"Then and Now"

April 1-June 30, 2005
Gene Siskel Film Center
Chicago, IL

“Then and Now” celebrates the past, present and future of Asian American art locally that spans the decade of the Asian American Showcase being in existence through the work of Charlie Cho, Sun Choi, Drew Ee, Ruyell Ho, Michiko Itatani, Indira Freitas Johnson, Alex Lee, Eunju Lee, Jin Lee, and Howie Tsui. This coming April marks the tenth anniversary of this annual festival featuring ten days of films, art, literature, performance and music at the Gene Siskel Film Center, and these assembled works from abstract paintings exploring formal ideas to manga-inspired Pop Art to stylized figuration reflect the consistent quality and breadth as well as different approaches that sometimes overlap shared concerns among these artists.

The premise for this show is quite simple and dictates a particular approach: invite artists whose art has been shown within the city, in other states and even abroad over the last ten years or so to show new or old work alongside a group of emerging artists. The result offers a fresh perspective to how these artists think about their place in art, comparing or contrasting the styles or subject matter of both generations. In fact, some of the artists listed have participated in prior Showcase art exhibits while the rest oftentimes provided a positive role model as teacher, mentor and fellow artist.
Alex Lee (left to right)
Drew Ee
Eunju Lee (left) )
Michiko Itatani (right)
Drew Ee (center)
Sun Choi (right)
Howie Tsui (left)
Eunju Lee (center)
Indira Freitas Johnson (right)
Jin Lee (left to right)