Reconciling Femininity and Confucianism is an extraordinary
exhibition reflecting the rapidly changing nature of the times and
places in which people of the world live today.
It examines the traditional roles and beliefs that have both enhanced
and restricted peoples lives for centuries and presents challenging
new ways of viewing and assessing links to the past and future.
Along with the conceptual framework and the contemporary artistic
solutions presented in the exhibition, it is worthwhile to think
for a moment of the context of the show itself as an expression
of some traditions, virtues, wishes, and our own times. Linda Inson
Choy, the curator, is a graduate student finishing her master degree
in Art History at San Jose State University. The six women artists,
all, like Ms. Choy, are of Korean descent. The Montalvo Gallery
is sponsoring the show.
Villa Montalvo was the summer home of the first Senator from California,
James Duvall Phelan. Phelan, himself the son of an immigrant to
the region, left his home for the development of art, literature,
music and architecture by promising students. The Villa now hosts
the oldest artist residency program in California, lively venues
for the performing and visual arts, and an arts education program
reaching thousands of young students. Villa Montalvo is located
in Saratoga, CA, a residential area of Silicon Valley, arguably
one of the world economic and creative centers, an international
magnetic attractor for cultural and economic change. How apt that
Reconciling Femininity and Confucianism came into being at this
time and place through a convergence of people, institutions, energy,
education, creativity, and opportunity.
Robert Milnes, Director
School of Art and Design
San Jose State University