Some thirty years after her sudden death, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s work remains a force in the fields of visual arts, avant-garde poetry, and feminist theory. From her early scholarship on French deconstruction to her video and performance art to her landmark book Dictee, Cha carved a singular space within the history of art, a one-woman avant-garde. Her work, described, in turns, as illegible, de-colonizing, avant-garde, stuttering, provokes us into new understandings of history, language, and the body.
The A/P/A Institute at NYU and Asian American Writers’ Workshop are partnering to present an evening of critical reflection, with writers, scholars, and artists responding to Cha’s diverse body of work. Presenters include Thomas Beard (Light Industry), Crystal Parikh (Department of English and Department of Social & Cultural
Analysis, NYU), and poet Alison Roh Park (Asian American Studies Program, Hunter College). This will be one of the most comprehensive programs—and one of the few in the last decade—to examine Cha’s work.
Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Asian American Writers’ Workshop