Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

The New Gallery (TNG) is pleased to present a launch event of REFLECTIVE URBANISMS: MAPPING CALGARY CHINATOWN a project by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong.

REFLECTIVE URBANISMS: MAPPING CALGARY CHINATOWN is an interactive, web-based project that maps Calgary Chinatown through its architectural changes. The map visualizes the changes that the buildings in Chinatown have experienced, alongside community stories and oral histories that have occurred inside, outside and around them. The project was created as part of the Calgary Chinatown Artist Residency with The City of Calgary and The New Gallery.

This virtual event will showcase the website and include a conversation between Cheryl and the project’s web programmer, Tommy Gonzalez, along with several Calgary Chinatown community members who contributed their stories to the project.

Artist Biography /
Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong (New York City, USA) is an artist and trained architect working at the boundary of art, architecture and social practice. Her work investigates the transformation of shared space over time, and seeks to challenge social and political boundaries through sculpture, installation, performance and site-specific architectural interventions.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Cheryl received her B.A. in Art and Italian at the University of California at Berkeley, studied sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milan, Italy) and earned her Master of Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP. Cheryl’s work has been commissioned by the New York State Thruway Authority, New York City Parks Department, City of Inglewood, Washington DC Government – Percent for Art, amongst others. . Her work has been exhibited at Triangle Arts Association, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Istanbul Design Biennial, Usagi Gallery, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Taliesin West, the Venice Biennale of Art, BMW-Guggenheim Lab, Berkeley Art Museum, Museo della Permanente in Milan, amongst others. She has been a visiting critic at Columbia University GSAPP, and taught architecture at Parsons School of Design, University of Sao Josè in Macau, and at the International Program in Design & Architecture (INDA) at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Territorial Acknowledgments
TNG gratefully acknowledges its home on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region, including the Blackfoot Confederacy (Kainai, Piikani and Siksika), Métis Nation of Alberta Region III, Stoney Nakoda First Nation (Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley), and Tsuu T’ina First Nation. TNG would also like to acknowledge the many other First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have crossed this land for generations.