Monthly Archives: May 2010

Muslim Exhibit DEFACED At School Of The Art Institute

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Please help to circulate. I would be grateful if you can attend.
This has been draining and disheartening and i cannot do this alone.
I refuse to end in violence.
– Anida


Dear Friends, Family, Mentors, and Supporters —

Peace & Blessings,

On Tuesday May 11 at 12:30pm my friend and I came to view my installation titled “1700% Project: Otherance” and found the wall installation defaced with caricatures and a word bubble that was not part of the installation or original performance. The word bubble was strategically placed around the wall text that reads “Kill all Arabs.” This is obviously an intentional act of hate related vandalism. The person(s) used the stains & materials left in the space for the defacement. There is no invitation for anyone to interact with the materials. The work has statements on the wall plate, takeaway brochure & the wall itself indicating the work is about “hate crimes.”

In light of the recent defacement of my work, I am placing a call to action for my communities to attend and participate in this Saturday’s performance and discussion. The public performance is scheduled for Saturday May 15th at 12:30pm in Sullivan Galleries (33 S. State 7th Floor) at the wall installation.

My original performance was going to entail a scheduled performance of the text followed by a public staining of the walls. The point of the “1700% Project: Otherance” has always been to make what is seemingly invisible more visible. However, based on this recent incident, I am responding by modifying the performance to include a facilitated dialogue with faculty, students, the public and the communities to which these acts of hate and bias crimes address. The “1700% Project: Otherance” is a politically charged art installation that cannot be silenced and disrupted in this manner. During Saturday’s performance I am asking for the public to join me in the staining process — to transform the marks of vandalism and hate into acts of collective healing and reclamation. This is a call to action to respond as a community within and beyond the borders of SAIC. This is not just an assault on me as an artist, this is an attack on multiple communities to which the work speaks for.

It has been a difficult road and this kind of work has not been easy to develop, and its reception has been controversial. I am asking my friends, family, mentors, acquaintances, fans, supporters, allies and even strangers to come out this Saturday may 15th to the gallery — to stand with defiance in the face of violence, to open up this critical dialogue about the role of art & politics, and to place real faces behind real issues in a time where we must not be silenced. Come, speak, and help me to to transform the defacement into an act of defiance!

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There is also an additional final Closing show on Friday May 21 @4:30pm where we will begin to peel all the words from the stained wall.
Gallery Hours: Tu-Sa (11am-6pm) ALWAYS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Light and Love,
Anida Yoeu Ali
performer/writer/agitator <>

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Call for Artists

— Open Call to Asian Pacific American Artists Who Work with Portraiture —

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Asian
Pacific American Program are partnering to create an exhibition of
work for NPG’s –Portraiture Now|| series featuring contemporary artists
exploring  issues of cultural hybridity and Asian American identity
through the art of portraiture.

We invite you to submit information about your work for the NPG’s
curators to evaluate before they make their final decisions about
artists to  include in the exhibition.  The exhibition will be on view
at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. from August 12,
2011 through October 14, 2012.

How to submit and what to submit:

Send a link to your website and/or concise information about yourself
and no more than 2 jpeg images of your recent portrait work (Jpegs
should be no larger than 250 KB each) to

Please be sure to identify the medium, date and dimensions of your
portraits. The curators will contact you if they need more

We are interested in all visual arts media, including painting,
photography, prints, drawings, sculpture, installation art, animation
and other time-based media, etc. but the artist’s body of work must be
focused on the portrait or self-portrait–a likeness or conceptual
project that references an individual or group.

Please send images of recent (2005 – 2010) work.

Information will be accepted until June 4, 2010. Artists who are
chosen for consideration for the exhibition will be notified by July
31, 2010.

Smithsonian Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture
American Art and Portraiture (

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program (

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Winning the Peace: The Story of Chicagoans in the Military Intelligence Service, 1941-1952

“Winning the Peace: The Story of Chicagoans in the Military Intelligence Service, 1941-1952”
Japanese American Service Committee
May 7-June 30, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 2010 7:00pm
Free Admission
4427 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640

“Winning the Peace” tells the story of the Military Intelligence Service, a special unit formed out of Japanese American soldiers trained as linguist to fight in the Pacific Theater. The opening will have a ceremonial color-guard, presented by the Nisei Post No. 1183. A short address will follow by Laura Kina, DePaul University Associate Professor Art, Media, & Design, Vincent de Paul Professor & Director Asian American Studies.

Click “Facebook MIS event” to view the full invitation and receive updates.

For more information, contact Karen Kanemoto via email or call 773.275.0097 ext 222

This exhibit was made possible by grant assistance from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service; Japanese American Service Committee; Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago, Tom T. Arai Bequest; Chicago Nisei Post No. 1183, American Legion; Japanese American Citizens League, Chicago Chapter; and Chicago Japanese American Historical Society.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service.

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Korean Cultural Center LA – Selected of the Selected

Selected of the Selected
The 12 artists for this exhibition were selected by three person jury, made up this year by Alma Ruiz, Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA; and David Pagel, Associate Professor of Art Theory and History at the Claremont Graduate University and Art Critic for the Los Angeles Times.
May 7-26th, 2010
Opening Reception: May 7, 2010 7:00-9:00pm
Korean Cultural Center
5505 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 900036

Tel: 323-936-7141

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“Tomato Grey: 18 Degrees of Acclimation”

The “Tomato Grey: 18 Degrees of Acclimation” exhibition will be on display at White Box Gallery ( ) from May 7, 2010.


Bing Lee
Teresa Kwong
Pak Sheung Chuen
Samson Young
Kaho Yu
Annysa Ng
And filmmakers Jessey Tsui and Rita Hui

Please attend a panel discussion with the artists from the Hong Kong-New York artist collective Tomato Grey:
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
A/P/A Institute at NYU
41-51 E. 11th Street, Fl. 7
7th Floor Gallery
New York, NY 10003

The artists will be joined by White Box Gallery Founding Executive and Artistic Director Juan Puntes. Moderated by NYU A/P/A Institute’s Alexandra Chang.

The visibility of Hong Kong art in North America remains relatively low, especially when compared to artists of the other Chinese diasporas. Yet, the creative voices of this former British colony are indispensable parts to a holistic understanding of contemporary Chinese art and contemporary Asian art in general.

In conjunction to White Box Gallery’s first ever exhibition of Hong Kong art in New York, participating artists from the Tomato Grey Hong Kong artist collective will host a panel discussion on their works, and on the diverse artistic voices of China’s most affluent and Westernized metropolis.

Images from L-R: Annysa Ng, Forbidden Collar, 2009
Bing Lee, American and Nachos Cheese, 2006
Samson Young, Detail of Sound Installation, 2010

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