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Art History from Home:
Asian/American: A Ghost Story

Thurs, May 19, 2022
12 pm

Online, via Zoom

Join art historian Xin Wang to explore work by American artists of Asian descent and the Asian diaspora, including Tishan Hsu, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Tala Madani, Huma Bhabha, and Toyo Miyatake, alongside artworks by American artists of other backgrounds that engage with aspects of “Asian-ness,” such as Chris Burden and Dorothea Lange. Looking at these works together, we will explore the notion of “ghost story” in relation to unpacking how certain historical pasts or ideologies live on to haunt the present as ghosts that we have yet to fully confront and apprehend. Crucially, these hauntings of past histories and cultural assumptions inform how we understand both Asian American art and the Asian American condition.

Xin Wang is a Ph.D. candidate in modern and contemporary art at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, focusing on Soviet hauntology in postmodernism and is the Head of Content and Chief Curator for blank.art, an NFT platform. She has curated and lectured widely in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and her writing has appeared in Art in America, Art Agenda, and Mousse. She is currently planning an exhibition that explores extra-human perspectives on survival and entropy in the anthropocene for summer 2022.

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