Christopher K. Ho: Trout College
Forever & Today, Inc. co-presents a public program with the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) featuring an artist talk and reading from Ho's screenplay, "Trout College." Set in 1996 at a fictitious liberal arts college in New Hampshire, the proposed television show chronicles the intertwined political awakenings and personal romances of a group of multicultural students.
Christopher K. Ho's work is derived from his experiences as a young immigrant from Hong Kong to Southern California, and particularly as a teen transplant to a New England boarding school. Drawing from his personal story as well as from recent observations teaching at private art colleges, Ho explores the ethos, and the corresponding aesthetics, of white privilege.
"Trout College" is presented in conjunction with Privileged White People, an exhibition of new work by New York artist Christopher K. Ho guest curated by Sara Reisman, on view in Forever & Today, Inc.'s Chinatown/Lower East Side storefront from January 11 through February 17, 2013.
Christopher K. Ho (b. 1974, Hong Kong) lives and works in New York. He received his B.F.A., B.S. (1997) in Architecture, Art, and Planning from Cornell University, Ithaca, and both his M.A. (1999) and M.Phil (2001) in Art History from Columbia University, New York. Ho's solo exhibitions and projects include Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines (2011); Fisher Press, Santa Fe (2010, with Kevin Zucker); Winkleman Gallery, New York (2010, 2008); Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, NC (2009); and Galerie EDS, Mexico City (2009). Ho has produced site-specific installations for Other Gallery, Shanghai (2010); Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea (2008); Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jamaica, NY (2007); Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens (2003); and Queens Museum of Art, Queens (2001). Ho's work has been featured in group exhibitions at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York (2012); International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn (2012); Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI (2011); Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY (2011); Dallas Contemporary, Dallas (2010); Freies Museum, Berlin (2010); Momenta Art, Brooklyn (2010); Chinese Biennial, Chinese Base and Huan Tie Museum, Beijing (2009); DiverseWorks, Houston (2009); Incheon Biennale, Incheon, Korea (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art, Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2008); Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland (2007); Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York (2007); Soap Factory, Minneapolis (2006); and Smack Mellon, Brooklyn (2003, 2000), among others. Ho has been a resident at Jackson Hole Art Center, Wyoming (2008), Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia, MN (2005), and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), New York (2004). His work has been featured in publications including Artforum.com, Art in America, Art Papers, ArtReview, Bomb, Modern Painters, The New York Times, and TimeOut New York, among others. Ho has lectured widely and taught at numerous academic institutions, serving as the 2010 Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy and teaching since 2000 in the Departments of Painting and Liberal Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Ho is represented by Winkleman Gallery, New York.
Special thanks to Herb Tam, Nancy A. Bulalacao, and Yunsong Li of Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA); Madeline Hollander, Eugene Kotlyarenko, Ben Noam, Max Roseglass, and Lily Spottiswoode; and Theresa Choi, Forever & Today, Inc. Postgraduate Fellow.