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5 Points Art Gallery & Studios “D.N.A.” and “Recalling Ah-Po Po” Exhibition Openings

Two Solo Shows Recalling, Discovering, and Sculpting Pan-Ancestry Is Exhibited On Jan. 10

By - Dec 13th, 2019 02:51 pm


MILWAUKEE, WI – On January 10, 2020, from 6-9 p.m. (CST), 5 Points Art Gallery & Studios opens the year with two solo exhibitions showcasing sculptural manifestations of the self through ancestral identity. “D.N.A.” being used as an acronym for “Discovering New Ancestry” is a solo show featuring newly casted ceramic works surrounding Milwaukee-based artist and Cardinal Stritch University Ceramics Professor, Darrel Payne’s, genealogical discovery and break down based on his Ancestry.com report. Colorfully glazed archeologicalinspired masks, vessels, and busts reveal the artist’s surprising ancestral make-up as referenced by his genealogical report and creates conversation about the identities a person chooses to revere and suppress. With a BFA in Studio Arts and a minor in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, “Recalling Ah-Po Po” is the first solo show for Chinese-born, Chicago-based multi-disciplinary artist, Kiki Jia Qi Zhen. Zhen’s multi-faceted exhibition will display hand-crafted interactive mixed media installations like hand-made Chinese toys and fake rice and also feature a performance surrounding her ability to recall and retain her memories and Chinese identity with her clashing American identity after her jarring unannounced immigration to the United States, uprooting Zhen from her “Ah-Po Po”, or “Grandma”, who raised her in China.

“Recalling Ah-Po Po”

“Recalling Ah-Po Po”

Come regard these uniquely-crafted mixed media and ceramic sculptures revering transnational lineage. Artist performance and talk at 7 p.m. (CST). Encore performance at 8:15 p.m.

“D.N.A.” and “Recalling Ah-Po Po” are on display until February 23, 2020.

For more information about 5 Points Art Gallery & Studios, please call (414) 988-4021, email 5pointsartgalleryandstudios@gmail.com, or visit the gallery’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/5PtsArtGallery/.

Although open, 5 Points Art Gallery & Studios is still fundraising for 100% completion. If interested in contributing to the project, please visit the GoFundMe link below or contact the gallery.

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/revive-5-pts-artgallerystudios

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