The Future Is NOW: Asian America on Its Own Terms

What: The Future Is NOW: Asian America on Its Own Terms

When: May 3–25, 2012 with accompanying events

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: Free admission during gallery hours, Tues–Fri, 12-7pm and Sat, 12–5pm

Presented by SOMArts’ tenants the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center as part of their 15th United States of Asian America Festival, The Future is NOW explores the ways in which contemporary Asian American artists explore, engage, reflect and critique their relationship to the past, present and future.  Working with a do-it-yourself directness, the artists in The Future is NOW all draw from their knowledge and experiences to reveal alternative and imaginary narratives, alive with complexity, humor and spirit. In the process, they present us with a skillful meditation on this present moment.

The exhibition features works in a variety of media by an acclaimed group of artists: Kim Anno, Michael Arcega, Lenore Chinn, Binh Danh, Taraneh Hemami, Nancy Hom, Justin Hoover, Su-Chen Hung, Betty Kano, Hung Liu, Gabby Miller, Ranu Mukherjee, Pallavi Sharma, Tina Takemoto, Truong Tran, Carlos Villa and Flo Oy Wong. The exhibition was curated by Jennifer Banta with Exhibit Consultation and Design by Matt McKinley.

Accompanying events are free to attend unless otherwise noted:

Opening Reception
Thursday, May 3, 5PM–8PM,

What Lies Ahead: Creating Community and Expanding the Context for Asian American Art
Saturday, May 5, 2PM–4PM

Artist Talk
Saturday, May 12, 2PM–4PM

GaNaDa
This multi–disciplinary production addresses the relationship between Mago (Myth) and the real life; the past and present; and karma and destiny.  It features the dance and music of Dohee Lee, accompanied by Tatsu Aoki (music and film) and Adria Otte (music).
Friday, May 18 & Saturday May 19, 8PM, $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Closing Reception
Friday, May 25, 5PM–7PM

The Future is NOW and GaNaDa are supported by the California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission and the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Official Portrait: Citizen by Hung Liu pictured above.