Saturday 07/15/23 2PM-4PM
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Performances · Exhibition-Related · Exhibition-Related

Blessing Ritual and Musical Performance with Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Sera Monastery, and An Binh Tat

Cover Image:

Tuan Andrew Nguyen, A Rising Moon Through The Smoke, 2022. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York. Photo: Phoebe d’Heurle

Taking place within the exhibition “Radiant Remembrance,” this afternoon of prayers and music will honor the spiritual dimensions of artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s work. Buddhist monks from Sera Monastery in Woodside, Queens will bless the space with a one-hour puja, or worship ritual of prayer and chanting. Musician An Binh Tat will then resonate Nguyen’s large hanging sculpture A Rising Moon Through The Smoke playing it like a gong along with additional instruments.

Seating will be provided and audience members are welcome to join the program at any point.

A recording of this conversation can be found on our YouTube channel and below:


Gallery stools without backs will be provided as seating.
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About the Participants

Sera Jey Buddhist Culture Center is an official branch of Sera Jey Monastic University of India, based in Woodside, Queens. It is dedicated to the preservation and fostering of Tibet’s unique spiritual tradition and cultural heritage for the Tibetan community of greater New York and the general public.

An Binh Tat (Binh) (he/him) is a composer engaged in a battle between the antique and the contemporary, who integrates electronic and acoustic music with a blend of Western Classical and Vietnamese Traditional music. Believing in the harmony between the natural and the artificial, his music seeks to augment live instrumentation with procedurally generated sounds and processed audio. In addition to having an interest in the contemporary music scene, he deeply reveres the music of his native Vietnam.

Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976, Saigon, Vietnam; he/him) is an artist whose work utilizes strategies of remembrance to highlight unofficial and suppressed histories. Interweaving the factual and the speculative and often employing mythologies of otherworldly realms, Nguyen’s films re-work dominant narratives into stories that propose creative forms of healing the intergenerational traumas of colonialism, war, and displacement. Through his interest in animism and material memory, the affective and historical charge embedded into objects, Nguyen’s installations and sculptural practice coincide with and expand on the themes explored in his films.


Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

We gratefully acknowledge the Bowery Council of the New Museum for its support of Education and Public Engagement Programs.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Support for “Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Radiant Remembrance” can be viewed here.

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