Monthly Archives: April 2010

“0-Viewpoint” by Stella Zhang

Exhibition Date: April 23 – Sept. 5, 2010.
Artist Talk : June 24, 2010 at 6pm.
Admission: Free.  Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco, CA. Curated by Abby Chen.

In this show, the installation artist Stella Zhang brings to us the inner landscape of her transnational experience. It is a search for one’s selfhood.  Through her work, we are invited to venture and explore our own personal connection to the artwork and by extension to the artist and her experience.

Stella Zhang has been a long time Californian. She was born in Beijing, China and was educated in both China and Japan at the Tama Artist University and the Tokyo Art University where her unique talent of using nontraditional style to depict the concept of existence and flexibility was critically acclaimed. Her latest work, “0—Viewpoint” which debuted on April 22, was created to convey the idea that everything came into existence by beginning at 0.

Xian Rui is the Chinese Culture Center’s Annual Solo Exhibition Series. The meaning behind “Xian Rui” is “fresh and sharp”. As the name implies, this series seeks artists whose work exhibits a bold and innovative approach to art. It was created to bring visibility to the work of exceptional but under recognized Chinese artists in the US and to give viewers a renewed appreciation and fresh perspective on contemporary Chinese culture.

Annual Xian Rui Artist Excellence Exhibition is graciously funded by the Phyllis Wattis Foundation. 2010 artist is Stella Zhang’s “0-Viewpoint”. 2009 artist was Dora Hsiung and 2008 artist was Beili Liu.

For more information about the exhibition, please click here.

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DEADLINE MAY 7: Visual Arts Internship applications are being accepted at Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

Visual Arts Internship applications are being accepted at Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles announces it has been awarded a Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship Grant from the Getty Foundation.

The purpose of the grant is to increase the diversity in professions related to museums and visual arts.  The internships are intended specifically for outstanding students who are members of groups currently underrepresented in these professions, including individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander descent.

The Visual Arts Intern will work directly with the Visual Arts department in the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, experiencing first-hand the work, organization and installation that goes into setting up this summer’s programs, including the 70th Annual Nisei Week exhibitions in August.

To be eligible for the Visual Arts Internship candidates must be a currently enrolled undergraduate, having completed at least one semester of college by June 2010 or will graduate by of before September 2010.  Candidates must be a resident of or attend college in Los Angeles County. Intern candidates may come from any area of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.

The intern will receive a gross salary of $3,500 for a ten-week period at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. Internships are a full-time position running from June 14 through August 20, 2009.

Those interested in applying for the position may forward their resume, a personal statement (no more than 500 words, double-spaced, typed) and two letters of recommendation attention to Gavin Kelley, JACCC, 244 S. San Pedro Street, Suite 505, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Fax (213) 617-8576 or Email Kelley@jaccc.orgby noon on Friday, May 7, 2010.

Finalists will be contacted for a phone interview by May 10 and must be prepared for an in-person interview on Wednesday, May 12 and Thursday, May 13, 2010.

For more information please contact Gavin Kelley at (213) 628-2725 ext. 133.

This information was found in, providing great, current information about Japanese art and culture with people in Southern California, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.

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APRIL 24, Downtown Los Angeles. Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps

Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps, featuring seven living artists of that period, will be held on Saturday, April 24 at Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The program will start at 3 pm, featuring performances of classical odori (dance), biwa (5-string lute-like instrument), nagauta shamisen, koto, and Bon Odori (dance to honor the dead).

From 4 pm, discussion will take place with the featured artists, and panel moderator Prof. Jere Takahashi, Lecturer of Asian American Studies at UC Berkeley.

Admission are suggested donation $20 for general, $15 for seniors and students with ID. For information and reservations, call (213) 628-2725 ext.133, or email Gavin Kelley

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Double Vision: A Celebration of Hybridity • Shizue Seigel

Tuesday, April 13 – Friday, June 11 – Exhibition/MCC Lounge 
Tuesday, April 13, 5 pm – Opening Reception

Japanese American artist Shizue Seigel blurs the boundaries between photography, painting, found objects, and poetry to explore the shifting planes of multicultural identity. In today’s evolving world, where minorities are the majority, the complexity of our stories is our American story. Seigel is also a poet and the author of In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans during the Interment (AACP, Inc. 2006).

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Public Lives of Posters in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Manilatown, and Japantown, 1970s and 1980s. The Kearny Street Workshop Archives Poster Collection.

Tuesday, May 4 – Friday, June 11 – Art Exhibit/MCC Meeting Rooms

Tuesday, May 4, 5 pm – Opening Reception, University of California, Santa Barbara

This exhibition is a special compendium which encapsulates visual cultures, global ethnopoles, and urban public spaces of that time. On street poles, storefront windows, and community centers— historic Asian Pacific American graphic art posters publicly announced and affirmed counter-narratives. Curated by Julianne P. Gavino, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture.
Co-Sponsored by Asian American Studies, the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives—UCSB Library, Instructional Development, and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

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Book Release – Chiang Yee: The Silent Traveller from the East

Chiang Yee (1903-1977)
Artist, Writer, and Poet
Author of twelve Silent Traveller books
Former Professor Emeritus at Columbia University

Chiang Yee Art Exhibition

April 26-30, 9 am – 6 pm

Book Release

Chiang Yee: The Silent Traveller from the East
Arthur C. Danto, Columbia University
Da Zheng, Suffolk University
April 27, Tues., 2 pm
followed by reception

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York
1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017

Free and Open to the Public

For more information, please contact
Gene Mei: 917-577-1133
Phil Ma: 860-627-7788
Roy Leu: 718-886-7770 x 101

Organized by the Chinese Cultural Art Association
Sponsored by Chien-fei Chiang and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York

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Bronx Museum of the Arts exhibition: URBAN ARCHIVES: HAPPY TOGETHER

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Asian and Asian American Art From The Permanent Collection

1040 Grand Concourse
At 165th Street
Bronx, New York
(718) 681-6000


Additional archival material
presented by ALEXANDRA CHANG

Runs through January 2, 2011

The second exhibition related to the Urban Archives Project features artworks by Asian and Asian American artists from the Bronx Museum Permanent Collection as well as material from the Fales Library and Special Collections at NYU selected by guest-curator Alexandra Chang. On view are archives related to artists Martin Wong, Tseng Kwong Chi, Tomie Arai, Zhang Hongtu, and artist Carol Sun’s mother architect and former Bronx resident Nancy Sun.

In Happy Together, artists explore the notion of identities on multiple levels. For many works in this exhibition, there is often a crossover between the self, family, community, and global spheres, creating a porous and complex space of overlap between multiple definitions of self. These artists’ work and lives expand beyond the limiting definitions of the linear tracing of race, place, and identity that often exists within national or local boundaries. Instead, there is a fluidity within their multiple communities of affinities.

Sponsorship: The Urban Archives Project is made possible with support from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Co-sponsored: Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU

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History as Art, Art as History

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU presents

History as Art, Art as History:
Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education

Presentation And Q&A With Author Dipti Desai
Moderated by Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen, A/P/A Institute at NYU

History as Art, Art as History
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
A/P/A Institute at NYU

41-51 East 11th Street
7th Floor Gallery
New York, NY 10003

Free and open to the public.
RSVP by Monday, April 19, 2010 to online:, email, or call 212-992-9653

This book event presents the work of Asian American artists who work with archives. History as Art, Art as History pioneers methods for using contemporary works of art in the social studies and art classroom to enhance an understanding of visual culture and history. The fully-illustrated interdisciplinary teaching toolkit provides an invaluable pedagogical resource – complete with theoretical background and practical suggestions for teaching U.S. history topics through close readings of both primary sources and provocative works of contemporary art.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Dipti Desai is an Associate Professor and Director of the Art Education Program at NYU.

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