Sming Sming Books


ISBN: 978-1-953189-07-3

January 2023, English, 5.3 x 7.6 in, 192 pages, full color, hardcover

Edition of 500

Design: Scott Ponik


With texts by Shirley Ancheta, Justin de Leon, Natalie Diaz, Joy Harjo, and Kim Nguyen

Influenced by the oral history of their family’s arrival to the United States from the Philippines, as well as the history between the two countries, Maia Cruz Palileo investigates larger questions pertaining to identity, history, migration, and concepts of time. Long Kwento stems from research Palileo initially conducted in 2017 at the Newberry Library in Chicago, one of the largest collections of Filipiniana in the Western world. In 2021, Palileo was invited to research the Philippine Collections at the University of Michigan as an artist in residence for the ReConnect/ReCollect project—a multidisciplinary, multigenerational group of faculty, librarians, archivists, curators, collections managers, and students working together to uncover how the objects that make up these collections were acquired, their colonial ties, and the academic systems of ordering these materials, while undertaking reparative work with the living community members from whose ancestors these objects were stolen.

Palileo recontextualizes these stories, portraits, and images in an attempt to resuscitate these figures from the exploitative gaze of these ethnographic images. This artist book integrates historical narratives from the colonial past of the Philippines with stories, images, and memories of Palileo’s life as a Filipinx American growing up in the United States. Combining Palileo’s extensive research with narratives of American Imperialism, beginning with the Filipino-American war, and the artist’s own understanding of a fractured and complex past, the work evokes nostalgia and romanticism while critiquing the ramifications of colonization, past and present.

Long Kwento is the latest chapter in Palileo’s ongoing, expansive project, which includes solo exhibitions presented at the American University Museum, Washington, DC (2018), Pioneer Works, New York (2018), The Wattis Institute at California College of the Arts, San Francisco (2021), and the Kimball Art Center, Park City (2022). An unfinished archive in and of itself, the book invites readers into Palileo’s process and the intimate relations that inform their research and work.


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UPCOMING


Art Fair

February 15 - 19, 2023

FELIX ART FAIR

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles, CA


Group Show

February 16 - July 9, 2023

Spirit in the Land

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC


CURRENTLY ON VIEW



Group Show

November 4, 2022- July 9, 2023

A Point Stretched: Views on Time

San José Museum of Art, San José, CA


Group Show

April 30, 2022 - February 26, 2023

The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today, Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC


Short Documentary

In the Making, American Masters, A new documentary short film by Ligaiya Romero: Maia Cruz Palileo: Becoming the Moon available on PBS website


NEWS


ARTiculated Podcast: Dispatches from the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Season 2, Episode 8: By Gut and Heart: Painting with Kay WalkingStick


RECENT PRESS


NYFA, “Ask the Artists” Part 3: What is the Most Valuable Career Advice You’ve Ever Received?


Dazed, This exhibition confronts the Legacy of British colonialism

Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Ghosts of Empire II seeks to provoke conversation and questioning around British imperialism, by Zara Afthab


ArtReview Asia, Larry Ossei-Mensah: Art Surviving Imperialism


89.3 WFPL, 30% more of the Speed Art Museum's collection is coming out of storage and into public view, by Stephanie Wolf


University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Magazine, Mending a History of Harm, by Gina Balibrera


Bentley Historical Library Magazine, The Mystery of the Unidentified Painting, by Lara Zielin and Sarah Derouin


Artsy, Artists Are Reimagining the Family Portrait to Be More Inclusive, by Ayanna Dozier

PAST EXHIBITIONS


October 13 - November 10, 2022

Contemporary Filipino American Art, LH Horton Jr. Gallery at San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA


March 15 - July 11, 2022

The Nature of Family Portraits

Wave Hill, Bronx, NY


September 16 - October 22, 2022

Ghosts of Empire II

Ben Brown Fine Arts, London


September 3–October 22, 2022

Wonder Women

Jeffrey Deitch Los Angeles, CA


March 18 - May 30, 2022

Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Water

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

 

March 22 - May 14, 2022

Ghosts of Empires

Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong


September 14 - December 4, 2021

Long Kwento, Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA


July 24 - November 27, 2021

Relations Diaspora and Painting

Esker Foundation, Calgary, Alberta

Catalogue available for purchase here


September 9-12, 2021

The Armory Show, Monique Meloche, FOCUS

Javits Center, New York, NY


March 6 - April 10, 2021

The Answer is the Waves of the Sea, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL

Digital Catalogue HERE

VIDEO: Virtual Walkthrough HERE


April 14 - 25, 2021

Contemporary Domesticity, Taymour Grahne Projects

Noho Studios, 46 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia London W1W 7QA


July 8 - November 29th, 2020

RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting at PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal (Quebec)


February 8 – April 11, 2020

All of Them Witches at Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, CA


December 5-8, 2019

Art Basel Miami with Monique Meloche Gallery


June 15, 2019- August 11, 2019 / September 3-October 20, 2019

Maia Cruz Palileo at Katzen Arts Center American University, Washington DC


September 19-22, 2019

EXPO Chicago with Monique Meloche Gallery


July 11 - August 24, 2019

The Empathy Lab at Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA


June 20 - August 16, 2019

THEM at Perrotin, New York, NY


July 2 - 13, 2019

Cultural Cousins, Chashama, New York, NY


May 25 - June 17, 2019

I'm Made of Water at Rental Gallery, East Hampton, NY


February 2 - March 30, 2019

All The While I Thought You Had Received This at Monique Meloche, Chicago, IL


November 3 - December 1, 2018

Gold at Yutaka Kikutake Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


September 25 — October 7, 2018

The Way Back with Taymour Grahne, London, UK


February 2 - November 4, 2018

Face of the Future at The Rubin Museum, New York, NY


June 14 - September 16, 2018

Cast of Characters at LGBT Community Center, New York, NY


August 10 - 24, 2018

Junk Envy: Jordan Buschur and Maia Cruz Palileo at Skylab Gallery, Columbus, OH


June 30 - July 7, 2018

USPS at Visual Arts, Architecture and Design School Free University of Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia


May 17 - July 8, 2018

Meandering Curves of a Creek at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY