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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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Posted by on May 7, 2009 in Uncategorized


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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Posted by on May 7, 2009 in Uncategorized


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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Posted by on May 7, 2009 in Uncategorized


South Asia Architectural and Urban Histories Symposium

Friday, May 1, 2009.
5:00 pm Keynote address
Swati Chattopadhyay
Associate Professor, Department of History of Art and Architecture
University of California Santa Barbara

Saturday, May 2, 2009
9:00 am Introduction
Michael Fisher
Robert S. Danforth Professor of History, Oberlin College.

9:30 am: Pedestrian Problems in early Twentieth Century Bombay
Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria, Assistant Professor, Department of
Anthropology, Smith College.

10:15 am: Water and Waste as Shahjahanabad Becomes Old Delhi
Michael Fisher, Robert S. Danforth Professor of History, Oberlin College.

11:00 am to 11:30 am: Discussion led by Vandana Baweja, OKUM Postdoctoral
Fellow, Department of Art, Oberlin College.

1:00: Architectural History in South Asia: Critical Perspectives and Prospects
Madhuri Desai, Assistant Professor of Art History and Asian Studies,
Department of Art History, Penn State University.

1:45: Stones, Stories and Science: Archaeology and the Invention of the
“National” Monument in Colonial India
Mrinalini Rajagopalan
Assistant Professor/ Faculty Fellow of ‘The City’ , John W. Draper
Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought,
New York University

2:30 Discussion and closing remarks led by Paula Richman
Danforth Professor of Religion, Oberlin College

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Posted by on April 30, 2009 in Uncategorized


Last esc lecture of the semester!

esc: Sara Krugman, Kelly Schmader and Hilary Zarabi-Aazam

The last esc of the semester is hosting three senior students from the Art Department. Sara Krugman, Kelly Schmader, and Hilary Zarabi-Aazam will present their artworks and talk about the conceptual framework behind these projects.

There will be snacks, beverages and stimulating conversations.
Hope to see you all there.

Thursday, May 7, 8.00pm
128 Forest St. Oberlin, OH (Behind Lord-Saunders) for additional info and directions.

This information courtesy of Arzu Ozkal

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Posted by on April 30, 2009 in Uncategorized


Andrew Spencer’s Senior Show

“A Trip to the Gallery”
Senior Thesis Exhibition
Andrew Spencer
Friday May 1, 2009
8:00 pm, Fisher Gallery

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Posted by on April 30, 2009 in Uncategorized


Big Parade This Saturday!!

See the press release below:

This Saturday: Join the Big Parade

The Big Parade is this Saturday, May 2nd. If you want to join the fun and march in the parade, just show up (in your last minute costumes) to Eastwood Elementary School (198 E. College St.) at 10am on Saturday. Don’t worry if you don’t have a great costume, bring some pots to bang on, or just bring your smile!

If you can’t march in the parade, at least be sure not to miss it! Line up on College Street at 11am to see all the floats. And join us in Tappan Square all day for more fun and festivities. There will be free food, music and carnival games all afternoon.

Saturday, May 2nd
join 10am Eastwood Elementary
watch 11am East College Street
play all day Tappan Square
(In the case of heavy rain, the Big Parade will take Place on Sunday, May 3rd.)

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Posted by on April 28, 2009 in Uncategorized


Oberlin Film Festival: Call for Submissions

Just a reminder:


(a chance for you to show the work that doesn’t have a venue to be screened in, this can be work you’ve made a while ago, or work for a class that won’t be shown publically)




brought to you by the Oberlin Film Co-op and the Oberlin Film Series

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Posted by on April 23, 2009 in call for work


Amy and Misha’s Senior Show

Senior Studio and Thesis Final Show
works by Amy Giovanna Rinaldi and Misha Davidoff
Friday April 24th 8-11pm
Fisher Gallery

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Posted by on April 21, 2009 in Uncategorized


Sarah and Ayla’s Senior Show

That Space Between
A final show by Sara Krugman and Ayla Zeimer
SATURDAY, April 18th, 8pm.
Fisher Gallery

Sarah and Ayla

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Posted by on April 16, 2009 in Uncategorized