Monthly Archives: September 2010

QUESTIONNAIRE: Asian American Art and Its Institutional Spaces

Because of your valuable contributions to the field of Asian American art, I am requesting 5 -10 minutes of your time to complete a questionnaire that surveys your experience(s) of bringing Asian American art to the public. If you chose to remain anonymous, your identity will not be released to the public. All participants will be consulted if the data is to be used in a manner other than specified.

I am interested in studying how Asian American art is available in institutional and non-instutitonal settings by capturing the changing landscape of Asian American art practitioners’, scholars’, critics’, administrators’, and viewers’ experiences over the past 20 years. By recording, analyzing and discussing this information, my hope is that this research helps to preserve, learn, grow and celebrate Asian American culture and its contributions to U.S. society.

This research project was designed as part of the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, “State of the Arts” annual conference. A tabulation of this research will be shared through a panel, “Assessing Asian American art and its Institutional Spaces,” at this year’s conference, “Future Tense: Alternative Arts and Economies in the University,” held at the University of California, San Diego, November 18-21, 2010. If you would like to attend the conference please notify me with your name and attendance date(s) and you will be added to the guest list. Your participation is deeply appreciated!

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Krystal R. Hauseur

OVERVIEW: I have broken the questionnaire into four sections: first, to share my rationale for doing this research; second, a background of influential scholars whose work I am building on; third, instructions to clarify my use of terms; and, finally, the actual questionnaire. You may skip to any, or all, of the first three sections to immediately begin taking the questionnaire (Section 4).

QUESTIONNAIRE: Assessing Asian American Art and Its Institutional Spaces
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Background Narrative
Section 3: Instructions
Section 4: Questionnaire (15 questions, 5 optional)



Responses are collected by Krystal R. Hauseur, Doctoral Candidate, Ph.D Program in Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine, by Saturday, October 9, 2010. Please contact her with your questions or thoughts.

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Blurring the literal boundary between home and gallery, between art and decoration, between curatorial practice and interior design, between (Far) East and West, Molar Productions proudly presents

Or I Ching, You Ching, We All Ching… for I Ching.

Imagine an empty room.

Where to put things, all your personal stuff including artwork neatly or not requires geomancy or the art of placement which the Chinese call feng shui. Otherwise the flow of chi is disrupted and negative energy results from lack of Kansei engineering.

But no need to fret or fear.

With fu dogs, ba quas and joss sticks in hand, Johannah Silva (portage ARTspace founder and director) and Larry Lee along with their ersatz team of select artists, designers and craftspeople such as

Gabriel Bizen Akagawa, Christina Dougherty, Sean M. Gallero, Surabhi Ghosh, Ling-An Fang, Avika Bhansali, Greyson Hong, Molly Jinam Kim, Cecca Morrone, Joanne Aono, Hui-min Tsen, Hee Jin Koo, Naomi Yorke, Shreya Sethi, Laura Kina, James Kao, Martin Kim, Emily Lin, Ana Kei Ut, and Regin Igloria

accessorize if not transform a boring white cube into an exotic den/parlor/showroom inspired by Pier
One, Cost Plus World Market, IKEA and other fine home furnishings stores.

October 16 – November 20, 2010
Opening Reception: 6-9pm
(enter through rear gate)

portage ARTspace
4837 West Bernice
Chicago, IL
Weekends or by appointment 773-490-5303

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“Binh Dahn: Collecting Memories”

Mills College Art Museum, August 21-December 12, 2010

Binh Danh collects photographs and other remnants of the Vietnam War and reprocesses and represents them in ways that bring new light to a complicated, multivalent history.

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Laura Kina “Sugar” in Chicago Sept 10-Oct 28, 2010

Laura Kina: Sugar
Set during the 1920’s-1940’s, Laura Kina’s SUGAR paintings recall obake ghost stories and feature Japanese and Okinawan picture brides turned machete carrying sugar cane plantation field laborers on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Drawing on oral history and family photographs from Nisei (2nd generation) and Sansei (3rd generation) from Peepekeo, Pi’ihonua, and Hakalau plantation community members as well as historic images, Kina’s paintings take us into a beautiful yet grueling world of manual labor, cane field fires and flumes.

Laura Kina “Kasuri” oil on wood panel 30 x 45 in. 2010

September 10 – October 28, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, September 10, 2010 6-9pm

Woman Made Gallery
685. N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
Tel: 312-738-0400 <>

Gallery Hours: Wed., Thurs., Fri. 12-7 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 12-4 p.m.

view the works online visit:
Or the gallery site at:

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