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Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA) Special Issue Launch Event at CAA — Friday, February 17, 2017

ADVA JournalFriday, February 17, 4:30-6:00PM
Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA) Journal Launch!
At College Art Association
New York Hilton Midtown – Rhinelander Gallery
1335 6th Ave
A/P/A Institute at NYU Exhibit Booth number 210
Conference Exhibit Hall registration required. If you are not registered for the conference, please contact Alex at There is a limited number of free tickets to the exhibit hall for the event, please email by Thursday, Feb 9th.


Join the editors of the Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA) journal for a toast as they launch the latest ADVA journal — a special double issue “Island Worlds, Oceanic Diasporas, & Global Flows” guest edited by Tom Looser, Margo Machida, and Francis Maravillas. ADVA journal is published by Brill and is a collaboration between A/P/A Institute at New York University and Concordia University’s Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art.

The Table of Contents of the 2017 Spring double issue is below:

Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas

Vol.3 / Nos. 1-2 / Spring 2017 

Special Issue: Island Worlds, Oceanic Diasporas, and Global Flows
Guest Editors: Margo L. Machida, Thomas D. Looser, and Francis Maravillas


EDITORIAL: Island Worlds, Oceanic Diasporas, and Global Flows – Margo L. Machida, Thomas D. Looser, and Francis Maravillas


Pacific Itineraries: Islands and Oceanic Imaginaries in Contemporary Asian American Art – Margo L. Machida

Towards a Lexicon of Inclinations: Words Forming Worlds in Southeast Asia – Patrick Flores

Monstrous Territories, Queer Propositions: Negotiating The Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, between Australia, the Philippines, and Other (Island) Worlds – Michelle Antoinette

Looking Back at Samoa: History, Memory and the Figure of Mourning in Yuki Kihara’s Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? – Mandy Treagus

The Politics and Museological Representation of Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Taiwan Dance – Sophie McIntyre

Umi no Utsuwa and Earth Vortex: Nobuho Nagasawa’s Interweaving of Oceanic and Island Imaginaries – Midori Yoshimoto

“Islands That Crawl and Dance” – Rebecca Jennison

Real Imaginary Diasporas – Thomas D. Looser 


Michael Arcega’s Code-Switching – curated by Thea Quiray Tagle

Of Love and Decomposition: Counterpoints in the Production of Space in South Bali – Leyla Stevens


Yellow Peril! An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear – reviewed by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

Dan Taulapapa McMullin: 100 Tiki Notes – reviewed by Kathryn Drury

Yuki Kihara: A Study of a Samoan Savage– Erika Maria Wolf

Beatrice Glow: Rhunhattan [Tearoom] – reviewed by Yu-Chieh Li

Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i—The Art of Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara – reviewed by Ayako Yoshida

Jave Yoshimoto: The Melting World – reviewed by Larry Lee

Leonard Suryajaya: Don’t Hold On to Your Bones – reviewed by Aram Han Sifuentes

Mele Murals, Tadashi Nakamura, dir. – reviewed by Maile Arvin


The Art of Hydrarchy: Asian American Art as Maritime Critique and Utopian Gesture – Santhi Kavuri-Bauer

Ocean Crafts and Chinese Junk: Keywords for Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas – Sean Metzger

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Gallery X & Y: Michiko Itatani, “Starry Night Encounter” September 9, 2016 – October 22, 2016


Gallery X & Y: Michiko Itatani, “Starry Night Encounter” September 9, 2016 – October 22, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 2016, 6-9pm

Linda Warren Projects: 327 N Aberdeen St #151, Chicago, IL 60607

Untitled copy

Michiko Itatani, “HyperCharge” painting from Encounter HCE-3, 2015,
oil on canvas, 84″ x 72″

“Starry Night Encounter” is my personal translation of the Japanese term “ ichi-go ichi-e”. It is an idea found in Zen Buddhism and in the concept of the transitory nature of things. The term is particularly adopted in the Japanese tea ceremony: a 7’x7’ space, a guest, a simple serving of a cup of tea.

One should delight in each encounter as if it were a “once-in-a-lifetime” occurrence. Treat every meeting as if it is the first and the last because it may not come again, or the same meeting repeats infinite times.

In my recent work, I am going back to this very basic feeling in a personal way.

I appreciate every encounter with a person, a creature, a tree, a flower, a rock, a room, a book, a song, a painting or a life.

(Excerpt from Artist Statement) Michiko Itatani

Linda Warren Projects is honored to launch the 2016 fall season with “Starry Night Encounter”, a solo exhibition by one of Chicago’s most prolific and esteemed painters, Michiko Itatani. Presented in both Gallery X and Gallery Y is a wide selection of new work, chosen from several epic series or “chapters”– Cosmic Wanderlust, Hyperbarouqe, Cosmic Theatre, Personal Codes, to name a few – which the artist fluidly intertwines and navigates between. From the macro of the cosmos to the micro of our shared existence, from her monumental to her miniature paintings, Itatani’s profound creative power continually awe-inspires and persuades new meaning.

Using a fictional and symbolic space, I condense experienced and imagined multi-layered encountering events.

For over 40 years, Itatani has been “writing” a poetic transcendental fiction novel with paint. As the ongoing narrative continues to unfold, her emblematic imaginative paintings deliberately suggest that hope and curiosity are vital to the human spirit. It is a broad, and at times, cryptic tale, yet her philosophical faith in humanity proves ever-more powerful. Whether it is in libraries, the theater, in nature, or a cosmic tête- à-tête, Itatani thrusts the viewer into wondrous locations where knowledge, science, and inquisitiveness intersect.

Itatani’s paintings are the places where we confront, discover, and imagine ourselves. Where learning, books, music, and literature connect us to our essence. Where our communal soul, one that is truly rooted in the wonders of the macrocosm, drives us to question our place within it. Itatani is a powerhouse, she is the spacecraft landing, she is the library, the author,

the narrator. She paints our consciousness and illustrates our vulnerability. Each painting invites us to visualize and ponder. Her mission is at once vast and simple – explore, inquire, appreciate, reach out, and recognize our accomplishments, and all the unknown and known beauty of the universe. The selected works illuminates the beauty of such temporal “encounters”.

This remarkable exhibition will be the first segment of an ongoing exhibition and partnership with ZHOU B Art Center. The second segment titled High-Point Contact will be on view at ZHOU B Art Center October 17,2016 – December 30, 2016 and will feature paintings spanning 40 years of Itatani’s career. Accompanying both exhibitions will be individual catalogs, featuring essays by Jason Foumberg.

Michiko Itatani was born in Kobe, Japan, and received her MFA in 1976 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is currently a Professor. Itatani has shown widely around the globe, and her work can be found in such prestigious collections as the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain; and Tokoha Museum, Shizuoka, Japan. Itatani has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Union League Club of Chicago’s “Distinguished Artists” Membership Award, and a National Endowment for Art, Artist’s Fellowship amongst many others. Itatani is represented by Linda Warren Projects, and this marks her second solo exhibition with the gallery.

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TRANSFORMATION: 25 Years of Asian American Women Artists, July 30-September 3


25 Years of Asian American Women Artists


Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton, CA


July 30 – September 3

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 12-5pm.  Saturday 11am-3pm.


July 30, 1-3pm.

Join us for an afternoon of light refreshments as we celebrate the last event of AAWAA’s Jubilee year and the opening of our 25th anniversary exhibition. RSVP on Facebook!


In honor of the organization’s 25th anniversary year, Asian American Women Artists Association presents Transformation: 25 Years of Asian American Women Artists. This multidisciplinary and intergenerational group exhibition will feature the works of 38 AAWAA artists members, from past to present. From a small artists collective in the late 1980s to today’s influential arts organization, this exhibition documents and celebrates the evolution of AAWAA artists throughout the years as it continues to leave a legacy of art for future creatives. This exhibition celebrates the diversity, creativity, and evolution of its artist community.


Alison Ho | Barbara Horiuchi | Betty Kano | Cathy Lu | Choppy Oshiro | Cynthia Tom | Elaine Gin Louie | Ellen Bepp | Flo Oy Wong | Jennifer Pei Huang | Ji Lim | Jungeun Lee | Karen Chew | Kathy Fujii-Oka | Kookhee Lee | Kristina Lim | Lena Shey | Lenore Chinn | Leslie Zeitler | Linda Shiue | Lucy Liew | Lydia Nakashima Degarrod | Maggie Yee | Manon Bogerd Wada | Maria Miller | Maryln Mori | Marlene Iyemura | Miss TANGQ | Nancy Hom | Nancy Uyemura | Pallavi Sharma | Reiko Fujii | Salma Arastu | Samantha Chundur | Shari DeBoer | Shizue Seigel | Susan Almazol | Yousun Kim

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JUNE 2016 Newsletter

View the DAAN JUNE 2016 Newsletter

For the latest information, visit the DAAN Facebook


DAAN Members,
If you have news items that you want your regional representatives to know about and to post on the DAAN Facebook page, please find a list of your DAAN reps here.

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Taiwan Fellowship 2017
Deadline extended to July 15, 2016


Chanika Svetvilas has taken a new position at the International Sculpture Center in New Jersey and will be transitioning from NY Regional Rep — Thank you Chanika for all your organizing and getting the NY Regional events going with Zavé Martohardjono and Michelle Loh, who will continue with events this fall!

Asian American Arts Alliance 2016 June Gala Kick-off Party
New York, NY, U.S.
Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30PM
RSVP for your tickets!

Jean Shin: Spring Collection

Materials for the Arts, New York, NY, U.S.
June 16, 2016 Opening Reception 6-9PM

Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920-1940
The Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, U.S.
Through June 26, 2016

Interlace: Three Artists in the Cambodian Diaspora
inCube Arts SPACE, New York, NY
Through June 30, 2016

The Pacific Project: Yuki Kihara
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, U.S.
Through July 10, 2016

Minidoka On My Mind: Paintings and Prints by Roger Shimomura
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, U.S.
Through July 17, 2016
Related panel featuring Roger Shimomura:
“You People: mistrust of the Other” now online

Behind the Glass Eye — Photographs by Toyo Miyataki
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, U.S.
Through July 31, 2016

Wifredo Lam
Reina Sofia, Madrid Spain
Through August 15, 2016

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.
Through August 28, 2016

Stage Design by Ming Cho Lee
Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY, U.S.
Through September 11, 2016

Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Through September 26, 2016

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, U.S.
Through October 5, 2016

The Wayfinding Project — with artist Beatrice Glow
A/P/A Institute at NYU, New York, NY, U.S.
Through December 21, 2016

Everything Has Been Material for Scissors to Shape
Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA, U.S.
Through April 16, 2017


Asian American Art Oral History Project
AS-AP Project: Godzilla Oral History
Art Asia America
Asian/Pacific/American Archives Survey Project
Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas journal
The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi
Racecraft online at the Center for Art and Thought
H1-B online at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

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Chromatic Passages (彩時期) at The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, until March 4, 2016

Chromatic Passages (彩時期) is a three person exhibit of Los Angeles based painters Kaoru Mansour, Shingo Francis and Devon Tsuno each exploring color transitions through time, space, pattern and rhythm. The opulent quality of these paintings allude to a preternatural sense of place and moment beyond material boundaries . Using movement of color to evoke the ever-changing character of all landscapes, the artists exhibit their relationship to space and form inventing different ways of organizing the pictorial field, carefully constructing the field of vision into a thematic range of light and color.

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Athena Robles and Anna Stein at the Hirshhorn — WPA Holiday Pop Up Shop

DAAN’s Mid-Atlantic rep Athena Robles with Anna Stein (Double A Projects) at the Hirshhorn:

Offsite: WPA Holiday Pop Up Shop

Washington Project for the Arts, in partnership with Smithsonian Enterprises, is pleased to announce it will be sponsoring a two-day holiday pop up shop at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden during the Smithsonian Holiday Festival on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6, 2015.

For One Weekend Only, Local Artists Sell Works at the Museum; NSO In Your Neighborhood Concert Closes the Festivities

Smithsonian Enterprises and Washington Project for the Arts invite holiday shoppers to a pop-up shop at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., during the Smithsonian Holiday Festival. Unique, exciting and reasonably priced works by more than 20 Washington, D.C.-area artists will be on sale in the Hirshhorn lobby. Many of the artists will be on hand to talk about their work with visitors.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to collaborate with an organization that supports such talented artists and look forward to developing future projects with artists in our community,” said Lisa Gold, the Hirshhorn’s director of public engagement.

In conjunction with the event, the National Symphony Orchestra Horn Ensemble will perform an “NSO In Your Neighborhood” concert of holiday music in the Lerner Room Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. Admission is free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


  • Sharlaine Anapu—handmade jewelry
  • Leda Black—printed textiles
  • Hsin-Hsi Chen—pencil-drawing-inspired clothing and accessories
  • JD Deardourff—comic-book-inspired screenprints and clothing
  • Double A Projects (Athena Robles and Anna Stein)—personalized GIFs
  • Lindsay Giffin—textile jewelry
  • Jeff Herrity—ceramics
  • Elizabeth Hutcheson—greeting cards and gift items
  • Barbara Januszkiewicz—clothing and colorful paintings
  • Gary Kachadourian—life-size posters of hand-drawn objects
  • Tatiana Kolina—sPACYcLOUd clothing and accessories
  • Laurel Lukaszewski—ceramics
  • Cameron Petke—ceramics
  • Maryanne Pollock—hand-painted silk scarves
  • David Prete—3-D-printed jewelry
  • Peggy Reichard—ceramics
  • Kevin M. Roberts—hardware-inspired calendars and magnets
  • Kelly Towles—T-shirts and temporary tattoos
  • Jennifer Vallina—wrapping paper
  • Jordann Wine—glitter paintings
  • Lisa Wood—shibori textiles

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DAAN events at CAA 2015 in NYC!






DAAN at College Art Association:

Diasporic Asian Art Network (DAAN) Panel & Meeting at CAA 2015

The DAAN (CAA Affiliated Society) Panel and Business Meeting are FREE to the public, conference registration is not required to attend.


February 13, 2015Friday

Diasporic Asian Art Network Panel 

“Geography of the Imagination: The Island”

Time:  12:30 PM—2:00 PM
Location: Hilton Hotel Midtown, 2nd Floor, Bryant Suite
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY

Chairs: Margo L. Machida, University of Connecticut; Leila Philip

  • Toshiko Takaezu: Toward a New Island Modernism – Leila Philip
  • The Okinawa Trilogy: An Island Landscape and the Traces of War – Osamu James Nakagawa
  • Unbounded Island Imaginaries: Oceanic Diasporas, Global Flows, and Conceptions of Place –Margo L. Machida

Thank you to the 2015 DAAN panel committee including Alice Ming Wai Jim (committee chair/Concordia University), ShiPu Wang (UC Merced), and Binod Shresthra


Diasporic Asian Art Network Business Meeting

February 13, 2015, Friday

Time: 5:30PM-7PM

Location: Hilton Hotel Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor, Bryant Suite

Meeting is free to the public, conference registration not required to attend. Please send any suggestions for agenda items. We will be discussion issues including regional activities and panel topics for 2016.

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Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter: Quick Turn Structure at NJCU The Visual Arts Gallery

 New Jersey City University Galleries
The Visual Arts Gallery presents:

Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter
Quick Turn Structure

February 6 – March 6, 2014
Artist Reception:February 12, 5-8PM
Live Painting Performance: March 1, 3PM

Letter NJCU

Image: Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter, FFIGURATI #88 (work in progress), 2014, aerosol, chinese ink, graphite, paint marker, and latex house paint on canvas

The Visual Arts Gallery proudly presents the first U.S. solo exhibition of the Tokyo-born Italian-Japanese artist Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter, titled, Quick Turn Structure. “Quick Turn Structure” is the term coined by Ōyama himself for his signature black and white angular motif, which developed from visual language in graffiti culture. In this exhibition, Ōyama presents a site-specific mural painting, wall-encompassing canvas paintings, as well as series of small works on paper in which he experiments with the found figurative images. Ōyama’s recent engagements include: a commission for the Japanese fashion brand, COMME des GARÇONS for its Paris Collection 2012 S/S; participation in the Artist in Residence program at the Clocktower Galleryin New York City; and the group show “Generating Visuals – Inspiring Circuits” at Takuro Someya Contemporary Art in Tokyo. For more information on the artist, see

To RSVP for the artist reception, click here

*The Visual Arts Gallery is in the basement of the Visual Arts Building, located on Culver Avenue, a half-block down from Kennedy Blvd.

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Chinese American Museum in LA – Executive Director search

Executive Director – FCAM
The Friends of the Chinese American Museum, a 501c3 non-profit, seeks a dynamic, experienced individual to lead the operations, build institutional capacity, and to expand the facilities and programs of the Chinese American Museum (CAM), a public museum of the City of Los Angeles.
The Executive Director reports to the FCAM Board of Directors and serves as the primary interface in collaborating with El Pueblo leadership and City of Los Angeles staff to operate the Chinese American Museum. The Executive Director of FCAM is the Director of CAM. The Executive Director works closely with the President of the FCAM Board of Directors, Board Members, Advisory Board, and the General Manager of El Pueblo advance CAM’s mission, vision, and values in a diverse multi-cultural community. The position is responsible for the daily operations of the Museum and the long-term development and execution of the Museum’s strategic plan, policies, and goals within the context of a city-owned facility. Overall responsibilities also include visionary leadership, consensus building, operational effectiveness, personnel management, and leadership in development and fundraising, maintaining institutional sustainment, and achieving targeted financial objectives. The Executive Director is also accountable for monitoring the Museum’s ongoing performance in support of its stated objectives.

Download the PDF for the full position description and how to apply: CAM ED_Description_2014

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