The Asian/Pacific/American Institute celebrates the launch of the Virtual Asian American Art Museum with a symposium, “Artists in New York,” on Thurs., Nov. 8.

"Resettlement," from the Virtual Asian American Art Museum's exhibition on Chicago-based photographer James Numata (1918-1997), curated by Jasmine Alinder.

New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute celebrates the launch of the Virtual Asian American Art Museum with a symposium, “Artists in New York,” on Thurs., Nov. 8 (5-8 p.m.) at A/P/A’s 8 Washington Mews location (between University Place and Fifth Avenue).

“Artists in New York” highlights Asian American artists who lived and worked in New York during the 20th century. The symposium features Anne Collins Goodyear (Bowdoin College), Mark Johnson (San Francisco State University), Margo Machida (University of Connecticut), Sadia Shirazi (Cornell University), John Tain (Asia Art Archive), ShiPu Wang (University of California, Merced), Tom Wolf (Bard College), Midori Yamamura (Hunter College, CUNY), and Midori Yoshimoto (New Jersey City University).

“Artists in New York” is free and open to the public; registration is required at https://bit.ly/2zClkob, by calling 212.992.9653, or by e-mailing apa.rsvp@nyu.edu.

Rather than a “bricks and mortar” museum, VAAAM is a digital humanities project that presents curated materials (including images of artworks, audio, and video) from U.S. and international repositories to visualize, analyze, and contextualize Asian American art history. The peer-reviewed narratives presented in the digital exhibitions aim to provide researchers, art educators, and the general public a view into Asian American art.

The project is led by the following major partners: the A/P/A Institute at NYU, NYU Libraries, the Getty Research Institute, Smithsonian Institution, DePaul University, the Bowdoin Art Museum, San Francisco State University, Artl@s/BasART, and the Japanese American Service Committee in Chicago.

VAAAM opens with exhibitions on postwar Japanese art in Chicago, curated by Laura Kina (DePaul University) and scholars Jasmine Alinder (University of Wisconsin), John Tain (Asia Art Archive), and Karen Patterson (The Kohler Arts Center). These virtual exhibitions are a collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago and supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art as part of the foundation’s initiative, Art Design Chicago.

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