underCurrents & the Quest for Space exhibition by APICC & AAWAA, May 2–25

What: underCurrents & the Quest for Space group exhibition

When:  May 2–25,  2013. Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–7pm, and Saturday 12–5pm. Opening reception Thursday, May 2, 5–8pm.

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

How Much: Free admission.

underCurrents & the Quest for Space is a multidisciplinary arts exhibition and discussion investigating the space occupied by Asian America, socially, artistically and physically. Asian American artists exhibit work that detonates a discourse on the under-discussed issues impacting Asian Americans, interrogates the myth of “model minority,” and acknowledges the multiple ways contemporary Asian American communities address and subvert stereotypes, discrimination and invisibility. This multi-media, multi-disciplinary arts exhibition aims to identify and contemplate the political implications of what lies below the surface, while exploring possibilities to move beyond, reinventing history and artistically predicting an unrestrained future.

Participating artists:
Salma Arastu
Jung Ran Bae
Michele Benzamin-Miki
Manon Bogerd-Wada
Mitsuko Brooks
Karen Chew
Samantha Chundur
Shari Arai DeBoer
Reiko Fujii
Kate Hers
Zilka Joseph
Kay Kang
Miyang Kim
Alexandra Lee
Mido Lee
Brenda Louie
Li Ma
Choppy Oshiro
Isabelle Thuy Pelaud
Yoshie Sakai
Pallavi Sharma
Cindy Shih
Judy Shintani
Shizue Seigel
Valerie Soe
Dao Strom
Cynthia Tom
Truong Tran
Julie Thi Underhill
Laura Wong
Leslie Zeitler
Stella Zheng
Xiaojie Zheng

The exhibition is curated by Inson Choy. Guest jurors included Jay Xu, Ph.D., Director, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Mary-Ann Milford, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, Mills College.

Accompanying events include:


Opening Reception
Thursday, May 2, 5–8pm


Poetry Reading: Navigating the underCurrents
Wednesday, May 15, 7–8:30pm, free admission, click here for more information


Threads in Unbound Kimonos
Saturday, May 18, 4–5pm, $15 admission, click here for more information


Panel Discussion
Saturday, May 25, 1–3pm


Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to ensuring the visibility and documentation of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, we offer thought-provoking perspectives that challenge societal assumptions and promote dialogue. www.aawaa.net

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) supports and produces multi-disciplinary art reflective of the unique experiences of Asian Pacific Islanders living in the United States. underCurrents is featured as part of Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s  (APICC) 16th Annual United States of Asian America Festival at SOMArts Cultural Center. www.apiculturalcenter.org

Pictured top to bottom: Judy Shintani Tamano, “Unbound Kimonos”; Michele Benzamin-Miki, “This model stamped and approved’”