ReClaim February: Wing Young Huie and Jarrelle Barton

Saturday, February 16th, 7-9 pm

Art and Identity
An evening of music and photography,
featuring the work of photographer Wing Young Huie
and musician Jarrelle Barton.

cfpa is delighted to host a presentation of intersectional art and dynamic conversation. Photographer Wing Young Huie will show images from his recent book and exhibit, “Chinese-ness: The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging.” Musician Jarrelle Barton will play the guzheng, an ancient Chinese plucked string instrument, offering both traditional pieces and original compositions. H. Adam Harris, theater artist and facilitator, will guide the artists and audience through a vibrant conversation, as together we explore the nexus of identity and art. How are these works shaped by the artists’ identities, and how does our perception of identity shape the way we experience the work? Join us for this evening of striking visual art, stirring music, and hearty conversation.

This event is Pay What You Can at the door. Reserve your seat here.

Celebrated photographer Wing Young Huie has captured the complex cultural realities of American society for 40 years. His best-known works, ‘Lake Street USA’ and the ‘University Avenue Project’, transformed Twin Cities’ thoroughfares into epic, six-mile galleries, reflecting the daily lives of thousands of its citizens. He was named “Artist of the Year” by the StarTribune in 2000, and was honored with the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award in 2018. “Chinese-ness: The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging” (MHS Press, 2018) is his seventh and most personal book: “I am the youngest of six and the only one in my family not born in China. Instead, I was conceived and oriented in Minnesota. So what am I? How does my Chinese-ness collide with my Minnesota-ness and my American-ness? And who gets to define those abstract hyphenated nouns?“ 

At age 14, Jarrelle Barton (Chinese name:  Jie Ao, 杰遨) began learning guzheng from master Li Jiaxiang (李嘉骧), a former musician of the Beijing Dance Academy (北京舞蹈学院) who had studied with the Chaozhou zheng master Fan Shang’e.  From Li, Barton learned traditional pieces, particularly those from the Teochew and Hakka schools of southern China, as well as modern-style guzheng solos.  Now 26, Barton is in constant demand for events throughout the Twin Cities and beyond, and has developed an international following online. In 2017, he was featured on Minnesota Public Radio and invited to perform with guzheng master Bei Bei He in Los Angeles.  Other notable performance venues include Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, the Mall of America, the Twin Cities Lantern Festival, the Anderson Center (residency and performance) and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.  In December 2018, he was selected for a 2018 Minnesota Emerging Composer Award (MECA), for which he will create a new large-scale composition for guzheng and mixed ensemble.

H. Adam Harris is an artist, teacher, and cultural equity consultant. He works at the intersection of theatre, education, social justice, and community engagement. From keynotes to facilitation, H. Adam specializes in bringing people together around discussions of identity, art, and community. Recent theatrical credits include puppeteering and voicing the title role of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax in the U.S premiere at the Children’s Theatre Company and The Old Globe Theatre. H. Adam spent several years as the Lead Facilitator for Penumbra Theatre Company’s RACE Workshop (designed by Artistic Director Sarah Bellamy); in this position he led conversations around issues of diversity and inclusion for various corporations and organizations, including Ecolab, Kare 11, University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Science Museum, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

cfpa’s ReClaim series is an assembly space to connect all kinds of audiences, artists, experiences, and stories. Our events explore the vitality and evolution of American identity, and the ways in which creative works reflect our lived experience (or not). Our events grapple with the stories we hear and see, the stories we make and tell, and the ways in which we are (or are not) changed by creative representations of our experiences. We support artists who engage fiercely with the complex and contradictory nature of the human experience. We support audiences who yearn for greater personal engagement between works of art and the daily life of our community. We assemble for lively questions, dynamic conversation, and to encourage new ways of understanding each other’s lives.