Summer 2017 – Queer Horizons exhibition and Art Net book review

Queer Horizons Summer 2017

“Queer Horizons” curated by Jan Christian Bernabe and Laura Kina for the Center for Art and Thought is now online! Works by by Maya Mackrandilal, Greyson Hong, and Kim Anno are currently up, and more artwork will follow in the upcoming weeks.

“Queer Horizons” features the work of Asian American and Asian diasporic artists whose work envisions a queer future that unsettles the past, disrupts the present, and imagines new worlds beyond the limits of the horizon.

Contributors to the virtual show include: Anida Yoeu Ali, Sita Bhaumik, Kim Anno, Wafaa Bilal, Greyson Hong, Kiam Marcelo Junio, Việt Lê, Maya Mackrandilal, Zavé Martohardjono, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Tina Takemoto, and Saya Woolfalk.

Contributors’ works are published in staggered waves from June 22 until all the works have been revealed, after which the whole exhibition are archived permanently on CA+T’s website.

Please keep checking back on the website for new works and share the link!
Link: http://www.centerforartandthought.org/work/project/queer-horizons

“Queer Horizons” appears in conjunction with the publication of Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe’s book, Queering Contemporary Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2017), which CA+T co-sponsored (http://www.queeringcontemporaryasianamericanart.com/).


Art Net News Book Review!

“How the New Queer Asian American Criticism Is Shifting the Way We See Art”

Artists and scholars shake up the foundations of art history in a new book, ‘Queering Contemporary Asian American Art.’

by Terence Trouillot, June 24, 2017

“But via its challenging and diverse reflections, Queering Contemporary Asian American Art shows how the specific questions of Asian American art history make the stakes of resisting a homonormative queer community (i.e. one that models itself after standards of success defined by white privilege and capitalism) even more vivid.”

Read the Article


Queering Contemporary Asian American Art.
Edited by Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe
Foreword by Susette Min
Afterword by Kyoo Lee
University of Washington Press, 2017.
$40 paperback (ISBN: 9780295741376), 304 pp., 47 illus., 36 in color, 7 x 10 in.

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Queering Contemporary Asian American Art takes Asian American differences as its point of departure, and brings together artists and scholars to challenge normative assumptions, essentialisms, and methodologies within Asian American art and visual culture. Taken together, these nine original artist interviews, cutting-edge visual artworks, and seven critical essays explore contemporary currents and experiences within Asian American art, including the multiple axes of race and identity; queer bodies and forms; kinship and affect; and digital identities and performances.

Using the verb and critical lens of “queering” to capture transgressive cultural, social, and political engagement and practice, the contributors to this volume explore the connection points in Asian American experience and cultural production of surveillance states, decolonization and diaspora, transnational adoption, and transgender bodies and forms, as well as heteronormative respectability, the military, and war. The interdisciplinary and theoretically informed frameworks in the volume engage readers to understand global and historical processes through contemporary Asian American artistic production.

LAURA KINA is an artist and a Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University. She is the coeditor of War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art.

JAN CHRISTIAN BERNABE is the operations, new media, and curatorial director at the Center for Art and Thought.

The contributors are Mariam B. Lam, Eun Jung Park, Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Valerie Soe, and Harrod J Suarez. Featured artists are Anida Yoeu Ali, Kim Anno, Eliza Barrios, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Wafaa Bilal, Hasan Elahi, Greyson Hong, Kiam Marcelo Junio, Lin + Lam (H. Lan Thao Lam and Lana Lin), Viet Le, Maya Mackrandilal, Zavé Martohardjono, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Tina Takemoto, Kenneth Tam, and Saya Woolfalk.

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