Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Our show opens Friday, Jan 25th at the Chicago Cultural Center

Indigo: Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina at the Chicago Cultural Center

Indigo: Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina
Curated by Greg Lunceford and Lanny Silverman
January 26 - April 2, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 2013 5:30-7:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Rooms
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60638

Artist talk with Shelly Jyoti, Laura Kina, and Pushipika Frietas, President of MarketPlace: Handwork of India
The Chicago Rooms
12:15pm Thursday, January 31, 2013

Employing fair trade artisans from women’s collectives in India and executing their works in indigo blue, Indian artist Shelly Jyoti and US artist Laura Kina’s works draw upon India’s history, narratives of immigration and transnational economic interchanges.
View the online exhibition catalog (you need flash for this):

Download a pdf
of the brochure Indigo: Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina Chicago Cultural Center

Watch the
2010 video on youtube Indigo: New works by Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina

Thursday, January 17, 2013

War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art just published

Front cover of War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art

Front and back cover of the book.
My advance copy of War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013), which I co-edited with Wei Ming Dariotis, just arrived! It will be available in bookstores and online shortly.

Learn more at:

War Baby / Love Child examines hybrid Asian American identity through a collection of essays, artworks, and interviews at the intersection of critical mixed race studies and contemporary art. The book pairs artwork and interviews with nineteen emerging, mid-career, and established mixed race/mixed heritage Asian American artists, including Li-lan and Kip Fulbeck, with scholarly essays exploring such topics as Vietnamese Amerasians, Korean transracial adoptions, and multiethnic Hawai'i. As an increasingly ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation is coming of age in an era of "optional identity," this collection brings together first-person perspectives and a wider scholarly context to shed light on changing Asian American cultures. 

This multiauthor volume features a foreward by Kent A. Ono, a co-authored preface and introductory essay by the editors, 19 original artist interviews conducted by the editors, and original essays from Wei Ming Dariotis and the contributing authors: Camilla Fojas, Stuart Gaffney, Rudy Guevarra, Jr., Eleana J. Kim, Richard Lou, Margo Machida, Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Lori Pierce, Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Ken Tanabe, and Wendy Thompson-Taiwo. Major funding for the publication has been awarded through the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, DePaul University and San Francisco State University.

Featured artists: Mequitta Ahuja, Albert Chong, Serene Ford, Kip Fulbeck, Stuart Gaffney, Louie Gong, Jane Jin Kaisen, Lori Kay, Li-lan, Richard Lou, Samia Mirza, Chris Naka, Laurel Nakadate, Gina Osterloh, Adrienne Pao, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Amanda Ross-Ho, Jenifer Wofford, Debra Yepa-Pappan.

Laura Kina is associate professor of art, media, and design at DePaul University. Wei Ming Dariotis is associate professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University.

"War Baby / Love Child is an interesting, original, and innovative project that expands the field of Asian American studies by using visual art as a point of entry and analysis for the discipline." - Mark Johnson, editor of Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970

"One of the strengths of this original volume is its holistic combination of interviews with premier fine artists along with the textual, historical, and scholarly context provided by established and emerging scholars in Asian American Studies." - Nitasha Sharma, author of Hip Hop Desis: South Asian Americans, Blackness, and Global Race Consciousness

Watch the trailer:

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Press and Pictures from "Art Is My Life" Okinawa, Japan

沖縄系ハワイ移民4世:沖縄への思い語る (Okinawakei Hawai imin yonsei: Okinawa eno omoi kataru) "A yonsei Okinawan-Hawaiian immigrant tells her thoughts about Okinawa." QAB TV, December 4, 2012, Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Featuring an interview with Laura Kina and her father, George Kina.
「沖縄の女性」歴史描く:県系米国人画家キナさん ("Okinawa no josei" rekishi egaku-kenkei beikokujin gaka Kina san) "Telling the history of Okinawa women-Ms. Kina, an Okinawan American artist/painter." Okinawan Times, December 18, 2012.
I was honored to be included in "Art Is My Life," a special exhibition curated by Megumi Tomiyama on Okinawan women artists held in conjunction with "Women in Between – Asian Women Artists 1984-2012," at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum December 4, 2012 - January 6, 2013 in Okinawa, Japan. My dad, George Kina, joined me on this special trip back to the land of his grandparents where we visited with our extended Maehira side of the family. Tomiyamasan invited to give an artist talk at the Museum which was covered by QAB news and the Okinawa Times (see above). I was very grateful to Rinda Kayatani for her expert translation and thrilled that I could be in an exhibition with my new friend Ikuko Hanashiro. Ryukyu University professor Kina Ikue also hosted me for an invited lecture "Mixed Race Asian American Art: Chanpuru Spirit and 'hapa' Identity" on December 5, 2012.

My dad and I at the Okinawan Prefectural Museum and Art Museum
Installation view of my artwork in "Art Is My Life"
Standing in front of works from my Sugar series as part of "Art Is My Life"

Okinawa Prefectural Musueum and Art Museum
Entrance to the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum
Ceiling of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum
My dad and I with our Maehira family relatives
Installation view of "Art Is My Life"

Ikuko Hanashiro in front of her installation in "Art Is My Life"

After the lecture at Ryukyu University from left to right: Rinda Kayatani, Chihiro Sakihara, Samantha May, Ikue Kina, George Kina, Laura Kina, Megumi Tomiyama