2015 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX)

2015 GAX in Tokyo and Honolulu
June 26-July 8, 2015

Chalana (Big) , 2014, oil on canvas, 227 x 333 cm / 90 x 132 inches. Courtesy: Oscar Oiwa Studio NY
Chalana (Big) , 2014, oil on canvas, 227 x 333 cm / 90 x 132 inches. Courtesy: Oscar Oiwa Studio NY

The 2015 GAX programs in Honolulu and Tokyo will continue with the ongoing dialogues discussion topics of Global Asias and art and visual cultures developed throughout the first two phases of the exchange — among these thematics includes a focus on the discourse of Transpacific, Hemispheric, and Comparative Diasporic framings. Techniques of diasporic artistic production and issues that permeate artistic production including land use issues, art activism, and climate will also be explored with artists engaged with work negotiating within the space of the planetary.

The goals of the exchange remain to build a sustained network of scholars deeply engaged in Global Asias and Asian diasporic art and visual cultures to be generative of collaboration, exhibition, publication, research and other projects to build the richly expanding field.


Tokyo Schedule, June 26-July 2, 2015

Honolulu Schedule, July 2-July 8, 2015



TOKYO (June 26-July 2)

Symposium (Free; open to the public):

In Tokyo, GAX will be kicking off the exchange with a two-day symposium with presenting organizers Mori Art Museum, A/P/A Institute at NYU, and the Integrated Human Sciences Program for Cultural Diversity (IHS), The University of Tokyo titled Global Asias | Art. The first day will be thinking through Global Asias | Art: “Global Art and Diasporic art in Japan and Asia” and the second day will be visiting the topic of “Imagining Asian Art in Global Asias.”

Mori Art Museum: Kataoka Mami and Shiraki Eise
NYU: Tom Looser and Alexandra Chang
The University of Tokyo: Uchino Tadashi, Nakajima Takahiro, Kajiya Kenji, and Hoshino Futoshi

June 26 and June 27, 2015 Symposium Schedule

Working Session (closed to the public):

The symposium will be followed by a related working session presented in collaboration with The School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University on Techniques of Diaspora and Internationalism: An interdisciplinary look into creative practice” with Shigeko Mato (Waseda University), Anna Kazumi Stahl (NYU-Buenos Aires), Erika Kobayashi (artist), and Tom Looser (NYU).

July 1, 2015 Working Session Agenda

Visits (for GAX scholars only):

Masayuki Kawai, About a Theological Situation in the Society of Spectacle, 2001, Video, Courtesy of MORI YU GALLERY and Chi-Wen Gallery.

Visits to spaces will include Keio University Art Center Archive with archivist Uesaki Sen, Echigo-Tsumari Art Field and a conversation with Fram Kitagawa at Art Front Gallery, Videoart Center Tokyo with artist Masayuki Kawai and filmmaker Kentaro Taki, and a visit to the artist studio of Sebastian Masuda.








HONOLULU (July 2-July 8)

Art Panel Discussions (Free; open to the public):

Gaye Chan, Downwind Productions. Courtesy of the artist.

Siting Honolulu: Land Use and Art Practice
Monday, July 6, 2015, 4PM-5:30PM
Location: Kaka‘ako Agora Interisland Terminal
441 Cooke Street, Honolulu

Artists Gaye Chan, Sean Connelly (via Skype), and Sheenru Yong will present their work and engage in discussion about site, land use, arts activism and creative practice. This panel will be moderated by Gary Liu, University of Hawai‘i.

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Agree or Disagree: There is such a thing as a Hawai‘i Sense of Place.
Curated by Trisha Lagaso Goldberg
Monday, July 6, 2015, 6PM-7:30PM
Location: Kaka‘ako Agora Interisland Terminal
441 Cooke Street, Honolulu

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Colloquium: (Free; open to the public)

The artist Satoru Abe will be in conversation with artist John Koga at the colloquium on July 7th, 2015. Photo credit: Gail Goto.

In Honolulu, we will be conducting multiple working sessions, artist panels, and building up to the major colloquium on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 1-5pm at The Art Gallery at University of Hawai‘i titled “Transpacific Art Circulations / Islands” presented by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Art and Art History Department and Art Gallery and Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program in collaboration with A/P/A Institute at NYU.

University of Hawai‘i: Gaye Chan, Karen Kosasa, Rodney Bengston
Margo Machida, University of Connecticut, Storrs; and Alexandra Chang, A/P/A Institute at NYU

July 7, 2015 Colloquium Schedule






Kapulani Landgraf, Waikapu, Hand-etched silver gelatin print, 24″ x 28.”

Working Sessions (closed to the public):

The working sessions include a meeting at the Kakua Kalihi Valley with artist/activist Puni Jackson to discuss community art activism, agency and scholarship. The GAX scholars will visit Shangri La for a working session on the Islamic art collections built by Doris Duke and Abby Weed Grey, presented by Carol Khewhok (Shangri La) and archivist Dawn Sueoka (Shangri La) and Lynn Gumpert (NYU) with discussant John Tain (Getty Research Institute). The session will be discussing their life’s work in collecting and their legacies then and now in building the field in relation to current topics around collecting, circulations of images and objects, and discourse making.

July 3, 2015 Shangri La Agenda

The working session at the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program at University of Hawai‘i will include Kapulani Landgraf, Artist and Assistant Professor, Kapi‘olani Community College, Kalāhū, Hawai‘i; April A. H. Drexel, Artist, Curator, and Associate Professor, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i; Healoha Johnston, Assistant Curator, Arts of Hawai‘i, Honolulu Museum of Art; and Karen K. Kosasa, Associate Professor, American Studies; Director, Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

July 6, 2015 University of Hawai‘i Agenda

Stacy Hoshino, Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, will be curating and moderating the discussion: “Establishing an Archive of the Art and Artists of Hawai‘i: Documenting Relevancy for Local, National and Global Scholarship”

This working session will discuss the importance of an archival initiative on the art and artists of Hawai‘i.

Artists’ papers, ephemera, and other important records are needed to establish the legacies of artistic endeavors and their contextual histories. Unfortunately, a repository that encompasses the artistic and creative legacies has not been fully established in the islands.

How can archives of the art and artists of Hawai‘i establish the relevancy of our artistic past, present, and future for local, national, and international audiences? This session will attempt to answer this question, among others, and will feature administrators from research resources in Hawai‘i, and national projects on Asian-American art histories.

The final 2015 GAX concluding participants’ working session will be held at the East West Center.

This session will feature presentations by Bronwen Solyom, Curator of the Jean Charlot Collection at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library, and Mark Johnson, Professor of Art and Gallery Director at San Francisco State University.

Visits (for GAX scholars only):

The GAX participants will be visiting the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Hawai‘i State Museum. At the Honolulu Museum of Art, Curator of Contemporary art Jay Jenson and artist Masami Teraoka will discuss the exhibitions including Teraoka’s current exhibition “Feast of Fools: The Triptych Paintings of Masami Teraoka” and the “Artists of Hawai‘i 2015” exhibition. The colloquium participants will participate in a special post-colloquium tour of the private collection of Herb and Nancy Conley.


GAX Co-Regional Organizers

In Tokyo:

Hoshino Futoshi, The University of Tokyo

Aidan Li, Mori Art Museum

Tom Looser, NYU and GAX scholar

Kataoka Mami, Mori Art Museum

Kajiya Kenji, Kyoto City University of Arts

Mato Shigeko, Waseda University

Nakajima Takahiro, The University of Tokyo

Shiraki Eise, Mori Art Museum

Anna Kazumi Stahl, NYU-Buenos Aires and GAX scholar

Uchino Tadashi, The University of Tokyo

In Honolulu:

Rod Bengston, University of Hawai‘i

Gaye Chan, University of Hawai‘i

Eric Chang, East-West Center

Trisha Lagaso Goldberg, Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

Stacy Hoshino, Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities

Jay Jensen, Honolulu Museum of Art

Carol Khewhok, Shangri La

Karen Kosasa, University of Hawai‘i

Margo Machida, University of Connecticut, Storrs and GAX scholar

Michael Schuster, East-West Center

Thank you to the support of 2015 GAX by:


NYU Office of the Provost Global Research Initiatives



Art and Art History Departments at University of Hawai‘i
The Art Gallery at University of Hawai‘i
Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program at University of Hawai‘i

Kokua Kahili Valley



Major Travel Sponsor Hawaiian Airlines



Special Thanks to:

Tom Looser, Margo Machida, Karen Kosasa, Gaye Chan, Rodney Bengston, Trisha Lagaso Goldberg, Stacy Hoshino, Kataoka Mami, Shiraki Eise, Aidan Li, Nakajima Takahiro, Kobayashi Yasuo, Uchino Tadashi, Kajiya Kenji, Shigeko Mato, Carol Khewhok, John Tain, Jay Jensen, Jonathan Johnson, Herb and Nancy Conley, John Koga, Michael Schuster, Eric Chang, Puni Jackson, Wei Fang, Uesaki Sen, Oscar Oiwa, Fram Kitagawa, Rei Maeda, Etsuko Kodaira, Masayuki Kawai, Kentaro Taki, Sandra Liu, Kevin Yim, Jennifer Lee, Megan Chinn, Jack Tchen, Laura Chen-Schultz, Amita Manghnani, Ruby Gómez, Maya Jex.

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