"Asian Pacifically New York: The Photography of Corky Lee" Exhibition at Queens Museum of Art
On view : June 25th - August 14th, 2011
Corly Lee's Bio:
Corky Lee is a New York based photographer whose subjects frequently depicts concepts of Asian American assertion and awareness in the social and public life of New Yorkers and indeed, of all Asians in the US. As a second generation Chinese-American, Corky grew up in Queens during the Civil Rights era. He has been described as the “undisputed unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate,” with his work depicting pinnacle moments such as the events following the Vincent Chin murder and the 1975 protests at City Hall. In addition, Corky’s skills have been employed by a variety of media outlets, including Time Magazine, the New York Times and the New York Post. His photographs, spanning over a forty year period, are currently being displayed at the Queens Museum until August 14th in an exhibit titled, “Asian Pacifically New York: The Photography of Corky Lee.”
Corky exhibited at the AAAC in November 1994 in Photography and Community: AAAC Annual. He served as curator for the exhibition, Not Your Chop Suey Chinatown: Eight Photographers selected by Corky Lee in December 2002. He was also part of The AAAC Story, Spring of 2002 – a collaboration with Asian/ Pacific/ American Studies Program at New York University - a critical review of the Arts Centre's work to date with one hundred artists from AAAC Permanent Collection.
“Who has not heard one of Corky’s stories? At the drop of a hat he can cite what was happening at the moment a photo was taken, even those long ago. We recognize Corky as a community photographer. Let’s also recognize him for the flip side of his work, as the, ‘undisputed unofficial Asian American Historian Laureate’.” - Bob Lee