Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Allure of VietNam, Photographs by Liat Smestad

The Allure of VietNam, Photographs by Liat Smestad

Vietnamese-American photographer Liat Smestad will present an exhibition of photographs of contemporary Vietnam. She is an adjunct professor in fashion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her studies have taken her to China, Vietnam, and Thailand. Her work has been shown in the Rice Gallery, San Jose; The National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, and The National Exhibition Hall in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Co-sponsored by the Center for Asian Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago.

Event Location: Columbia College Chicago Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60605

Date: Wed, Mar 30, 2011 – Tue, May 31, 2011

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Convergence: The Art of Karl and Indira Johnson

Convergence: The Art of Karl and Indira Johnson

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April 3 – May 12, 2011

The Noyes Art Gallery is located on both the first and second floor of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL. Group tours are available and admission is always free.

An opening Artist Reception for both new exhibitions will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 3 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. Admission is free.

Living and being together in India, Sweden, and the U.S. for over 40 years has had a profound influence on the work of husband and wife artists Indira and Karl Johnson. Indira creates new objects that explore the constant process of transformation and change in the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Karl’s paintings incorporate the rhythm and beauty, chaos and contradiction of the dynamic systems found in nature and the sciences.


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Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conf. – Mixed Race Asian American Art Panel

Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference
University of California, Riverside

Panel Presentation – Thursday, March 10, 2011 9am. Location – HUBB 355

“War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art”
Laura Kina, DePaul University: Chair
Laura Kina, DePaul University – “Same, Same, but Different”: Mixed Racea Asian American Art and the Postracial Dilemma
Gina Osterloh, Silverlens Gallery and François Ghebaly Gallery – Somewhere Tropical
Wei Ming Dariotis, San Francisco State University – Miscegenating the Discourse: How Mixed Race Studies Met Asian American Studies and What Will Happen to Their Children

Visit the conference website for details:

Gina Osterloh, Burnt Out, Died, Got Some Rest, and then Waited (Somewhere Tropical), Lightjet Photograph, 40x40 in., 2005


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SEXIER opens at Zhou B Art Center March 11-April 10, 2011

Zhou B Art Center
1029 W. 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609


Michael Zhou, Director
Zhou B. Art Center


Molar Productions in collaboration with Cheng-Yung Kuo and Injung Oh Zhoushi presents SEXIER, a no-holds-barred, edgier take of what is sexy cum (pun intended) pornographic ranging from photography to performance to installation to painting to sculpture past the usual objects of desire featuring Jeffrey Grauel, Eliot Taguiam, Alex Zak, Ei Jane Janet Lin, Miao Jiaxin, Heeran Lee, Zihan Loo, Paul Hopkin, Johannah Silva, Ana Ut Kei, Greyson Hong, Andreas Fischer, Jenyu Wang, Jason Dunda, Wang Ye-Feng, Jeanne Medina with Alexandria Eregbu, Mayumi Lake, Susannah Papish, Kirsten Leenaars, Rebecca Walz, Heidi Norton, Chris Naka, Maya Mackrandilal, Alex Herrera, Qing Yang and Tim Schade, Kirk Faber, Matthew Harrison, Judith Brotman, Brent Garbowski, Paola Cabal, Diego Leclery, Naomi Yorke, Edmund Chia, C.C. Ann Chen, Ling-An Fang, James Kao, I Was Born With Two Mango Tribes (Chien An Yuan, Jon Monteverde, Greg Grucel), Carol Jackson, John Henley, Academy Records, Jamilee Polson, MZL, Steven L. Jones, Gabriel Bizen Akagawa, Helen McElroy, Joshua Slater, Jason Jozwiak, Joe Mault, Laura Hsieh, Jiankun Xie, and Erin LaRocque.

March 11 – April 10
Opening reception:
Friday, March 11, 7-10pm

Zhou B Art Center
1029 W. 35th St
Chicago, IL 60609

Open Monday through Friday from 9-5pm and Saturday from 12-5pm, SEXIER is the NC-17 rated version of “Sexy”, a PG-13/maybe R rated group show tantalizing the mind, beguiling senses and teasing to hint at something suggestive or provocative opening April 1st as part of the 16th Annual Asian American Showcase at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Molar Productions is a domestic exercise of the democratic process as curatorial practice, or some say, buffoonery… since 2005.


For additional information, please contact Michael Zhou at 773/523-0200 or email

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