Current and Upcoming, Winter/Spring 2018 / by Huong Ngo

Things are warming up! I'm so excited to announce the current and upcoming news. See you soon!


– Huong





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Weinberg/Newton Gallery, 300 W. Superior, Chicago, IL 60654
Exhibition:  January 26 – March 17, 2018

The Tip of My Tongue is organized in partnership with the Chicago Literacy Alliance and aims to draw out the complexities of language as a tool not only for communication but also for connection, discovery, and growth. This group exhibition takes an expansive approach to the theme of literacy as it explores the many issues caught up in the web of words we each navigate, from notions of identity and belonging, to autonomy and self-expression. Through sound, color, book arts, and text, this group of works by six Chicago-based artists provides access points to a multiplicity of voices, ideas, viewpoints, and conversations.

Judith Brotman, Kirsten Leenaars, Andy Moore, Hương Ngô, North Branch Projects, and Udita Upadhyaya 




Happy to announce that DePaul Art Museum has acquired select works from the project To Name It Is To See It for their permanent collection.  


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I've given talks and done recent studio visits through the SAIC INTERLINK program and Indiana University (image above). I'll do studio visits with SAIC Photography students through the Parlor Room Program







Station Museum, 1502 Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77004
Exhibition: February 3 – April 22, 2018
Opening Reception: February 3, 7 PM
Performance: Sunday, February 4, 2018, 12:00 PM  2:00 PM

In(di)visible is an exhibition examining immigration, the residual effects of war, and the implications of assimilation, integration, and invisibility for Asian Americans. From the intergenerational trauma of war and the impossibility of articulating what is lost between generations to the legacy of federal policies such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first law implemented to prevent a specific ethnic group from immigrating to the United States, and Executive Order 9066 in 1942, which authorized the forced relocation and incarceration of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese descent, 62 percent of which were United States citizens.

Reinforced through systematic subjugation and discrimination, the myth of the ‘model minority’ obscures the lived experiences of people perceived as Asian in America and is often used as a wedge between them and other marginalized groups. A pervasive disconnect exists between Hollywood depictions of Asian people in America and the breadth and variety of the people inhabiting those realities. Within the American mass media directed cultural narrative, accurate or comprehensive depictions of daily life are almost never platformed while the oppression of Asian American people as a political entity is rarely highlighted outside of the context of comedy. These artists use their experiences to bring visibility and add nuance to the cultural understanding of Asians in America.

Mel Chin, Pao Houa Her, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Miao Jiaxin, Hung Liu, Laurel Nakadate, Zeus Paredes, Judy Shintani, Lien Truong, Dan S. Wang, Hồng-Ân Trương, Hương Ngô, Featuring: The Black Lunch Table (BLT)




Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
Exhibition: March 18 – August 19, 2018

Very excited to announce my contribution to this important series. Being: New Photography 2018, the latest edition of MoMA’s longstanding and celebrated New Photography series, investigates charged and layered notions of personhood and subjectivity in recent photography and photo-based art, presenting works by 17 artists working in the US and internationally.

The works included in Being respond to diverse lived experiences and circumstances through a range of issues and tactics, including interrogations of traditional modes of photographic portraiture, the use of surrogates or masks as replacements for the body, tensions between privacy and exposure, formations of community or social relations, and the agency of the sitter and of the artist. Some works in the exhibition might be considered straightforward figurative depictions, while others do not include imagery of the human body at all. Since its earliest manifestations, photography has been widely seen as a means by which to capture an exact likeness of a person; the artists featured in Being mine or upset this rich history as they explore photographic representations of personhood today, when rights of representation are contested for many individuals.

Being: New Photography 2018 is constituted primarily of works made since 2016, both by artists who are just starting out in their careers, some showing in New York for the first time, and by others with more established practices who, in some cases, have been supporting the field of photography through teaching or creating other platforms for production. For all the artists, this will be the first exhibition of their work at the Museum.

Sofia Borges, Matthew Connors, Sam Contis, Shilpa Gupta, Adelita Husni-Bey, Yazan Khalili, Harold Mendez, Aïda Muluneh, Hương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương, B. Ingrid Olson, Joanna Piotrowska, Em Rooney, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Andrzej Steinbach, Stephanie Syjuco, Carmen Winant

Organized by Lucy Gallun, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography.



I'm looking forward to my upcoming residency at the Camargo Foundation where I'll continue my research at the National Archives. The Camargo Core Program is the historical and flagship program of the Foundation. Each year an international call is launched through which 18 fellows (9 artists and 9 scholars/thinkers) are selected.

The Camargo Core Program offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, create, and connect. By encouraging groundbreaking research and experimentation, it supports the visionary work of artists, scholars and thinkers in the Arts and Humanities. By encouraging multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, it intends to foster connections between research and creation. 



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