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A/P/A Institute at CAA 2018 Annual Conference

Founded in 1911, the College Art Association (CAA) serves the needs and interests of 8,700 individual and 500 institutional members. It publishes two scholarly journals in art history, an online reviews journal for books and exhibitions, two weekly email newsletters, and a website with news about the organization, its members, and the larger art and academic worlds. CAA hosts an Annual Conference for 2,500 to 4,000 artists, art historians, and students, provides career counseling, and advocates for national issues in the visual arts.

The A/P/A Institute at NYU will be participating in CAA in the following sessions:

DAAN PANEL SESSION: The Virtual Asian American Art Museum: Postwar Japanese American Art in Chicago
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
at the L.A. Convention Center, Room 503
1201 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California
CAA Conference registration required

Chair: Laura Kina (DePaul University)

Papers: “Chicago: Someday, Somewhere — the Photography of James Numata and Yasuhiro Ishimoto”, Jasmine Alinder (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), John Tain (Asia Art Archive)

“Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Values”, Karen Patterson (John Michael Kohler Arts Center)

“Michiko Itatani: Painting the Cosmic Novel”, Laura Kina (DePaul University)

This panel focuses on the work and transnational lives of four Japanese American postwar artists—James Numata (1918–1997), Yasuhiro Ishimoto (1921–2012), Ray Yoshida (1930–2009), and Michiko Itatani (1948–)—featured in the “Chicago-Midwest” module of The Virtual Asian American Art Museum (VAAAM). VAAAM is a large-scale digital humanities project led by New York University Asian/Pacific/American Institute (A/P/A) and the New York University Division of Libraries in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and the Getty Research Institute that features enhanced access to an array of art and tools for presenting new collaborative scholarship on Asian American art history.

The “Chicago-Midwest” module geospatially maps the careers of artists in Chicago against known social patterns and settlements in the city. The first portion of this scalable module is a series of submodules highlighting Japanese American artists whose biographies reflect immigration and migration paths of Japanese to Chicago including pre-WWII labor migration, post-WWII Japanese American internment camp resettlement, migration from Hawaii to Chicago, and post-1965 immigration from Japan. The role that institutions such as the Institute of Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago had in drawing artists from around the world is examined, as is the role of archives and collections, such as those of the Japanese American Service Committee and the Art Institute of Chicago, in recording and preserving their histories. These artists are historically and/or artistically significant, but have been underrepresented in the canon of art history and master narrative of the Japanese American experience.

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.

The A/P/A Institute at NYU is the institutional sponsor of Diasporic Asian Art Network.


Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA) Journal Spring 2018 Issue Celebration
Friday, February 23, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
at the L.A. Convention Center, Exhibit booth number 428, Concourse Hall EF
1201 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California
CAA Conference registration required, or please email achang@nyu.edu to request a free exhibition hall pass for the event (limited amount available).

Join the editors of the Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA) journal for a toast as they celebrate the latest ADVA journal Spring 2018 double issue “Beyond Canada 150: Asian Canadian Visual Cultures” guest edited by Chris Lee, Glenn Deer, and Marissa Largo. ADVA journal is published by Brill and is a collaboration between the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Concordia University’s Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art.


Tour, Catalog Launch, and Reception: “Circles and Circuits: Chinese Caribbean Art”
Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
at the Chinese American Museum
425 N Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, California

6:00 p.m.: DAAN Tour (DAAN membership tour)

7:00 p.m.:  Catalog Launch Panel and Reception (Free and open to the public)

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