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.
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