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IMU UR2: Art, Aesthetics, and Asian American Symposium

Saturday, October 29, 2022
7:30pm to 9pm PT

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CEMEX Auditorium
641 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305

Free and open to the public

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On October 28-29, Stanford University will host IMU UR2: Art, Aesthetics, and Asian America. This two-day convening brings together artists, curators, and scholars to rethink and reimagine the histories and futures of artists of Asian descent.

Together with the exhibitions East of the Pacific: Making Histories of Asian American ArtThe Faces of Ruth Asawa, and At Home/On Stage: Asian American Representation in Photography and Film at the Cantor Arts Center, IMU UR2 inaugurates the Asian American Art Initiative (AAAI). This event also serves as the public launch of the Martin Wong Catalogue Raisonné, a free online resource that is a collaboration between the AAAI, the Martin Wong Foundation, and Stanford Libraries.

Co-directed by Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, assistant curator at the Cantor Arts Center, and Marci Kwon, assistant professor of art and art history, the Asian American Art Initiative is dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, teaching, and public presentation of Asian American/diaspora artists and makers. The AAAI is housed at the Cantor and collaborates with campus units, including the Asian American Studies Program and Stanford Libraries and Special Collections. Through a series of long-term installations, special exhibitions, research and education projects, the AAAI fosters in-depth scholarly and public engagement with artists and makers of Asian descent.

To organize the program, the Cantor Arts Center collaborated with the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, with funding from the Stanford Arts Incubator pilot program. This symposium is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The conference is co-sponsored by the American Studies Program, Center for Asian Health Research and Education, Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, Center for East Asian Studies, Center for South Asia, Department of Art & Art History, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of History, Stanford Medical Humanities and Arts Program, Stanford Program in Modern Thought and Literature, as well as Christine Chan and Bryant Lin.

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