Watercolor by Chemin Hsiao
Chemin Hsiao, Koi Nobori, 2020. Watercolor on paper. Courtesy of the artist
Free Admission, Workshop, Talk

AAPI Community Day with Chemin Hsiao

Saturday, May 7, 2022
11 am–6 pm
Free admission

In 2021, the Museum launched its first Open Call for Artist Banners with the aim of raising awareness and standing in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community against escalating and continued violence.

Artist Chemin Hsiao’s work Dandelions Know (2021) was chosen and is presented across six outdoor banners sending messages of anti-racism, solidarity, and hope in response to the rise in violence and fear individuals from the AAPI community face. Chemin Hsiao joins fellow artists Woomin Kim and Mo Kong in a series of programming and free admission days to celebrate their projects and community engagement.

Events Schedule

11 am–3 pm: Watercolor Workshop
Drop-in to the studio with artist Chemin Hsiao. Learn about his Dandelions Know (2021) banners, and choose themes from the project to inspire your own work of art. For families and visitors of all ages.

11 am–5 pm: Open Studio: Gallery Kit
This month we’re looking at Chemin Hsiao’s banners and Isamu Noguchi’s art to inspire a drawing motivated by the question: How can art bring us peace and support? After your exploration, stop back at our table to share your thoughts and creation with us. For families and visitors of all ages.

2 pm: Public Tour
An introduction to the life and vision of Isamu Noguchi, exploring highlights of the Museum, the Artist Banners project, and special exhibitions.

4 pm: Chemin Hsiao leads a tour of Dandelions Know (2021) 
Join artist Chemin Hsiao in an interactive tour to learn about the series Dandelions Know (2021).


Chemin Hsiao banner designs
Chemin Hsiao, Dandelions Know, 2021

Chemin Hsiao (Taiwan) is a visual artist based in Queens and Brooklyn at the Chashama BAT Studio Space. He received his BFA and MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and primarily works with water-based mediums such as watercolor and acrylic pigments on paper. In his artwork, Hsiao would like to capture the personal emotions toward subjects or atmosphere, via the elusive connections from his memories and cultural background. He was a recipient of the New Work Grant and ArtSite Public Art Commissioning from Queens Council on the Arts. Since 2019, he has completed several commissioned public murals for the Queens community including Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Flushing. Besides his studio practice, Hsiao has taught in-person and virtual visual arts workshops to students from kindergarten to seniors for organizations such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Noguchi Museum, Queens Museum, Queens Botanical Garden, Abrons Arts Center, ProjectArt, Queens Public Library, and Nan Shan Senior Center. cheminart.com | @cheminhsiaoart