stephanie mei huang:
the foul lump in my throat

October 17 – November 21, 2021

Reception for the Artist
Sunday, October 17, 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.

neither donkey nor horse ⾮驴⾮⻢ ii, 2020, polyurethane resin, sisal, glitter, paper. Photo by Andrew Siedenburg.

the foul lump in my throat is one we feel before we know to examine. It signals a kind of melancholia that besets when dreams of wild freedom give way to a quiet reality of otherness. Under a West Texas sun, stephanie mei huang takes viewers on a journey of migration, immigration, and exclusion. We glimpse freedom, find humor, and yearn for a way to reset the landscape.

The cowboy rides free.
Where are the Chinese cowboys?

stephanie mei huang employs videos and sculptural installations that demonstrate how the freedom of cowboyhood relies upon exclusion—the kind that yields to alienation; and the foul lump in my throat also carries the hope that there may be remedies.

stephanie mei huang was born in Wausau, Wisconsin and currently lives and works in New York, NY. Marfa, TX; Yokohama, Japan; Shanghai, China, and Los Angeles, CA have all been home to huang as well. She received her MFA from California Institute of Arts, Valencia, CA and a BA in Media Studies with a minor in Poetry from Scripps College, Claremont, CA. In 2019 she attended ACRE Residency, and she is a current participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, NY.

This project is presented in partnership with ACRE Residency; it is supported by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and an Artists Run Chicago Fund Grant administered by the Hyde Park Art Center.