Katz Memorial Lecture - "We Are Tiger Dragon People"

This year's Johanna and Leon Katz Memorial Lecture features Philadelphia based pop-up book artist and photographer Colette Fu, who will speak on "We Are Tiger Dragon People: the Magical Pop-up Books of Paper Engineer and Artist Colette Fu."

Colette will introduce her ongoing series of photo-based pop-up books about the ethnic minority groups of China. A self-taught paper engineer, she will discuss how she began the project, how she ended up specializing in such a unique art form, and all that inspired her along the way. She will also give a brief demonstration of how she creates a pop-up.

This video lecture will be delivered on Zoom on Thursday April 8 at 6 pm, and Colette will participate in a virtual Q&A after the lecture.

Colette Fu received her MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003, and soon after began devising complex compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up paper engineering. Fu’s pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many private and rare archive collections.  Fu’s numerous awards include a 2020 Joan Mitchell Artist and Sculptor’s Grant, the Meggendorfer Prize for best paper-engineered artist book, and a Fulbright Research Fellowship to China. In 2017, Fu created the world’s largest pop-up book measuring 21x14 feet, where people were invited to enter the book.