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Radiation Situation: Post Fallout Perspective

Radiation Situation: Post Fallout Perspective
A collaboration between DePaul students and community artists to speak on the topic of our nuclear past, present, and future through various artistic mediums.

Friday, April 5, 2013 7:00-9:00pm
DePaul University
Student Center 103A
2250 N. Sheffield
Chicago, IL 60614

Contributions from the Japanese Studies, Global Asian Studies, Religious Studies, and Art, Media & Design Departments.
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Indigo: Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina @ the Chicago Cultural Center

Indigo: Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina
Curated by Greg Lunceford and Lanny Silverman
January 26 – April 2, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 2013 5:30-7:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center
The Chicago Rooms
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60638

Hours:
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

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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.

Artist talk with Shelly Jyoti, Laura Kina, and Pushipika Frietas, President of MarketPlace: Handwork of India
The Chicago Rooms
12:15pm Thursday, January 31, 2013

View the exhibition catalog online

Watch the 2010 video on YouTube

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Curated by Kathryn Myers, Radiate: Art of the South Asian Diaspora is on view November 2–December 15, 2012 at the University of Illinois Chicago Gallery 400. The eleven artists featured in Radiate articulate a variety of different questions centering on their identities and experiences within the South Asian Diaspora. The diversity of meaning, metaphor, and material in their work defies attempts at locating any fixed geographic or cultural “essence” of identity among these artists. Rather, multiple and mutable senses of self and history are expressed through concepts and forms that weave an abundant labyrinth of associations.

We invite you to attend the opening reception of Radiate: Art of the South Asian Diaspora on the evening November 2, 5-8pm, as well as the related programming scheduled throughout the duration of the exhibition. Admission to the Gallery and related programs is free, and they also offer group tours.

– Panel discussion: Shelly Bahl, Siona Benjamin, Pradosh Mishra, and Kathryn Myers
Thursday, November 1, 6pm

– Video presentation: Regarding India, Conversations With Contemporary Artists
Friday, November 2, 12pm

– Film and Video Screening: Translations, curated by Mathew Paul Jinks and Megha Ralapati
Wednesday, November 28, 7pm

Full details can be found on our website at gallery400.uic.edu.

For more information on the exhibition, visiting the gallery, or a possible tour, please call 312-996-6114 or e-mail gallery400@uic.edu.

Gallery 400
UIC College of Architecture & he Arts
400 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 0607

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CARE Package Opens in Philadelphia on 10/5/12

Twelve Gates Arts Presents:

CARE Package c/o Philadelphia, PA

Curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff in collaboration with the artists
October 5 – October 26, 2012
Opening Reception with the artists: Friday October 5, 6pm-8pm

51 North Second St., Old City
Philadelphia, PA 19106
info@twelvegatesarts.org
215.253.8578
http://twelvegatesarts.org/

Twelve Gates Arts is thrilled to host the inaugural showing of CARE Package a small-scale international traveling show of five female artists of Asian descent. Taking inspiration from the concept of care package sent to each host country, artists Shelly Bahl, Shelly Jyoti, Laura Kina, Saira Wasim, and Anida Yoeu Ali created multi-media “gifts” to be shared with local audiences. Philadelphia is the city where packages destined for Europe after WWII were assembled for shipment by the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE, Inc.); now it is set to be the first city to receive this unique gift. The universal concept of a gift here acts as a stage for the artists’ stories, which promise to tackle issues of nationhood, race, gender, religion, & economic exploitation.

Shelly Bahl is a visual and media artist born in Benares, India, and currently based in New York City. Her interdisciplinary work in drawing, painting, sculpture/ installation, photography and video, has appeared in a number of solo and group exhibitions in North America and internationally over the past 16 years. Her recent projects include group exhibitions at: Queens Museum of Art, White Box, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, India Art Summit, Aicon Gallery, and Religare Arts Initiative.

Shelly Jyoti is a New Delhi based visual artist, fashion-designer, a poet and an independent curator whose research centers on designs of  20th century textiles, costumes and historical iconographic elements within the cultural context of Indian history.  Her textile art series ‘Indigo Narratives ‘ (2009-12) and ‘Beyond Mithila’ (2008-12) have shown internationally and have been reviewed by leading national newspapers and Art magazines. Her essays and art publications are included in Sahitya Akademi of Indian English literature and Art magazines. She has lectured and held workshop series on 6 &7th Century Indian art-forms in academic institutions and international universities.

Laura Kina is Associate Professor of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Her paintings and textile works address Asian American history and mixed race representations.  Her artwork has shown internationally and been published in Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing (Temple University Press, 2011); Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out (Inanna Publications, 2010); and Embracing Ambiguity: Faces of the Future (Cal State Fullerton, 2010); The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation (Spertus Museum, 2007).

Saira Wasim has carved a niche for herself with her innovative and meticulously crafted Persian miniatures, which she employs to make devastating political and social commentary. Ms. Wasim’s work has been widely feted, and has been exhibited at numerous prominent art institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Asia Society in New York, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. She has recently noted that persecution as an Ahmadiyya Muslim was key in shaping her artistic perspectives.  New York Times describes her work as “exquisite political cartoons that conjure and sometimes borrow directly from Norman Rockwell”.

Anida Yoeu Ali is a performance artist, writer, and global agitator. She is a first generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. In 2011, Ali returned to work in Phnom Penh as part of her U.S. Fulbright Fellowship research on creation mythologies. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to art making, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. From the Faroe Islands to the Bronx, Copenhagen to Ho Chi Minh City, she lectures, exhibits and performs internationally. Ali is a collaborative partner with Studio Revolt, an independent media lab operating out of Phnom Penh where she currently resides.

Ombretta Agrò Andruff is a New York-based freelance curator, art critic and consultant. She has curated solo and group shows in Europe, the US, and India, collaborating with museums, art festivals, and art fairs – such as Queens Museum of Art, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Armory Show, The Art Basel Miami Fair, The Downtown Arts Festival, The d.u.m.b.o. art under the Bridge Festival. She is a New York contributor for Italian art magazines Arte Critica, Tema Celeste, and Label and collaborates as well with the New York-based, The Art Tribune and New York Arts Magazine. She has recently joined the staff of Asian Contemporary Art Week as Associate Director.

Twelve Gates Arts (12G) is a non profit (501(c)(3) pending) organization created with the aim to showcase international arts bound by the sensibilities of a diaspora identity, including the South Asian identity, to create and promote projects crossing cultural and geographical boundaries, and to educate the community about diaspora culture.

 http://facebook.com/twelvegates

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CFP for CAA 2013: Subaltern Rising: Racialization and Visual Culture in the Wake of Independence

CFP: Subaltern Rising: Racialization and Visual Culture in the Wake of Independence
Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH) Sponsored Session
College Art Association Annual Conference
New York, February 13-16, 2013

Chair: José Esteban Muñoz, New York University

The years 2012 and 2013 mark fifty years of independence for dozens of former colonies across
the globe. This panel is dedicated to the consideration of art and other forms of expressive
culture at the moment of historical transition, especially as it was evident in the reconfigured
racialization of citizens, economies, geographies, and political systems.

Key regions of post-coloniality include the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia,
and the Pacific Islands. Commissioned public monuments and state architecture; redrawn cities,
renamed streets and other public spaces; and the establishment of cultural institutions—including
national museums and libraries—were acts of autonomy in newly independent Jamaica, Trinidad
& Tobago, Algeria, and Western Samoa (all 1962), and elsewhere.

How was the burst of creativity among artists producing work for the state, reorganized
marketplaces and other commercial venues, performance, and national pageants inevitably
informed by the preceding colonial order? Which post-colonial strategies reflect symbolic and
stylistic borrowings from the language of European modernism in general?

What comparisons and contrasts can be made with post-colonial art produced earlier in short
India and Pakistan (1947); Sri Lanka (1948); Laos (1949); Cambodia (1953); Tunisia, Morocco,
Ghana, and Sudan (1956)? How do all these mid-twentieth century breaks from colonial
and imperial rule influence subsequent visual and cultural programs in the Bahamas (1971),
Suriname (1973), Papua New Guinea (1975), the Panama Canal Zone (1979), Australia and New
Zealand (1986), and Eritrea (1993)?

Please submit a 350-word preliminary abstract and short CV (2 page maximum) in one MSWord
or PDF file attachment to: acrah@ymail.com by May 11, 2012. Email submissions with one
attachment only.

CAA membership is NOT required to participate in or attend the session.

ASSOCIATION FOR CRITICAL RACE ART HISTORY
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Download a pdf of the CFP here: CFP_ACRAH

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Painter Michiko Itatani Chicago Spring 2012 exhibitions: MetCap Bank, Printworks, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Painter Michiko Itatani Chicago Spring 2012 exhibitions:

2/6-5/10  Metropolitan Capital Bank (MetCap) (4 artists)
9 E. Ontario, Chicago IL 60611 (The Tree Studios)  312-640-2313

3/16-4/21  Printworks
311 West Superior Street • Suite 105 Chicago, IL 60654 • 312-664-9407
“CTRL-Home/Echo – Miniature Itatani” (solo)
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4/20-6/10  Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60622  773-227-5522
“Mutuality” (3 artists)

http://uima-chicago.org/index.php?cat=7
opening 4/20 6-9

 

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Video artist Valerie Soe at DePaul University Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Video artist Valerie Soe at DePaul University
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
5-6:30 PM


The Chinese Gardens and The Oak Park Story
Two film screenings and an artist talk by acclaimed experimental video artist Valerie Soe
DePaul University Art Museum
935 W. Fullerton
Chicago, IL

Sponsored by Global Asian Studies and the Department of History of Art and Architecture
This event is FREE and open to the public

Valerie Soe
is a San Francisco writer, educator, and artist whose experimental videos and installations, which look at gender and cultural identity and anti-racism struggles, have exhibited at venues such as the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum in New York City, and at film festivals worldwide. Her most recent award-winning documentary, The Oak Park Story <http://www.theoakparkstory.com/>  (2010) has exhibited widely across the country. Soe is also the author of the blog beyondasiaphilia.com <http://beyondasiaphilia.com/> , which looks at Asian American art, film, culture, and activism. beyondasiaphilia is the recipient of a 2012 Art Writers’ Grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation, one of only seven such grants awarded in the U.S. She is an Assistant Professor in the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University, where she teaches film history and production, cultural criticism, art and social practice, and media
studies.

Chinese Gardens – Racism, resistance, and the hidden history of Chinese Americans
The Chinese Gardens looks at the lost Chinese community in Port Townsend, Washington,
examining anti-Chinese violence—lynchings, beatings, and murders—in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800s and drawing connections between past and present race relations in the U.S.

http://www.thechinesegardens.com/

The Oak Park Story
The Oak Park Story (2010, 22 min.) is a documentary film that recounts the journeys of three families – from Cambodia, Mexico, and California – who band together at a run-down slum in Oakland CA and win a landmark settlement against their landlord.

The film is directed, edited, co-produced and co-written by Valerie Soe and co-produced and co-written by Russell Jeung, both of whom are professors of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.

http://www.theoakparkstory.com/

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