Saturday, May 4, 2013

My painting "Issei" is part of traveling Smithsonian banner exhibition and educational poster

Laura Kina "Issei" 2011, oil on canvas, 30 x 45 in. reproduction featured in Smithsonian banner exhibit and on an educational poster

A reproduction of my 2011 painting "Issei", which features a portrait of my Okinawan great-great grandmother with ghosts of sugar cane plantation workers in Hawaii behind her, is part of this traveling educational banner exhibition organized by the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center. Thank you Konrad Ng and Lawrence-Minh Davis for including my work.

I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
May 1 - June 15, 2013
1400 Constitution Ave., NW 3rd Floor, Corridors
Washington, DC

"This banner exhibition celebrates Asian Pacific American history across a multitude of incredibly diverse cultures and explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history. Rich with compelling, often surprising stories, it takes a sweeping look at this history, from the very first Asian immigrants centuries ago to the complex challenges facing Asian Pacific American communities today."

It has also been turned into a poster that will go out to 10,000 schools across the U.S.  "to help educate school children about the many contributions of Asian Americans." 

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