A/P/A Institute Presents Queering Contemporary Asian American Art: Laura Kina, Jan Christian Bernabe, Greyson Hong, Kyoo Lee, Zavé Martohardjono, and Saya Woolfalk

Wed, Oct 18 6:30-8:30pm Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU will host an event to celebrate the publication of Queering Contemporary Asian American Art with artist/scholar presentations by Greyson Hong, Zavé Martohardjono, Saya Woolfalk and Kyoo Lee in conversation with coeditors Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe.

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“How the New Queer Asian American Criticism Is Shifting the Way We See Art” via artnet

Artists and scholars shake up the foundations of art history in a new book, ‘Queering Contemporary Asian American Art.’

In 2012, Jan Christian Bernabe, a Filipino-American artist and curator, and Laura Kina, a self-described “mixed-race Okinawan American” artist and scholar, met at the NEH Summer Institute at New York University. There, the two were part a three-week-long development program for teachers and academics, entitled “Re-envisioning American Art History, Asian American Art, Research and Teaching.” Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute, the seminar was the genesis for Kina and Bernabe’s new book Queering Contemporary Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2017), which sets out to disrupt the conventional narratives of Asian American Art using queer theory.

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Q&A with ‘Queering Contemporary Asian American Art’ editors Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe

This Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month we are excited to share special features with authors and editors of new and recent titles that celebrate Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Today we speak with Queering Contemporary Asian American Art editors Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe about their groundbreaking volume, published this spring, and corresponding website.

Queering Contemporary Asian American Art takes Asian American differences as its point of departure for bringing together artists and scholars pushing back against normative assumptions, expectations, critiques, and practices within Asian American art and visual culture. Taken together, these nine original artist interviews, cutting-edge visual artworks, and seven critical essays explore contemporary currents and experiences within Asian American art, including the multiple axes of race and identity; queer bodies and forms; kinship and affect; and digital identities and performances. The interdisciplinary and theoretically informed frameworks in the volume engage readers to understand global and historical processes through contemporary Asian American artistic production.

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Weekly Book List, May 12, 2017, from the “Chronicle of Higher Education

“Queering Contemporary Asian American Art edited by Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe (University of Washington Press; 247 pages; $90 hardcover, $40 paperback). Topics include mixed-race Asian-American strategies in the art of Maya Mackrandilal and Zavé Gayatri Martohardjono, and recuperating “failed bodies” in Jeffrey Augustine Songco‘s Guilty Party and BOMH (Bag Over My Head) series.” [Link]

Image above:
Jeffrey Augustine Songco
Number 2
from the series Guilty Party
2014
chalk pastel on paper
40″ x 28″

Queering Roundtable Discussion at the Association for Asian American Studies

(from left to right) Jan Christian Bernabe, Laura Kina, Maya Mackrandilal, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Việt Lê, and Anida Yoeu Ali

On April 15, 2017, Jan Christian Bernabe and Laura Kina chaired a roundtable discussion at the Association for Asian American Studies conference with four of the artists featured in the book: Việt Lê, Maya Mackrandilal, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, and Anida Yoeu Ali. UW Press also hosted a book signing event for us at the conference.