Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter

August 12, 2011 – October 14, 2012

American Hello Kitty
© Roger Shimomura

National Portrait Gallery
8th and G Streets, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, South

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Through the work of seven artists from across the country, this exhibition offers provocative artistic responses to the Asian experience in America and the meaning of being Asian American. The artists' visual stories offer representations against and beyond the stereotypes that have long obscured the complexity of being Asian in America. Their approaches to identity and portraiture elicit mixed feelings of ambivalence, individuality, nostalgia, pride, and pain. The disparate threads of race, ethnicity, gender, diaspora, hybridity, and transnationalism are laid bare in these rich and exciting portraits of encounter. Presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program.

The following artists are represented:

  • CYJO (Cindy Hwang), New York
  • Hye Yeon Nam, Atlanta and New York
  • Shizu Saldamando, Los Angeles
  • Roger Shimomura, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Satomi Shirai, New York
  • Tam Tran, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Zhang Chun Hong, Lawrence, Kansas