I wake up almost every day wishing I lived in California — and not just because of the sun (and the drought) — but also because it is one of the few beating hearts of AAPI cultural and political life; I’m always bummed when I find out about an awesome event or exhibit that I can’t attend because I live elsewhere in the country.
One such event is Hungry Ghosts, the latest art exhibit by the Asian American Women’s Artists Association (AAWAA), a 25-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the work of Asian American women artists. Hungry Ghosts opens tomorrow (April 2nd) in San Francisco in partnership with the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) and Manilatown Heritage Foundation.
Hungry Ghosts will feature AAPI artists using art to explore “personal and collective struggles”, and how these unconfronted traumas can emerge in the public consciousness in often damaging ways.
I last wrote about AAWAA in relation to their partnership with other San Francisco area Asian American groups to create an exhibit celebrating the life and work of art icon Bernice Bing. Hungry Ghosts sounds like another necessary and fascinating exhibit; I strongly encourage all of you in the Bay Area to attend.
Hungry Ghosts opens April 2nd (tomorrow), at the I-Hotel Manilatown Center Gallery, and will be open to the public on Wednesdays-Sundays from 1-6pm until it closes on April 29th. An opening reception will be held tomorrow (April 2nd) from 6pm-9pm and a closing reception, potluck and reading will be held on April 29th, also from 6pm-9pm. The gallery and both opening and closing receptions are free and open to the public.
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