. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Wong Ping Lecture and Conversation

Posted by | Amy Beste | Posted on | April 15, 2021

Thursday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema

Join artist and animator Wong Ping and Orianna Cacchione, curator of global contemporary art at the Smart Museum of Art for a wide-ranging look at the ideas and approaches behind Wong’s singular digital-pop works. Presented in partnership with the Open Practice Committee in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.

Wong Ping, Dear, Can I Give You A Hand, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.

Self-described as “low-tech, stand-up comedies,” Wong Ping’s animations and installations combine dark humor with nuanced social commentary.


Wong Ping was born in Hong Kong and received his BA from Curtin University in Perth, Australia in 2005. In 2018, he was the recipient of the inaugural Camden Art Centre’s Emerging Artist Prize, and in 2019, he was one of the winners of the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition at the 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam. Wong has completed a residency at the Centre for Chinese ­Contemporary Art (2015). Solo exhibitions include Heart Digger, Camden Arts Centre, London (2019); Golden Shower, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2019); Who’s the Daddy, CAPRI, Germany; and Jungle of Desire, Things That Can Happen, Hong Kong. His work has been featured in important group exhibitions such as One Hand Clapping, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2018); 2018 Triennial: Songs for Sabotage, New Museum, New York (2018); XO State Dark: Aristophanes, Arts Centre Melbourne (2017); RareKind China, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester (2016); Mobile M+: Moving Images, M+, Hong Kong (2015); and Essential Matters, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul (2015). Wong’s animation films have been presented at numerous international festivals in Belgium, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Australia. Wong’s work is held in several permanent collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; M+, Hong Kong; KADIST, Paris/San Francisco; and Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, among others.

Orianna Cacchione is the curator of global contemporary art at the Smart Museum of Art. Her curatorial practice is committed to expanding the canon of contemporary art to respond to the global circulations of art and ideas. At the Smart Museum of Art, Cacchione has curated the exhibitions The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China (with Wu Hung), Samson Young: Silver moon or golden star, which will buy of me?, and Tang Chang: The Painting that Is Painted with Poetry Is Profoundly Beautiful, the first solo presentation of the pioneering abstract artist’s work outside of Thailand.


Wong Ping: Digital Fables
April 12–18
Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema