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LEE MINGWEI
Born 1964, Taiwan

Lee Mingwei’s art springs from his openness to human experience and deep sense of connection with other people. His projects are designed to facilitate simple human interactions, such as sharing a meal that he has prepared; writing a letter to a loved one, living or dead, saying things previously left unsaid; or, as in the Harvard Seers Project, encouraging individuals to seek guidance from ‘seers’ (astrologers, clairvoyants) drawn from within the university community. His 2003 Tourist Project, where volunteers acted as tour guides taking the artist to parts of New York City that were of personal significance for them, was designed to explore why we visit certain places, how being a host differs from being a visitor, and the relationship between physical journeying and that of the heart and mind.
Lee’s preoccupations and motivations spring from his Taiwanese family background, where western scholarship and medicine were experienced alongside Zen Buddhist studies and shamanistic healing. His convincing, web-based Male Pregnancy Project continues to play out on the Internet, exciting reactions of extreme hostility to enthusiastic support from those who believe that the artist is, indeed, soon to give birth.

BIOGRAPHY
1989–93 Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons), Textile Arts, California College of Arts and Crafts
1995–97 Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture (New Genre Public Art), Yale University, Graduate School of Fine Arts
Currently lives and works in New York City and Berkeley, California

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006 The Tourist, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Bodhi Project, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Gernika in Sand, Albion Gallery, London
2005 Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Cologne
2004 Through Masters’ Eyes, Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, Los Angeles
Shueito Legends, Bunker Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
2003 The Tourist, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Harvard Seers Project, Harvard University of Fine Art, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2002 The Tourist Project, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston Shadow and its Double, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2000 Living Room Project, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
The Sleeping Project, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York
Empathic Economies, Davis Museum, Wellesley College MA
Empathic Economies, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1999 Lee Mingwei 1994–98, Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio
1998 Way Stations, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The Letter-Writing Project, The Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia
1997 InteractExchange, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York
1993 Osmosis, Isabel Percy West Gallery, Oakland, California

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006 Memory of Fabric, Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool, UK
Artist-as-Resident Project, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2006, Echigo-Tsumari, Japan
Zhua-Zhou Project, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin
2005 Elegance of Silence, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Trading Places, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
Man of the Crowd, Contemporary Museum Baltimore, Maryland
Spice Box Invitational, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, California
Inaugural exhibition, Arnolfini Center of Arts, Bristol, UK
Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Cologne, Germany
El Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
2004 Whitney Seers Project, Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
We are the World, Chelsea Art Museum, New York
Fiction: Love, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
2003 Sleeping Project, Venice Biennale, Taiwan Pavilion, Venice
Away from Home, Wexner Center for the Arts, Cleveland, Ohio
Inaugural Exhibition, Cincinnati Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland
The Magic Makers, Des Moines Center of Art, Ohio
Mind Space, Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
The Gift, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, New York
The Gift, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Chicago
2002 Mosquito Cinema, Sitelines, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts
The Gift, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona
Male Pregnancy Project, Kaoshung Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan
2001 Male Pregnancy Project, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
Mixed Ingredients, American Center for Food, Wine and the Arts, Napa, California
The Gift, Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy
The Bayberry Bush, Parrish Art Museum, South Hampton, New York
2000 Shrine Project, Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Worthless, Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
The Gift of Hope, Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
1999 Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art: Beyond the Future, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Where Are You?, Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies, New York
1998 Plural Speech, White Box, New York
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina
1997 Money For Art, Refusalon, San Francisco
The World View, Deutsche Bank, New York
Reflection, Yale Art and Architecture Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

SELECTED GRANTS AND AWARDS
2005 Artist in Residence, Acadia Summer Art Program, Bar Harbor, Maine
Artist in Residence, Oxbow School, Napa, California
Visiting Artist, DanJian University, Taipei, Taiwan
2004 Visiting Artist, UC Irvine, California
Visiting Artist, Taiwan National Art Academy, Taipei, Taiwan
Visiting Artist, Columbia University, New York
Visiting Artist, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts
Artist in Residence, Acadia Summer Art Program, Bar Harbor, Maine
2003 Marshall S. Cogan Visiting Artist, Harvard University, Massachusetts
Visiting Artist for 2003, Cranbrook Art Institute, Michigan
Artist-in-Residence Award, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio
2002 Artist in Residence, Rice University Art Gallery, Texas
2001 Artist in Residence, Addison Gallery of American Art, Massachusetts
2000 Artist in Residence, Headlands Center for Contemporary Art, Sausalito, California
Artist in Residence, Acadia Summer Art Program, Bar Harbor, Maine
1999 Artist in Residence, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts
Artist in Residence, Acadia Summer Art Program, Bar Harbor, Maine
1998 Joan Mitchell Grant Award
Graduate of Distinction, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco
‘Conversation on Art-Out of Asia’, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1997 ‘Facilitation for the Time Capsule’ for A Day Without Art in New York, a collaboration of Visual AIDS, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Creative Time and Art AIDS

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio;
Glory Yeh Museum of Fine Art, Shinchu, Taiwan
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, North Carolina
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
YAGEO Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan; Deutsche Bank, New York

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Holland Cotter, ‘Asia Week is here, there, everywhere’, New York Times, 1 April 2005
Scarlet Cheng, ‘A master revisited’, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2004
Holland Cotter, ‘Lee Mingwei, Project 80’, New York Times, 21 November 2003
Janet Moore, ‘Rebel without a genre’, Asian Wall Street Journal, 18 January 2002
Kay Karson, ‘To take part in the art, you sleep with the artist’, New York Times, 5 November 2001

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