Summer Mei Ling Lee: Into the Nearness of Distance 

When: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20 2014

What: 

The Chinese Cultural Foundation of San Francisco has been around since the mid-60's, and they've produced over a 100 contemporary art shows – it's like a time-capsule for the Chinese community in San Francisco. The foundation boasts several annual and biannual events, including their featured artist series, XianRui, or Fresh Sharp: Artist in Excellence. For the sixth annual XianRui, Summer Mei Ling Lee works in multiple mediums presented in various locations around the city – such as gallery-based installation in the Chinese Cultural Foundation's new Visual Arts Center, and performance art shown in public spaces around Chinatown. Her project, titled Into the Nearness of Distance, draws from Lee's own life in the Bay Area and her experiences of often feeling disconnected to her own ancestors. In Into the Nearness of Distance Lee asks herself: what exactly is the difference between being a singularly ethnic, heterosexual immigrant, and being a third-generation, queer, Chinese American?

— Laura Jaye Cramer

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