One Way or Another has arrived at the Berkeley Art Museum this week! Galleon Trade compadre Mike Arcega is in this massive exhibition, as are other local hometown heroes Indigo Som, Ala Ebtekar, and Binh Danh.
Given that Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture festival, and Galleon Trade comadre Gina Osterloh’s solo show at 2nd Floor Projects also open this week, it’s a pretty banner moment for Asian American arts here in the Bay Area… congrats to everyone who’s been hustling to get things in order for these great events!
Mike Arcega’s work at BAM:
the APAture flyer:
Gina Osterloh’s work at 2nd Floor Projects:
And here’s some of the BAMPFA propaganda:
The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) presents One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now, a major exhibition that asks what it means to be Asian American in today’s world.
The exhibition features more than thirty works by seventeen Asian American artists, most of whom were born after 1970 or who grew up in the U.S. during that decade. Working in a range of styles and media, the artists reveal widely divergent ideas about being Asian American. One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now is organized by the Asia Society, New York, and opens at BAM/PFA on September 19 and runs through December 23, 2007.
Unlike an earlier generation of Asian American artists whose work made very bold and deliberate statements of identity — as seen in the ground-breaking Asia/America: Identities in Contemporary Asian American Art, organized by the Asia Society in 1994 –the artists featured in One Way or Another create work that is not dominated or defined by their ethnicity. Instead, “Asian Americanness” is a theme that informs, rather than drives, the artists’ work.
“The biggest thing we had to address was what constitutes ‘Asian American arts,’” says Susette Min, one of the exhibition curators. “Is it art created by an artist who identifies as Asian American? Is it art created by an artist who has at least one parent who’s Asian? Is it art that has something thematically associated with being Asian in America? Does it have to be politically motivated, or engaged with ‘traditionally’ Asian American issues?”
One Way or Another features artists primarily from three major regions with large Asian American populations: Los Angeles, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Four artists are based in the Bay Area — Ala Ebtekar and Indigo Som (Berkeley), Mike Arcega (San Francisco), and Binh Danh (San Jose) — and four in Los Angeles: Glenn Kaino, Mari Eastman, Anna Sew Hoy, and Kaz Oshiro. The exhibition’s title is taken from the 1978 Blondie hit, and reflects the visible influence of popular culture on these artists’ work.
OK! See you kids out and about at these events this week!