Image: Still from Chinatown Abecedario: A Folk Taxonomy of L.A.’s Chinatown (HD video, 2012) by Audrey Chan. Featured in the Smithsonian Asian-Latino Project’s “Art Intersections.”
A Diasporic Asian Art Network Panel Session at the College Art Association Annual Conference
This panel on Asian Latino art and visual cultures will range from historic to contemporary art and present some current scholarship on mobilities of images, goods, people, and ideas on the envisioning of Asia in Latin America as well as art practice. The panel will also include current projects from community-based and national-based institutions, the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas [ADVA] journal.
“On Circles and Circuits: An exhibition on Chinese Caribbean Art at the Chinese American Museum”
Alexandra Chang, chair
Curator of Special Projects and Director of Global Arts Programs, NYU A/P/A Institute
“Chinese American Museum: From Localized Histories to Global Approaches”
Senior Curator, Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles
“Building a Cultural Laboratory: the Smithsonian Asian-Latino Project and New Models of Cross-Cultural Exhibition and Education”
Curator of Digital and Emerging Media, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Guest Editor of ADVA Journal Special Issue “Memory and Migration”
Anna Kazumi Stahl
Director, Global Program, NYU Buenos Aires
Alexandra Chang is Curator of Special Projects and Director of Global Arts Programs at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, where she is Project Director of the Virtual Asian American Museum and Coeditor ditor of the journal Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA). She is the Director of the NYU Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX) and Coorganizer of the East Coast Asian American Art Project (ECAAAP). She is also the coorganizer of the Diasporic Asian Art Network (DAAN) and serves on CAA’s International Committee. She was Managing Editor of Art Asia Pacific and is the author of Envisioning Diaspora: Asian American Visual Art Collectives from Godzilla, Godzookie, to the Barnstormers.
Adriel Luis is a self-taught musician, poet, curator, coder, and visual artist who believes imagination is key to transforming cultural paradigms. Luis is currently based in Washington, DC as the Curator of Digital and Emerging Media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, where he is focused on exploring intersectional identities in the US and contemporary Asian diasporic art. He is a founding member of the iLL-Literacy arts collective, and also produces and performs music independently. Luis frequently travels to different parts of Asia with particular interest in how digital space shapes global communities, and how varying levels of freedom of expression channel artistic political imagination. Luis can be found across online platforms as @DRZZL.
Anna Kazumi Stahl is a fiction writer and PhD working in literature and critical mixed race studies. Based in Argentina, Stahl is Director of NYU Buenos Aires. Serving on Fulbright and PEN/Argentina, she lectures at MALBA museum and assists in J.M. Coetzee’s UNSAM seminars on Literatures of the Southern Hemisphere.
Steven Wong is the Senior Curator at the Chinese American Museum based in Los Angeles. Wong is an artist, contemporary art curator, and the curator of history at the museum. His academic interests include Chinese transnational labor migration from the 1850-1930, the role of Orientalism in the construction of Chinatowns and tourist economies, the post-1965 Chinese American middle-class in the United states and the formation of ethnoburbs. In 2012, he cocurated an exhibition for the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 entitled Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles at CAM which was the first comprehensive exhibit about a group of pioneering Chinese American architects whose designs continue to influence the landscape of Southern California. He recently cocurated Origins: The Birth and Rise of Chinese American Communities in Los Angeles which is the largest permanent exhibition on the West Coast about the settlement of Chinese immigrants in Southern California from the 19th Century to the present day. Furthermore, he curated a contemporary art exhibition titled (de)Constructing Chinatown which opened the door to local artists to re-imagine one of the oldest communities in Los Angeles through multimedia forms. Wong holds a MA in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (1998) and a MFA from the University of California.