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Beyond Silk and Ink: A Conversation on the State of Contemporary Asian and Asian-American Art

White Gallery presents

Beyond Silk and Ink: A Conversation on the State of Contemporary Asian and Asian-American Art

with
Ralph Pugay
Lilian Ongelungel
Takahiro Yamamoto

Friday, May 25
6–8 PM

Smith Memorial Student Union
Room 238, Browsing Lounge

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As part of Portland State University’s Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month programming, PIAAA and Littman + White Galleries present “Beyond Silk and Ink: A Conversation on the State of Contemporary Asian and Asian-American Art.” Co-curators Mui Easland and Andrew D. Jankowski will discuss topics and questions related to contemporary Asian and Asian-American art with panelists Ralph Pugay, Lilian Ongelungel, and Takahiro Yamamoto. 

In Western art academia and scholastic efforts, Asian and Asian-American art is too often relegated to discussions on history, with attention paid to certain mediums and aesthetics: e.g. ink calligraphy on rice paper, historic forms and landscapes, and antique ceramics. Without resources available for deeper studies, broader cultural understanding becomes exponentially more difficult to achieve. By hosting a panel on the state of contemporary Asian and Asian-American art, PIAAA and the Littman + White Galleries hope to broaden the understanding of these fields by people from PSU, Portland and beyond.

“Beyond Silk and Ink: A Conversation on the State of Contemporary Asian and Asian-American Art” additionally acts as a closing reception for Romhaur, a photographic exhibition by the Cambodian artist LOEUM Lorn, hosted as a collaboration between PIAAA and Littman + White Galleries.

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Ralph Pugay is an artist and is currently the DePreist Visiting Professor in Art at the School of Art + Design. His work is represented by Upfor Gallery. 

Takahiro Yamamoto is an artist and choreographer based in Portland. He co-directs a performance company madhause with Ben Evans, and a part of Portland-based support group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim.

Lilian Ongelungel an artist, creator, and lover of learning. She is Palauan by blood, Portlander by birth, and Pasifika by spirit. Some element of these identities emerge in her artwork.

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