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Who was Dimples? Reperforming History in Theater and Visual Arts

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Join artist Miljohn Ruperto for a talk about his multi-part project on Filipina actress Isabel Rosario Cooper. Ruperto’s film appearance of Isabel Rosario Cooper and screenplay Dimples are on view in At Home/On Stage: Asian American Representation in Photography and Film (through Jan. 15, 2023), one of three inaugural exhibitions of the Asian American Art Initiative (AAAI). Following Ruperto’s artist’s talk, this event will feature a special table read of scenes from Dimples organized/performed by the Stanford Asian American Theater Project and a conversation between the actors, Ruperto, and the audience. This in-person event will also be streamed live and a recording will be made available at a later date.

Miljohn Ruperto is a Los-Angeles-based artist working across photography, film, performance, and animation. He studied at the University of California, Berkeley and Yale University. Often involving replicas and enactments, his work challenges fixed conceptions of truth and history. His series on Cooper explores the complexity, even impossibility, of reviving figures relegated to history’s peripheries.

Stanford Asian American Theater Project is a student-run organization dedicated to empowering artists and audiences to engage with issues affecting the API community, facilitate discussions of these issues within the Stanford community, and participate in the creation of a more equitable, just world through the language of theater.

IMAGE: Miljohn Ruperto (American, born in the Philippines, 1971), Appearance of Isabel Rosario Cooper, 2006–2010. 16mm film. Courtesy of the artist and Friends Indeed Gallery, San Francisco

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