The Propeller Group Brings an Artistic View of Vietnam to San Jose

The Propeller Group, (left to right): Phunam, Tuan Andrew Nguyen and Matt Lucero.

The Propeller Group, (left to right): Phunam, Tuan Andrew Nguyen and Matt Lucero. (Photo: Courtesy the Propeller Group)

The Propeller Group was established in 2006 as a cross-disciplinary art collective. With backgrounds in visual art, film, and video, Phunam, Matt Lucero, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen produce work themselves and collaborate with others from their dual headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles.

They’ve shown work all over the globe and now they’re at the San Jose Museum of Art with a provocative survey of projects including video, installation, and sculptural works. One highlight of the exhibition is The Living Need Light, the Dead Need Music, a short film journeying through the funeral traditions and rituals of south Vietnam.

In collaboration with internationally acclaimed graffiti writer El Mac and local artists, the Propeller Group also presented a new public mural at the Children’s Discovery Museum in downtown San Jose in collaboration with El Mac, a public artist based in Los Angeles.

The Propeller Group at the San Jose Museum of Art continues through March 25. Details here.

The Propeller Group Brings an Artistic View of Vietnam to San Jose 3 January,2018Rachael Myrow

  • Lisa Loohoo

    Great show that is creating wonderful dialog about propaganda, branding, and immigration. Thank you.

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Rachael Myrow

Rachael Myrow is KQED’s Silicon Valley Arts Reporter, covering arts, culture and technology in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. She regularly files stories for NPR and the KQED podcast Bay Curious, and guest hosts KQED’s Forum.

Her passion for public radio was born as an undergrad at the University of California at Berkeley, writing movie reviews for KALX-FM. After finishing one degree in English, she got another in journalism, landed a job at Marketplace in Los Angeles, and another at KPCC, before returning to the Bay Area to work at KQED.

She spent more than seven years hosting The California Report, and over the years has won a Peabody and three Edward R. Murrow Awards (one for covering the MTA Strike, her first assignment as a full-time reporter in 2000 as well as numerous other honors including from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television News Directors Association and the LA Press Club.
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