The Virtual Asian American Art Museum (VAAAM) is a multi-year, inter-institutional digital humanities project, which launched in November 2018. It is led by the following major partners: the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Libraries, Getty Research Institute, Smithsonian Institution, DePaul University, Bowdoin Art Museum, San Francisco State University, Artl@s/BasART, and Japanese American Service Committee in Chicago.
Rather than a “bricks and mortar” museum, VAAAM presents curated materials from US and international repositories to visualize, analyze, and contextualize Asian American art history. VAAAM facilitates the discussion of key topics emerging from the developing discourse of digital art history, American art, national and international standards for museum and institutional collection sharing, and digital access while fostering the transnational narrative of Asian American art. The scholarly content for the inaugural module, “Chicago-Midwest”, was generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and through its initiative Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design history and legacy.