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  • February 21, 2023 - 1 – 2 pm

Chinoiserie: A Conversation with Millie Chen & Ed Pien

Artists Millie Chen and Ed Pien will speak about their works referencing chinoiserie in the Doris McCarthy Gallery exhibition Ornamental Gestures, and the ways in which their use of the style addresses the translation and appropriation of culture, Orientalism and the Other, diasporic connections, and liminal tradition. Moderated by exhibition curator Sandy Saad-Smith.

This free program is open to everyone. It will be hosted on Zoom, with captions. If you have other accommodation needs, please let us know through the registration form or contact After registering, attendees will be provided with a Zoom link to use to join the talk virtually.


Millie Chen’s artwork has been shown in exhibitions and festivals across North and South America, East Asia and Europe. Her work is in several public collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, University of Colorado Art Museum, Art Bank of Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Pacific Railway, and Toronto Transit Commission, and she has produced a number of permanent public art commissions. Her writing has appeared in publications in the U.K., Canada, the U.S. and China. Chen is a Professor in the Department of Art, University at Buffalo, SUNY.

Ed Pien is a Canadian artist based in Toronto who has been making art for over 30 years. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of eleven. Pien has shown extensively, in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally, as well as in Biennales in Montreal, Sydney, Moscow, and Beijing. His work is collected widely and is held in both institutions and private collections. Pien teaches part-time at the University of Toronto.