underCurrents & the Quest for Space is a multidisciplinary arts exhibition and discussion investigating the space occupied by Asian America, socially, artistically and physically. Asian American artists exhibit work that detonates a discourse on the under-discussed issues impacting Asian Americans, interrogates the myth of “model minority,” and acknowledges the multiple ways contemporary Asian American communities address and subvert stereotypes, discrimination and invisibility.
By way of introduction to the 13th issue, contributing author Ron Drummond will read from his essay/fiction hybrid, “The First Woman on Mars,” a story that proposes an original Mars settlement scenario with the potential to serve as the inspirational and “dramatic centerpiece” to unite all human endeavors in space. He will be joined by Kim Stanley Robinson, the science fiction writer and award-winning author of the Mars Trilogy and 2312. Together they will discuss the social, economic, and political implications of the human push into space and efforts to colonize Mars, as well as the ecological and sociological sustainability of life on the red planet and elsewhere in the solar system.
Specializing in noir, horror, and risqué oddities, Japan’s Shintoho studio produced more than 500 films in 14 years. The company went bankrupt in 1961, and few of their films have been seen in the West—until now. Though they produced works by masters like Kurosawa and Ozu, they are best remembered in Japan for their low-budget, high-concept genre films.
Weston Teruya recreates objects and ephemera that represent Hawai'i "expats'" ties to their old home. These collected fragments of a dislocated local culture are installed in the museum's existing displays and reinterpreted by guides throughout the night.
Continuing its expanded focus on exhibiting contemporary art, the Asian Art Museum presents Proximities, a series of three intimate exhibitions of recent and newly created artworks exploring the wide, elusive range of Asia through the varied perspectives of Bay Area artists. Guest curated by Glen Helfand, the exhibitions each feature 8-12 artworks— paintings, sculpture, video, installations, plus related programs—and are organized around cultural themes that resonate across all points of Asia: real and imagined landscapes; family/community; and trade/commerce. The artworks on view reflect the artists’ “proximity” to Asia and Asian history.