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Twister, 29in x 41in with frame, charcoal on paper, 2018

Hong Chun Zhang: Kansas in Black and White

May 1, 2023 - July 30, 2023
Crossroads Hotel


Hong Chun Zhang’s work explores personal identity in relation to broader themes such as gender, culture, the environment, and social justice. Drawing from her experiences in both China and the United States, Zhang's trademark works are large-scale black and white charcoal drawings of long hair, which she uses to map her identity as a Chinese immigrant, woman, and mother. After moving to Kansas, Zhang's art integrated her hair imagery with the iconic tornados, prairie grass, and Flint Hills of the Kansas landscape. In her solo show Kansas in Black and White at the Crossroads Hotel gallery, Zhang includes four hanging scrolls painted in Chinese ink on Italian fabric or drawn in charcoal on large format paper. These works depict the beauty of the region while also exploring Zhang's identity as a Chinese Kansan. The black and white colors not only reflect the visual dynamic of Yin and Yang but also challenge political and social stereotypes of divisions within Kansas. The format of her hanging scroll accentuates the length and flow of the hair imagery, creating a sense of space and movement within the artwork.


Kansas in Black and White is curated by Tiffany Meesha Thompson.

Crossroads Hotel gallery and art program is organized by El Dorado and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston with Tiffany Meesha Thompson.