Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Filipino American Museum (FAM) Presents Distansya Exhibition featuring Works by Maia Cruz Palileo, Rico Reyes, Jaret Vadera, and Aldrin Valdez, Opening Reception at ACE New York on Mar. 3


Filipino American Museum (FAM) presents Distansya Exhibition featuring works by Maia Cruz Palileo, Rico Reyes, Jaret Vadera, and Aldrin Valdez at ACE Hotel New York, 20 W. 29th St in NYC. Opening Reception on Mar. 3rd.

In March, Filipino American Museum (FAM) begins a year-long programming partnership with Ace Hotel New York, to present a roster of events and exhibits featuring artists, writers, and musicians. The collaboration is a first for both parties and will explore ideas of family, home, personal history and the blurriness that occurs in-between. Pulling Focus speaks to a commuity’s search for clarity, the tentative moments we find it, and the fleetingness of how long it can be held. From a group exhibit to an artist residency to the display windows of the hotel, FAM is excited to enlist friends old and new for a year of investigation, discovery and celebration.

10632640_960295224061721_605913418822681183_nAbout Distansya
This group exhibition presents new and recent work by four artists of Filipino descent living and working in the New York metropolitan area. These artworks, in particular, paradoxically embody and disembody, reveal and obscure, abstract and confound personal and cultural chronicles and images. Their works visually and figuratively may seem out-of-focus and esoteric, somewhat distant echoes of recorded histories or constructed identities. This is deliberate. 

About FAM
Filipino American Museum is a platform for artists of Filipino descent and for work that captures and contextualizes the Filipino experience in America. FAM is a fluid space for the active investigation and expression of ideas at the intersection of contemporary art, culture and community.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at Asians on Film on March 10th, The Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia on March 13th and the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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