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DAAN at the Annual College Art Association Conference 2021 (virtual)

Join us for the Diasporic Asian Art Network Business Meeting and Panel during College Art Association this year. The Business Meeting is free to attend.

DAAN Business Meeting
February 11, 2021 at 12:30 PM EST
FREE to attend — RSVP to to get the Zoom link
Meet other members of DAAN and discuss projects that you are all working on. If you are interested in taking a leadership role in the network, please attend.


EcoArt: Grief, Healing, and Care in the time of our Enviro Crisis
Live Q&A online at Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 2:00-2:30PM

The panel itself will be available as a pre-recording on the CAA conference site:

Transforming Consumer Waste Into Care and Urgency During the Enviro Crisis
Jean Shin, Pratt Institute

Mary Ting: On Art, Grief, Ecological Collapse into Action
Mary Ting, John Jay College

Grieving the Nonhuman: Sensorial Approaches to the Climate Crisis
Sue Huang, University of Connecticut

Moderated by Alexandra Chang, DAAN and Rutgers University-Newark



DAAN at CAA 2020 in Chicago

Join us for the Diasporic Asian Art Network events happening at the College Art Association 2020 conference in Chicago from February 13-15, 2020.

Location: Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

DAAN Affiliated Society Business Meeting:
Thursday, February 13, 2020
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Hilton Chicago, 3rd Floor, Astoria Room
Come and meet members! We will discuss current projects and the upcoming panel for CAA 2021. Curators Fred Sasaki and Katherine Litwin will talk about the Jun Fujita: American Visionary exhibition that is at the Newberry Library.

DAAN Panel:
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Technologies of Drag: South Asians Queering American Art Through Craft and Design
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Hilton Chicago – 3rd Floor – Astoria Room
Anuradha Vikram, UCLA Department of Art
Santhi Kavuri-Bauer, San Francisco State University
Alpesh Kantilal Patel Florida International University
Hasan Elahi, George Mason University
R. Brendan Fernandes, Northwestern University

The panel highlights South Asian American artists who articulate current queer theory and critical race theory concepts through their contemporary art practices by applying craft and technology in reference to South and West Asian and North African (SWANA) and LGBTQI histories in the US. By looking at the work of contemporary artists of the South Asian diaspora working in the United States and Canada, I am interested in exploring how a visual/spatial/temporal rhetoric of the “glitch” – an artifact of lost or missing data – can function as a metaphor to organize strategies against this perennial erasure of our ethnic, cultural, and political identities. The artists and scholars who will present are mid-career practitioners working in the contemporary art strongholds of the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Florida, the New York tri-state area, and the DC-Maryland-Virginia metro area. They apply the premise of “technologies of drag” in a variety of ways: some more overtly LGBTQI in political and cultural reference, others using old and new technologies to create resistance and friction. Each produce work that thwarts gender and socioeconomic roles and expectations, racial barriers, and tensions between conditions of cultural production and museum collections that segregate artists and art.

ADVA Journal Release Celebration:
Friday, February 14
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Hilton Chicago, Exhibitors’ Hall
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, Booth Number: 612
Join the editors with a glass to celebrate the release of “Challenging Hegemony within the South Asian Diaspora,” the Fall 2019 issue of the Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA) journal that is published by Brill in collaboration with the A/P/A Institute at NYU and Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia University. Guest edited by artist and curator Jaishri Abichandani, Santhi Kavuri Bauer (San Francisco State University), and writer and educator Anuradha Vikram, the issue address the borderless and diasporic condition of South Asians around the globe in opposition to the statist and religious nationalism that drives political rhetoric in these countries of origin.

DAAN Dinner
Friday, February 14, after the ADVA journal special launch
Meet at Hilton Lobby in advance at 5:45 p.m. to walk over (10 min walk)
6:00 p.m. at Exchequer Restaurant & Pub
226 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60604
rsvp to: alexa.chang[at]

Tour of the Newberry Library’s exhibition:
Saturday, February 15,
2:00 p.m.
Location: Newberry Library, Trienens Galleries, 60 West Walton Street
Born outside of Hiroshima in 1888, Fujita came to Chicago in 1909, becoming the first Japanese American photojournalist. As an English-language tanka poet, he published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s; as a photographer, he captured many of the most infamous moments in Chicago history, including the Eastland Disaster, the 1919 race riots, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre.

FLXST Contemporary Reception
2251 South Michigan Ave
Suite 220
Chicago, IL 60616
Visit the new Chicago gallery FLXST Contemporary opened by Jan Bernabe in 2019. Exhibitions on view will include:
B-Side // Michael Weinberg: Corpus
Opening Reception: February 15, 2020, 5:30-8pm
February 15 – March 1, 2020

and A-Side // Yasmin Spiro: Edge of Time
Opening Reception: January 25, 2020, 5:30-8pm
January 25 – March 1, 2020

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