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Asian American Art Symposium 2009

Registration and Conference • Noon-6PM

Location: Casa Italiana | 24 W. 12th Street
between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Reception • 6PM-8PM

Location: 7th Floor Gallery | 41-51 E. 11th Street
between Broadway and University Place

This major Asian American Art Symposium recognizes the growth of the
emergent field in current years and the publication of Asian American Art: A
History, 1850-1970
 (Stanford University Press) and resulting exhibition “Asian/
American/Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900-1970” at the de Young Museum
in San Francisco.

The symposium will explore the important art archive initiatives on both coasts
and include the participation of scholars, curators, archivists and artists at the
forefront, shaping key exhibitions, building archives, and creating documentation
on Asian American art.

A reception at the A/P/A Institute follows the symposium with the opening of
the A/P/A Institute exhibition “Art, Archives and Activism” and a joint book
celebration for several new publications on Asian American art including Asian
American Art: A History, 1850-1970
 (Stanford University Press), Unsettled
Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary
 (Duke
University Press), and Envisioning Diaspora: Asian American Visual Arts
Collectives
 (Timezone 8 Editions).

Symposium Schedule
Asian American Art Symposium 2009
A Century of Asian American Art: Archives, Scholarship, and Curation

Location: Casa Italiana | 24 W. 12th Street
between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
12:00 pm — Noon Registration
12:30 — Welcome and Introductions: John Kuo Wei Tchen, Founding Director of A/P/A Institute at New York University

Keynote Opening and Q&A: Dr. Vishakha N. Desai, President of the Asia Society

Keynote presentation and Q&A: Mark Johnson, Professor of Art at San Francisco State University
Asian/American/Modern Art: Shifting Currents 1900-1970
Explores the model of the Asian American Art Project at Stanford University, where he is the co-director; the groundbreaking book ‘Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970’ (Stanford University Press, 2008), on which he served as the Principal Editor, and the recent de Young Museum exhibition he co-curated ‘Asian/American/Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900-1970.’

Q&As with Dr. Vishakha N. Desai and Mark Johnson will be moderated by Joan Kee, Assistant Professor in the History of Art, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

15 minute break

2:45pm — Panel 1: Unearthing the Contemporary: Asian American Art Round Table
This panel explores the archives of living artists and the Asian American Movement and current situation of Asian American art in documentation, curation and scholarship
Panelists
Ann Butler, Director of the Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College
Karen Higa, Adjunct Senior Curator of Art, Japanese American National Museum
Margo Machida, Associate Professor of Art History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut
Moderated by Alexandra Chang, Director of Public Programs and Research Manager at A/P/A Institute at NYU

4:15pm — Panel 2: Situating Asian American Art in the Museum
An art historical contextualization of the interconnections between artists in the U.S. and Asia in the museum setting
Panelists
Dr. Melissa Chiu, Museum Director and Vice President, Global Art Programs, Asia Society in New York
Jenny Dixon, Director of The Noguchi Museum
Dr. Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Moderated by Susette Min, Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies, UCDavis

Closing Remarks John Kuo Wei Tchen

6:00-8h30pm Symposium Reception and Books signing/sales at A/P/A Institute at NYU located at:
41-51 E. 11th Street, 7th Floor
7th Floor Gallery
Between Broadway and University Place

There will be a concurrent gallery reception for the exhibition opening of “Art, Archives, and Activism: Martin Wong’s Downtown Crossings”
Books available for sales and signing:
Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970 (Stanford University Press, 2008) Edited by Gordon Chang, Mark Johnson and Paul Karlstrom
Unsettled Visions : Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary(Duke University Press, 2009) by Margo Machida
Envisioning Diaspora: Asian American Visual Arts Collectives (Timezone 8 Limited, 2009) by Alexandra Chang

Co-sponsored by: The Noguchi Museum; The Japan Foundation; The Asia Society; NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; and Museum of Chinese in America.

Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
Venue: Casa Italiana
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