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May 1-30: Eating Cultures, A Multidisciplinary Art Exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center, Features Christine Toy Johnson, Cathy Lu, Genevieve Erin O’Brien, Kate Hers Rhee and More

Christine Toy Johnson Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Christine Toy Johnson Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Three short plays by Christine Toy Johnson, Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat, Ever See a Fat Chinese and Halo Halo Birthday, along with “Hawaii is the Place for You and Me”, a song she wrote with David A. Shenton, will be featured in a multidisciplinary art exhibition Eating Cultures at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street in San Francisco, May 1, 2014 through May 30, 2014.

Featuring over thirty emerging and established Asian Pacific American artists from around the country, Eating Cultures is a deliciously provocative multi-disciplinary arts exhibition of artworks inspired by Asian American food and foodways. Using food as a lens, artist share stories of global migration, adaptation, entrepreneurship, and the central importance of food in Asian communities around the world. Eating Cultures, co-sponsored by Asian American Women Artist Association (AAWAA) and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC), is part of the annual “United States of Asian America” festival.

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In addition to over fifty art, film, and literary works, Eating Cultures will feature Asian American oral histories provided by Southern Foodways Alliance via Guide by Cell, dynamic programming co-presented by Asia Society and the Culinary Historians of Northern California, a pop-up shop, and a recipe wall for audiences to share their favorite family recipes.

Eating Cultures is curated by lead curator Michelle A. Lee and co-curators Linda Inson Choy and Cynthia Tom, featuring APA artists of all genders selected by esteemed juror University of Connecticut Art History & Asian American Studies Professor Margo L. Machida. Invited artists include Chinese-American San Francisco-based painter and sculptor Cathy Lu, Vietnamese-Irish American Los Angeles-based artist Genevieve Erin O’Brien, and Korean-American Berlin-based artist Kate Hers Rhee.

Participating Artists: Susan Almazol, Sigi Arnejo, Jung Ran Bae, Mitsuko Brooks, Ka Yan Cheung, Karen Chew, Flora Choi, Melissa Chow, Samantha Chundur, Kay Cuajunco, Alison Ho, Grace Jahng Lee, Zilka Joseph, Juliana Kang Robinson, Larry Lee & Jason Dunda, Theresa Loong, Alana Lowe, Cathy Lu, Mieko Meguro, Michiko Murakami, Chee Wang Ng, Genevieve Erin O’Brien with Aaron Henderson & Grace Umali, Jessica Redmond, Margaret Rhee, kate hers RHEE, Yoshie Sakai, Shizue Seigel, Pallavi Sharma, Jessica Tang, Cynthia Tom, Christine Toy Johnson, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Michael Watson, Maggie Wong, Leslie Zeitler, Sara Zin

What: Eating Cultures
When: Exhibition May 1–May 30, 2014. Opening event Thursday, May 1, 6–9pm. Gallery hours: Tues–Fri, 12-7pm and Sat, 12–5pm.
Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)
How Much: Free admission

Related Events:

Opening Reception
May 1, 2014, 6–9pm
Featuring food catered by La Cocina Incubator Kitchen
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Eating Asian America Panel Discussion
May 10, 2014, 2–4pm
Co-presented by the Culinary Historians of Northern California
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Literary Sriracha: A Spicy Mix of Poetry, Mini-Memoirs, and Flash Fiction
May 17, 2014, 2–4pm
Co-presented by Asia Society
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Closing Reception, Community Potluck, and “Sausage Homage” performance by Genevieve Erin O’Brien
May 30, 2014 6–9pm
Co-hosted by Community Health for Asian Americans
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The Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) is a national non-profit arts organization dedicated to ensuring the visibility and documentation of Asian American women in the arts. Since 1989, AAWAA has been a resource for the arts and academic communities, working to further the recognition of Asian American women artists. Through exhibitions, literary readings, speakers’ bureau, publications, and educational programs, AAWAA offers thought-provoking perspectives that challenge societal assumptions and promote dialogue across cultures and generations. For more information on AAWAA and its mission and programs, please visit www.aawaa.net. Contact AAWAA at 1890 Bryant Street, Suite 302, San Francisco, CA 94110, (415) 252-7996, info@aawaa.net.

Co-presented by: Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center

The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s (APICC) mission is to support and produce multi-disciplinary art reflective of the unique experiences of Asian Pacific Islanders living in the United States. Since 1998, the Center has promoted the artistic and organizational growth of the City’s Asian/Pacific arts community by organizing and presenting the annual United States of Asian America Festival. For more information on APICC and its mission and programs, please visit http://www.apiculturalcenter.org. Contact APICC at 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, (415) 829-9467, info@apiculturalcenter.org.

The exhibition is funded in part by the California Arts Council, the San Francisco Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, APICC, the Robert J. Louie Memorial Fund, and Zellerbach Family Foundation, and is presented at SOMArts through participation in the Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assistance to nonprofit organizations. For more information visit our rentals page.

Location: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. San Francisco CA 94103, www.somarts.org

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

Other articles by Lia Chang:
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