Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Out Of The Archive: PROCESS & PROGESS

Curated by Angel Velasco Shaw
Opening Reception:
Friday September 18th 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: AAAC, 23 Bowery, NYC
Gallery Talk with Artists & Scholars:
Wednesday October 7th 6 - 8pm.
Location: WHITE BOX 329 Broome St. NYC

Artists: Albert Chong, John Yoyogi Fortes, Swati Khurana, and Tomie Arai.
Writers: Jan Christian Bernabe, Karen Su, Karlyn Koh, Midori Yoshimoto, and Sarita Echavez See.

To commemorate the thirty-fifth year of mounting arts in a community context, the Asian American Arts Centre presents “Out of the Archive: Process and Progress,” a major exhibition program. It aims to draw attention to the AAAC Artists Archive and its recently launched digital archive - This program includes a special exhibition installation, a gallery talk, a catalogue, several essayists, and online interactive events and opportunities for the audience. The digital archive, a major undertaking over two years in the making, consists of about 10% of the total 1,500 Asian American artists entries in the original archive, which reflects the last 60 years and several generations of artistic production.

The four artists presented, Tomie Arai, Albert Chong, John Yoyogi Fortes, and Swati Khurana, have been selected from a review of all the artists posted in by guest curator Angel Velasco Shaw. The printed catalogue has been edited and coordinated by Sarita Echavez See who selected four writers to participate with her in reviewing the artists' work: Karen Su, Karlyn Koh, and Jan Christian Bernabe. AAAC seeks to expand the ways in which it has presented Asian American art in a community context. Expanding our approach to the literary arts, we are introducing a critical writing component in order to draw upon literary and cultural criticism for visual interpretive and critical thinking.


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