DAAN at CAA 2014 in Chicago





Dear DAAN Members,

Happy New Year!
We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2014 CAA conference in Chicago!

This is the first year that we will be having a Diasporic Asian Art Network [DAAN] panel session and hope that you can make it. Prior to that, we will be having a DAAN business meeting and would like to discuss several topics including ideas for next year’s panel. Please email achang@nyu.edu if you have additional items that you would like to bring up during the meeting as part of the agenda or if you have a CAA panel that you would like listed in the email newsletter. We are also organizing a dinner for DAAN on February 14th after the DAAN panel session. Please email achang@nyu.edu if you are interested in attending.

Friday, February 14, 2014:
DAAN Business Meeting
Location: Hilton Chicago, 3rd Floor, Astoria Room
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

• Brief introductions
• Remembering: Karin Higa
• Third Text special issue edited by Dean Chan and Michelle Yee for the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research [INDAAR]: “The Transnational Turn: East Asian Mobility”
• Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas — A new journal
• Virtual Asian American Art Museum Project — A new inter-institutional project with NYU, Getty Research Institute and Smithsonian Institution
Discussion Topics
• The future of DAAN
• Participating in DAAN
• Panel ideas for future DAAN sessions at CAA
• Networking

DAAN Panel
Asian/Americas: Praxis and Pedagogy
Location: Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor, Boulevard A&B
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605









Image: Beatrice Glow, Installation view of illuminated lanterns from the “Aquarium from Austronesia” site-specific performance installation aboard a steamship in New York, 2012, photo by Ærtiron.

Chair: Alice Ming Wai Jim, Concordia University
Richard Fung, OCAD University
Valerie Soe, Asian American Studies Department, San Francisco State University
Beatrice Glow, Hemispheric Institute
Discussant: Alexandra Chang, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, New York University

This panel seeks to think through the spectrum of theoretical and material positions between the hyphen and the slash by focusing on the construct “Asian/Americas,” particularly in relation to praxis and pedagogy. The slash in Asian/Americas challenges traditional notions of hyphenation, suggesting other possibilities for diasporic subjectivity. The plural “Americas” indicates the hemispheric extension beyond North America as well as the notion of multiple Americas. To think of Asian/Americas is to question how diasporic identities can be rendered beyond nation-state, global north-south, third and first world paradigms, beyond divisive dichotomies such as East/West and North/South, and to retain the complexity of the spatial and temporal ways art history, area studies, and Asian Canadian Studies, Asian American and Asian Latin American Studies as well as Caribbean Studies and Pacific Island Studies conceive of the hyphenated play of identities in a transnational world. How can the convergence of these critically precarious positions, political leanings and liberatory praxis intentionally inform, engage and partner with current transformative pedagogies concerning social justice, political power, and the rights to self-representation and self-determination?

Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

Additional sessions with DAAN members are listed below:
Celebrating the Life of Karin Higa
Time: 2/14/2014, 5:30 PM—6:30 PM
Location: School of the Art Institute of Chicago/Neiman Center, first floor, Student Union Galleries
Wabash is parallel to Michigan Ave., one block west. Monroe is about 6 blocks north of the Chicago Hilton.
Other Asias
Time: 2/14/2014, 2:30 PM—5:00 PM
Location: Hilton Chicago, 8th Floor, Lake Ontario
Chair: Susette S. Min, University of California, Davis

• If the World Changed: Reworlding Southeast Asia in the 2013 Singapore Biennale
May Ee Wong, University of California, Davis
• East of Venice: The 2012 Kochi-Muziris Biennale
Sonal Khullar, University of Washington
• World on the Horizon: Exhibiting the Arts of the Swahili Coast and Western Indian Ocean
Allyson Purpura, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Mediacity Seoul: Art and Urban Identity in the Digital Age
Kristina Dziedzic Wright, Seoul National University
• Curating Chinese Universal History: Liu Ding and Affect as Method
Hentyle Taiwan Yapp, University of California, Berkeley

Miscegenating Racial Representations: Critical Mixed Race Strategies and the Visual Arts
Time: 2/15/2014, 2:30 PM—5:00 PM
Location: Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor, International South
Chairs: Laura L. Kina, DePaul University; Margo L. Machida, University of Connecticut

Beyond the Bronze Venus
Alison Fraunhar, Saint Xavier University
Sensory Miscegenations: Representing Multiracial Bodies
Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, California College of the Arts,
Maya Isabella Mackrandilal, independent artist
Liminal Embodiments
Zavé Martohardjono, independent artist
Risky Subjectivity: Select Works by Korean Adoptee Artists
Eun Jung Park, independent scholar

Offsite Lectures and Exhibitions:

Threewalls Gallery
Friday, February 14, 2014
119 N. Peoria #2C
Chicago, IL 60607
In conjunction with Faith Wilding’s Fearful Symmetries Retrospective.
Panel presentations, 10AM- 5PM
Organized by Jennifer Reeder and Carrie Ruckel, Tracers
10am-12pm – LGBTQ
(12-1pm – lunch)
1-3pm – Motherhood 3-5pm – Race
LGBTQ (10am – 12pm): Latham Zearfoss (moderator), Jillian Soto
, Daviel Shy
, Frederick Moffet
, Malic Amalya
, Silvia Malagrino
, Amina Ross
, NIC Kay
Motherhood (1 – 3pm): Lorelei Stewart (moderator), Christa Donner
, Brittany Southworth Laflamme
, Judy Ledgerwood
, Laura Letinsky
, Romi Crawford
, Julie Rodrigues Widholm
, Christine Tarkowski
Race (3 – 5pm): Isis Ferguson (moderator), Laura Kina
, Maria Gaspar
, Indira Johnson
, Laila Farah
, Alberto Aguilar
, Alexandria Eregbu
, Sima Azadi

Chicago-based artist and DAAN member Laura Kina is also a part of this group exhibition:
Interlacing Threads: Traditional Techniques/Contemporary Practices
January 27 – March 7, 2014
Opening Reception: February 13, 2014
Columbia College The Hokin Project
623 S Wabash Ave, first floor
Chicago, IL 60605

The art of weaving, hand-sewing and similar techniques transcends generations and cultures alike. These ancestral arts help sustain a connection to cultural identities and histories that in recent time have acquired new interpretations in the hands of contemporary practitioners.
Interlacing Threads presents the work of seven artists, who informed by their cultural background and present day lives, incorporate traditional techniques in their creative process to shed light on social and political concerns. Ultimately, their work forges a greater understanding of the similiar underpinnings of seemingly disarate cultures.

Curated by Marcela Andrade, MA in Visual Arts Management ’14
*Developed in the Curatorial Practicum class & mounted by The Hokin Gallery Management Practicum class.

CA+T and online exhibitions
The online Center for Art and Thought features a virtual multiplatform exhibition curated by Chicago-based DAAN member Jan Bernabe titled “Queer Sites and Sounds.” Unlike real-world/real-time exhibition, the show is unfolding in stages. The first group of works is up now and through February there will be continued works released from the show.

Also view the Tumblr mini-show called “CA+T ‘Reblogs’ Queer Filipino Viral Hits.”

On Pinterest, Bernabe has also organized a crowdsourcing project called “Queer Filipino Selfies!”, which will continue through October 2014.

If you would like to be listed on the DAAN online directory, please contact achang@nyu.edu for more information.
Very best,
Margo and Alex
Co-directors, DAAN

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