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Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê – The Kellogg University Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê

Sat. Feb. 27 – Sat. Apr. 23, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 27, 4-7pm
Artists’ Talks: Saturday, February 27, 4:45pm
Artists’ Symposium: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, 1-3pm at BSC, Ursa Minor
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The Weglyn Endowed Chair for Multicultural Studies and the Kellogg University Art
Gallery are proud to sponsor the exhibitions of Laura Kina and Việt Le. Their artworks
highlight the nuanced nature of Transnational Lives in Motion among Asian American
and Pacific Islander communities. Despite Asian Americans’ contributions to the U.S. for
over three centuries, the perceptions of these communities are relegated to thinking of
them as ‘perpetual foreigners’ or consigned to model minority stereotypes. The shifting
global standing of Asian countries has changed the discourse to take into account that
Asian Americans are neither here nor there, but everywhere, as they actively partake in
transnational lives. Policies, wars, employment, and family reunifications have led to the
movement of Asian lives across the globe, transcending nations, and blurring global
boundaries as their lives are in motion. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders today are
able to stay connected to their homeland, and others are reconstructing their multiple
identities in a nation that tries to contain them. To complicate the Asian American
experience is to understand that these communities are complex and diverse, which
adds to the continued challenges in the way we think about the layered identities and
communities of Asian American and Pacific Islander peoples. Transnational Lives in
Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê examines the ways in which Asian American
transnationals construct and reconstruct the fabric of their identities based on their
location, space and time. From mixed-race identities with global connections, to
communities who seek refuge in the U.S. from the legacies of wars, this exhibit
highlights a few issues, which impact immigrant, refugee, and multi-racial ethnic
communities living transnational lives.

Laura Kina’s exhibition, named after her latest series, Uchinanchu, and Việt Lê’s trilogy
lovebang! will be exhibited simultaneously, and for the first time, for each artist.
Uchinanchu combines Asian and Pacific Islander pop-culture textiles, fabrics and T-shirts,
formulated into colorful, large-scale tapestries, with traditional painting motifs
addressing how the assimilation of multiple cultures fold meticulously into one personal,
yet collective, journey. Việt Lê’s lovebang! Trilogy Premiere includes video installations
lovebang!, eclipse, and the world premiere of heARTbreak! — each, together, transect
the topics of Asian pop-culture, hip-hop, sex, homo-eroticism and being transgender,
with struggle and war, nostalgia and heartbreak.

Co-curated by Mary Yu Danico and Michele Cairella Fillmore

GALLERY HOURS
THE KELLOGG UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY
Mon-Tues 4-8p
Wed-Thurs 12-4p
Sat-Sun 12-4p
Fridays Closed.
Friday viewing arrangements made by appointment only.
LOCATION INFO
The Kellogg University Art Gallery is located at the
Northside of the Bronco Student Center in Building 35A
at California State Polytechnic University Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona CA 91768

CONTACT INFORMATION
Kellogg Gallery Direct: 909-869-4302
Huntley Gallery Direct: 909-979-5556
Email: artgalleries@cpp.edu
Websites:
facebook.com/kelloggartgallery
facebook.com/thehuntleygallery
cpp.edu/~artgalleries
Galleries Curator: Michele Cairella Fillmore
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Blue Hawai’i — Laura Kina — at New Jersey City University Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

Laura Kina — BLUE HAWAI'I

Laura Kina — BLUE HAWAI’I


January 27 – March 3, 2015

“Blue Hawai’i” is traveling to
New Jersey City University
Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

Artist Reception: January 29, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery – Hepburn Hall 323

Artist Talk: March 2, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Gothic Lounge (Hepburn Hall room 202) followed by Gallery Reception
(Participates NJCU Women’s History Month)

“You won’t find Elvis or surfboards or funny umbrella-topped cocktails in my dystopic Blue Hawaiʻi.” The Chicago-based artist Laura Kina speaks of her latest series of paintings which are featured in this exhibition at NJCU.

Drawn from her family albums, oral history and community archives, Kina’s ghostly oil paintings employ distilled memories to investigate themes of distance, longing, and belonging. The setting of these paintings is her father’s Okinawan sugarcane field plantation community, Piʻihonua, on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi near Hilo. The predominant blue color of the series was inspired by the indigo-dyed kasuri kimonos repurposed by the Issei (first generation) “picture bride” immigrants for canefield work clothes. Blue Hawaiʻi echoes the spirits of Kina’s ancestors and shared histories of labor migration.

Laura Kina is Vincent de Paul professor of Art, Media, & Design at DePaul University. She is the coeditor, along with Wei Ming Dariotis, of War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013); cofounder of the DePaul biennial Critical Mixed Race Studies conference; and cofounder and consulting editor of the Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies and reviews editor for the Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas.

Her solo exhibitions include Blue Hawaii (2014), Sugar (2010), A Many-Splendored Thing (2010), Aloha Dreams (2007), Loving (2006), and Hapa Soap Operas (2003). She has exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center, India Habitat Centre, Nehuru Art Centre, Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum, the Rose Art Museum, the Spertus Museum, the University of Memphis, and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

Image: Laura Kina, Canefield Workers, 2013, oil on canvas, 30 x 45 inches.

View the online catalog and read the essay “Okinawan Diaspora Blues” by Wesley Ueunten HERE.

The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

Hepburn Hall room 323

New Jersey City University

2039 Kennedy Blvd.

Jersey City, NJ 07305

Tel: 201-200-3246

http://njcu.edu/Harold_B_Lemmerman_Gallery.aspx

Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/632876656824153/?source=1

Gallery Hours M-F 11am to 5pm

For further information, email gallery director Midori Yoshimoto at myoshimoto@njcu.edu

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War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art @ the Wing Luke Museum

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War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art

curated by Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

August 9, 2013 – January 19, 2014
719 S. King Street Seattle, WA 98104
206-623-5124
http://www.wingluke.org/

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 8, 2013 @ 6-8pm

Join us for the opening reception of War Baby/Love Child on Thursday, August 8. Curators Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis will be in attendance, as will exhibiting artists Louie Gong, Richard Lou, Stuart Gaffney, Jenifer Wofford, and Lori Kay.

You are invited to the 6-7pm preview and reception program. Light refreshments will be served. Please send in an RSVP to Maria Martinez mmartinez@wingluke.org or call 206.623.5124 ext 107.

7-8pm Open to the public (no RSVP needed). Free admission.

This exhibition brings together works by 19 artists, highlighting different approaches to the identities and experiences of mixed Asian Americans, mixed Pacific Islander Americans and Asian transracial adoptees. While their biographies are varied and often diverge from the dominant stereotypes of mixed Asian identities, their lives are shaped by the specific histories of Asian Pacific-U.S. collisions: narratives of war, economic and political migration and colonization. As an ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation comes of age in a world fixated on post-racial politics and moving beyond issues of identity, War Baby | Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art examines how artists engage various facets of hybridity in their artwork.

Artists: Mequitta Ahuja, Albert Chong, Serene Ford, Kip Fulbeck, Stuart Gaffney, Louie Gong, Jane Jin Kaisen, Lori Kay, Li-lan, Richard Lou, Samia Mirza, Chris Naka, Laurel Nakadate, Gina Osterloh, Adrienne Pao, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Amanda Ross-Ho, Jenifer Wofford, Debra Yepa-Pappan.

Read more about the exhibition – http://www.warbabylovechild.com/exhibition/

Related Programs at the Wing Luke Museum:

Saturday, August 10, 1pm
Curator lecture with Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis
Get an inside look at War Baby/Love Child with curators Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis. Learn about their process in producing their multi-platform project (book, traveling exhibit, website, and blog) Book signing to follow. $10 General (includes gallery admission), $7 Members.

Saturday, August 17, 4pm
Book reading with Cathy J. Tashiro
Cathy J. Tashiro discusses her latest book Standing on Both Feet: Voices of Older Mixed Race Americans, which highlights the voices of older Americans of mixed race whose very existence broke the steadfast rules of the color line. Free.

Saturday, September 28, 2-5pm
MIX IT UP
This workshop for artists includes a Q&A session and reception with Maria Villafranca from the New York Foundation of the Arts. She will discuss strategies for sustaining your artistic practice, including an overview of opportunities available to artists in Washington and nationwide. Geared toward individual artist across disciplines at all stages in their careers. $10 General, $7 Members and students. To purchase tickets, call 206-623-5124.

Saturday, October 12
Film screening of The Woman, The Orphan and The Tiger by Jane Jin Kaisen

Saturday, October 26
Teacher workshop on how to talk about race

And more programs TBA!

Major funding for this exhibition was awarded through The National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Museums grant to DePaul University. The exhibition opened at DePaul University April 25 – June 30, 2013 and will be hosted at Wing Luke Museum in Seattle August 9, 2013 – January 19, 2014.

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Save the date – “War Baby / Love Child” opens April 25, 2013

 Save the date!

War Baby / Love Child:
Mixed Race Asian American Art

opens at the DePaul University Art Museum April 25, 2013

curated by Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis

DePaul University Art Museum
April 25, 2013 – June 30, 2013
935 W. Fullerton Chicago, IL 60614
773-325-7506
http://museums.depaul.edu/

Opening reception: Thursday, April 25, 2013
5-6pm: Members’ Preview (become a member)
6-8pm: Public Exhibition Opening

War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art investigate constructions of mixed heritage Asian American identity in the United States. As an increasingly ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation is coming of age, the exhibition will examine how, or even if, mixed heritage Asian Americans address hybrid identities in their artwork, as well as how perspectives from critical mixed race studies illuminate intersections of racialization, war and imperialism, gender and sexuality, and citizenship and nationality.
The exhibition will feature works across diverse mediums by 19 emerging, mid-career and established artists who reflect a breadth of mixed heritage ethno-racial and geographic diversity: Mequitta Ahuja, Albert Chong, Serene Ford, Kip Fulbeck, Stuart Gaffney, Louie Gong, Jane Jin Kaisen, Lori Kay, Li-lan, Richard Lou, Samia Mirza, Chris Naka, Laurel Nakadate, Gina Osterloh, Adrienne Pao, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Amanda Ross-Ho, Jenifer Wofford, Debra Yepa-Pappan.
Major funding for this exhibition was awarded through The National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Museums grant to DePaul University.

Visit the War Baby / Love Child website. 

View a “trailer” for the exhibition and book on YouTube.

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Indigo: Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina extended to April 27

Installation view “Indigo” at the Chicago Cultural Center on view now through April 27, 2013

Indigo: Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina

View the catalog.

View pictures from the opening night and installation shots.

January 26 – April 27, 2013
Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Rooms
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60638

Hours:
Monday–Thursday, 9 am–7 pm
Friday, 9 am–6 pm
Saturday, 9 am–6 pm
Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

Free and open to the public

Employing fair trade artisans from women’s collectives in India and executing their works in indigo blue, Indian artist Shelly Jyoti and US artist Laura Kina’s works draw upon India’s history, narratives of immigration and transnational economic interchanges.

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CARE Package Opens in Philadelphia on 10/5/12

Twelve Gates Arts Presents:

CARE Package c/o Philadelphia, PA

Curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff in collaboration with the artists
October 5 – October 26, 2012
Opening Reception with the artists: Friday October 5, 6pm-8pm

51 North Second St., Old City
Philadelphia, PA 19106
info@twelvegatesarts.org
215.253.8578
http://twelvegatesarts.org/

Twelve Gates Arts is thrilled to host the inaugural showing of CARE Package a small-scale international traveling show of five female artists of Asian descent. Taking inspiration from the concept of care package sent to each host country, artists Shelly Bahl, Shelly Jyoti, Laura Kina, Saira Wasim, and Anida Yoeu Ali created multi-media “gifts” to be shared with local audiences. Philadelphia is the city where packages destined for Europe after WWII were assembled for shipment by the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE, Inc.); now it is set to be the first city to receive this unique gift. The universal concept of a gift here acts as a stage for the artists’ stories, which promise to tackle issues of nationhood, race, gender, religion, & economic exploitation.

Shelly Bahl is a visual and media artist born in Benares, India, and currently based in New York City. Her interdisciplinary work in drawing, painting, sculpture/ installation, photography and video, has appeared in a number of solo and group exhibitions in North America and internationally over the past 16 years. Her recent projects include group exhibitions at: Queens Museum of Art, White Box, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, India Art Summit, Aicon Gallery, and Religare Arts Initiative.

Shelly Jyoti is a New Delhi based visual artist, fashion-designer, a poet and an independent curator whose research centers on designs of  20th century textiles, costumes and historical iconographic elements within the cultural context of Indian history.  Her textile art series ‘Indigo Narratives ‘ (2009-12) and ‘Beyond Mithila’ (2008-12) have shown internationally and have been reviewed by leading national newspapers and Art magazines. Her essays and art publications are included in Sahitya Akademi of Indian English literature and Art magazines. She has lectured and held workshop series on 6 &7th Century Indian art-forms in academic institutions and international universities.

Laura Kina is Associate Professor of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Her paintings and textile works address Asian American history and mixed race representations.  Her artwork has shown internationally and been published in Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing (Temple University Press, 2011); Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out (Inanna Publications, 2010); and Embracing Ambiguity: Faces of the Future (Cal State Fullerton, 2010); The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation (Spertus Museum, 2007).

Saira Wasim has carved a niche for herself with her innovative and meticulously crafted Persian miniatures, which she employs to make devastating political and social commentary. Ms. Wasim’s work has been widely feted, and has been exhibited at numerous prominent art institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Asia Society in New York, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. She has recently noted that persecution as an Ahmadiyya Muslim was key in shaping her artistic perspectives.  New York Times describes her work as “exquisite political cartoons that conjure and sometimes borrow directly from Norman Rockwell”.

Anida Yoeu Ali is a performance artist, writer, and global agitator. She is a first generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. In 2011, Ali returned to work in Phnom Penh as part of her U.S. Fulbright Fellowship research on creation mythologies. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to art making, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. From the Faroe Islands to the Bronx, Copenhagen to Ho Chi Minh City, she lectures, exhibits and performs internationally. Ali is a collaborative partner with Studio Revolt, an independent media lab operating out of Phnom Penh where she currently resides.

Ombretta Agrò Andruff is a New York-based freelance curator, art critic and consultant. She has curated solo and group shows in Europe, the US, and India, collaborating with museums, art festivals, and art fairs – such as Queens Museum of Art, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Armory Show, The Art Basel Miami Fair, The Downtown Arts Festival, The d.u.m.b.o. art under the Bridge Festival. She is a New York contributor for Italian art magazines Arte Critica, Tema Celeste, and Label and collaborates as well with the New York-based, The Art Tribune and New York Arts Magazine. She has recently joined the staff of Asian Contemporary Art Week as Associate Director.

Twelve Gates Arts (12G) is a non profit (501(c)(3) pending) organization created with the aim to showcase international arts bound by the sensibilities of a diaspora identity, including the South Asian identity, to create and promote projects crossing cultural and geographical boundaries, and to educate the community about diaspora culture.

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