6:45 pm-7:45 pm
Cost: $1.75 Bus fare (SmarTrip accepted)
Come take a ride on the ART ON THE ART BUS to see original work by artist Khánh H. Lê installed inside the bus.
Meet at the ART Bus #41 stop outside 2100 Clarendon Blvd. (Court House Metro Station) to catch the bus. We will ride it to Central Library’s Center for Local History at 1015 N. Quincy Street, just a few blocks from the Virginia Square Metro Station. Here, we will see a related multimedia installation by the artist originally created for the Echoes of Little Saigon Vietnamese cultural heritage event.
The artist, along with curators Aliza Schiff and Cynthia Connolly, will have a brief discussion of his work before getting on the bus.
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Time: Meet at 6:45 p.m. for the 7:04 p.m. bus
Location: Route 41 ART Bus Stop, outside 2100 Clarendon Blvd. (near Court House Metro)
Fee: Bus fare: $1.75 (SmarTrip accepted)
About the artwork:
Little Saigon of Clarendon
Identity plays a central role in Khánh H. Lê’s (Vietnamese American) artistic output. Little Saigon of Clarendon is a mixed-media collage work celebrating the Vietnamese community that once existed in Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood. Borrowing from Michael Horsley’s photographs and using gold Gelly Roll pens, sequins, baubles, stickers and acrylic crystals, Lê transforms the buildings into a colorful, mixed-media townscape. Using scrapbooking materials that have little perceived value and culturally specific references, such as photography, Lê creates layers of intricate details and embellishments that celebrate the community that existed here.
Echoes of Little Saigon
After the Vietnam War ended in April 1975, newly arrived Vietnamese immigrants developed a thriving center of restaurants, businesses and culture in Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood. This enclave soon became informally known as “Little Saigon.” By the early 1980s, the completed Metro station spawned new development in Clarendon, leading members of the Vietnamese community to build the Eden Center in Falls Church. Today, Arlington County staff, artists, students and members of the Vietnamese community are commemorating the history and contributions of Little Saigon through art, writing, oral histories and cultural preservation. On May 9, 2015 we honored Arlington’s Vietnamese heritage with an event and a County Board Proclamation at Clarendon Central Park.
The ART ON THE ART BUS program is supported by Arlington Transit and curated by Arlington Arts, bringing art out into our community.