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Charles B. Wang Center’s Lecture and Reception for John W. Winkler: The Chinatown Etchings


John W. Winkler, Busy Street in Chinatown (1915), etching, 6 x 7.5 in; Courtesy of the Rivolo Collection

During this Asia Week, Charles B. Wang Center will be celebrating their newly opened exhibition John W. Winkler: The Chinatown Etchings with an afternoon lecture and reception this Wednesday, March 20th.

John W. Winkler: The Chinatown Etchings
Through May 19, 2024
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery
Lecture by Dr. A. Rex Rivolo, Wednesday, March 20, 4-5pm (kindly register)
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 20, 5-7pm (kindly RSVP)

John W. Winkler: The Chinatown Etchings explores forgotten scenes of San Francisco’s Chinatown from 1916 to 1923. Through John W. Winkler’s exceptional etchings, the exhibition unveils a crucial chapter in early Chinese immigration history in the United States.

Featuring 81 evocative etchings, the exhibition serves as a visual time capsule, capturing the essence of daily life in the heart of an early twentieth-century Chinatown. Winkler’s work, distinguished by its unparalleled quality, offers a unique lens to rediscover the narratives of this vibrant community during a pivotal immigration period. Winkler’s etchings transcend artistry, becoming historical documents that reveal the experiences, struggles, and resilience of those who called Chinatown home. The intricacy and depth of his lines convey not only artistic skill but also a profound connection to his subjects.

There will be a lecture by Dr. A. Rex Rivolo titled Capturing History: The Stories within John W. Winkler’s Chinatown Etchings right before the reception at 4pm on March 20th.

Curated by A. Rex Rivolo, director of Roving Sands Fine Arts, with all works on loan from the A. Rex Rivolo Collection and the Martin Levine Collection.

To register for the lecture and/or RSVP for the reception, click here.