ACAC-SF will launch Asian Contemporary Arts Week in May, 2012!


Asian Contemporary Art Week San Francisco
Saturday May 12 – Saturday May 19, 2012


We are delighted to invite you to the inaugural Asian Contemporary Art Week in San Francisco (ACAW-SF). An unprecedented event in connecting cultural institutions across the Bay Area, ACAW-SF features a variety of programs to celebrate the dynamic of Asian contemporary art practice. 2012 marks the inception of this collaborative effort with thirteen participants to present exhibitions, tours, receptions, screenings, panel discussions and more.

ACAC-SF initiated the ACAW-SF with the intention of generating diverse discourses, creating stimulating conversations, building larger audience group, inviting broader interpretations, and promoting sustainable interests around Asian contemporary arts in the Bay Area. ACAW-SF 2012 will open with a two-part panel discussion each entitled: Building and Breaking: Considering Tradition in Contemporary Art and On Location: Time and Place at the Asian Art Museum. Co-organized by ACAC-SF and the Museum, the panel serves as a highlight program of ACAW-SF, featuring artists from the exhibition Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past and renowned curators and critics based in San Francisco.

Another anchor point of the week is the evening with the Pulitzer Prize winner, art critic and writer Holland Cotter. Through his cutting-edge writings, Mr. Cotter has introduced readers to a broad range of Asian contemporary art and culture since the 1990s. From the city to the East Bay and the South Bay, ACAW-SF 2012 includes 21 exciting exhibitions and programs, featuring over 80 artists.

With the launch of ACAW-SF, we are looking forward to the growth of Asian contemporary art scene in the Bay Area. We hope that you will enjoy the first edition of Asian Contemporary Art Week San Francisco. Looking forward to your attendance.

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  • artMRKT San Francisco
  • Art Practical
  • Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
  • Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco
  • Contemporary Dialogue Foundation
Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern
  • Haines Gallery
San Jose Museum of Art
  • SOMArts Cultural Center
Southern Exposure
  • Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Sun K. Kwak, Untying Space_Sala Alcala 31, 2007. Masking tape, adhesive vinyl, wooden panel. Installed at Sala Alcala 31, Madrid. Photo provided by Sala Alcala 31.© Sun K. Kwak. Courtesy of the artist.

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