Daily Archives: May 7, 2009

Pipo Nguyen-duy in a New Book

Professor Pipo Nguyen-duy’s work is featured in the new book Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary. It is currently in the Art Library, so come take a look. The information below is from the publisher:

In Unsettled Visions the activist, curator, and scholar Margo Machida presents a pioneering, in-depth exploration of Asian American visual art. Machida focuses on works produced during the watershed 1990s, when surging Asian immigration had significantly altered the demographic, cultural, and political contours of Asian America, and a renaissance in Asian American art and visual culture was well underway. Machida conducted extensive interviews with ten artists working during this transformative period: men and women of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese descent, most of whom migrated to the United States. In dialogue with the artists, Machida illuminates and contextualizes the origins and intent behind bodies of their work.Unsettled Visionsis an engaging look at a vital art scene and a subtle account of the multiple, shifting meanings of “Asian-ness” in Asian American art.Analyses of the work of individual artists are grouped around three of the major themes that Asian American artists engaged with during the 1990s: representations of the other; social memory and trauma; and migration, diaspora, and a sense of place. Machida considers the work of the photographers Pipo Nguyen-duy and Hanh Thi Pham, the printmaker and sculptor Zarina Hashmi, and installations by the artists Tomie Arai, Ming Fay, and Yong Soon Min. She examines the work of Marlon Fuentes, whose films and photographs play with the stereotyping conventions of visual anthropology, and a series of prints in which Allan deSouza examines the centrality of Orientalism to American popular culture. Machida reflects on Kristine Aono’s museum installations embodying the effects of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and on Y. David Chung’s representations of urban spaces transformed by migration in works ranging from large-scale charcoal drawings and installations to a multimedia “electronic rap opera.”

Unsettled Visions Cover

Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary
By Margo Machida
Edition: illustrated
Published by Duke University Press, 2009
ISBN 0822341875, 9780822341871
352 pages
Art Library N6538.A83 M37 2008

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Tis the Season for Art Shows

There will be a wealth of art on display this weekend! On May 9th come see Don Harvey’s and Susan Umbenhour’s students’ work displayed in the domes. It will be drawing and painting and there will be light refreshments from 8 to 10pm. Also, Hilary Zarabi-Azam and Sarina will be showing work in Fisher Gallery at 8 tomorrow night in their show “I ❤ Art.”

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Art History Honors Presentations Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday May 8th at 4pm in Classroom 1, this year’s four art history honors candidates will give brief (15 minute) presentations on their paper topics. Please come support them! Topics are as follows:

Matthew Gin: “Transformative Spaces and Edifying Spectacles: Enlightened Discourses and the Reconceptualization of Theater Architecture in Eighteenth Century France”

Martha Joseph: “Beyond Conceptual Art: Boredom and the Problem of Medium in John Baldessari’s Early Video Art”

Lindsey DuPertuis: “‘Parenti, Amici, Vincini’ A Study of Apollonio di Giovanni’s Battle between the Persians and Athenians”

Alexandra Sterman: “Modern Chinese Art at a Moment of Crisis: The 1989 China/Avant-garde Exhibition”

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