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Kollar American Art Lecture – ShiPu Wang

Submitted on February 8, 2022 - 5:30pm
Painting of a figure laying down, facing away from the viewer, head held in left hand; calla lily placed next to him
Miki Hayakawa, One Afternoon, ca. 1935. Oil on canvas, 40 x 40 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Preston McCrossen in memory of his wife, the artist, 1954 (520.23P). Photo by Blair Clark.


Lecture is free and open to the public, but please RSVP with this link.

This event is made possible by the Allan and Mary Kollar Endowed Chair in American Art History.


Faces of Belonging: Intimate Portraits by Miki Hayakawa, Hisako Hibi, and Miné Okubo


Can you name more than one female artist of Japanese descent active on the West Coast before WWII? Why do we know so little about Japanese American women who were in fact vital contributors to early 20th-century American art? Dr. ShiPu Wang shares his decades of rediscovery of imagery by American artists of Asian descent and takes a closer look at paintings by three trailblazing women who were all displaced during WWII but never stopped making art. Their diverse portraiture in particular reveals untold stories of turmoil and perseverance, as well as historical marginalization of female artists of the racioethnic minority that merits reconsideration and intervention.


ShiPu Wang, Coats Endowed Chair in the Arts and Professor of Art History at the University of California, Merced, is the author of three books, including: The Other American Moderns: Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda, Hayakawa (Penn State University Press, 2017) that won the 2018 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Book Prize; and Chiura Obata: An American Modern (University of California Press, 2018), an exhibition catalogue accompanying the artist’s retrospective that Dr. Wang curated and toured to five museums in the U.S. and Japan, including a final stop at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2019–20.


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