5:00 pm–8:00 pm

Milanajuhui (a gathering)

with Shivani Patel & Jing Ouyang

This event is a walk in dinner party

Tickets are $5 at the door.

Buy advance tickets for $3 HERE

In 1992, Rirkrit Tiravanija cooked rice and Thai curry for his audiences and blurred the boundary between daily life and institutional art by creating a social space for conversations through food. In our performance, we intend to elaborate on the concept of constructed social experiences as art making and explore the Americanization of Asian food; specifically Indian and Chinese. Inspired by Tiravanija’s piece, we offer an environment for people to participate in creating and sharing Chinese and Indian food, while we facilitate discussions around appropriations of Asian food and the tension between embracing and rejecting cultural appropriations.


Jing Ouyang

In-Betweener Jing Ouyang has equal amounts of Chinese and American in her. Born and raised in China, and this is her eighth year living in the United States. She thinks of herself as The Modern “Wukong” (aka Monkey King) travels and lives in the west.

本性圆明道自通, 翻身跳出网罗中。 修成变化非容易, 炼就长生岂俗同?

清浊几番随运转, 辟开数劫任西东。 逍遥万亿年无计, 一点神光永注空。

—— 吴承恩 《西游记》

Shivani Patel

I am an artist from western Michigan who has received a BFA in Painting from Michigan State University in 2013. I graduated with a MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2017. Currently living in Chicago, Illinois.

My work focuses on bringing viewers a visual path of discovery through form. It investigates cultural hybridity through the research of material and ritual.