresses or conveys these visions. Projects may include but are not limited to paintings, prints, posters, chalk murals, structural installations, projections, or performance pieces. Proposals should closely consider the relationship between the art and its environment and should promote interactivity with passersby. Selected proposals will receive funding of up to $1,000 per project. ***R Visions for Chinatown will be scheduled as a week of public art in Chinatown to run for a seven-day period, from OCTOBER 19 - 25, 2014.***~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Proposed sites for art intervention include:PARCEL 24 (site of the One Greenway development currently in construction on Hudson Street)PARCEL A (site of the Josiah Quincy Upper School on Washington Street)PARCEL 12 (parking lot between Tremont and Washington Streets near the Double Tree Hotel)PARCEL R1 (parking lot on Tyler Street south of Kneeland Street, former site of the old Chinatown YMCA)CHINA TRADE CENTER at 2 Boylston Street (corner of Boylston & Washington Street)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Please send your LOI, along with links to previous work and any additional questions to: wygallery@cpaboston.org

The Wong/Yee Gallery of the Chinese Progressive Association is excited to announce a new CALL TO ARTISTS!

The project, entitled R Visions for Chinatown, will be a one-week series of temporary art interventions in Boston’s Chinatown sited on or highlighting public parcels or vacant properties with potential for community development.

Artists working in any medium are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to concepts for projects that focus on the theme of stabilizing Chinatown’s future. 

To apply, please submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) to the Wong/Yee Gallery by Friday, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014.

Following initial submissions of an LOI, selected artists will participate in a community planning session to be held on the evening of THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, in which Chinatown residents can talk with artists about their goals and visions for the future of Chinatown. Following the planning session, artists will begin production on a project which expresses or conveys these visions. 

Projects may include but are not limited to paintings, prints, posters, chalk murals, structural installations, projections, or performance pieces. Proposals should closely consider the relationship between the art and its environment and should promote interactivity with passersby. 

Selected proposals will receive funding of up to $1,000 per project. 

***R Visions for Chinatown will be scheduled as a week of public art in Chinatown to run for a seven-day period, from OCTOBER 19 - 25, 2014.***

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Proposed sites for art intervention include:

PARCEL 24 (site of the One Greenway development currently in construction on Hudson Street)

PARCEL A (site of the Josiah Quincy Upper School on Washington Street)

PARCEL 12 (parking lot between Tremont and Washington Streets near the Double Tree Hotel)

PARCEL R1 (parking lot on Tyler Street south of Kneeland Street, former site of the old Chinatown YMCA)

CHINA TRADE CENTER at 2 Boylston Street (corner of Boylston & Washington Street)

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Please send your LOI, along with links to previous work and any additional questions to: wygallery@cpaboston.org

Shots from our current artist Szu-Chieh Yun’s opening by CPA’s own Theo Belizario!

For Metamorphosis:

"My work examines the elements of change as a process that is materialized in stages: the moment or event that inspires change, the internal struggle that challenges one’s being and beliefs as change occurs, the actual process of transformation, the consequences of metamorphosis and what must be sacrificed in order to venture into the unknown. This process of destruction, dissection and reconstruction is reflected in the visual elements of my work. My paintings explore what happens when a person or a place is displaced from its original context and must transform into another existence. As a Taiwanese American artist, an artist with a dual identity, I am interested in contrasts and aspects of the world that are challenged by each other. My work seeks to host the complexity of multiple perspectives and a search of a balance."

 Szu-Chieh Yun 

The W/Y Gallery is very excited to present our latest exhibition: 

SZU-CHIEH YUN's “METAMORPHOSIS” | OPENING RECEPTION THURSDAY JUNE 26, 2014 6PM

PREVIOUS EXHIBIT:

Youth Voices: We Are America | August 2009

The exhibition highlights the different voices of Chinese American youth finding their sense of belonging in America. Artists’ works encompass emotion that range from grief and isolation, to hope, empowerment, humor, and self-pride. The most prevalent themes address stereotypes encountered in daily life and at school.

All artists attended the NECYSC ExplorAsian Program during the last week of July 2009. The program is an overnight summer camp held at Regis College for high school youth from the Greater Boston area.

PREVIOUS EXHIBIT:

Insert: Collaborations | December 2009

This series of photographs documents the collaborative process between art, design and community. The Storefront Library is a temporary library for a community in Boston which has been without its own branch of the Boston Public Library since it was closed and demolished as part of the Central Artery construction in 1956. The Department of Micro-Urbanism co-produced this project with Boston Street Lab, in collaboration with the Friends of the Chinatown Library.

PREVIOUS EXHIBIT:

Impressions for Change | March 2010

The Henry Wong and You King Yee Memorial Gallery (W/Y Gallery) and the Chinese Progressive Association welcome Impressions for Change, an exhibition of social change posters printed and curated by Red Sun Press, a printing and design cooperative based in Jamaica Plain. The exhibit also includes several original hand-made posters from a series of political poster-making workshops sponsored by the W/Y Gallery last year and focused on a common theme: Whose Boston? Our Right to the City!

PREVIOUS EXHIBIT:

This Land Is Our Land: The Struggle for Parcel C in Boston’s Chinatown | April, 2010

The Henry Wong and You King Yee Memorial Gallery (W/Y Gallery) and the Chinese Progressive Association invite you to This Land Is Our Land, a historical exhibition honoring the fifteenth anniversary of Boston Chinatown’s victorious Parcel C struggle.

After decades of urban renewal and institutional expansion, the Chinatown community was pushed too far when Tufts New England Medical Center, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and the city of Boston wanted to build a 450-car garage in the middle of its historic community on a piece of land called Parcel C. The struggle for Parcel C represents Chinatown’s ability to rally across the boundaries of power, race and class to preserve its community in the face of increased incursion by the city of Boston and other large institutions. The exhibit commemorates this historic event through the lens of community mobilization, demonstrating how the spirit of resistance that in many ways has defined this country, is still alive today.

HENRY WONG and YOU KING YEE MEMORIAL GALLERY at CPA 

You King Yee Memorial Gallery, also known as the W/Y Gallery, is the exhibition space of the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) inspired by the rich experiences and activism of two of our elderly founding members. It is devoted to partnering with local artists to showcase work that reflects the lived experiences and struggles of our communities, using the gallery as an incubator for discussion and dissemination of the social justice work with which CPA is engaged.

The gallery is organized and run by a group of artists, academics, and community organizers long active within CPA, a grassroots organization that has worked out of Boston’s Chinatown, largely with low-income workers, immigrants, families and the elderly, since the 1970s. The W/Y Gallery, which opened in 2006, has been committed to organizing exhibitions that promote socially relevant, progressive and activist projects from artists and cultural producers of various backgrounds.

Recent exhibitions include: This Land is Our Land, commemorating the 15th anniversary of Chinatown’s successful struggle for Parcel C; Impressions for Change, 35 years of political posters from Red Sun Press; Insert: Collaborations, photographic documentation of the collaboration between the community, artists and designers in creating Chinatown’s temporary Storefront Library; and Youth Voices: We Are America, New England Chinese Youth Summer Camp’s ExplorAsian Program.

The gallery display space is a narrow hallway with two usable 8’3” high walls, 50’ long on the left, and 31’5” long on the right, with 5’ in between them. Approximately 8’6” on the left wall are allocated for the entrance/lobby area, which can be used to display any information relevant to the artist or their work.

Contact Carolyn Chou & Ian Deleón at wygallery@cpaboston.org