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Lunar New Year Installation
February 10 - March 02
In partnership with the Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas, we are proud to celebrate Lunar New Year with a special installation by Vietnamese-American artist Dinh Q. Lê entitled Crossing the Farther Shore. The piece will be on view from February 10 through March 2 on Level One between Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s.
Since returning to live permanently in Vietnam in 1996, Lê has collected thousands of found photographs mostly dating 1940s-1980s, abandoned by families who fled Vietnam during and after the Vietnam War. Crossing the Farther Shore is a major architectural installation comprised of images from this massive archive. Such photos are one of the few records from this time period and have allowed Lê to present an important visual record of life in Southern Vietnam. The photographs have been stitched together by hand; together, they form seemingly weightless, fragile, rectangular structures that allude to mosquito nets that people slept under, creating what Lê calls “a sleeping, dreaming memory of Vietnam” – ethereal canopies of love, promise, and hope.