Lee Mingwei’s ‘Rituals of Care’ to Take Place in San Francisco

By Afton Wooten
(Photo credit: Taipei Fine Arts Museum)

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has announced Taiwanese American artist Lee Mingwei’s first survey exhibition in the United States “Rituals of Care” to take place Feb. 17 – July 7.

The interactive art piece features seven projects made between 1995 and 2024 that place visitors at the center of radical acts of generosity and care, asking how art can be a conduit for social connection and healing. “Sonic Blossom” draws from when the artist’s mother was recovering from surgery as he played Franz Schubert’s lieder for her, just as she had done for him as a child. Local opera singers offer the gift of song to museum guests who choose to accept. Bay area singers take up residence for four days monthly during the run of the exhibition.

Mingwei’s mixed-media work is inspired by personal experiences of loss and resilience and major world events such as September 11 and the COVID-19 pandemic. His projects interactive projects create open-ended scenarios for everyday interactions and activities. Mingwei received a MFA from Yale University in 1997 and has presented solo exhibitions internationally.