Saturday, February 20, 2010

Spring 2010 Exhibitions and Lectures

Laura Kina: A Many-Splendored Thing
April 2nd - May 30, 2010
Opening Night: Friday, April 2, 2010, 6:00-8:00pm
Gene Siskel Film Center Gallery
164 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

“Laura Kina: A Many-Splendored Thing”, a retrospective featuring over thirty selected paintings, drawings and textiles (1995-present) from her Refrigerator, Hapa Soap Opera, Loving, Aloha Dreams, and Devon Avenue Sampler series as well as some early and new works on exhibit for the first time. Kina’s art collectively embraces “ikigai” or the Japanese belief of “a sense of life worth living” and reflects her “postcolonial pop aesthetic” as a multiracial Okinawan Jewish artist/educator/scholar living in a South Asian Indian neighborhood in Chicago.

2010 Art, Media, & Design Faculty Exhibition

April 8-May 14, 2010
Opening Reception April 8, 5-7pm
DePaul University Art Museum
2350 N. Kenmore
Chicago, IL 60614

Selected of the Selected
May 7-26th, 2010
Opening Reception: May 7, 2010 7:00-9:00pm
Korean Cultural Center
5505 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 900036
Tel: 323-936-7141

The 12 artists for this exhibition were selected by three person jury, made up this year by Alma Ruiz, Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA; and David Pagel, Associate Professor of Art Theory and History at the Claremont Graduate University and Art Critic for the Los Angeles Times.

Biracial Family Network Visiting speaker
March 13, 2010 10am
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut
Chicago, IL
For more information contact Robin Tillmon

Association for Asian American Studies

Laura Kina paper presentation “I Outsourced My Art to India” as part of a panel organized and chaired by Margo Machida - “Transnationalism and Diaspora in Asian American Art.”
Friday, April 9, 2010 10:15-11:45am
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown 700 San Jacinto at 8th Street Austin, Texas 78701

Oberlin College
Laura Kina visiting artist talk “Half-Yella: Mixed Race Asian American Art."
Thursday, April 29, 2010 4:30pm details TBA
Invited by the Asian American Alliance in conjunction with Asian/Pacific Heritage Month

Woman Made Gallery
13th International Open
March 5-April 22, 2010

Opening Reception: Friday, March 5, 2010 6-9pm

To see a preview of the show, visit this link:

Artists Represented:
Gina Adams, Setsuko Aihara, Linda Alterwitz, Carla Aurich, Marcia Babler, Ilse Bolle, Cat Del Buono, Priti Gulati Cox, Amanda Dandeneau, Yana Dimitrova, Charlotte Freed, Kate Hampel, Ting Ying Han, Sara Holwerda, Alison Horvitz, Hall Jameson, Shelly Jyoti, Salma Khalil, Lory Lockwood, Nichole Maury, Rachel Perrine, Carrie Ballinger Porter, Kate Shannon, Ann Fanciullo Sperling, Susan Sponsler, Susan Tennenbaum, Colette Veasey-Cullors

Juror: Laura Kina
"For the 13th International Open Women Made Gallery received 224 entries from artists working in a wide range of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, fiber, mixed media, and to a lesser extent sculpture, installation, and video. Entries came from across the United States as well as internationally. Thirty-four works by 27 artists were selected.

Thematically many of the works submitted engaged with either issues of the body or landscape. Figuration, and examinations of gendered identity were common subjects. Representational and psychological landscapes, floral and pattern and decoration motifs also abounded. As an invited juror, I chose not to look at where the submissions came from or any biographical details but rather to judge the work based on aesthetic and conceptual considerations as evidenced in both the actual work and the artist statement. Did the work make me stop and look a second time because of its beauty, absurdness, quirkiness, use of materials or innovation? In the context of a women’s gallery, did the work push boundaries that have not been toppled before? Did the work move me in anyway emotionally or prompt me to consider a new topic or even an old topic in a new way?

Judging is always subjective and space is always limited. There’s some good art here, and I hope you enjoy the works selected for the exhibition as much I do. It was an honor to jury this exhibition." -Laura Kina

This April, the Asian American Showcase turns fifteen. And to mark this milestone the Foundation of Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) is not only looking back but especially forward… to pay tribute to performance artist Anida Yoeu Ali and painter Laura Kina (whose artistic careers as well as
missions uncannily mirror each other) for their achievements and contributions to Asian American arts and culture.

For the last decade and a half we as their friends, colleagues and family bore witness to how their work communicated a necessary message of pride, strength and sense of self to challenge who we are that resonated within our community through their unselfish leadership as prominent role models always willing to give.

So now it is only fitting that those who benefited from their many artistic selves acknowledge their numerous achievements thus far with a special evening in tribute as an official thank you.

Please accept our invitation to be part of the FAAIM fundraising benefit on Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 6-9pm at Andrew Bae Gallery located in Chicago’s River North district at 300 West Superior to celebrate all that Anida and Laura have done and continue to do in arts and activism. Tickets for the event are $100 per person and can be purchased through our website,

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