Category: The Fales Library & Special Collections

Ming Fay Papers (MSS pending)

Born in Shanghai in 1943, New York City-based sculptor Ming Fay grew up in Hong Kong and moved to the United States in 1961 to attend the Columbus College of Art and Design. He received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Fay has …

Tomie Arai Papers (MSS pending)

Born and raised in New York City, third generation Japanese American, artist, and activist Tomie Arai (b. 1949-) has been challenging the mainstream art community and advocating public and community art since the late 1960s and 1970s, and was involved with Basement Workshop, an Asian American artists’ collective. Arai continued her community work as a …

Shu Lea Cheang Papers (MSS pending)

Shu Lea Cheang (1954- ) is an installation artist, filmmaker, and media activist. Born in Taiwan, she graduated with a BA in history from the National Taiwan University in 1976 and later graduated with an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University in 1979. Cheang’s work has encompassed numerous formats and often covers politically …

EPOXY Art Group Archive (MSS 367)

New York City-based Asian American artists founded the artist collective EPOXY in 1982. The mission of the group is suggested by its namesake— epoxy resin—a binding agent that forms through the combination of two different compounds. The artists believed that collaboration would create works that would be more than a singular contribution and would reflect …

Martin Wong Papers (MSS 102)

Martin Wong (1946-1999) was a Chinese American artist best known for legitimizing graffiti as an art form. Born in Portland, Oregon, he grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown and, in 1968, graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in studio art. Wong was part of the Bay Area’s performance art scene in the 1970s, …

Larry Hama Comic Book Collection (MSS 337)

Larry Hama (b. 1949-) is an influential comic book writer and artist behind such titles as G.I. Joe, The ‘Nam, and Bucky O’Hare. Born in Manhattan and raised in Queens, New York, Hama is a third generation Japanese American. He attended Manhattan’s High School of Art and Design, and from 1969 to 1971, served in …

William F. Wu Comics Collection (MSS 244)

William F. Wu (b. 1951- ) is a Chinese American science fiction writer who has published thirteen novels and more than fifty short stories. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Wu attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, and later returned to earn his PhD in American Culture. During this time, he became active in …

Yoshio Kishi and Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection (MSS 292)

The Yoshio Kishi and Irene Yah-Ling Sun Collection, the acquisition of which was made possible in large part by a donation in memory of Dr. Wei-Yu Chen, contains over 10,000 items of Asian Americana that trace the representation of Asians and Asian Americans in American popular, political, academic, and literary media. Yoshio Kishi (1931-2012), a …

Godzilla Asian American Art Network Archive (MSS 166)

Godzilla Asian American Arts Network was an artist collective founded in 1990 to stimulate dialogue about Asian American visual art across generations and disciplines for New York-based A/PA artists and art professionals. Godzilla sponsored public programs such as exhibitions, lectures, and symposia to establish a forum that would foster networking and mutual support. Until its …

Yun Gee Papers (MSS 144)

Canton-born modernist painter Yun Gee (1906-1963) immigrated to San Francisco, California in 1921. Deciding to pursue a career as an artist, Gee enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute and became involved with a group of artists who established the Modern Gallery in 1926. In the same year, he also founded the Chinese Revolutionary Artists’ …