Thursday, January 28, 2010

ART and AAS Events I'm organizing or co-sponsoring for DePaul

One of the best things about my job as a professor at DePaul is coordinating visiting speakers for DePaul's Department of Art, Media, & Design and Asian American Studies.

Tonight we are featuring photographer Jason Lazarus.

ART, MEDIA, + DESIGN 2009-2010
JANUARY 28, 2010 6pm

Since receiving his MFA in Photography (2003), Jason has actively exhibited around the country and abroad while teaching photography part-time at Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Recent exhibition highlights include “Black Is, Black Aint” at the Renaissance Society in Chicago, Image Search at PPOW Gallery in NYC, “On the Scene”at the Art Institute of Chicago, and solo exhibitions at Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago, Kaune, Sudendorf in Cologne, Germany, and the Spertus Institute in Chicago.

Notable honors include an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship award, 2009; the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award, Emerging Artist, 2008; and the Emerging Artist Artadia Grant in 2006. Jason’s work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of
Chicago, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and the Bank of America LaSalle Photography collection among many others.

DePaul Art Museum
2350 N. Kenmore
Chicago, IL

Free and Open to the Public
Last week, on behalf of Asian American Studies I worked with the Japanese Media Appreciation Club to bring in Ann Marie Chua Lee to talk about the cosplay subculture.
You can learn more about her work at:
Looking ahead, Asian American Studies is also co-sponsoring a Chinese New Years Celebration Feb 15th 7-9pm Lincoln Park Campus Cortelyou Commons Main Hall. Asian Cultural Exchange is planning a Lion Dance so it's going to be fun. This event is being organized by Prof. Li Jin from Modern Languages/Chinese Studies.
On Feb 21st, Asian American Studies is co-sponsoring a screening of "Inside Hana's Suitcase" organized by Prof. Nobuko Chikamatsu Chandler from Modern Languages/Japanese Studies:

Inside Hana’s Suitcase
Saturday, February 20
5:00–7:30 p.m.
Arthur J. Schmitt Academic Center (SAC) #154
2320 N. Kenmore Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
Free Admission, No RSVP required

The delivery of a battered suitcase to Fumiko Ishioka at the Tokyo Holocaust Museum begins the true-life mystery that became the subject of Karen Levine’s best-selling book Hana’s Suitcase. The suitcase came from the Auschwitz Museum and had Hana Brady’s name painted on it. Larry Weinstein’s masterful film follows Fumiko’s search to discover the details of Hana’s life, which leads to the discovery of her brother George in Toronto. As small children they had been sent to Thereisenstadt for being Jewish after the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. The voices of children from Japan, Canada, and the Czech Republic telling Hana’s story are woven around the drama, along with George’s memories and Fumiko’s quest, to create a film of astonishing power and hope.

Film Details:
Country of Origin: Canada/Japan/Czech Republic
Original Languages: English /Japanese/Czech
Running Time: 90 minutes
Cast: George Brady, Laura Brady, Fumiko Ishioka
Directors: Larry Weinstein

Prof. Yvonne Lau, Modern Languages/Chinese Studies/Asian American Studies, along with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity is organizing a screening of Curtis Chin's "Vincent Who" on Feb 26th (details TBA) at DePaul. Curtis Chin will be present.
Watch the trailers here (one is short and one is longer):
Asian American Studies is hosting a screening
"Second Moon" a film by Masahiro Sugano
Masahiro will be present.
Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 6:00pm
John T. Richardson Library
Room 400
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
Second Moon is a Neo-Yakuza Romantic Farce

Q is an agent of an underground organization called "Art of Love." Art of Love generates revenue by helping suburban housewives cheat on their husbands under the guise of free love. One day, Q runs into M, a transient Korean girl. M develops a fever, and Q shelters her for a week. Q senses a peculiar compassion developing for M. Don Jim, the leader of Art of Love, strictly forbids his agents from involvement in monogamous intimate relationships. Q decides to severe his relationship with M. But after M recovers, she starts cooking gourmet dishes. The seductive force of her food cripples Q's aspiration for freedom and jeopardizes his loyalty to Don Jim. Q has to choose between free love and one love--lightness and heaviness--in his quest for ultimate happiness.


Asian American Studies is co-sponsoring the Women's History Month Luncheon organized by the Women's Center. The luncheon will feature a performance/talk by Andia Yoeu Ali!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 noon-2pm
DePaul University Student Center/Room 120
For additional info contact the Women's Center at 773-325-7558

Performance artist, writer and global agitator, Anida Yoeu Ali is a
first generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in
Chicago. Anida is an interdisciplinary artist working in video,
installation, sound, and performance. In May 2010, she will graduate
with an MFA degree in Performance from the School of the Art Institute
in Chicago. Her current study of Butoh examines the poetic potential
of the body and collective healing. Her performance work is a means to
transform loss into conversations about reconciliation. Since 1998,
Anida has toured over 300 colleges and venues with the spoken word
ensemble, I Was Born With Two Tongues, and the theatrical collective
Mango Tribe. The Tongues' pioneering performance work and
critically-acclaimed debut CD, "Broken Speak", ignited a new
generation of Asian American voices. She is also a founding member of
Young Asians With Power!, Asian American Artists Collective-Chicago,
the National APIA Spoken Word & Poetry Summit, and MONSOON fine arts
journal. Her artistic work has been the recipient of grants from the
Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment of the
Arts and Illinois Arts Council. Her writings are published in
"Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images" (Coffeehouse
Press 2002), "Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and
Sexuality" (Seal Press 2006), and "Shout Out: Women of Color Respond
to Violence" (Seal Press 2007). From Copenhagen to Ho Chi Minh City,
Anida lectures, exhibits and performs internationally.

Asian American Studies will host Professor Susan Koshy from the University of Illinois

She will give a talk on the Midwest vs. West Coast Asian American culture. This event is organized by Prof. Shailja Sharma - International Studies/Asian American Studies
Friday, April 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm
John T. Richardson Library
Room 400
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
Susan Koshy (Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1992) is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work draws on the insights of literature, anthropology, legal studies, and history. Her work on race, ethnicity and diaspora is part of a larger theoretical interest in modernity, neocolonialism, and the processes of globalization. Her research is situated at the conjuncture of globalization theory, postcolonial studies, and ethnic studies and interrogates the boundaries of these disciplinary formations. Her book, Sexual Naturalization (Stanford University Press, 2004) locates narratives of white-Asian miscegenation in the context of anti-miscegenation laws, Asian immigration to the US, and US expansionism in Asia. Her articles have appeared in the Yale Journal of Criticism, Boundary 2, Differences, Diaspora, Social Text, and in several anthologies. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Delhi University.


In Spring 2010, I'm organizing a lecture for Adam Kallish on behalf of the Department of Art, Media, & Design.
Adam Kallish Thursday, April 22, 2010, 6:00 pm
DePaul Art Museum 2350 N. Kenmore
Adam Kallish will discuss future technology trends and how design can be
at the table to shape the development of user interaction models.
Kallish is the Delivery Director at Tanagram Partners in Chicago where he
integrates information architecture, user experience, development and
project management. He is also the Principle at Trope: Communication
by Design, a design consultancy offering a variety of strategic and tactical
design services to clarify organizational ideas and integrate media.
I also have to plug a showcase my University is putting on that is being organized by a lot of folks but mainly by my colleague Prof. Matthew Girson.
"I am I"
A showcase of DePaul's Creative Student Work
February 8, 2010 7-9pm
DePaul Student Center 120 a/b
2250 N. Sheffield
Chicago, IL 60614

Organized by DePaul's Integrated Arts Initiative, this one night event will showcase the work of students from SEVEN DePaul Schools and Colleges (CDM, Communications, Education, LA&S, Music, SNL and Theatre). Artworks, soundworks, multimedia,live performances and numerous other events and media will be showcased for the entire DePaul Community. Don't miss this great opportunity to see feel and hear great creative work from all across the DePaul Community.

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