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16 June 2018

GAX 2018: Discussion on Performance, Diversity, and Representation in the Arts

Presented by the 2018 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange. This intimate dialogue will create an interdisciplinary conversation on performance and diversity and representation in the arts. The discussion will include questions of terminology, theory, and practice as well as explore past and current programs and on-the-ground organizing in relationship to Asian and Black representations in performance and visual art in London. Featuring Diana Yeh, Lucy Sheen, and Paul Goodwin. Moderated by Alexandra Chang RSVP   Paul Goodwin is a curator, writer, and urban theorist.…

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22 June 2018

GAX 2018: Co-Constituting the Global

Presented in collaboration with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW Berlin), ICI Berlin, the Centre for Transcultural Analysis at Carleton University (CTCA), and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU as part of the 2018 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange.  With the support from the NYU Global Research Initiatives, Office of the Provost. Co-convened by Annette Bhagwati, Alexandra Chang, Birgit Hopfener, and Ming Tiampo. 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Panel & Discussion This panel addresses the lived entanglements of the global that…

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23 June 2018

GAX 2018: Opening Reception for Intimacies and Imagined Futures

Presented by SOMA Art Space and the 2018 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange. An initiative of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Thanks to support from the NYU Global Research Initiatives, Office of the Provost and Arts Council Korea (ARKO). Co-curated by Nabi Nara, Alexandra Chang, and Francesca Tarocco, Intimacies and Imagined Futures (on view June 19-July 15, 2018) features the work of nine international and Berlin-based Asian diasporic artists working in video and performance. Visually compelling, at times loud and humorous, and…

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18 September 2018

Welcome Reception for Crystal Parikh, A/P/A Institute Director

Join us in welcoming Professor Crystal Parikh as director of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Professor Parikh specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture, with a focus on comparative race and ethnic studies, as well as ethical and political theory, and gender and sexuality, diaspora, and postcolonial studies. She writes, “It is deeply humbling and moving to be entrusted [to lead the A/P/A Institute at NYU] … and I am committed to continuing and expanding [its] efforts well into…

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24 September 2018

An Evening with V. Vale, In Conversation with Dan Fox 

Presented by the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. V. Vale was born in 1944 in a Japanese American incarceration camp to a Japanese showgirl mother and an actor father. He was later fostered by a Polish family in Peoria, his Japanese uncle in Fresno, and a Black family in Whittier, California. After a stint as keyboardist for proto-metal band Blue Cheer, he worked at City Lights bookstore in San Francisco where, after being gifted…

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25 September 2018

Thanushka Yakupitiyage / Ushka, Artist-in-Residence Launch Event 

UPDATE: This event is sold out and has reached full capacity. If additional tickets become available, they will be released on Eventbrite. If you are not registered and would like to attend, we’d suggest arriving 10-15 minutes early, and we will do our best to seat as many walk-in guests as we can. The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU is thrilled to welcome multidisciplinary artist, DJ, culture producer, media maker, and activist/organizer Thanushka (Thanu) Yakupitiyage as its 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence. As a DJ, she…

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27 September 2018

Meena Alexander: Atmospheric Embroidery

Co-sponsored by the Postcolonial, Race, and Diaspora Studies Colloquium at NYU, South Asia at NYU, and Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Award-winning author and scholar Meena Alexander reads from Atmospheric Embroidery, a haunting collection of poems that “travels through zones of violence to reach the crystalline depth of words” (Northwestern University Press, 2018), and discusses Name Me a Word: Indian Writers Reflect on Writing (Yale University Press, 2018), an anthology which brings together the voices of twentieth- and twenty-first century writers from India and the diaspora.…

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03 October 2018

Virtual Asian American Art Museum Chicago Launch Party and Panel

Co-presented by DePaul Art Museum and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by Art, Media, & Design; Critical Ethnic Studies; and Global Asian Studies at DePaul University.  The Virtual Asian American Art Museum (VAAAM), launching in Fall 2018, is a large-scale digital humanities project developed by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU for new collaborative scholarship on Asian American art history. As part of Art Design Chicago, VAAAM is working with leading scholars and curators in the field to create new online…

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03 October 2018

Queer Migrations & Diasporic Intimacies

Presented by Asian Film and Media Initiative of NYU Cinema Studies. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU; Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU; Center for Media, Culture and History; Center for Religion and Media; Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies; NYU Student Affairs; NYU Global Programs; Center for Disability Studies. This film series foregrounds intimate queer worlds that often get eclipsed in narratives of migration and diaspora. Reaching from experimental shorts, to personal stories,…

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04 October 2018

Priya Sen: Yeh Freedom Life

Presented by The Kitchen. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU, Contemporary Aesthetics Research Collaborative, and Asia Art Archive. In conjunction with Chitra Ganesh‘s exhibition, Her garden, a mirror, The Kitchen is pleased to present the recently completed, documentary film Yeh Freedom Life / This Freedom Life by Priya Sen. Filmed over the course of a year in Ambedkar Nagar, a dense, largely working class area in South Delhi, Yeh Freedom Life moves between the two very different worlds…

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10 October 2018

Kūkulu: A Chant & Hula Workshop

Presented by Nā ʻŌiwi NYC and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Sponsored by Mauna Kea Education and Awareness of KAHEA, The Wallace Action Fund of Tides Foundation, RESIST, Honor the Earth, and Native Studies Forum. In this chant and hula workshop, participants will learn a set of chants practiced on Mauna Kea. The workshop will be led by Kumu Hula Pua Case, Mauna Kea Protector. Please bring pā’ū, water, and a recording device. Please email naoiwinyc@gmail.com with any questions. REGISTER

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11 October 2018

Sexual Politics in a Transnational Frame: A Roundtable

Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the A/P/A Institute at NYU. This panel places in conversation feminist and queer scholars working on sexual politics, nationalism, and identity in India, Turkey, and Lebanon, to consider the ways in which the consolidation of political power in each of these locations depends on particular sexual and gender ideologies. Featuring Jyoti Puri (Simmons College), Evren Savci (Yale University), and Sara Mourad (Global Visiting Scholar at CSGS,…

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19 October 2018

Leitis in Waiting

A Margaret Mead Film Festival Screening. Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. The Margaret Mead Film Festival hosts the New York premiere of Leitis in Waiting (72 min.), a feature documentary by Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, and Kumu Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu. The film is set in the Kingdom of Tonga, where transgender women—known locally as leitis—have long been part of the cultural landscape. Some enjoy an honored role as attendants to the royal family. And they have played a significant role in…

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22 October 2018

EVENT CANCELLED: A Lecture by Gayatri Spivak, “Resisting Metropolitan Diasporic Class-Continuity in Resistance: Du Bois Solidary as an Example”

This event has been cancelled. Please contact the NYU Postcolonial, Race, and Diaspora Studies Colloquium for details on their other events. Presented by the NYU Postcolonial, Race, and Diaspora Studies Colloquium. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Department of English, and South Asia at NYU. Literary and post-colonial theorist Professor Gayatri Spivak delivers a lecture entitled, “Resisting Metropolitan Diasporic Class-Continuity in Resistance: Du Bois Solidary as an Example.” The lecture will be followed by a discussion. No registration required.  This…

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24 October 2018

The Assault on the Right to Boycott

Sponsored by the American Studies Program, Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, NYU Sanctuary, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Democratic Socialists of America, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Black Student Union, NYU Dream Team, Asian American Political Activism Coalition, and NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Featuring: J. Kehaulani Kauanui (Wesleyan University), Maria LaHood (Center for Constitutional Rights), Jasbir Puar (Rutgers University), Radihika Sainath (Palestine Legal), Lisa Duggan (NYU), and moderator Andrew Ross (NYU). The right…

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25 October 2018

Out of State: Screening and Discussion

Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Native Studies Forum. Co-sponsored by the NYU Native American & Indigenous Students Group, NYU Prison Education Program, and Nā ʻŌiwi NYC. The award-winning documentary Out of State (79 min.) explores the intersections between the US imperial project and prison industrial complex, through the stories of David and Hale—two Native Hawaiian men incarcerated in a private prison in the Arizona desert, thousands of miles away from home. “The themes that this powerful, poetic film…

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27 October 2018

Indo-Caribbean Stories: Sharing, Recording, and Archiving Our Stories of the West Indies & Movement to the USA

Presented by the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). Made possible with support from the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY and in partnership with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Join the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) at the Queens Library at Richmond Hill for an afternoon of community stories, featuring readings by award-winning author Gaiutra Bahadur (Visiting Scholar, A/P/A Institute at NYU) and poet Rajiv Mohabir. Record your family story for inclusion in the South Asian American…

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29 October 2018

I Even Regret Night: Verses from Indenture

UPDATE: Please note the new location. This program will now take place at the NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center located at 53 Washington Square South. Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, South Asian American Digital Archive, Rajkumari Cultural Center, Jahajee Sisters, Guyana Modern.com, and Asian American Writers’ Workshop. While conducting research for her book Coolie Woman, Gaiutra Bahadur (Visiting Scholar, A/P/A Institute at NYU) came across Lalbihari…

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07 November 2018

Queer Migrations & Diasporic Intimacies

Presented by Asian Film and Media Initiative of NYU Cinema Studies. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU; Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU; Center for Media, Culture and History; Center for Religion and Media; Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies; NYU Student Affairs; NYU Global Programs; Center for Disability Studies. This film series foregrounds intimate queer worlds that often get eclipsed in narratives of migration and diaspora. Reaching from experimental shorts, to personal stories,…

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08 November 2018

Artists in New York: The Virtual Asian American Art Museum

UPDATE: This event has reached full capacity. If additional tickets become available, they will be released on Eventbrite. We will do our best to seat as many walk-in guests as capacity allows.  To mark the launch of the Virtual Asian American Art Museum, we present “Artists in New York,” a two-panel symposium, highlighting Asian American artists who lived and worked in New York during the twentieth century. The panels, “An Asian American Modern in New York” and “Postwar Asian Diasporic Artists…

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