Dinh Q. Lê: Fragile Springs

Monday, February 20, 2023 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Museum of Art

Dinh Q. Lê’s work and art practice revolve around the themes of identity, history, and memory, which span various mediums from his well-known woven photographs and tapestries to handmade paper, and video and mixedmedia installations that question the reception and consumption of images and how visual culture may inform a national identity. Lê and his family left Vietnam in 1978 and lived in refugee camps in Thailand before relocating to the United States. In California where he lived and went to art school, Lê was sparked by the prevailing perceptions of the Vietnam War and its lingering consequences on the Vietnamese people.1 

Dinh Q. Lê was invited to the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at the School of the Arts at Columbia University in 2011 to collaborate with Gregory Santos on an edition of prints inspired by the September 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement along with other concurrent international protest movements. The result is Fragile Springs, a portfolio of 10 screenprints with varnish all on view in the At the Museum of Art. The portfolio was purchased in 2021 by Museum of Art for the Permanent Collection.  

Ten countries are the subjects of Fragile Springs: Burma, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Thailand, Tibet, Tunisia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Yemen.


Fragile Springs is on view in collaboration with the Global Racial and Social Inequality Lab (GRSIL) at the University of New Hampshire.


The exhibition will be on view from January 26 - February 20.


Image credit: Dinh Q Lê, Ukraine from Fragile Springs, 2013, screenprint, 14 x 17 inches



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