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Martin Wong: Human Instamatic

UC Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive

This exhibition surveys the career of Chinese American painter Martin Wong (1946–1999), from his early years painting street portraits in Northern California--where he dubbed himself the "Human Instamatic"--to his role in New York's gritty downtown art scene in the 1970s and 1980s and his late work in San Francisco before his untimely death from AIDS.


This is what SF/Arts curator Christian L. Frock had to say about Martin Wong: Human Instamatic :

This retrospective of the works of Martin Wong (1946–1999) comes to us via the Bronx Museum. Self-identified as “The Human Instamatic,” Wong captured the unfiltered world around him, from gritty scenes of New York to the streets of San Francisco. His untimely death is framed by the AIDS crisis of the late 20th century; the work shines a light on the politics of the time as a result.

Event Info
Sep 20 → Oct 10
Sun, Wed, Thu 11 am-7 pm; Fri & Sat 11 am-9 pm
$12 General Admission
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center Street , Berkeley
Info: 510-642-0808
Venue: 510/642-0808
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