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EATING CULTURES

SOMArts Cultural Center | May 2014

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ASIAN WEEK

by AsianWeek Staff

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Asian American Women Artist Association (AAWAA) and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) join forces to present the multidisciplinary art exhibition Eating Cultures, for the United States of Asian America Festival opening on May 1, 2014 through May 30, 2014 at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco. Featuring over thirty emerging…”

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KRON 4 NEWS

by Anny Hong

April 27, 2014

“New Exhibition Showcases Asian American Culture Through Food.”


 

UNDERCURRENTS & THE QUEST FOR SPACE

SOMArts Cultural Center | May 2013

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ALICE RADIO

by Liz Saint John

April 28, 2013

“underCurrents & the Quest for Space is a new art exhibit present by the Asian American Women Artists Association and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center. It opens May 2nd and continues through May 25th at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street in San Francisco. Linda Inson Choy is the curator of the show and Leslie Zeitler is a literary artist who is…”

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CHINA DAILY

by Kelly Chung Dawson

May 24, 2013

“SF exhibition gives Asian American women artists an outlet. Chinese women have often grappled with the overwhelming pressure to maintain “face”, a cultural force that has led many to stay silent on issues of abuse, addiction and other personal difficulties. While any number of factors might be responsible for the increasingly high rates of suicide among Asian…”

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THE EXAMINER

by Ed Moy

April 16, 2013

“The Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) have joined forces to present the politically charged, high impact exhibition, ‘underCurrents and the Quest for Space.’ The exhibition will be part of the upcoming United States of Asian America Festival opening on May 2 and running through May 25 in San…”

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INDIA WEST

by Richard Springer

May 17, 2013

“Asian American women artists confront unflinchingly with soul-searching individualism themes of identity, stereotyping, the ‘model minority’ myth, and the demands of Asian and American cultures in ‘underCurrents & The Quest for Space,’ an art exhibit continuing through May 25 at the SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco. Four South Asian American women are…”

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KPIX BAY SUNDAY

by Frank Mallicoat

April 28, 2013

Hear more about the Asian American Women Artist Association’s exhibit by tuning into Bay Sunday, this Sunday at 5:30am on KPIX 5. Share this post and remember to set your alarm or DVR to watch.”

 

KRON 4 NEWS

by Anny Hong

April 26, 2013

“Arts & Entertainment Report”

 

MAY-LEE CHAI’S BLOG

by May-lee Chai

May 1, 2013

“Bay Area author and international journalist, May-lee Chai curates this poetry reading inspired and surrounded by the socio-political visual art works during the underCurrents & the Quest for Space art exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center, as part of Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s (APICC’s) Annual United States of Asian American Art Festival. The activist poets…”

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NEW BERNAL JOURNAL

by New Bernal Staff

April-May, 2013

“The Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) join forces to present the politically charged, high impact exhibition “undercurrents & The Quest for Space for the United States of Asian American Festival. Opens May 2 and continues through May 25 at SOMArts Cultural Center. Two Bernal residents, Valerie…” 

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NICHI BEI WEEKLY

by Nichi Bei Staff

May 2-15, 2013

“Eight Japanese American artists – Michele Benzamin-Miki, Mitsuko Brooks, Shari Arai DeBoer, Reiko Fuji, and Judy Shintani – will be participating in a thought provoking art exhibition from May 2 through May 25 entitled, ‘underCurrents & the Quest for Space’ at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., between Eighth and Ninth Streets in San Francisco. The Asian…”

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PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

by Ravi Chandra

April 2, 2013

“The Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) join forces to present the politically charged, high impact exhibition, ‘underCurrents & The Quest for Space’ for the United States of Asian America Festival opening on May 2, 2013 and continuing through May 25, 2013 at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan…”

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RAFU SHIMPO

by Rafu Shimpo Staff

May 3, 2013

“SAN FRANCISCO — The Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) are joining forces to present the politically charged, high-impact exhibition ‘underCurrents and the Quest for Space,’ for the United States of Asian America Festival. The exhibition opened May 2 and continues through May 25 at SOMArts…”

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SAN FRANCISCO ARTS QUARTERLY

by John Held, Jr.

May 2013

“The diversity of work in this exhibition of Asian American women matches the multiplicity of heritages represented by the artists themselves, hailing as they do from Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Hawaiian, Vietnamese, Japanese and Indian lineages. From painting to photography, installation to video, etching to textile design, the exhibition spans the diverse mix of…”

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

by Kimberly Chun

May 2, 2013

“There’s power in numbers – and in an uncommon story, common among its tellers and told as one. Such is with the case of ‘She Has No Master,’ a striking video triptych by three half-Vietnamese, half-white women, Julie Thi Underhill, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud and Dao Strom, on of several video works on display in ‘underCurrents & the Quest for Space,’ a juried exhibition…”

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

by Jonathan Kuperberg

May 4, 2013

“Leslie Zeitler had a weird feeling that she should check on her mom. ‘Who is this?’ Leslie asked when someone she didn’t know answered the phone. ‘I’m looking for my mom. Where’s my mom?’ The county police officer on the line told the 15-year-old that her mom had committed suicide. Almost 18 years later, in 2004, her mom’s sister took her own life too. Then…”

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

by Kathleen Dixon

May 12, 2013

“Navigating the underCurrents. Author-journalist May-lee Chai curates this poetry reading inspired by socio-political art from the underCurrents & the Quest for Space exhibit. Part of Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s United States of Asian America Festival, the event features Amy K. Bell, Susan Calvillo, Ploy Pirapokin, Shobha Rao, Shizue Seigel, Bory Thach…”

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SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

by Janos Gereben

May 5, 2013

“If ever an art exhibit proved the point it set out to make, this is it. With the somewhat awkward title of ‘underCurrents and the Quest for Space,’ the show now at the SOMArts Cultural Center (http://www.somarts.org/undercurrents/) through May 25 aims to counteract ‘common stereotypes about Asian American [women]‘ and their ‘continued invisibility’ – and does so in…”

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SF GATE

by Kimberly Chun

May 1, 2013

“There’s power in numbers – and in an uncommon story, common among its tellers and told as one. Such is with the case of ‘She Has No Master,’ a striking video triptych by three half-Vietnamese, half-white women, Julie Thi Underhill, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud and Dao Strom, on of several video works on display in ‘underCurrents & the Quest for Space,’ a juried exhibition…”

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SF GATE

by Jonathan Kuperberg

May 3, 2013

“Leslie Zeitler had a weird feeling that she should check on her mom. ‘Who is this?’ Leslie asked when someone she didn’t know answered the phone. ‘I’m looking for my mom. Where’s my mom?’ The county police officer on the line told the 15-year-old that her mom had committed suicide. Almost 18 years later, in 2004, her mom’s sister took her own life too. Then…”

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SUNSET BEACON | THE RICHMOND REVIEW

by Ed Moy

June 2013

“Local Asian American women artists Shizue Seigel and Choppy Oshiro showcased artworks at the “underCurrents and the Quest for Space” arts exhibition at the SOMArts Cultural Center held in May during Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Both artists are long-time Richmond District residents whose works were on display along with pieces from many other Bay Area…”

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THE WORLDS OF BERNICE BING

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ASIAN WEEK

by AsianWeek Staff

August 13, 2013

“SAN FRANCISCO, CA– On Friday, September 13th at 7:00 pm at Koret Auditorium in the de Young Museum, join the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) as they present THE WORLDS OF BERNICE BING, a 30-minute documentary short film about the life of the late San Francisco artist Bernice Bing. Cynthia Tom of AAWAA will introduce the film. After…”

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ATHENA FESTIVAL

by Athena Staff

“NY Premiere. Chinese American lesbian artist Bernice Bing is known for creating art on her own terms. The film illuminates her life, from her art studio in the epicenter of San Francisco’s beat scene to her groundbreaking community work in rural northern California. Date: Sunday, February 9, 2014, 3PM. Location: Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theater, Diana Center…”

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THE CAMPANIL | MILLS COLLEGE

by Melodie Miu

November 13, 2013

“The Mills Studio Art Collective and the Asian American Women’s Artists Association (AAWAA) will be holding a screening of ‘The Worlds of Bernice Bing,’ a 2013 documentary about the late Bernice Bing, a Chinese American lesbian artist and activist. The 34 minute film was directed by Madeleine Lim in collaboration with Bing scholar Jennifer Banta Yoshida and was…”

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CROCKER ART MUSEUM

by Crocker Art Museum Staff

April 2013

“Riding the waves of American history, “The Worlds of Bernice Bing” explores the life and art of this Abstract Expressionist painter, Beat-era Existentialist, Buddhist, feminist, activist, and Chinese American lesbian. This poignant documentary is a lush tribute to Bernice Bing, the little-known foremother of Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and Queer…”

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CENTER FOR ASIAN AMERICAN MEDIA

by CAAMFest Staff

February 2014

“A lush tribute to Bernice Bing — the little-known foremother of Asian American avant-garde art. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Madeleine Lim, this film does justice to her legacy as a San Francisco icon, abstract expressionist painter, Chinese lesbian, Beat era Buddhist, feminist and activist. Co-presented by QACON. Executive Producer: Asian American Women…”

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THE DE YOUNG MUSEUM

by de Young Staff

September 2013

“The Worlds of Bernice Bing illuminates the life and times of Bernice Bing—artist, Chinese American, lesbian, and activist. The story of a powerful woman who used color, paintbrush, and canvas to speak from her heart, this film promises to energize and inspire viewers with the resilience of a unique American icon. Bing came of age and gained notoriety at a time when ‘lesbian’…”

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THE EXAMINER

by Ed Moy

August 16, 2013

“The Asian American Women Artists Association will screen the documentary short film ‘The Worlds Of Bernice Bing’ on Friday, September 13 at the de Young Museum, Koret Auditorium in San Francisco. Directed by filmmaker Madeleine Lim and co-produced by Bing scholar Jennifer Banta Yoshida, the documentary focuses on the life of Chinese American artist and lesbian…”

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FEMININE MOMENTS

by Feminine Moments Staff

January 30, 2014

“In the above interview San Francisco Artist Lenore Chinn discusses the life of artist and lesbian activist Bernice Bing. THE WORLDS OF BERNICE BING. Documentary 34 minutes, color, 2013. DVD available for purchase online at http://www.aawaa.net/. AAWAA.net about the film: ‘Through archival footage and interviews with scholars, colleagues and…”

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KQED

by Michael Fox

September 5, 2013

“For casual moviegoers and film buffs alike, the pace (and pulse) quickens after Labor Day. The Hollywood studios unleash the serious yet splashy pictures they’ve been stockpiling in anticipation of the Oscar race, while the art house distributors kick their game up a notch with their most challenging, thoughtful and, yes, artful films. Meanwhile, the Bay Area’s festival…”

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MUSES BLOG

by Gwen Kuan-ying Kuo

February 3, 2013

“The Worlds of Bernice Bing, offered an interesting contrast of another film The World of Suzie Wong which implied stereotypical images that most modern educated Asian women love to hate. However, Bernice Bing’s story offers a different view of the Chinese American experience. She has been trying to assimilate both of these cultures since childhood, then…”

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NBC BAY AREA

by NBC Staff

August 13, 2013

“On Friday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m. at Koret Auditorium in the de Young Museum, join the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) as they present The Worlds of Bernice Bing, a 30-minute documentary short film about the life of the late San Francisco artist Bernice Bing. The Worlds of Bernice Bing, an inspirational film about Bernice Lee Bing, is a…”

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SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

by Janos Gereben

September 12, 2013

“From a world of pain and anger came superb art. The late San Francisco artist Bernice Lee Bing fought through quadruple discrimination as a woman, a woman without means, an Asian-American and a lesbian, but she left behind exceptional paintings and inspiration for generations to come. ‘The Worlds of Bernice Bing,’ a documentary about her life and work by…”

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SAN FRANCISCO ARTS QUARTERLY

by John Held, Jr.

September 2013

“Art history is a sloppy affair with some artists garnering attention and others of equal talent lingering in the margins. But things change. Reputations of the once mighty languish, the forgotten rising in unexpected ways by others dredging the past. The true measure of an artist is that they continue in their practice despite neglect, despite the hardships of making a living…”

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SUNSET BEACON | THE RICHMOND REVIEW

by Ed Moy

September 2013

“The Asian American Women Artists Association will premiere the documentary short film “The Worlds Of Bernice Bing” on Friday, Sept. 13, in the Koret Auditorium at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in Golden Gate Park. Directed by filmmaker Madeline Lim and Bing scholar Jennifer Banta Yoshida, the documentary focuses on the life of Chinese American artist and…”

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