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Martin Wong (American, 1946–1999), Chinatown Dragon, 1993. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of The Martin Wong Foundation, 2019.202

Martin Wong (American, 1946–1999), Chinatown Dragon, 1993. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of The Martin Wong Foundation, 2019.202 

IMU UR2: Art, Aesthetics, and Asian America
October 28-29, 2022
Stanford University

On October 28-29, Stanford University will host IMU UR2: Art, Aesthetics, and Asian America. This two-day convening brings together artists, curators, and scholars to rethink and reimagine the histories and futures of artists of Asian descent.

Together with the exhibitions East of the Pacific: Making Histories of Asian American Art, The Faces of Ruth Asawa, and At Home/On Stage: Asian American Representation in Photography and Film at the Cantor Arts Center, IMU UR2 inaugurates the Asian American Art Initiative (AAAI). This event also serves as the public launch of the Martin Wong Catalogue Raisonné, a free online resource that is a collaboration between the AAAI, the Martin Wong Foundation, and Stanford Libraries.

IMU UR2 is a phrase coined by the artist Martin Wong, who lived and worked on the West and East Coasts. Phonetically reading “I am you, you are two/too/to” captures the imagination, playfulness, and conceptual depth of Wong’s work. Here, the self is not singular but made in relation to others, who are likewise made in relation to us. The phrase encapsulates the symposium’s aim of thinking through the myriad ways Asian Americans and the work they create are at once connected and distinctive.

Rather than a traditional symposium, the structure of this convening emphasizes dialogue, experimentation, and deep engagement with images. Each speaker was asked to prepare a ten-minute presentation about a single image that speaks to the theme of their panel, including “Global Intimacies,” “Race & Aesthetics,” “Art & Activisms,” “History & Memory,” “Gender & Sexuality,” and “Institutional Interventions.” A respondent will offer a ten-minute reflection, followed by thirty minutes of discussion and audience Q&A. The event will conclude with a keynote conversation between Cathy Park Hong and Jen Liu, moderated by Marci Kwon. The convening and keynote will be held in person and streamed live via Zoom.

Co-directed by Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, assistant curator at the Cantor Arts Center, and Marci Kwon, assistant professor of art and art history, the Asian American Art Initiative is dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, teaching, and public presentation of Asian American/diaspora artists and makers. The AAAI is housed at the Cantor and collaborates with campus units, including the Asian American Studies Program and Stanford Libraries and Special Collections. Through a series of long-term installations, special exhibitions, research and education projects, the AAAI fosters in-depth scholarly and public engagement with artists and makers of Asian descent.

All events are free and open to the public with RSVP

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2022

IMU UR2: Art, Aesthetics, and Asian America, Day 1
CEMEX Auditorium, Stanford University
641 Knight Way, Stanford CA

2:30-45: Welcome and Introductions

2:45-3:55: Race & Aesthetics 
Chitra Ganesh, Artist
Victoria Sung, Associate Curator of Visual Arts, Walker Arts Center 
Dorothy Wang, Professor and Chair of the American Studies Program, Williams College
John Yau, Poet, Critic, and Professor of Critical Studies, Rutgers University 
Respondent: Hentyle Yapp, Associate Professor of Performances Studies, UCSD

4:00-5:20: Art & Activisms (curated by Howie Chen)
Howie Chen, Curator, Scholar, and Author

Nancy Hom, Artist, Curator, and Former Executive Director of Kearny Street Workshop
Arlan Huang, Artist and Co-founder of Godzilla Arts Network
Tiffany Sia, Artist and Filmmaker
Respondent: Gordon Chang, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities, Stanford University

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29

IMU UR2: Art, Aesthetics, and Asian America, Day 2
CEMEX Auditorium, Stanford University
641 Knight Way, Stanford CA

9:30-9:40: Welcome and Introductions

9:40-11: Global Intimacies
Abby Chen, Head of Contemporary Art, Asian Art Museum
Binh Danh, Artist and Assistant Professor of Photography, San Jose State University
Patrick Flores, Curator and Professor of Art, University of the Philippines 
Winnie Wong, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and the History of Art, UC Berkeley
Respondent: Joan Kee, Professor of the History of Art, University of Michigan  

11:05-12:25 History & Memory
Julie Ault, Artist and Curator
Patty Chang, Artist and Professor of Art, University of Southern California
Danh Vo, Artist
Shen Xin, Artist
Respondent: Usha Iyer, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Stanford University 

12:25-12:40: Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander and For You (Erika Chong Shuch and Ryan Tacata) present their exhibition intervention

12:40-2:00: Lunch Break 

2-2:25: Introduction, Martin Wong Catalogue Raisonné, featuring Margo Machida, Professor Emerita of Art History and Asian and Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut

2:30-3:30: Gender & Sexuality
Melissa Ho, Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Việt Lê, Artist, Curator, and Associate Professor of History, Art and Visual Culture Program, California College of the Arts
Catalina Ouyang, Artist
Respondent: Summer Kim Lee, Assistant Professor of English, UCLA

3:55-5:15:  Institutional Interventions
Alexandra Chang, Curator and Associate Professor of Practice, Rutgers University
Christine Y. Kim, Britton Family Curator-at-Large, North American Art, Tate Modern
Asma Naeem, Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator, Baltimore Museum of Art
Stephanie Syjuco, Artist and Professor of Sculpture, UC Berkeley
Respondent: Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, Assistant Curator of American Art and Co-Director of the Asian American Art Initiative, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University

Keynote
Bing Concert Hall

327 Lasuen St, Stanford CA
7:30: Cathy Park Hong in conversation with Jen Liu, moderated by Marci Kwon 

In this wide-ranging conversation, noted author Cathy Park Hong and artist Jen Liu will discuss art, poetry, and friendship. The event serves as the keynote to the convening IMU UR2: Art, Aesthetics, and Asia America, which brings together artists, curators, and scholars to rethink and reimagine the histories and futures of artists of Asian descent.

To organize the program, the Cantor Arts Center collaborated with the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, with funding from the Stanford Arts Incubator pilot program. This symposium is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The conference is co-sponsored by the American Studies Program, Center for Asian Health Research and Education, Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, Center for East Asian Studies, Center for South Asia, Department of Art & Art History, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of History, Stanford Medical Humanities and Arts Program, Stanford Program in Modern Thought and Literature, as well as Christine Chan and Bryant Lin.

For ADA-accessible accommodations, please contact Edi Dai at edidai@stanford.edu.

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Symposium organizers: Cantor Arts Center, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford Arts. With support from Terra Foundation for the Arts

 

 

 

AAAI-Related Exhibitions


An image of artist Ruth Asawa infront of her Wall of Masks
Ongoing Exhibition
July 6, 2022–
A black and white photograph of people smiling and posing for the camera
Temporary Exhibition
August 31, 2022–January 15, 2023
A painting depicting three naked women
Temporary Exhibition
September 28, 2022–February 12, 2023

Past Events


 

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Introducing the Asian American Art Initiative at Stanford

Recorded Event Now Available!

The recently-established Asian American Art Initiative (AAAI) at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is a significant effort to acquire, preserve, display and research art related to Asian American and Asian diaspora artists.

On February 16, 2021, founding co-directors of the AAAI, Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, assistant curator of American art at the Cantor, and Marci Kwon, assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History, introduced the initiative in an online event, previewed upcoming related projects, and hosted a Q&A session.

Click below to watch the recorded event.

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