brings together seventeen artists from across the United States who challenge and extend the category of Asian American art. The title of the exhibition, drawn from the 1978 Blondie hit song, suggests a non-formulaic way of making or seeing art. The artists and their works characterize the freedom to choose, manipulate and reinvent different kinds of languages and issues, whether formal, conceptual, or political. Together, they defy a definitive conception of Asian American art.
The exhibition features painting, sculpture, video and installation art by contemporary Asian American artists who—with a strong sense of being American and an acute critical consciousness of world matters—grapple with issues of self in a way that sets them apart from their predecessors.
I have yet to take an excursion into Little Tokyo and this is a very good reason to make it out there. Hopefully long before May 4.
Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street
Dash Weekend Downtown Discovery Line
JANM Admission: $8.00 or free every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month