Cy Thao, The Hmong Migration #23
Friday, May 21, 2004Thursday, July 22, 2004
Minnesota Artists Gallery
Opening reception Thursday, May 20, from 7 to 9 p.m.
This exhibition features fifty paintings by Cy Thao, which document the history of the Hmong people. Thao's series begins with Hmong creation myths and chronolgically depicts the migration of the Hmong community from Southern China, to the mountains of Laos, to the refugee camps of Thailand, and finally to Minnesota.
Thao was born in Laos in 1972. His family spent the first two years of his life trying to escape the war, and the next five in a refugee camp. His family came to Minnesota in 1980. Cy Thao is now a community activist and Representative in the Minnesota State Legislature.
The Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program is made possible by a generous grant from Jerome Foundation.