Exhibition Opening Reception and Performance

Performing Southeast Asia (September 8, 2022–May 13, 2023) Exhibition Opening Reception and Performance


Thursday, Sept. 8

4:30 p.m.         Gallery opens

5:00 p.m.         Radical Verses of Hmong Revitalization, performance by Tou SaiK Lee

6:00 p.m.         Reception and tours


From popular music to traditional dance, this exhibit collaboration between the Pick Museum of Anthropology and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies considers the role of performance in Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and Burma and responds to the question, what does performance do? Through examples ranging from rap in Thailand to shadow puppets in Indonesia, this exhibit demonstrates how performance connects people through a sense of belonging, is used to educate or support health and healing, and can challenge political structures and social practices. While many of the performances are rooted in long-standing practices, they continue to be dynamically transmitted and transformed in the present. 

All are welcome to join co-sponsors Pick Museum, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the Asian American Resource Center, the Division of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Department of Anthropology for an exhibit opening reception and a performance by artist Tou SaiK Lee.

Tou SaiK Lee is a Hip Hop artist, storyteller and spoken word poet from St. Paul, Minnesota. He founded Street Stops and Mountain Tops which connects teaching artists and organizers from the U.S. to work with Hmong students in villages and orphanages of Southeast Asia. Lee received the Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship in 2016 to focus on research of the Hmong diaspora and the use of traditional and contemporary arts as effective ways to revitalize culture. He released his first Hmong language Hip Hop album titled Ntiaj Teb Koom Tes - Unified Worldwide in 2021.


Thursday, September 8 at 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Cole Hall, 100
Cole Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115, USA, DeKalb, IL 60115

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