'Inspiring Lines' Exhibition in Chinatown Honors Six Chinese-American Pioneers In the Commercial Arts
First Stand-Alone Exhibit in Chinatown Curated by the Chinese American Museum
Includes Artwork Created by 'Disney Legend'
And 'Bambi' Background Artist Tyrus Wong
WHAT: "Inspiring Lines: Chinese American Pioneers in the
Commercial Arts" showcases the artwork of six
Chinese-American artists whose collective works delighted
millions, while they lived in relative obscurity due to the
commercial nature of their artwork. This history-making
exhibit is the first stand-alone exhibition in Chinatown
curated by the Chinese American Museum (CAM) and represents
the first time that the work of a group of Chinese-American
artists has been featured in an exhibition in the
burgeoning art scene in Chinatown.
WHO: The artists honored in this exhibition are:
* Fred Gong, who demonstrated artistic talents at a young age by taking first prize in American Magazine's high school art contest "What My Community Contributes to the Nation." * Bill Jong, who, as a senior art director at the nation's leading advertising agencies during a 40-year career, created ads for such clients as American Express, ARCO, Carnation, Disney, Ford and 7-Up. * Leland Lee, who was a key assistant to architectural photographer Julius Shulman. * Monroe Leung, whose notorious and often irreverent cartoons were featured in The Saturday Evening Post and The New Yorker. * Milton Quon, who worked as an assistant animator on the Disney classics "Dumbo" and "Fantasia." * Tyrus Wong, who was recently named a "Disney Legend" by The Walt Disney Studios for his tremendous contributions as a background artist for "Bambi." Jong, Quon and Wong were also very involved with creating the "look" of Los Angeles Chinatown. They painted or designed images and murals throughout the historic district and even created menus for some of the area's legendary restaurants. WHY: The exhibit, sponsored by CAM and the Chinatown Business Improvement District, brings to light another aspect of the Chinese-American experience in Los Angeles. WHEN: Artists' Reception will be held Saturday, January 5, 2002, from 6 to 9 p.m. Exhibition runs through Sunday, February 17. The closing date coincides with the weekend of Chinatown's Chinese New Year festivities for Year 4700, the Year of the Horse. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. WHERE: LMAN Studio, 949 Chung King Road, Los Angeles INFORMATION: (213) 680-0243 MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X76453702
SOURCE Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council
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