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Karin Higa

Dear DAAN members,

It is with great sadness that we are writing about Karin Higa’s passing. Karin was a member of DAAN since its inception and a major scholar and curator of Asian American Art focused on exploring ways to expand the scholarship and field. We were so blessed to have known Karin and to have felt what passion she had for her craft and scholarship. But so importantly, she was so generous and genuine as a peer, colleague and friend at the same time.

Please visit this link on the LA Times:

Much love and gratitude to Karin and to those who are remembering her at this time,
Alex and Margo

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2013-2014 A/P/A Institute Artists-In Residence Welcome: Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani

The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU presents
2013-2014 A/P/A Institute Artists-In Residence Welcome: Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani

Thursday, October 10, 2013

NYU Silver Center
Silverstein Lounge & Jurow Lecture Hall, Room 101

100 Washington Square East
(entrance on Washington Place)

Artists Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani have collaborated since 2004 on the project Index of the Disappeared, which is both a physical archive of post-9/11 disappearances and a mobile platform for public dialogue. Index also stages visual and poetic interventions to circulate fragments of our archive in the wider world.

The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU is thrilled to welcome Ganesh and Ghani as its 2013-14 Artists-in-Residence with a public program featuring the artists in conversation with Gayatri Gopinath (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis). A reception will follow.


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A Public Talk with Enin Suprianto @ Tyler Rollins Fine Art

Saturday, March 2, at 3 pm
At Tyler Rollins Fine Art
529 West 20th Street, 10th Floor
New York City
Join visiting Indonesian curator Enin Suprianto for a discussion of The Development of Contemporary Art in Indonesia Since 1970

Enin Supriyanto is an independent curator living and working in Jakarta, Indonesia. Since 1994, he has been curating exhibitions and contributing essays for various publications in Indonesia and abroad. Currently visiting the United States to curate Agus Suwage’s exhibition at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, CYCLE No. 2, Supriyanto will present his only public program in New York City at Tyler Rollins Fine Art at 3 pm on Saturday, March 2, 2013. He will focus on tracing the development of contemporary art practices in Indonesia since the 1970s, situating them within regional and global contexts. The talk will conclude with a brief discussion of Agus Suwage’s creative progress and development, featuring a Q&A with the artist. A reception will follow.

Enin Supriyanto has worked together with Agus Suwage on many projects and is the editor of Suwage’s 670-page monograph, Still Crazy After All These Years (2009). Supriyanto is also Project Officer of the Equator International Symposium, a parallel event of the upcoming Biennale Jogja XII (November 16, 2013 – January 6, 2014).

529 West 20 Street, 10W New York, NY 10011 +1 212 229 9100

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DAAN at CAA 2013 in NYC — updated AGENDA

Dear DAAN members,

Happy New Year!
We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2013 CAA conference in New York City. *PLEASE NOTE THE UPDATE IN THIS POST FOR THE BUSINESS MEETING AGENDA BELOW*

Wednesday, February 13, 2013:
On the first day of the conference, the Diasporic Asian Art Network [DAAN] and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University would like to invite you to the Institute’s gallery’s inaugural exhibition opening reception with A/P/A Institute Artist-in-Residence Roger Shimomura:

Prints of Pop (& War)
Curated by 2012-2013 A/P/A Artist-in-Residence Roger Shimomura

EnterTheRiceCooker.1994smallImage: Roger Shimomura, Enter the Rice Cooker, 1994. Published by the Lawrence Lithography Workshop, KCMO.

Location: A/P/A Institute at NYU, 8 Washington Mews, New York, NY
(between Fifth Avenue and University Place. Take the A, C, E, B, D, F lines to West 4th Street station)
Venue phone: (212) 998-3700

Join at the A/P/A Institute at NYU’s new gallery space and celebrate the opening of Prints of Pop (& War), a mini-retrospective featuring screen prints and lithographs by the prolific Roger Shimomura, A/P/A’s 2012-2013 Artist-in-Residence <> . Objects from the artist’s personal collection will be featured alongside the works related to them.

The artist and curator Roger Shimomura, NYU Professor Crystal Parikh, and others offer remarks.
Opening Reception, 6PM-9PM
Gallery talk, 7PM-8PM

Please RSVP by Monday, February 11, 2013 online are also accepted via phone (212.992.9653).
Prints of Pop (& War) is on view February 13-May 10, 2013, Monday-Friday, 11AM-5PM.

Acclaimed for his poignant, bright-colored prints and paintings, award-winning artist Roger Shimomura’s work challenges constructions of the racialized “other” and calls attention to the power of material and pop culture to normalize whiteness. He was born in Seattle, Washington and spent two years of his early childhood in Minidoka (Idaho), one of ten concentration camps for Japanese Americans during World War II. He holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Art Emeritus from the University of Kansas where he taught for 35 years. His work is in the permanent collections of over 85 museums nationwide.

Thursday, February 14, 2013:
Spend Valentine’s day with DAAN!
The Annual DAAN Business Meeting
Thursday, Feb 14 — 12:30 PM-2h30PM
Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas
Morgan Suite, 2nd Floor

The business meeting will begin with a short introduction with Roger Shimomura about his exhibition at NYU
Note: Please let us know if you have anything you would like to bring up during the business meeting.

The agenda for the meeting as follows:

Roger Shimomura on his exhibition
War is for the Living exhibition
War Baby/Love Child publication
Sign-up / listserv
Members panels at CAA
Notes on: 
NEH Summer Institute and web site update
DAAN Panel for this and next year
Regional representatives introductions
Brief introductions and networking


In addition, we are excited to note that this year will mark the first panel we will be hosting as an Affiliated Society at CAA.
Thursday, Feb 14, 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Reconceptualizing the “Invisible” Hyphen
Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas
Morgan Suite, 2nd Floor

Chair: ShiPu Wang, University of California, Merced
Alexandra Chang, New York University
Laura Kina, DePaul University
Viet Lê, California College of the Arts
Susette Min, University of California, Davis

*The DAAN Business meeting and DAAN panel are FREE and open to the public.* Please note you would need to register for the conference to attend other aspects of the CAA conference (please see the CAA website for registration options and fees)

After the DAAN panel, the DAAN membership are also invited to attend the opening reception of “War is for the Living” at The Sylvia Wald & Po Kim art gallery (co-sponsored by A/P/A Institute at NYU). The exhibition is curated by two DAAN members Chuong-Dai Vo and Midori Yamamura.

Group Exhibition: War is for the Living
Image caption: Momotaro/Peach Boy, 7 prints, painted laser transfer on wood, 2008, 20×24 in. each. Image courtesy of Tomie Arai

Opening reception at Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery, February 14, 2013, 6PM-8PM
On view February 14-March 23, 2013, Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-5PM
417 Lafayette Street (6 line Astor Place station and N and R lines 8th Street station)

The exhibition brings together a distinguished group of emerging and established artists whose works provoke questions about the everyday of war, the relationships formed and broken by war, the displacements that people must endure because of war, and the inadvertent histories, technologies, and trajectories that arise from the prevalence of war. These projects provoke questions about our relationship to a world permeated by war.

The artists include: Tomie Arai, Allan deSouza, Nancy Hwang, An-My Le, Dinh Q. Lê, Simon Leung, Yoko Ono, Paul Qaysi, Hiroshi Sunairi, and Yoshiaki Kaihatsu.


Do you have a session or panel planned during the CAA conference?
Let us know and we will circulate this information to DAAN members. Email:

Visit the DAAN website for the latest news about DAAN and the membership:

And don’t forget to contact your regional representative if you have news to share:

Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon!

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January 10, 2013: Jimmy Ong – ELO PROGO Exhibition Opening @ Tyler Rollins Fine Art

Tyler Rollins Fine Art is pleased to welcome back Jimmy Ong for his second solo exhibition with the gallery, entitled Elo Progo, taking place from January 10 – February 23, 2013. One of Singapore’s preeminent contemporary artists, Ong has been noted for his large-scale, figurative charcoal works on paper since his first solo exhibitions in the 1980s. His early, pioneering work focused on sexual identity and gender roles, often within the context of the traditional Chinese family. Now a US resident, Ong has, over the past twenty-five years, explored the ways in which multiple identities and perspectives – whether sexual, ethnic, national, or even generational – can coexist within the individual. His deeply personal works have taken inspiration from a stark analysis of his own experience, and indeed of his own physical form, an ongoing process of what he calls “creative self therapy.” In recent years, he has investigated issues relating to marital roles, informed in part by his experience as a spouse in a gay marriage. His inquiry has gradually broadened from the personal to the plural and has incorporated gender archetypes as conveyed through mythology and spiritual traditions. His seminal exhibition, Sitayana, exhibited at Tyler Rollins Fine Art in 2010 and subsequently acquired by the National Art Gallery of Singapore, marked the first major public exhibition of this new focus, with its feminist re-imagining of the ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana, a work which continues to play a vibrant role throughout Southeast Asia, acting as an endless source of inspiration for the region’s folk and popular cultures. Ong used the Ramayana as a point of departure in creating new narratives that were informed by his sensitivity to the way gender roles play out in contemporary relationships.
In 2012, Ong’s investigation of the contemporary resonance of ancient myths led him to a series of projects in Yogyakarta, one of the major artistic centers in Java, Indonesia, where he began documentary research into gender roles as reflected in folklore as well as contemporary society, the latter specifically relating to the local transgender community. His current exhibition, Elo Progo, takes its name and inspiration from the confluence of the Elo and Progo rivers – one said to be male, the other female – located in the Kedu Plain near Borobudur, one of Java’s sacred places. Ong was captivated by this local myth as well as the traditional Javanese practice of meditation in water. The Elo Progo exhibition centers on Ong’s first public showing of video works, which were inspired by the rituals of water meditation and informed by themes of gender fluidity and mythic transformation. The exhibition also includes a new body of works on paper, done in richly colored gouache, that appropriate a type of Chinese splash ink brushwork in mirrored patterns created by the repetitive folding of the paper along an axis. Through a circular and meditative process of drawing, transferring, and redrawing, which echoes the cyclical, ritualistic time of the videos, Ong has created a vivid series of works that features a recurring, androgynous figure. In various degrees of abstraction, the figure is shown twice in each work, in a mirroring of form that reflects Ong’s ongoing interest in ideas relating to duality, the gender binarism, and the fluidity and transformation of identity.
EXHIBITION DATES:    January 10 – February 23, 2012 GALLERY HOURS:    Tuesday – Saturday, from 10 am – 6 pm

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Some helpful links for Post-Sandy aid to artists and arts orgs

For those of you impacted by Hurricane Sandy, please take a look at these links that may be helpful as the East Coast arts community recovers from the impact of the storm:



List from Visual Aids:

CERF+ Emergency Response <>
Occupy Sandy <>

Occupy Sandy Donations <>
Red Hook Recovers <>

Lower Easy Side Recovers <>
Astoria Recovers <>
Brooklyn Based: How to Help <>
Brokelyn: How to Help <>
Rockaway Relief <>
Food Not Bombs: Sandy Relief <>
The Week: How to Help <>
Free Showers and Exercise at New York Sports Clubs  <

From Archiving the Arts:

The Archiving the Arts organizational board hopes that this email finds you safe and your collections unaffected by Hurricane Sandy. We would like to offer our assistance to institutions and organizations in need of stabilization or recovery efforts in the NYC-area in the wake of the storm.

AMIA @ NYU has member volunteers in the boroughs who may be able to help with audiovisual collections. To be matched with volunteers and for disaster recovery links, visit our website < <> > .

Growing lists of assistance resources are available from AudioVisual Preservation Solutions < <> >  and AMIA <> .


Update: Link to NYFA site

and on Hyperallergic:

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Jiha Moon Exhibition – James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center

Jiha Moon: Stars Down to Earth

Wed, Sept 5th, 5:30pm: Artist Talk & Exhibition Reception

Join artist Jiha Moon for a walk-through of her current exhibition at the James Gallery, followed by a reception. In large- and small-scale paintings, drawings, and prints, Moon shares bits of culturally specific popular imagery amidst fields of exuberant abstraction. Often executed with unconventional materials including collages of embroidery, silk, and mylar, or traditional handmade Mulberry paper, her investigation of line is fluid and complex.

Cultural and Racial Legibility in Contemporary Abstraction

Thu, Sept 20th, 6:30pm: Panel

How are artists today addressing visual constructions of culture and race in ways that re-work the boundaries of abstraction, text, and figuration? What role in particular does the integration of abstraction with images from popular culture play in this process, and how does recognition, or on the other hand, misunderstanding of cultural icons operate in the current flow of information across the globe? Join the curator of the James Gallery, Katherine Carl, and a group of internationally distinguished artists, Lisa Corinne Davis, Hunter College, Jiha Moon and Odili Donald Odita, Tyler School of Art, as they consider these intriguing questions in relation to their own work and to that of others.

Free and open to the public. All events take place at The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave btwn 34th & 35th. The building and the venues are fully accessible. For more information please visit or call 212.817.2005 or e-mail


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Past Present | Future Imperatives: Queer Space Time Việt Lê, Genevieve Erin O’Brien, Jai Arun Ravine, Tina Takemoto

Sabina Lee Gallery,

Opening Saturday February 25, 2012, 6-9pm
(Screening, Food, Installations & Performances) 6pm start | 7pm short screenings | 8pm One Night Band

Exhibition February 25-March 24, 2012 | open Wednesday – Saturday 11-6 pm


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Lee Mingwei’s The Travelers — Museum of Chinese in America, NYC

Lee Mingwei’s The Travelers

Project launches: September 22, 2010
Exhibition opens: October 20, 2011 – March 26, 2012


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On the day of the Chinese Moon Festival, September 22, 2010, MOCA launched Lee Mingwei’s artist project, The Travelers. Lee custom-made 100 blank notebooks for the project. Released into the world from MOCA, the books will travel around the world for one year. The books are passed from person to person like a chain letter, with each participant adding a personal story about “leaving home” at some point in their lives. Did they have a call to adventure? Did they leave willingly? Did they overcome setbacks? Did they ever return home? Each book becomes a “Traveler” in the project, who leaves the MOCA “home village” to embark on a long journey.
The project was commissioned by MOCA to launch on the first anniversary of its new home at 215 Centre Street, designed by Maya Lin. Inspired by the museum’s mission to document the epic journey of Chinese to America, and the ongoing journeys we make as Americans, the project was envisioned to actively engage the public in the spirit of MOCA’s approach over the past 30 years as a “dialogic museum”.
Participants are asked to send the books back to MOCA by the next Moon Festival, on September 12, 2011. The books that make it back to the museum, each transformed by their individual journeys, will be displayed in an evocative installation by Lee Mingwei, with all the accumulated stories accessible for visitors to read. How many Travelers return home? What kinds of stories will they be filled with on their return?
A companion website to the project ( tracks all the books as they travel around the world. Project participants are asked to upload the current geographical location of the books, and 5 images that illustrate the story they’ve written in the book.

About the Artist

Born in Taiwan and currently living in New York City, Lee Mingwei creates both participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness on their own, and one-on-one events, where visitors explore these issues with the artist himself through eating, sleeping, walking and conversation. Lee’s projects are often open-ended scenarios for everyday interaction, and take on different forms depending on the participants. Time is central to this process, as Lee’s installations often change during the course of an exhibition.
Mr Lee received an MFA from Yale University in 1997, has had solo exhibitions internationally including Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Fabric Workshop and Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has been featured in biennials in Venice, Lyon, Liverpool (2006, 2010), Taipei, Echigo-Tsumari, the Whitney Biennial, and at the Asia Pacific Triennial. He is represented by Lombard Freid Project, New York. For more information on the artist, please visit:


The Travelers is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The project is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties. It is also supported by the generosity of museum members.

Project courtesy of the artist and Lombard Freid Projects, NY


Museum of Chinese in America:

215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

(b/w Howard & Grand Sts; one block north of Canal St)

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Illuminations: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2011

Illuminations: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2011 
Exhibition: October 7 – November 5, 2011 
October 7th: Opening Reception $6-10  sliding scale
Nov. 5: Closing reception 
$6-10  sliding scale
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103
Participating AAWAA members are Cynthia Tom, Shizue Seigel and Kathy Fujii-Oka

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