Monthly Archives: October 2013

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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DePaul University Art, Media, & Design job posting

The Department of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor with an interdisciplinary focus in digital art and in print media beginning Fall Quarter 2014. Candidates should be prepared to teach 2-D studio, digital, and seminar art courses in the department’s core curriculum as well as art courses for majors and non-majors in the university’s Liberal Studies program. Additional experience in interdisciplinary artistic practice in a particular field, such as digital imaging within the Mac platform, book art, and/or traditional and non-traditional non-toxic printmaking, etc. is encouraged. Candidates must have the appropriate terminal degree, expertise in teaching, and an extensive record of exhibition and/or ongoing creative activity. The teaching load is two courses per quarter with three quarters per academic year, and there are service and research expectations.

Required qualifications are: 1) MFA in a visual arts field; 2) Minimum one to two years of post-graduate teaching experience on the undergraduate college/university level, preferably in a liberal arts setting, teaching experience at the graduate level preferred; 3) Knowledge of traditional and contemporary issues in the visual arts, 4) Record of professional accomplishments and activities, and 5) Extensive record of exhibition and creative activity.

The Department of Art, Media, and Design has ten tenured/tenure-track faculty members as well as support staff and part-time faculty members. Our degree program is composed of two concentrations, Studio Art and Media Art, with a range of subspecialties in each concentration and three minors. We offer a BA degree within the context of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. DePaul is committed to recruiting a diverse faculty to complement the diversity of its student body and the Chicago area. For that reason, we especially encourage women, minority candidates, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Please see our web site for additional information at:

Please submit the following documents electronically at:

Only complete applications will be reviewed.
1. Cover letter – please indicate if you will be able to attend the C.A.A. conference in Chicago in February 2013, 2. Curriculum vitae, 3. Teaching philosophy statement, 4. A list of four to five references with contact information (reference letters will be required of the finalists only), 5. A compressed PDF file with 20 examples of your professional visual arts work (submitted as “Publication 1”), and 6. A compressed PDF file with 20 examples of your students’ visual arts work (submitted as “Publication 2”).

The deadline for all materials is December 8, by 11:59 P.M. A criminal background check is also required for the finalists. The committee also plans to meet candidates at the C.A.A. conference in February 2014 in Chicago. Please indicate in your cover letter if you will be able to attend the conference.

Required Applicant Documents:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Teaching philosophy statement
4. References – A list of four to five references, with contact information
5. Publication 1 – A compressed PDF file of 20 example of your professional work visual arts work
6. Publication 2 – A compressed PDF file of 20 examples of students’ visual arts work

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Love of Sun [], a multimedia exhibit curated by Rachel Kennedy and produced by Moholy Ground Project

“Love of Sun”

Online-Only Multimedia Exhibit Depicts California Artists’ Visions of China — and Chinese Artists’ Visions of California

Love of Sun [], a multimedia exhibit curated by Rachel Kennedy and produced by Moholy Ground Project, officially went live for an exclusive online-only exhibit from now to January 4, 2014. The site showcases photographs and videos by a variety of artists based in China and California, each depicting their unique vision of the opposite region. Works by Chinese artists includes Aphasia Li Chen’s powerful, Chris Marker-influenced film shot during her time with the Occupy Movement in the Bay Area, and Chen Zhou’s lonely, whimsical Superman-California Dreaming, beautifully shot with an iPhone 5, which evokes cross-cultural cosplay and social media. Works by California artists include Rian Dundan’s Fan, a sad, insightful photo series depicting (and deglamorizing) the off-screen life of Chinese superstar Fan Bing Bing, shot during Dundon’s time as the actress’ English tutor while she prepared for a role in Iron Man 3.

Named after a track of the same name by Beijing-based indie band The Ruins, Love of Sun highlights works which critically examine cultural, political, economic, and aesthetic influences between contemporary California and China. “The potential for cross-pollination between artists working in urban China and California deserves deep investigation,” explains Kennedy. “Economic and political relations between China and the US are at a historic high, and in the US, especially in technology and entertainment, California is the locus of this cultural exchange.” The decision to debut Love of Sun as an online installation also reflects how much this interaction between the two regions is largely mediated by the Internet.

After its end date, Love of Sun will transition to showings at gallery locations in California and China.

Love of Sun’s Featured Artists and Works

● Chen Zhou – “Superman/California Dreaming” (described above). View here:

● Rian Dundon – “fan” (described above). View here:

● Li “Lillian” Chen – “aphasia” (described above). View

● Duo Peng – “Outsider”, a docu-photo series of San Francisco’s Chinatown inhabitants, who live in “a separate space” between the US and modern China. View here:

● Chen Zhang – “Surface Read”, a series exploring China’s “post-1980s children” culture through conceptual photos. View here:

● Calvin Lee – “Rancho Rodeo de la Aguas”, a series of photos of luxury products produced in China and displayed on Rodeo Drive. View here:

● Jeannie Sims – “Readymaids” a photo series offering a glimpse at the Indonesian women destined to work in the McMansions of China’s newly wealthy. View here:

● Alice Tuan – “Shanghailand”, a photo-essay on everyday life in today’s Shanghai. View here:

About the Creator/Curator and Publisher:

Rachel Kennedy is editor-in-chief of Moholy Ground and currently an MA candidate at California Institute of the Arts’ Aesthetics and Politics program.

Moholy Ground ( is a San Francisco-based non-profit founded and directed by John McCoy.

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“Who is Curating What, Why? Towards a More Critical Commoning Praxis” by John Kuo Wei Tchen in new Museum and Curatorial Studies Review

Check out the new peer-reviewed journal Museum and Curatorial Studies Review.

There is an article by A/P/A Institute at NYU Founding Director John Kuo Wei Tchen titled: “Who is Curating What, Why? Towards a More Critical Commoning Praxis”–Tchen_MACSR–1.1.pdf

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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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