Monthly Archives: February 2014

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation at the National Museum of Natural History

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, is a groundbreaking exhibition showing at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) from February 27, 2014 to August 16, 2015.

The exhibition explores the heritage, daily experience and numerous, diverse contributions that Indian immigrants and Indian Americans have made to shaping the United States.

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Lorin Chow Roser -SOUNDS, VIDEO– Russell Leong -Poems

“Yellow Soul Brothers”

Lorin Chow Roser -SOUNDS, VIDEO– Russell Leong  -Poems 

at  REVIVAL  Café

129 East 15th St.  —-   between  Irving Pl -. 3rd Ave. — Gramercy

March 3  Monday   8 pm   —   $3 donation/   curated  by   Supolo

FUSION  SOUND JAM (Sanjshin Blues, BoBo’s Song)    and

   POEMS (5 Worlds, Buzz and Snip, Tong Zhi Body)

Lorin Roser ––is a multimedia artist, composer and animator whose work has the expression of mathematics utilizes algorithms in his compositions and physical simulations in his 3D architectural  animations exhibited at Plum Blossoms, Crossing Art, Flushing Town Hall.  His  recent music is created with realtime manipulation of polynomials began  years ago..His  animated video and painting series called Mythical Montage, are a “unique interplay…evoking new cyber forms that are montage into an abstracted mental way.  As a musician, Roser has performed at CBGB’s, Emily Harvey Foundation with Larry Litt, White Box with Elliott Sharp, events for curator/performance artist A. Schloss at Remote and Puffin Room. His architecture works into his drawn sounds as well. www.lorinroser. raw delete spaces.  search– strange attraction

Russell Leong– Poet -Writer, editor and professor for years at the University of California, Los Angeles. Currently Visiting Professor at AARI_ CUNY College, Editor-in-Chief, Amerasia Journal. Edited scholarly anthologies; his own fiction received national awards including the American Book Award in fiction, and the PEN Josephine Miles Award for poetry. see wiki page

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Joan Mitchell Foundation Panel Discussion How we made it happen: A behind-the-scenes look at preparing for Mel Chin: ReMatch

Joan Mitchell Foundation


How we made it happen:
A behind-the-scenes
look at preparing for
Mel Chin: ReMatch

Saturday, February 22, 10am

unnamed-1Join us at New Orleans Museum of Art on Saturday, February 22 at 10am for a panel hosted by the Joan Mitchell Foundation Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) program.


Mel Chin, CALL artist
Rose Candela Moore, CALL Legacy Specialist and assistant to Mel Chin
Miranda Lash, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, NOMA
Panel moderated by Carolyn Somers, Executive Director of the Joan Mitchell Foundation

In 2009 Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art, approached Carolyn Somers, Director of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, in regards to working with Mel Chin through the Foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) program, in preparation for Mel Chin: Rematch, a forty-year retrospective of Mel Chin’s career.

The CALL program works with artists to help them organize and document their artwork and archival materials, making it possible for curators to access images and information that might otherwise be unavailable to them.

Creating an extensive archive of Mel Chin’s legacy, in his own voice, made it possible for the New Orleans Museum of Art to organize the most expansive presentation of his work to date. This panel brings together artist, Mel Chin, NOMA curator, Miranda Lash, Chin’s assistant, Rose Candela Moore and Carolyn Somers to discuss getting in shape for Rematch.

For more details, please visit NOMA’s website here.

Click here to learn more about the CALL Program.

New Orleans Museum of Art
One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park
New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
(504) 658-4100

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Laura Kina: Blue Hawai’i opens at The University of Memphis

Laura Kina, Elementary School, 30x45 in, oil on canvas, 2013

Laura Kina, Elementary School, 30×45 in, oil on canvas, 2013

University of Memphis
The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art

Laura Kina: Blue Hawai’i

February 21 – March 27, 2014

Opening reception: Friday, Feb 21 5:30-8:00pm

Artist talk: Thursday, Feb 20 7:00pm 3715 Central Ave. #310
“Remembering Painting, Forgetting Photographs”

University of Memphis
The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
Art Department
Art and Communication Building
3715 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38152
Tel 901-678-2216

Join the event on Facebook

All events are free and open to the public.

View the digital exhibition catalog featuring an essay “Okinawan Diaspora Blues” by Wesley Uenten, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies San Francisco State University

See the works online

You won’t find Elvis or surfboards or funny umbrella-topped cocktails in Laura Kina’s dystopic Blue Hawaiʻi. Drawn from family albums, oral history and community archives from Hawaii and Okinawa, these ghostly oil paintings employ distilled memories to investigate themes of distance, longing, and belonging.

Featuring new works and a selection from her ongoing Sugar series (2009-present), the setting is Kina’s father’s Okinawan sugarcane field plantation community, Piʻihonua, on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi near Hilo. Her obsession with blue was inspired by the indigo-dyed kasuri kimonos repurposed by the Issei (first generation) “picture bride” immigrants for canefield work clothes, and colored by stories of hinotama (fireballs) shooting from the canefield cemetery into the night sky. Blue Hawaiʻi echoes the spirits of Kina’s ancestors and shared histories of labor migration.

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Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter: Quick Turn Structure at NJCU The Visual Arts Gallery

 New Jersey City University Galleries
The Visual Arts Gallery presents:

Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter
Quick Turn Structure

February 6 – March 6, 2014
Artist Reception:February 12, 5-8PM
Live Painting Performance: March 1, 3PM

Letter NJCU

Image: Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter, FFIGURATI #88 (work in progress), 2014, aerosol, chinese ink, graphite, paint marker, and latex house paint on canvas

The Visual Arts Gallery proudly presents the first U.S. solo exhibition of the Tokyo-born Italian-Japanese artist Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter, titled, Quick Turn Structure. “Quick Turn Structure” is the term coined by Ōyama himself for his signature black and white angular motif, which developed from visual language in graffiti culture. In this exhibition, Ōyama presents a site-specific mural painting, wall-encompassing canvas paintings, as well as series of small works on paper in which he experiments with the found figurative images. Ōyama’s recent engagements include: a commission for the Japanese fashion brand, COMME des GARÇONS for its Paris Collection 2012 S/S; participation in the Artist in Residence program at the Clocktower Galleryin New York City; and the group show “Generating Visuals – Inspiring Circuits” at Takuro Someya Contemporary Art in Tokyo. For more information on the artist, see

To RSVP for the artist reception, click here

*The Visual Arts Gallery is in the basement of the Visual Arts Building, located on Culver Avenue, a half-block down from Kennedy Blvd.

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[DAAN] — Diasporic Asian Art Network at CAA 2014 — THIS WEEK!







Dear DAAN Members,

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2014 CAA conference in Chicago this coming week!

Spend Valentine’s Day with DAAN in Chicago!
On February 14th at 5h30pm, we will be having the first Diasporic Asian Art Network [DAAN] panel session and hope that you can make it. Prior to that also on February 14th, we will be having a DAAN business meeting from 12h30-2h00pm and would like to discuss several topics including ideas for next year’s panel. We are also organizing a Dutch treat dinner following the DAAN panel session at 8pm. Please email by February 13th if you are interested in attending.

Friday, February 14, 2014:
DAAN Business Meeting
Location: Hilton Chicago, 3rd Floor, Astoria Room
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

• Brief introductions
• Remembering: Karin Higa
• Third Text special issue edited by Dean Chan and Michelle Yee for the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research [INDAAR]: “The Transnational Turn: East Asian Migrations” just released!
•Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas — A new journal published by Brill with Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art co-edited by DAAN members Alexandra Chang and Alice Ming Wai Jim
• Virtual Asian American Art Museum Project — A new inter-institutional project
with NYU, Getty Research Institute and Smithsonian Institution
Disucssion Topics
• The future of DAAN
• Participating in DAAN
• Panel ideas for future DAAN sessions at CAA
• Networking

DAAN Panel
Asian/Americas: Praxis and Pedagogy
Location: Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor, Boulevard A&B
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605








Image: Beatrice Glow, Installation view of illuminated lanterns from the “Aquarium from Austronesia” site-specific performance installation aboard a steamship in New York, 2012, photo by Ærtiron.

Chair: Alice Ming Wai Jim, Concordia University
Richard Fung, OCAD University
Valerie Soe, Asian American Studies Department, San Francisco State University
Beatrice Glow, Independent Artist
Discussant: Alexandra Chang, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, New York University

This panel seeks to think through the spectrum of theoretical and material positions between the hyphen and the slash by focusing on the construct “Asian/Americas,” particularly in relation to praxis and pedagogy. The slash in Asian/Americas challenges traditional notions of hyphenation, suggesting other possibilities for diasporic subjectivity. The plural “Americas” indicates the hemispheric extension beyond North America as well as the notion of multiple Americas. To think of Asian/Americas is to question how diasporic identities can be rendered beyond nation-state, global north-south, third and first world paradigms, beyond divisive dichotomies such as East/West and North/South, and to retain the complexity of the spatial and temporal ways art history, area studies, and Asian Canadian Studies, Asian American and Asian Latin American Studies as well as Caribbean Studies and Pacific Island Studies conceive of the hyphenated play of identities in a transnational world. How can the convergence of these critically precarious positions, political leanings and liberatory praxis intentionally inform, engage and partner with current transformative pedagogies concerning social justice, political power, and the rights to self-representation and self-determination?

Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

DAAN Dinner
Follows this panel at 8pm, February 14, 2014.
The dinner is Dutch treat
Location: Exchequer Restaurant and Pub
RSVP by Feb. 13th to

Additional sessions with DAAN members are listed below:
Celebrating the Life of Karin Higa
Time: 2/14/2014, 5:30 PM—6:30 PM
Location: School of the Art Institute of Chicago/Neiman Center, first floor, Student Union Galleries
Wabash is parallel to Michigan Ave., one block west. Monroe is about 6 blocks north of the Chicago Hilton.
Other Asias
Time: 2/14/2014, 2:30 PM—5:00 PM
Location: Hilton Chicago, 8th Floor, Lake Ontario
Chair: Susette S. Min, University of California, Davis

If the World Changed: Reworlding Southeast Asia in the 2013 Singapore Biennale
May Ee Wong, University of California, Davis
East of Venice: The 2012 Kochi-Muziris Biennale
Sonal Khullar, University of Washington
World on the Horizon: Exhibiting the Arts of the Swahili Coast and Western Indian Ocean
Allyson Purpura, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mediacity Seoul: Art and Urban Identity in the Digital Age
Kristina Dziedzic Wright, Seoul National University
Curating Chinese Universal History: Liu Ding and Affect as Method
Hentyle Taiwan Yapp, University of California, Berkeley

Miscegenating Racial Representations: Critical Mixed Race Strategies and the Visual Arts
Time: 2/15/2014, 2:30 PM—5:00 PM
Location: Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor, International South
Chairs: Laura L. Kina, DePaul University; Margo L. Machida, University of Connecticut

• Beyond the Bronze Venus
Alison Fraunhar, Saint Xavier University
• Sensory Miscegenations: Representing Multiracial Bodies
Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, California College of the Arts,
• Lacuna
Maya Isabella Mackrandilal, independent artist
• Liminal Embodiments
Zavé Martohardjono, independent artist
• Risky Subjectivity: Select Works by Korean Adoptee Artists
Eun Jung Park, independent scholar

Pacific Art Association
Unsettling Pacific Visions: Complicity and Contestation in Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) and Sāmoan Contemporary Art
Time: 2/15/2014, 12:30 PM—2:00 PM
Location: Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor, Boulevard A&B
Chair: Stacy L. Kamehiro, University of California, Santa Cruz

• Through the Keyhole: Encountering Kanaka Maoli Art at the ʻAulani, a Disney Resort and Spa
Marata Tamaira, Australian National University College of Asia and the Pacific
• How to Do Things With Aloha: Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) Performance and Strategic Disavowals
Stephanie Nohelani Teves, University of California, Berkeley

Polynesian Types: Refracted Visions of Race and Indigeneity in Hawai’i and the Pacific
Maile Arvin, University of California, Santa Cruz
Time: 2/14/2014, 2:30 PM—5:00 PM
Location: Hilton Chicago, Lobby Level, Continental A
Chairs: David J. Getsy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Tirza T. Latimer, California College of the Arts
• Subversive Light: Mary Corse and the Light and Space Movement
Elizabeth Gollnick, Columbia University
• Queer Zen and the Networked Body: Abstraction and Identity in the 1950s and 1960s
Alpesh Patel, Florida International University
• A Usable Past: Abstract Art in Context at “A Lesbian Show,” 1978
Tara J. K. Burk, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
• A Coincident Minimalism
Joe M. Madura, Emory University
• Influence, Appropriation, and Abstraction: Meaning in Mark Tobey’s Marks
Christopher G. Reed, Pennsylvania State University
Offsite Lectures and Exhibitions in Chicago:

Threewalls Gallery
Friday, February 14, 2014
119 N. Peoria #2C
Chicago, IL 60607
In conjunction with Faith Wilding’s Fearful Symmetries Retrospective.
Panel presentations, 10AM- 5PM
Organized by Jennifer Reeder and Carrie Ruckel, Tracers
10am-12pm – LGBTQ
(12-1pm – lunch)
1-3pm – Motherhood 3-5pm – Race
LGBTQ (10am – 12pm): Latham Zearfoss (moderator), Jillian Soto
, Daviel Shy
, Frederick Moffet
, Malic Amalya
, Silvia Malagrino
, Amina Ross
, NIC Kay
Motherhood (1 – 3pm): Lorelei Stewart (moderator), Christa Donner
, Brittany Southworth Laflamme
, Judy Ledgerwood
, Laura Letinsky
, Romi Crawford
, Julie Rodrigues Widholm
, Christine Tarkowski
Race (3 – 5pm): Isis Ferguson (moderator), Laura Kina
, Maria Gaspar
, Indira Johnson
, Laila Farah
, Alberto Aguilar
, Alexandria Eregbu
, Sima Azadi

Chicago-based artist and DAAN member Laura Kina is also a part of this group exhibition:
Interlacing Threads: Traditional Techniques/Contemporary Practices
January 27 – March 7, 2014
Opening Reception: February 13, 2014
Columbia College The Hokin Project
623 S Wabash Ave, first floor
Chicago, IL 60605
Opening Reception 5h30-8h30pm

The art of weaving, hand-sewing and similar techniques transcends generations and cultures alike. These ancestral arts help sustain a connection to cultural identities and histories that in recent time have acquired new interpretations in the hands of contemporary practitioners.
Interlacing Threads presents the work of seven artists, who informed by their cultural background and present day lives, incorporate traditional techniques in their creative process to shed light on social and political concerns. Ultimately, their work forges a greater understanding of the similar underpinnings of seemingly disparate cultures.

Curated by Marcela Andrade, MA in Visual Arts Management ’14
*Developed in the Curatorial Practicum class & mounted by The Hokin Gallery Management Practicum class.

Equilibrium: Art for a Changing World
A National Juried Exhibition Presented by the Women’s Caucus for Art

The Women’s Caucus for Art announces Equilibrium: Art for a Changing World, Equilibrium seeks to explore the tensions, demands and challenges inherent in living in a rapidly changing world. This exhibition showcases art in all genres and media to express the multiple expressions of balance or its absence, which ranges from abstract to representational, psychological to social, whimsical and poetic to political commentary.

Woman Made Gallery
685 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642

Join us for the Opening WCA Reception: Friday, February 14, 2014, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Show Dates: January 19 — February 27, 2014

Jurors: Beate Minkovski and Mary Stoppert
Exhibiting Artists: Lynn Arnold, Carol Brookes, Cat Del Buono, Rene Culler, Lynn Dau, Sherri Denault, Hope Esser, Jean Fernandes, Helen Geglio, Laurie Hall, Beth Holmes, Martha Markline Hopkins, Hilla Hueber, Lisa Knoop, Beth Lakamp, Judy Langston, Lee Lee, Chandrika Marla, Hildy Maze, Penny McElroy, Sandra Mueller, Jennifer Murray, Brenda Oelbaum, Joann Perry, Corinne D. Peterson, Laura Petrovich-Cheney, Gwendolyn Plunkett, Margee Bright Ragland, Laura Phelps Rogers, Ann Rowles, Ellen Schillace, Carol Scott, Gail Stouffer, Patricia Terrell-O’Neal, Cynthia Tom, Jeane Vogel. Janet Frazee Wade, Elizabeth Wallace, Nancy Youdelman.
Catalog Artists: Elaine Alibrandi, Andrea Beizer, Linda Belden, Jennifer Cawley, Gina Dabrowski, Debra Dobkin, Danielle Eubank, Jill Gewirtz, Lea Goldman, Janice Gossman, Karen Gutfreund, Lucy Julia Hale, Kelly Hammargren, Susan Harmon, Maxine Hess, Karen Hillier, Melanie Houghton, Veronica Jaeger, Cathy Kapica, Marky Kauffmann, Ronni Komarow, Lily Lihting Li Kostrzewa, Marielena Leon, Karlene McConnell, Kelsey McDonnell, BettyAnn Mocek, Janice Nesser, Mary Neubauer, Gail Panske, Amy Pleasant, Carol Quint, Shilo Ratner, Lynda A. N. Reyes, Sandhi Schimmel Gold, Sally Schluter Tardella, Ruth Segaloff, Janna Stern, Leigh Toldi, Virginia Tyler, Deborah Wheeler, Joyce Wynes, and Patricia Zalisko.

CA+T and online exhibitions
The online Center for Art and Thought features a virtual multiplatform exhibition curated by Chicago-based DAANmember Jan Bernabe titled “Queer Sites and Sounds.” Unlike real-world/real-time exhibition, the show is unfolding in stages. The first group of works is up now and through February there will be continued works released from the show.

Also view the Tumblr mini-show called “CA+T ‘Reblogs’ Queer Filipino Viral Hits.”

On Pinterest, Bernabe has also organized a crowdsourcing project called “Queer Filipino Selfies!”, which will continue through October 2014.

Please check out other openings and announcements on the DAAN Website!

If you would like to be listed on the DAAN online directory, please contact for more information.
Very best,
Margo and Alex
Co-directors, DAAN

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“Index of the Disappeared: Secrets Told” — Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani at A/P/A Institute at NYU

Index of the Disappeared

Index of the Disappeared

“An Index can be a trace, a signpost, an indicator or a measurement. Our Index begins in the gaps where language ends; that is in the records of absence and absences of records where official language fails and new languages must be developed in its place,” explain Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani, the 2013-2014 A/P/A Artists-in-Residence, whose installation Index of the Disappeared: Secrets Told opens at the A/P/A Institute gallery with a reception on Thursday, February 13. Index of the Disappeared: Secrets Told is a site-specific installation of images, sound, texts, and documents related to leak prosecutions, the surveillance state, and the persistence of the panopticon in the prison-industrial complex. The installation is on view at the A/P/A Institute gallery Tuesday, February 11-Friday, March 21, 2014, 11AM-5PM, Monday-Friday.

Read more about Index of the Disappeared.

RSVP by Tuesday, February 11 here.mariam + chitra Chitra Ganesh was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she currently lives and works. Her drawing, installation, text-based work, and collaborations seek to excavate and circulate buried narratives typically excluded from official canons of history, literature, and art. Mariam Ghani was born in New York and lives in Brooklyn. Her research-based practice spans video, installation, performance, photography, and text, and operates at the intersections between place, memory, history, language, loss, and reconstruction.


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