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Atoem Elem Wh Skil Em Me (Chief Eagle). Salish or Kootenai. Western Montana. ca. 1904-1906. Photo by Edward H. Boos. Source - Denver Public Library."Grandma how do you deal with pain?"
"With your hands, dear. When you do it with your mind, the pain hardens even more."
“With your hands, grandma?"
"Yes, yes. Our hands are the antennas of our Soul. When you move them by sewing, cooking, painting, touching the earth or sinking them into the earth, they send signals of caring to the deepest part of you and your Soul calms down. This way she doesn't have to send pain anymore to show it.
"Are hands really that important?"
"Yes my girl. Think of babies: they get to know the world thanks to their touch.
When you look at the hands of older people, they tell more about their lives than any other part of the body.
Everything that is made by hand, so it is said, is made with the heart because it really is like this: hands and heart are connected.
Think of lovers: When their hands touch, they love each other in the most sublime way."
"My hands grandma... how long since I used them like that!"
"Move them my love, start creating with them and everything in you will move.
The pain will not pass away. But it will be the best masterpiece. And it won't hurt as much anymore, because you managed to embroider your Essence.”

Jazz on the streets of Maplewood

Jazz on the streets of Maplewood

Neighborhood music in Maplewood

Neighborhood music in Maplewood


For the latest episode of “Interpretations,” Artforum contributing editor Joan Kee proposes an art history with Afro Asia at its center. Less a place than a ...

Can Memory Ever Be Eternal?    The Eternal Memory draws parallels between a Chilean couple’s struggle with Alzheimer’s a...

Can Memory Ever Be Eternal?
The Eternal Memory draws parallels between a Chilean couple’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and their country’s broader struggle to maintain its history. And it is an epic love story that transcends time and memory. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema

The Eternal Memory draws parallels between a Chilean couple’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and their country’s broader struggle to maintain its history.

Looking for a Lady With Fangs and a Moustache AUG 05, 2023

Looking for a Lady With Fangs and a Moustache AUG 05, 2023
Director: Khyentse Norbu The modern world is highly scientific, analytical, and linear, but that isn’t truly the nature of reality. Transport yourself to a mystical dimension of life where things are not always what they seem. … a moustache, and perhaps a third eye. If she is a dakini—the embodiment of feminine energy in Tibetan Buddhism—she will be able to save his life. Lively, suspenseful, and complex, this film offers an artistic interpretation of embracing religious heritage. “Through its atmosphere and techniques, I hope this film will transport audiences to a profound, mystical, and yet very real and accessible dimension of life with which our modern world is sadly and rapidly losing touch,” Streaming free till Sept 1

This mystical drama follows an entrepreneur's frantic journey to be spared his death by finding an elusive lady with fangs.


In the works of the late Korean artist, Kang Seok Ho, there is no narrative, no relational reference point, but rather a never-ending now.


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Through painstakingly rendered and expressive drawings, the nonbinary comic artist processes some of their life’s darkest moments and hardest truths.


Trương Cong Tung’s art is a meditation on the complex interdependent variables that constitute a diasporic experience, one that offers no easy or concrete answers.

Gathering of Asianish exhibition at Five Myles in Bklyn Amy Lee Sanford performance: Break Pot Reconstruct Pot on July 1...

Gathering of Asianish exhibition at Five Myles in Bklyn
Amy Lee Sanford performance:
Break Pot Reconstruct Pot on July 15


In backyards, buffets, and barbecues across California, Indo artists and organizers are attempting to record, preserve, and further California Indo culture.



I remain cautiously optimistic. I think if we can move beyond the anxiety and dread and despair, there is a promise of something shifting not just culturally, but spiritually, too. I feel that potential in the air, or maybe a sort of subterranean undertow of concern and connectivity, a radical and collective move towards a more empathetic and enhanced existence.
It does seem possible — even against the criminal incompetence of our governments, the planet’s ailing health, the divisiveness that exists everywhere, the shocking lack of mercy and forgiveness, where so many people seem to harbour such an irreparable animosity towards the world and each other — even still, I have hope. Collective grief can bring extraordinary change, a kind of conversion of the spirit, and with it a great opportunity. We can seize this opportunity, or we can squander it and let it pass us by. I hope it is the former. I feel there is a readiness for that, despite what we are led to believe. ~Nick Cave

(Book: Faith, Hope and Carnage


A Tension in Paint Befitting Our Times- in Hyperallergic
Maia Ruth Lee wants viewers to make associations as well as recognize the unstable world in which she and many others live. the exhibition Maia Ruth Lee: The skin of the earth is seamless at Tina Kim Gallery (April 6–May 6, 2023), By wrapping sculptural objects from her Bo***ge Baggage series in unprimed canvas, and then securing them with cord, Lee starts with an ungainly and unforgiving three-dimensional surface. In contrast to the canonical readings of Po***ck and the Minimalist response to his work, Lee is not interested in being literal. She wants viewers to make associations as well as recognize the unstable world in which she and many others live, Lee’s parents went to Nepal to compile a Korean-Sherpa dictionary. Since Sherpa is an oral Tibetic language, the task took many years. As the film plays, we read excerpts of letters the artist wrote to her friends in 2020 and 2022, during the pandemic, mostly about the ideas of “home” and “place.”
..conveyor belts, but their removal from the context changes them; they become limbless corpses, lost objects, soft vessels containing the stuff of one’s life, reminders of upheaval, migration, deportation, imprisonment, and even torture. Piles of baggage stir up all kinds of associations, reminding us that forced migrations have been one legacy of the modern era.

Although it is not immediately apparent, the sculptures are central to Lee’s painting process: she wraps the bundles in unprimed canvas, fastens it with cords, and rubs ink into its uneven surface. Next, she cuts the cords and unfolds and stretches the canvas; she does not know what the painting will look like until it is stretched. .... reminded of the pliage paintings that the French-Hungarian artist Simon Hantaï began making in 1960. His technique was to fold the canvas into various configurations and apply paint to the exposed areas. Writing about Hantaï in 2006, Carter Ratcliff was precise in his estimation:

[Hantaï] is one of the very few artists, European or American, who responded to Jackson Po***ck’s poured paintings in a genuinely original manner. Po***ck invented a new way to paint and Hantaï did the same. both artists share an interest in destabilizing the figure-ground relationship, albeit for different reasons.


[Note: I don’t correct Tennessee Williams. The party at which Tennessee met Picasso did not take place in NYC. Still, an interesting take.] "I wrote to Picasso once: I did not receive a reply. I saw Picasso at a party or an opening or something crowded and awful in New York. I spoke to him. I repeated what I had written in my letter: How do we do it? What do we do when the images and the words do not come forth? How do we survive? How do we remain artists? He looked at me with those glorious eyes, snapped back that shiny, bald head and told me that we are not artists; we do not concern ourselves with 'art.' We are workmen, day laborers--who happen to work with paints and clay and actors, and curtains part on occasion to display what we do. Tell the truth, he said. As you know it. Art may happen; it may not. We are not owed its presence. His point was made." Tennessee Williams/Interview with James Grissom/New Orleans/1982/


Help stop the demolition of The Tombs before its too late! Notices have gone out to your neighbors about the start of demolition of 124-125 White Street to make way for the planned Mega Jail. This, despite irrefutable evidence that demolition of these structures poses significant danger and risk to the community. I just signed a letter to City Hall calling for an immediate pause to the demolition so that a feasibility study can be done and alternative options, such as adaptive reuse - a safer, less costly, greener and faster option – can be considered. Join me by clicking on this link - - to sign the letter and help reach its goal of sending 1,000 signed letters by Friday, April 21.



U of Washington campus

U of Washington campus


Swarm of Monarch Butterflies
(Farfalle Monarca)


Tishan Hsu's second solo exhibition with Empty Gallery, Hong Kong, is now on view during Hong Kong Art Week.

Tishan Hsu’s Art Preceded Internet Aesthetics by Decades. Now, His Prescient Work Is Finally Getting Its Due  AAAC exhib...

Tishan Hsu’s Art Preceded Internet Aesthetics by Decades. Now, His Prescient Work Is Finally Getting Its Due AAAC exhibited Tishan 1985
A digitally native generation has become captivated by the New York artist, who is in his 70s.
Louise Benson, March 22, 2023

Tishan Hsu's second solo exhibition with Empty Gallery, Hong Kong, is now on view during Hong Kong Art Week.


We have been dangerously siloed for far too long by colonial constructs of race, nation, and time that separate, divide, and deny us our very being.


In Ito’s art we glimpse something we cannot comprehend. A sense of longing and mystery, isolation and solitude fill the paintings.

NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH Congratulations to Byron Kim on the launch of the first ...

Congratulations to Byron Kim on the launch of the first comprehensive online database of Kim's Sunday Paintings series. This website archives the ongoing body of work the artist initiated in January 2001. Every week, Kim produces a small, square painting of the sky at that time, and inscribes a journal entry on the completed painting. The journal entries — often meditations on painting, teaching, parenting, love, friendship, and current events — are marked with the time, date, and location of each painting. The series contains well over 1,000 paintings and continues to steadily grow.

If she looks past the TV, my mom sees the sky out her kitchen window. What does the sky look like through all that smoke? I see the sky out my studio window. Is it the same sky?

Nobuko Miyamoto spoke at her book reading at Think Chinatown on One Pike St. Not Yo' Butterfly am reading, so much I did...

Nobuko Miyamoto spoke at her book reading at Think Chinatown on One Pike St. Not Yo' Butterfly am reading, so much I didnt know.

New Land Plaza: You Can’t Beat a New York OriginalStorefront for Art and ArchitectureExhibition by Canal Street Research...

New Land Plaza: You Can’t Beat a New York Original
Storefront for Art and Architecture
Exhibition by Canal Street Research Association featuring works by Ming Fay
Join us next Wednesday March 1st for the opening. The show will run through May 27th.
Participating in a 1988 exhibit "Public Art in Chinatown" that aimed to change NYC Chinatown’s image, Ming created a public art proposal for the triangle at Canal Street and Baxter Street called “Monumental Fruits.” The original exhibition took place at the Asian American Arts Centre and aimed to influence the city and its officials to use contemporary public artwork by Asian Americans in Chinatown. Ming wrote: “The traffic triangle between Canal, Baxter and Walker Streets is a true crossroad of multi-ethnic gathering. The area is known for its street market of fresh produce and fruits. In Chinese culture, orange is a symbol of good luck, peach for longevity and pears for prosperity.”

David Attenborough Fans3d  · Living root bridges are a form of tree shaping common in the southern part of the Northeast...

David Attenborough Fans
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Living root bridges are a form of tree shaping common in the southern part of the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. They are handmade from the aerial roots of Rubber Fig Trees. This is one near Nongsohphan Village.

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The entwined roots of Indian rubber trees form bridges that—unlike steel structures—grow more durable with time. The emerald hills of Meghalaya state—a steep, sodden, rumpled, and stream-slashed portion of India’s remote and picturesque northeastern panhandle—can be excruciatingly difficul...


We're closing out West of Paradise this Sunday with some very special music performances! 🎶✨

Be blown away by a series of performances celebrating Asian / Asian-American heritage by artist Angela Han and presented by composers from the Realms of Courage series, Theresa Calpotura and Julie Zhu. Register to attend:

Julie Zhu's work is conceptual and polydisciplinary, operating on an expansive definition of algorithm and sound architecture—from just intonation software to constructing a box to house a percussionist to traditional orchestration—and has been performed by the JACK quartet, EXAUDI, Ensemble Linea, Quasar, Wu Wei and Marco Fusi, among others. Zhu is currently based in San Francisco where she is a doctoral candidate in music composition at Stanford University.

Theresa Calpotura has performed in venues across the US and the Philippines as a soloist and with her group, The Blue Hours. She teaches guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and studies Maguindanaon kutiyapi with master G**o Karatuan Kalanduyan. In 2022, she received the San Francisco Artist Grant from the SF Arts Commission to write and record Musikang Halo-Halo, a multi-part work that pulls from her 100-year-old grandmother’s life, Filipinx mythology, and her own mixed heritage.

Photo credit: Matthew Washburn


FAR–NEAR is a curated cross-cultural book series broadening perspectives of Asia through image, idea, person and history.


After decades of underground organizing for cultural expression and political agency, establishment funding is flooding the neighborhood. But with millions tied to the city’s borough-based jails plan, is the bankroll worth the price?


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Our October show is streaming! This month we take an in-depth look at fighting anti-Asian hate with education; Election 2022, AAPI political candidates; the history of Filipino American History Month; the Underground AAPI artists; and Eastern beauty trends.

Hear from:
David C. Banks, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education; Arlan Huang Artist Squid Frames;
Vanessa Leung Co-Executive Director, CACF: Coalition for Asian American Children & Families; John C. Liu Senator, New York State; Vivian Louie, Ph.D Director, Asian American Studies Center, Hunter College, The City University of New York
Christina Ong PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh
Lucius Young, Chief of Curriculum and Instruction, New York City Public Schools
Eleanor Yung Founder, Asian American Arts Centre
Stephanie Zheng Founder & CEO, Mount Lai

Watch now or on CUNY-TV:
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Wednesday 8am, 2pm
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As much as I hope to also look for a female that is of Asian decent as a friend and partner I am writing this at this time because I am looking for a Asian female to be my surrogate mother... All applicants will be screened and given an American application and contract sample to observe... If this is at all illegal in your control and I have only ignorance to this then you have my apology... But if you do have the option then I hope you take my kind offer seriously as well as be kind enough to share my page with friends that are of the age of 25 or older... Younger need not apply... To make things work faster I prefer to speak with people with work visa already but will still have options for those that still need to apply...

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I have best wish for a safe an exciting new year fir both myself and applicants that have hopes of being in the United States as a citizen... All applicants will be medically paid for their service expenses as a surrogate mother as well as other contract options to be discussed...
Only 8-days remained for Early Bird Special Application for 2021 Virtual DUMBO Dance Festival deadline (expires on Jan. 7th)

WHITE WAVE DANCE will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary Virtual DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL from June 10th-13th, 2021, and we are proud to present performing artists from around the world for Two Decades.

Be a part of our 20th Anniversary 2021 Virtual DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL.

Click HERE for Online Application Form:

Please find more information at or contact 718-855-8822 or [email protected]

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Inviting Community & Institutions across 🇺🇸 to for “Angklung Goes To America” 2020!
Participating / will hv the chance to join "2021 US Angklung Festival"!
See flyer below for details or email [email protected]
Registration deadline November 30, 2020 (or until capacity is filled).

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Any chinese or chinese-american illustrators/artist interested in collaborating on a project?

I am interested in collaborating and doing some cool artwork on the hallway walls outside my photo studio. Looking to do large scale one color custom vinyl decals.

the walls are super chinatown. Bright yellow walls and red stairs and floors.

email me at [email protected] for more info.

check out my commercial work
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Songs Stuck In My Body is next Saturday March 30th, 6:30pm at The Kraine Theater during EstroGenius 2019: Artists. Unbound.

I’ll be dancing, singing, storytelling my way through this question- unearthing my material and cultural baggage that is at times hilarious and at times problematic. All with the amazing theatrical direction of Lauren Hlubny .

Trailer and Info:
Hi, My Name is Michelle Indelicato
im trying to find out about a painting i have from my father he brought back from Korea in the 60's if i post this on here could someone help me with this it's a Textured Oil Painting of a Waterfall/Mountain side and has a signature of a J.Kwan
if anyone knows of this artist could you please private message me, I was wondering if its an original or duplicate
any help in this would be greatly Appreciated.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hi I would like to let you know about a screening of the feature film Yellow Fever, starring real-life Jenna Ushkowitz, best known for her starring role on Glee, as well as Scott Patterson from Gilmore Girls.

It is a coming of age comedy about a girl adopted from Korea by white people - trying to find her place in her family .. the US of A .. and the world. The screening is on May 16th at the Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema in at 7:30PM.

We need to reach a pre-sales ticket threshold by May 7th to get the screening approved, so please come support this great indie gem! And please share with people you think might be interested. Thanks!

Ticket link below: