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An image of Ruth Asawa's "Wall of Masks"

At Stanford, a New Initiative Will Study and Exhibit More Asian American Art

Artist Ruth Asawa’s most recognizable works are probably her delicate hanging wire sculptures. But Asawa, who served on numerous art commissions and boards and was involved in arts education, including founding a public high school for the arts in San Francisco, loved involving others in her art making.

So, Marci Kwon and Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, co-founders of the newly formed Asian American Art Initiative (AAAI) at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center, are particularly pleased with the acquisition of 233 ceramic masks Asawa made of the faces of family, friends, and fellow artists, including Buckminster Fuller and Anna Deavere Smith.


Complete Martin Wong Catalogue Goes Online


A portrait of an asian american man wearing a hat and suit

When Asian-American Artists Are Unburdened by Identity


a wall covered in masks made of clay

Migration, incarceration among themes for Stanford’s East of the Pacific

Gallery view of East of the Pacific exhibition at Cantor

Asian American art in focus at Stanford

Palo Alto Online
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Ruth Asawa made hundreds of masks of her San Francisco community—now a local museum is putting them on permanent display

The Art Newspaper
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Cantor announces Asian American Art Initiative with Ruth Asawa acquisition

SF Chronicle
An image of “Untitled,” by Koho Yamamoto, 1944

Cantor Arts Center launches Asian American Art Initiative bolstered by major Ruth Asawa acquisition, The Michael Donald Brown Collection and other works

Cantor Arts Center
An image of Ruth Asawa's "Untilted (Wall of Masks)"

Cantor Arts Center Creates Asian American Art Initiative

An image of Ruth Asawa with Family Masks

The Japanese-American Sculptor Who, Despite Persecution, Made Her Mark

The New York Times Style Magazine
An image of Ruth Asawa

Cantor Arts Center launches Asian American Art Initiative

Stanford Report
An image of Ruth Asawa's "Untitled (Wall Of Masks)"


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