The Virtual Asian American Art Museum (VAAAM) is a multi-year, inter-institutional digital humanities project initiated and led by the following major partners: the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Libraries, Getty Research Institute, Smithsonian Institution, Bowdoin Art Museum, San Francisco State University, DePaul University, SCALAR at the University of Southern California, Artl@s/BasART, and Japanese American Service Committee in Chicago. VAAAM also worked in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago for the museum’s inaugural regional module “Chicago-Midwest.” The scholarly content for the inaugural module was generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and its Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design history and legacy.
Rather than a “bricks and mortar” museum, VAAAM presents curated materials from US and international repositories to visualize, analyze, and contextualize Asian American art history. VAAAM facilitates the discussion of key topics emerging from the developing discourse of digital art history, American art, national and international standards for museum and institutional collection sharing, and digital access while fostering the transnational narrative of Asian American art.
The site launches in Fall 2018 with Art Design Chicago, and features dynamic interactive peer-reviewed narratives on Asian American art, history, and culture.The curated images, audio, and video components provide researchers, art educators, and the general public with exciting perspectives on Asian American art.
The “Chicago-Midwest” module launches with content focused on the topic of Postwar Japanese Art in Chicago curated by lead module curator Laura Kina (DePaul University) and scholars Jasmine Alinder (University of Wisconsin), John Tain (Asia Art Archive), and Karen Patterson (The Kohler Arts Center). The “Chicago-Midwest” module features:
“Chicago: Someday, Somewhere — the Photography of James Numata and Yasuhiro Ishimoto” curated by Jasmine Alinder, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; John Tain, Asia Art Archive
“Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Values” curated by Karen Patterson, John Michael Kohler Arts Center
“Michiko Itatani: Painting the Cosmic Novel” curated by Laura Kina, DePaul University
VAAAM Project Director Alexandra Chang, Curator of Special Projects & Director of Global Arts Programs, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University
VAAAM Technology Coordinator Alexei Taylor
VAAAM Digital Technology Director David Millman, Assistant Dean for Digital Library Technology Services, New York University
VAAAM Art + Education Director Dipti Desai, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Art + Education Programs, Steinhardt, New York University
VAAAM Advisory Committee
Jasmine Alinder, Associate Professor of History and coordinator of Public History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Anne Collins Goodyear, Co-Director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Ilene Fort, Senior Curator and Gail and John Liebes Curator, American Art at LACMA
Mark Johnson, Professor of Art, San Francisco State University
Laura Kina, Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, & Design at DePaul University
Adriel Luis, Curator for Digital and Emerging Media, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Margo Machida, Professor Emeritus of Art and Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut
Sojin Kim, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Tara McPherson is Associate Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts
Joanne Moser, Former Deputy Chief Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Karen Patterson, curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Béatrice Joyeux Prunel, PI, Artl@s/BasART, Associate Professor for Contemporary Art at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris
Noriko Sanefuji, Museum Specialist at the National Museum of American History
John Tain, Head of Research, Art Asia Archive, Hong Kong
Michael Takada, CEO, Japanese American Service Committee
Ryan Yokota, Legacy Center Manager, Japanese American Service Committee
This new scholarship on Chicago-based content has been supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art as part of the foundation’s initiative Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design history and legacy.