The Department of Visual Arts and Design at Montgomery College presents the exhibition titled, “Alter/Altar,” showcasing five Vietnamese-American artists, whose works have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

“Alter/Altar” brings together a group of artists who meditate on the past, and whose selected works use the idea of the ancestral altar as a point of departure. In many cultures the memory of the deceased ancestors are incorporated into daily life. Viewed as a constant presence, the past can be seen as dynamic and changeable. These artists are connected by their desire to alter familial artifacts, either by removing, inserting, or distorting elements of photographs; through the layering of disparate images; or creating new mementos and forms of reverence, as an intervention into the linear historical narratives. Their different artistic approaches offer a contrast and insight into how contemporary American society thinks about yesteryear. Together, the artists reconsider our shared histories and present predicaments. Artist Ann Le, Viet Le, Hong-An Truong, Jerry Truong, and Lien Truong are featured in the exhibition.

King Street Gallery

Exhibition Dates: September 17 – October 19

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 27, 6-8 p.m.

Regular Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: The King Street Gallery is on the ground floor of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The arts center is located off Georgia Avenue at 930 King Street. Parking is available in the West Campus Garage, which is immediately behind the center. Additional parking is available in the East Campus Garage on Fenton Street with pedestrian access by a bridge and walking path.

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