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DAAN Members Giving Papers at CAA

DAAN Members Giving Papers at CAA
Please stop by these colleagues’ panels:

Views from the Continent: Art and the US Pacific Diaspora
Friday, February 12, 2010, 2:30P.M.-5:00P.M.

* Chair: Margo Machida
Co-chair: Jewel Castro

Session Abstract: Taking visual art produced in the U.S. Pacific diaspora as its point of focus, this panel invites a wide-ranging dialogue on how contemporary artists use their work to articulate complexly constituted relationships to Oceanic heritages – and how in turn that work has been presented and interpreted through various critical, curatorial, and scholarly projects. What questions emerge about the possibilities and limitations of existing discourses, artistic strategies, and modes of display in conveying and contextualizing the ideas, histories, conditions, and subjectivities that catalyze this art?

This panel seeks to draw attention to visual art produced by Pacific Islander peoples living in the continental United States precisely because that subject has received comparatively little scholarly and critical consideration, seen in the light of a robust discourse (as well as a number of high-profile exhibitions) on contemporary art and cultural production in Oceania that have emerged since the 1970s.

Employing the central notion of “diaspora” as a framework for this session reflects an understanding of culture as continuously evolving in relation to new geographies and shifting conditions. It suggests a fluidity of identifications and transnational linkages between places of ancestral origin and various points of circulation and settlement elsewhere in the world. At the same time it is meant to acknowledge the particularities of place and how Oceanic artists’ presence in the United States bears on their sensibilities and negotiations of history, ancestry, family, tradition, and changing cultural practices.

Association for Critical Race Art History
Group Practices: New Diversity Institutions
Thursday, February 11, 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Grand CD North, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chair: Camara Dia Holloway, University of Delaware

The Latina/o Studies Working Group
Robb Hernandez, University of Maryland

* Critical Mixed Race Studies Association
Laura Kina, DePaul University

FACTORYwork: Matterz of the Fact; Products from the New Line
John Jennings, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

After the Fact: Making a Photographic Record of the Past
Friday, February 12, 9:30 AM?12:00 PM
Grand B, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago

* “From Fiction to Archive: Reconstructing Public Memory in South Korea”
Young Min Moon, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Visual Culture around the Indian Ocean Littoral
Friday, February 12, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
Columbus CD, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago

* Murtaza Vali

CAA Chicago DAAN preview of Michiko Itatani’s new solo exhibition “PERSONAL CODES”

You are cordially invited to

A special CAA Chicago DAAN preview opening and artist tour of
Michiko Itatani’s new solo exhibition

Thursday, February 11 — 7PM-8:30PM
at Walsh Gallery, 118 N. Peoria, Chicago

Please join us for this special preview and wine reception for the solo exhibition of artist Michiko Itatani. Itatani will speak to us about her work, after which members are invited to look at the exhibition further. Members of the professional network ArtTable ( will also be invited to join us at this DAAN reception so that we can network and share thoughts among interested colleagues.

More information about Michiko Itatani

Michiko Itatani’s work has been seen in more than 100 one-person and group exhibitions locally, nationally, and internationally since 1973. Public and private collections, include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Olympic Museum, Switzerland, Villa Haiss Museum, Germany; Musée du Quebec, Canada, Museu D’art Contemporani (MACBA), Spain, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. Michiko Itatani is a Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has received the Illinois Arts Council Artist’s Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Walsh Gallery, 118 N. Peoria, Chicago IL 60607
The area is called West Loop, and very close to Greek Town. (two short blocks west of Halsted-800w and between Washington and Randolph) You can take Madison bus to Peoria and walk two blocks north, or take a short taxi ride with other DAAN members. There are quite a few galleries nearby.

The exhibition runs February 10 – May 2, 2010
Gallery hours : Tues-Sat, 10:30AM-5:30PM
General Opening Reception 2/12 5:00-8:00pm

After the reception and artist tour at Walsh Gallery on Feb. 11th, DAAN members will be gathering for dinner at a local restaurant:
Greek Islands Restaurant – Chicago
200 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60661
312-782-9855 phone
Reservations are under “Michiko Itatani” at 8:45pm. Please note the dinner will be Dutch treat. It’s walkable from the gallery but feel free to share a cab with other DAAN members. Valet parking is also available.

Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 – New Work by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba

January 29- March 26, 2010
Japanese-American-Vietnamese artist and School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumnus Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (BFA 1992) returns to Chicago for this special exhibition.

Hatsushiba created new work for this show as part of his
on-going project “Breathing is Free,” for which the artist is running a
distance equivalent to the diameter of the earth (12.756.3 km) as a
memorial to refugees who travel the world seeking a new home.
Curated by Dr. Nora Taylor (SAIC Alsdorf Professor of South and
Southeast Asian Art), this show also features the film “The Ground,
the Root, and the Air: The Passing of the Bodhi Tree” 2007. This
exhibition is supported by a gift from Howard and Donna Stone and
a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11 am – 6 pm

Betty Rymer Gallery
280 S. Columbus Drive School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60603

Boston-area events

Thank you to Young Min Moon for this information on Boston-area events:

Institute of Contemporary Art Boston
2010 James and Audrey Foster Prize Exhibition

Sept. 22, 2010 –  Jan. 30, 2011

One of the nine finalists is Fred Liang who makes work using sources including traditional Chinese paper cut, Jian Zhi, and Song Dynasty scroll paintings. He received his BFA from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg in 1989, and his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1991.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition

Friday, November 26, 2010 – Sunday, February 13, 2011

In this groundbreaking exhibition, contemporary Chinese ink painters engage in dialogue with classical artworks from China’s past. At the core of this exhibition’s concept is an artist-in-residency program. Leading artists from China and the Chinese diaspora have come to Boston to study the MFA’s superb collection of Chinese art, allowing them to create new works in direct response to the Museum’s permanent collection. The artists include Li Huayi, Arnold Chang, Qiu Ting, Zeng Xiaojun, Liu Dan, Xu Bing and Qin Feng, Yu Hong, Liu Xiaodong, and Li Jin.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Film Screenings
Vital Signals

February 5-20, 2010

In the mid-1960s, the introduction of the Sony “Portapak”—the first consumer-grade video recorder—contributed to fertile creative exploration by artists and activists. A program of early video art from America and Japan, Vital Signals highlights developments in video art during the 1960s and ’70s. Organized by Electronic Arts Intermix, in collaboration with the Yokohama Museum of Art and a team of Japanese curators and scholars, the three-part screening showcases rare early Japanese video alongside seminal works from the EAI Collection.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Rad Smith Program in Japanese Art
Lectures + Courses
Shigeru Ban: Works and Humanitarian Activities
7 — 8 pm
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Remis Auditorium

Japan’s visionary architect Shigeru Ban created a series of public buildings and private houses that are innovative in both design and materials. Ban is known as “the paper architect” for using industrial cardboard tubing to construct dramatic structures for public spaces, elegant pavilions, and temporary housing for refugees and victims of natural disasters. Ban speaks with insight, social consciousness, and humor about his revolutionary buildings and unique career.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Architecture and Cultural Significance in India

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 7 – 8 pm

Remis Auditorium

Explore layers of cultural significance and their role in architecture in the rapidly transforming societies of post-colonial India. Architect Rahul Mehrotra focuses on select projects, ranging from the conservation of the Taj Mahal to creating housing for elephants and their keepers in Jaipur.

Call for Regional Representatives

We are pleased to announce that Laura Kina, Director of Asian American Studies and Associate Professor of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University will be serving as the Midwest Representative for DAAN.

We are currently looking for individuals to serve as Regional Representatives for their areas in the continental United States and Hawai’i, as well as in Canada. The charge to each regional representative is to regularly gather and to post information about current exhibitions, publications, regional conferences, panels, and other events in her/his area related to Asian American art and art history. Email: for more information.

Join us at the Second Annual DAAN Meeting at CAA 2010

Wednesday, February 10 from 3:30pm-5:00pm
Grand B, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago

Kindly RSVP for the meeting to:

The meeting AGENDA will include:

  • Launch of the new DAAN Web site –  This will include information on members, affiliated institutions and updates on news and events
  • Planning the new DAAN On-line Journal – The journal will be based at the Asian American Studies Institute at UCONN
  • Information on the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research (INDAAR)
  • East Coast Asian American Art Project
    • Project Report
    • Publication: solicitation of suggestions for contributors to the book
    • Information on the proposed Summer Institute that will take place at A/P/A Institute at NYU

And we are also arranging a special DAAN reception artist talk and gathering to dinner during CAA that is TBA.

We hope that you can make it to one or all of the events!

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