Robert Lee and Eleanor Yung Papers, Asian American Arts Centre Collection

Date Range: 19682001
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2011-01-25
Creator: Lee, Robert (b.1944) and Yung, Eleanor (b.1946); Asian American Arts Centre

History: Partners Robert Lee, an author and curator, and Eleanor Yung, a choreographer and acupuncturist, were both involved in establishing the Asian American Arts Centre (AAAC). In addition to the AAAC, Lee and Yung have held leadership roles in national and New York City-based Asian American cultural and political organizations, dedicating their careers to supporting Asian American artists and their work. Read more

Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue Archive

Date Range: 19972000
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2008-11-13
Creator: Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue

 The Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue (IACD) was founded in 1997 by actress, playwright, and Stanford and NYU professor Anna Deavere Smith. Its mission was to support the development of art that illuminates social conditions; to deepen the capacity of artists to communicate with their audiences; and to build an international community in which artists, students, activists, and scholars could work together to develop the artist as a voice in society. Read more

Indo-American Arts Council Records

Date Range: 19982010
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2010-02-02
Creator: Indo-American Arts Council

History: The Indo-American Arts Council is a not-for-profit resource arts organization that provides platforms for artists, filmmakers, dancers, and writers of Indian origin to showcase their work to audiences across the United States. Through arts-based events, programming, and festivals, the organization works to support the creation and dissemination of work by Indian artists from around the world. Read more

Godzilla Asian American Art Network Records

Godzilla LogoDate Range: 19912003
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2008-10-01
Creator: Godzilla Asian American Art Network

 Godzilla: Asian American Art Network is a New York-based art collective co-founded in 1990 by Ken Chu and Margo Machida that promotes networking and mutual support among Asian and Pacific Islander American artists and professionals. In its effort to promote cross-generational and cross-disciplinal dialogue in Asian American visual art, Godzilla has sponsored public programs such as lectures, symposia and exhibitions, including “And We Speak, From Basement to Godzilla” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…Not!”. Supplementing these events were the publications of the Godzilla newsletter and “Godzillette” bulletin. Until its disbanding in 2001, the collective actively promoted arts advocacy and worked with community groups to stop anti-Asian violence.

Fashion Moda Archive

Date Range: 19781993
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2008-10-31
Creator: Fashion Moda

 Founded in 1978 by Stefan Eins, Fashion Moda quickly became an important voice in the art world during the late 1970s to mid-1980s. Dubbing its South Bronx location as the Museum of Science, Art, Invention, Technology, and Fantasy, Fashion Moda crossed boundaries and mixed metaphors, which helped to redefine the function of art in the then post-modernist society. Its South Bronx location allowed Fashion Moda the freedom to explore the question “What is art?” and “Who defines it?” Mostly funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and other funding agencies, the space encouraged the production of art that was not hamstrung by the contemporary art market and by academic art training. As such, it was a center where white downtown artists interacted with artists and the community of the South Bronx. Fashion Moda was one of several Bronx-based organizations contributing to the borough’s efforts at cultural renewal through the arts in the 1960s and 1970s when the Bronx, in many minds, embodied urban decay. It acknowledged and embraced the artistic contribution of the neighborhood’s new immigrants from the Caribbean, Latin America, and the American South who had replaced the earlier, mainly European immigrants from Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In particular, Fashion Moda celebrated the street life of its neighbors in exhibitions of graffiti art and performances of hip-hop music and break dancing.

EPOXY Art Group Records

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Survey Conducted: Thu, 2011-07-21
Creator: EPOXY/Ming Fay

 Epoxy was an Asian American artists’ collective founded in 1982. Like other alternative art movements in New York City, it was a response to the arts establishment at the time. Founded by artists originally from Hong Kong such as Bing Lee, Eric Chan, Chung Kang Lok, Jerry Kwan, Ming Fay and Kwok, membership later included artists like Zhang Hongtu and Andrew Culver who were from other countries. Read more

Creative Time Archive

Date Range: 19732006
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2008-11-13
Creator: Creative Time, Inc.

 Creative Time is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1973 to support the creation of innovative, site-specific works by professional artists for public presentation in vacant spaces of historical and architectural interest throughout New York City. Its history of commissioning, producing, and presenting adventurous public artworks of all disciplines began in the midst of a significant period in which artists were experimenting with new forms and media that moved their works out of galleries and museums and into the public realm. At this time, New York’s citizens were responding to the City’s deterioration, which was prompted by the fiscal crisis, with the City Beautification movement. Additionally, the federal government, recognizing the significance of art in society, established the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to herald the role of artists and introduce uninitiated audiences to contemporary art. Read more

Asian CineVision Records

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Survey Conducted: Thu, 2008-01-31 and Tue, 2008-04-01
Creator: Asian CineVision

History: Asian CineVision (ACV) is a non-profit media arts organization that develops, promotes and preserves films made by or about peoples of Asian descent. Founders Tsui Hark, Christine Choy, Danny Yung, and Peter Chow began ACV in 1976 as a media activism organization seeking to raise awareness through media training in the local Chinese communities. The organization initiated the weekly-turned-daily weekday cable-access Chinatown Community Television (CCTV) in 1977, which covered community-interest issues such as housing, gentrification, and healthcare. Significantly, it was the first Chinese-language news programming in the U.S. Production of CCTV ended in 1983.

Asian American Writers’ Workshop Records

Date Range: 19922009
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2009-03-25
Creator: Asian American Writers’ Workshop Records

 Asian American Writer’s Workshop (AAWW) was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit literary arts organization dedicated to the creation, publishing, development, and dissemination of Asian American creative writing. AAWW supports writers of the Asian American community by making grants, offering workshops, helping to publish and publicize their works, establishing an in-house reading room to facilitate access to Asian American literature, and instituting the Annual Asian American Literary Arts Ceremony, held since 1998 to recognize outstanding writing in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, stage plays and screenplays. In addition to sponsoring readings, book parties, and panel discussions for writers, AAWW runs various youth arts programs that engage NYC students in discussions of race and identity, offers writing classes, and instructions on making videos. Semi-annually, AAWW publishes literary anthologies and the Asian Pacific American Journal . It also publishes Ten magazine, which features articles about writers and writing. Through its programming and service as an educational resource center for Asian American literature and awareness, AAWW seeks to encourage the telling of diverse stories and diverse ways of telling stories for the important contributions they make towards increasing community visibility and the building of a collective history.

Asian American Arts Centre Records

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Survey Conducted: Wed, 2009-04-15
Creator: Asian American Arts Centre

The Asian American Arts Centre, founded in 1974 as Asian American Dance Theatre (AADT), is one of the older community arts organizations in New York City Chinatown. The current name, Asian American Arts Centre (AAAC), was adopted in 1987 to encompass both the dance company (AADT) and the visual arts program, Asian Arts Institute, initiated in 1984. AAAC began the Asian American Artists’ Slide Archive in 1982. Artist vertical files were developed and accumulated as a permanent research archive documenting the history of Asian/Pacific American Artists in the United States since 1945 to the present. The archive contains not only slides but also a variety of materials that are both primary and secondary sources from approximately 1,500 artists.