Category: The Fales Library & Special Collections

Tomie Arai Papers

Tomie Arai (1949- ) is a third generation Japanese American artist and activist who has been challenging the mainstream art community and advocating public and community art since the late 1960s and 1970s.  She was involved with the Basement Workshop, an Asian American artists’ collective, in the 1970s, and from there continued her community work … Continue reading “Tomie Arai Papers”

Shu Lea Cheang Papers (MSS 381)

Shu Lea Cheang (1954- ) is an installation artist, filmmaker, and media activist. Born in Taiwan, she graduated with a BA in history from the National Taiwan University in 1976 and later graduated with an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University in 1979. Cheang’s work has encompassed numerous formats and often covers politically … Continue reading “Shu Lea Cheang Papers (MSS 381)”

EPOXY Art Group Archive (MSS 367)

New York City-based Asian American artists founded the artist collective EPOXY in 1982. The group takes its name from epoxy resin, a binding agent which forms through the combination of two different compounds, and their namesake serves as a symbol of their mission to create collaborative art. They believed that collaboration would create works that … Continue reading “EPOXY Art Group Archive (MSS 367)”

Martin Wong Papers (MSS 102)

Chinese American artist Martin Wong (1946-1999) was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown.  He graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in art studio in 1968 and participated in the Bay Area’s performance art scene in the 1970s. After moving to New York in the early 1980s, he began … Continue reading “Martin Wong Papers (MSS 102)”

Larry Hama Comic Book Collection (MSS 337)

Legendary comic book writer and artist Larry Hama (b. 1949) is recognized for his lasting contributions to American comic books and popular culture in general. He is the creative force behind titles like G.I. Joe, The ‘Nam, and Bucky O’Hare, but his creative influence extends to other titles and fields. A third generation (sansei) Japanese American, Hama was … Continue reading “Larry Hama Comic Book Collection (MSS 337)”

William F. Wu Comics Collection (MSS 244)

William F. Wu is a Chinese American science-fiction writer who has published thirteen novels and more than fifty short stories. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Wu attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, and later returned to earn his Ph.D. in American Culture. During this time, he became active in East Wind, an Asian … Continue reading “William F. Wu Comics Collection (MSS 244)”

Yoshio Kishi and Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection (MSS 292)

The Yoshio Kishi and Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection, which was made possible in large part by a donation in memory of Dr. Wei Yu Chen, contains over 10,000 items of Asian Americana that trace the representation of Asians and Asian Americans in American popular, political, academic, and literary media. Yoshio Kishi, a New York-born … Continue reading “Yoshio Kishi and Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection (MSS 292)”

Godzilla Asian American Art Network Archive (MSS 166)

Godzilla was founded in 1990 to stimulate dialogue in Asian American visual art across generations and disciplines for New York-based pan-Asian and Pacific Islander American artists and art professionals. Godzilla sponsored public programs such as exhibitions, lectures, and symposia to establish a forum that would foster networking and mutual support among the community. Godzilla served … Continue reading “Godzilla Asian American Art Network Archive (MSS 166)”

Yun Gee Papers (MSS 144)

Yun Gee, born near Canton, China in 1906, was a modernist painter of some acclaim. At the age of 15, he arrived in San Francisco and enrolled in the San Francisco Art Institute. He later studied at the California School of Fine Art under Gottardo Piazzoni and Otis Oldfield. In 1926, Gee turned his attention … Continue reading “Yun Gee Papers (MSS 144)”