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Art Palm Beach 2016 Lecture Series - Last Days in Vietnam, Screening

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Art Palm Beach 2016 Lecture Series - Last Days in Vietnam, Screening

Time: January 24, 2016 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: Palm Beach County Convention Center
Street: 650 Okeechobee Boulevard
City/Town: West Palm Beach
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Phone: (305) 490-4584
Event Type: lecture, film, screening
Organized By: Next Level Fairs
Latest Activity: Jan 5, 2016

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Image Courtesy of Rory Kennedy

Introduction and Discussion by Binh Pho

Vietnamese-American artist Binh Pho, featured in the Academy Award nominated PBS documentary Last Days in Vietnam, will be on hand for a screening of an excerpt of the film and discussion on the impact of life in Vietnam on his work.  Binh Pho utilizes modernist approaches to painting and sculpture to create works that bridge the decorative arts with concerns for narrative and concept traditionally associated with contemporary art.  The beauty and complexity of Pho’s work is driven by a desire to share historic and mythic narratives, as well as the potential for art to transform life with the larger public.

Filmmaker Rory Kennedy became aware that Binh Pho was one of the 420 Vietnamese left behind at the American Embassy after coming across the River of Destiny: The Life & Work of Binh Pho.  Kennedy found that Pho is unique in that he does carry any negative feelings from his capture and imprisonment by the Communists.  He met his future wife when she was a fellow passenger on the boat during the successful escape from Communist Vietnam and the two fell in love while on a Malaysian island before finding freedom and a new life it to the United States.

For Binh Pho, there is no distinction between life and art.  He views his success as an artist as the result of numerous friendships with fellow artists and collectors who inspire and support him.  For the last three years, Shadow of The Turning, an exhibition and companion book, has been touring museums throughout the United States.  Pho is a popular speaker and demonstrator, traveling the world to share his story and his unique artistic processes.  Initially rising to fame as a visionary wood artist, he has over the last few years expanded into the world of art glass and bronze.  The possibilities are endless for him, as he has learned to embrace challenges and enjoy the freedom to explore his potential and the destiny it provides.

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