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Laura Kina: Blue Hawai’i opens at The University of Memphis

Laura Kina, Elementary School, 30x45 in, oil on canvas, 2013

Laura Kina, Elementary School, 30×45 in, oil on canvas, 2013

University of Memphis
The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art

Laura Kina: Blue Hawai’i

February 21 – March 27, 2014

Opening reception: Friday, Feb 21 5:30-8:00pm

Artist talk: Thursday, Feb 20 7:00pm 3715 Central Ave. #310
“Remembering Painting, Forgetting Photographs”

University of Memphis
The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
Art Department
Art and Communication Building
3715 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38152
Tel 901-678-2216

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All events are free and open to the public.

View the digital exhibition catalog featuring an essay “Okinawan Diaspora Blues” by Wesley Uenten, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies San Francisco State University

See the works online

You won’t find Elvis or surfboards or funny umbrella-topped cocktails in Laura Kina’s dystopic Blue Hawaiʻi. Drawn from family albums, oral history and community archives from Hawaii and Okinawa, these ghostly oil paintings employ distilled memories to investigate themes of distance, longing, and belonging.

Featuring new works and a selection from her ongoing Sugar series (2009-present), the setting is Kina’s father’s Okinawan sugarcane field plantation community, Piʻihonua, on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi near Hilo. Her obsession with blue was inspired by the indigo-dyed kasuri kimonos repurposed by the Issei (first generation) “picture bride” immigrants for canefield work clothes, and colored by stories of hinotama (fireballs) shooting from the canefield cemetery into the night sky. Blue Hawaiʻi echoes the spirits of Kina’s ancestors and shared histories of labor migration.

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DePaul University Art, Media, & Design job posting

The Department of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor with an interdisciplinary focus in digital art and in print media beginning Fall Quarter 2014. Candidates should be prepared to teach 2-D studio, digital, and seminar art courses in the department’s core curriculum as well as art courses for majors and non-majors in the university’s Liberal Studies program. Additional experience in interdisciplinary artistic practice in a particular field, such as digital imaging within the Mac platform, book art, and/or traditional and non-traditional non-toxic printmaking, etc. is encouraged. Candidates must have the appropriate terminal degree, expertise in teaching, and an extensive record of exhibition and/or ongoing creative activity. The teaching load is two courses per quarter with three quarters per academic year, and there are service and research expectations.

Required qualifications are: 1) MFA in a visual arts field; 2) Minimum one to two years of post-graduate teaching experience on the undergraduate college/university level, preferably in a liberal arts setting, teaching experience at the graduate level preferred; 3) Knowledge of traditional and contemporary issues in the visual arts, 4) Record of professional accomplishments and activities, and 5) Extensive record of exhibition and creative activity.

The Department of Art, Media, and Design has ten tenured/tenure-track faculty members as well as support staff and part-time faculty members. Our degree program is composed of two concentrations, Studio Art and Media Art, with a range of subspecialties in each concentration and three minors. We offer a BA degree within the context of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. DePaul is committed to recruiting a diverse faculty to complement the diversity of its student body and the Chicago area. For that reason, we especially encourage women, minority candidates, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Please see our web site for additional information at:

Please submit the following documents electronically at:

Only complete applications will be reviewed.
1. Cover letter – please indicate if you will be able to attend the C.A.A. conference in Chicago in February 2013, 2. Curriculum vitae, 3. Teaching philosophy statement, 4. A list of four to five references with contact information (reference letters will be required of the finalists only), 5. A compressed PDF file with 20 examples of your professional visual arts work (submitted as “Publication 1”), and 6. A compressed PDF file with 20 examples of your students’ visual arts work (submitted as “Publication 2”).

The deadline for all materials is December 8, by 11:59 P.M. A criminal background check is also required for the finalists. The committee also plans to meet candidates at the C.A.A. conference in February 2014 in Chicago. Please indicate in your cover letter if you will be able to attend the conference.

Required Applicant Documents:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Teaching philosophy statement
4. References – A list of four to five references, with contact information
5. Publication 1 – A compressed PDF file of 20 example of your professional work visual arts work
6. Publication 2 – A compressed PDF file of 20 examples of students’ visual arts work

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Center for Art and Thought Launches New Website and Commissioned Work

Deception Pass

New Commissioned Work by Kat Larson Online August 1

The Seattle-based artist’s video piece is one of 40+ works by artists and scholars in the curated exhibition, “Sea, Land Air: Migration and Labor,” on CA+T’s new website.


from Deception Pass (2013), video and performance art Kat Larson

The Center for Art and Thought (CA+T), a web-based arts and education nonprofit organization, announces the premier of a new commissioned work: Deception Pass by cross-disciplinary artist Kat Larson. Inspired by the Seattle waterway on which Larson’s Filipino and Scandinavian ancestors nurtured their hopes and dreams, Deception Pass is a mesmerizing meditation on ancestral connections and the transformation of landscapes, both geographic and aural. The video work is part of CA+T’s first curated exhibition “Sea, Land, Air: Migration and Labor,” which begins August 1 and will run for the next three months on CA+T’s new official website (


“Sea, Land, Air: Migration and Labor” features work from over 40 artists and scholars from around the world centered on the theme of Filipino global migrancy and labor. Contributors include Filomeno Aguilar, Kimberly Alidio, Zean Cabangis, Catherine Ceniza Choy, Miguel Libarnes, Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., Wawi Navarroza, Lordy Rodriguez, Stephanie Syjuco, Rolando Tolentino, Jenifer  Wofford, and many others.


The website also features the first in CA+T’s Dialogues series, Migrant Musicians: Filipino Entertainers and the Work of Music Making, which brings together Theodore S. Gonzalves, R. Zamora Linmark, and Karen Tongson in a playful but illuminating conversation moderated by Sarita Echavez See about the circulation of Filipino musicians in the global entertainment industry.


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About the Center for Art and Thought:


Starting from the perspectives of Filipinos around the world, the Center for Art and Thought (CA+T) harnesses the potential of digital and new media technologies in order to foster dialogues between artists, scholars, and the broader public.  A web-based nonprofit organization, CA+T believes that the convergence between art and critical thought is a crucial way to generate new modes of knowledge production and creative and critical lenses for understanding and transforming global conditions.


Contact: Center for Art and Thought

Matthew Andrews, Research and Development Coordinator

(323) 452-3550,


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War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art @ the Wing Luke Museum


War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art

curated by Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

August 9, 2013 – January 19, 2014
719 S. King Street Seattle, WA 98104

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 8, 2013 @ 6-8pm

Join us for the opening reception of War Baby/Love Child on Thursday, August 8. Curators Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis will be in attendance, as will exhibiting artists Louie Gong, Richard Lou, Stuart Gaffney, Jenifer Wofford, and Lori Kay.

You are invited to the 6-7pm preview and reception program. Light refreshments will be served. Please send in an RSVP to Maria Martinez or call 206.623.5124 ext 107.

7-8pm Open to the public (no RSVP needed). Free admission.

This exhibition brings together works by 19 artists, highlighting different approaches to the identities and experiences of mixed Asian Americans, mixed Pacific Islander Americans and Asian transracial adoptees. While their biographies are varied and often diverge from the dominant stereotypes of mixed Asian identities, their lives are shaped by the specific histories of Asian Pacific-U.S. collisions: narratives of war, economic and political migration and colonization. As an ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation comes of age in a world fixated on post-racial politics and moving beyond issues of identity, War Baby | Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art examines how artists engage various facets of hybridity in their artwork.

Artists: Mequitta Ahuja, Albert Chong, Serene Ford, Kip Fulbeck, Stuart Gaffney, Louie Gong, Jane Jin Kaisen, Lori Kay, Li-lan, Richard Lou, Samia Mirza, Chris Naka, Laurel Nakadate, Gina Osterloh, Adrienne Pao, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Amanda Ross-Ho, Jenifer Wofford, Debra Yepa-Pappan.

Read more about the exhibition –

Related Programs at the Wing Luke Museum:

Saturday, August 10, 1pm
Curator lecture with Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis
Get an inside look at War Baby/Love Child with curators Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis. Learn about their process in producing their multi-platform project (book, traveling exhibit, website, and blog) Book signing to follow. $10 General (includes gallery admission), $7 Members.

Saturday, August 17, 4pm
Book reading with Cathy J. Tashiro
Cathy J. Tashiro discusses her latest book Standing on Both Feet: Voices of Older Mixed Race Americans, which highlights the voices of older Americans of mixed race whose very existence broke the steadfast rules of the color line. Free.

Saturday, September 28, 2-5pm
This workshop for artists includes a Q&A session and reception with Maria Villafranca from the New York Foundation of the Arts. She will discuss strategies for sustaining your artistic practice, including an overview of opportunities available to artists in Washington and nationwide. Geared toward individual artist across disciplines at all stages in their careers. $10 General, $7 Members and students. To purchase tickets, call 206-623-5124.

Saturday, October 12
Film screening of The Woman, The Orphan and The Tiger by Jane Jin Kaisen

Saturday, October 26
Teacher workshop on how to talk about race

And more programs TBA!

Major funding for this exhibition was awarded through The National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Museums grant to DePaul University. The exhibition opened at DePaul University April 25 – June 30, 2013 and will be hosted at Wing Luke Museum in Seattle August 9, 2013 – January 19, 2014.

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Việt Lê lecture at UIC April 1, 2013 4:00-5:30pm

UIC Asian American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies proudly present:

Việt Lê. April 1st 4:00- 5:30 pm

Daley Library Conference room 1-470
801 S Morgan St Chicago IL 60607

Reception Following

Free and Open to the Public

Lê’s talk, “Transnational Desires Or, Memory, Autobiography, Photography
and Pornography,” discusses artistic and curatorial practice, including his
*boy bang/ gang band *series and recent retro sci fi project–*Love
Bang!*–a sexperimental art music video. His work deals with the
intersections of popular culture, sexuality and the traumas of history and
modernity in diasporic Southeast Asia.

You can see *Love Bang!* here:*

watch an interview with Viet Le at

and see some of his previous work at

Việt Lê is an artist, writer, and curator. His work deals with popular
visual culture, historical trauma, and modernity in Southeast Asia and its
diasporas, particularly Việt Nam and Cambodia. Lê has been published
in *positions: asia critique; Crab Orchard Review; Fuse; Amerasia Journal;
Asia Art Archive; Newsweek Asia*; and the anthologies *Writing from the
Perfume River; Strange Cargo; The Spaces Between Us*; *Modern and
Contemporary Southeast Asian Art; *among others. Lê’s artwork has been
featured at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; DoBaeBacSa Gallery, Seoul,
Korea; Cape Museum of Fine Arts, MA, USA; 1a Space, Hong Kong; among other
venues. Lê has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation,
Fulbright-Hays, William Joiner Center, Fine Arts Work Center, Center for
Khmer Studies, and PEN Center USA Lê curated *Miss Saigon with the
Wind*(Highways, Santa Monica) and *Charlie Don’t Surf!* (Centre A,
Vancouver, BC); and co-curated *humor us*(Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery,
LA, CA), and *transPOP: Korea Việt Nam Remix* (Seoul, Sài Gòn, Irvine, San
Francisco) and the 2012 *Kuandu Biennale* (Taipei). He has co-edited special
issues of BOL Journal (*Việt Nam and Us*, 2008) and *Reflections: A Journal
of Writing, Service Learning, and Community Literacy* (Syracuse University
Press, 2008). Lê received his MFA from the University of California,
Irvine, where he has also taught Studio Art and Visual Culture courses. He
received his doctorate from the University of Southern California and was a
postdoctoral fellow at Academia Sinica, Taipei. Lê is an Assistant
Professor in the Visual Studies Program and Visual & Critical Studies
Graduate Program at California College of the Arts, San Francisco.

For more information about the event, contact Laura Fugikawa at

Download the poster.

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Save the date – “War Baby / Love Child” opens April 25, 2013

 Save the date!

War Baby / Love Child:
Mixed Race Asian American Art

opens at the DePaul University Art Museum April 25, 2013

curated by Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis

DePaul University Art Museum
April 25, 2013 – June 30, 2013
935 W. Fullerton Chicago, IL 60614

Opening reception: Thursday, April 25, 2013
5-6pm: Members’ Preview (become a member)
6-8pm: Public Exhibition Opening

War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art investigate constructions of mixed heritage Asian American identity in the United States. As an increasingly ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation is coming of age, the exhibition will examine how, or even if, mixed heritage Asian Americans address hybrid identities in their artwork, as well as how perspectives from critical mixed race studies illuminate intersections of racialization, war and imperialism, gender and sexuality, and citizenship and nationality.
The exhibition will feature works across diverse mediums by 19 emerging, mid-career and established artists who reflect a breadth of mixed heritage ethno-racial and geographic diversity: Mequitta Ahuja, Albert Chong, Serene Ford, Kip Fulbeck, Stuart Gaffney, Louie Gong, Jane Jin Kaisen, Lori Kay, Li-lan, Richard Lou, Samia Mirza, Chris Naka, Laurel Nakadate, Gina Osterloh, Adrienne Pao, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Amanda Ross-Ho, Jenifer Wofford, Debra Yepa-Pappan.
Major funding for this exhibition was awarded through The National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Museums grant to DePaul University.

Visit the War Baby / Love Child website. 

View a “trailer” for the exhibition and book on YouTube.

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Indigo: Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina extended to April 27

Installation view “Indigo” at the Chicago Cultural Center on view now through April 27, 2013

Indigo: Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina

View the catalog.

View pictures from the opening night and installation shots.

January 26 – April 27, 2013
Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Rooms
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60638

Monday–Thursday, 9 am–7 pm
Friday, 9 am–6 pm
Saturday, 9 am–6 pm
Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

Free and open to the public

Employing fair trade artisans from women’s collectives in India and executing their works in indigo blue, Indian artist Shelly Jyoti and US artist Laura Kina’s works draw upon India’s history, narratives of immigration and transnational economic interchanges.

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Smithsonian Call for Art Submissions

Call for Art Submissions


The Indian American Heritage Project of Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center is looking for artists to create works that use the visual of the H1-B visa as a motif or inspiration and comment upon the experience of temporary and tenuous immigration status for Indian immigrants in the United States.  Themes such as migration, transnational identity, diaspora, economy, outsourcing and the role and reach of technology can also be explored.


Final works should be no larger than 6’ by 6’ and must mount on a gallery wall.  All media are welcome, including graphic design, painting, drawing, printing, collage, photography and mixed media.


Interested artists should submit a concept, including a detailed written description and sketches/images by midnight EST on Sunday, March 31, 2013 to Curator Masum Momaya at with the subject line “H1-B”.  Upon review of concept submissions by Smithsonian curatorial staff, a small number of artists will be asked to create the final work and submit digital representations of it by 5pm EST on Friday, May 31, 2013.


Digital representations will be displayed by Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center in an online gallery, and the winning work will be featured in an upcoming exhibition, Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation at the National Museum of Natural History from December 2013 through January 2015.

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Artist Larry Lee book release party at Transistor

Readings from Jook Sing and Notes (in lieu of sketches)
By Larry Lee
Saturday, March 9th

3819 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613

Featuring the mellifluous voices of buddies and gals reading excerpts from his two volumes of poems and writings about how a Chinese kid who grew up watching lots of movies, television, sports and all things pop culture deals with “big” ideas like art, literature, philosophy and life.

With Susannah Papish, Sarah Wild, Paul Hopkin, Jason Dunda, Megan Powell, Jeffrey Grauel, CC Ann Chen, and many more…

And a mini-concert by XYZR_KX (Jon Monteverde).

larry lee transistor reading

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