Granger Lecture: Shi-Pu Wang, "Art for Reckoning: Asian American Modernists’ Visual Activism"

Please join us for the Granger Lecture in American Art History with ShiPu Wang. Professor Wang is Coats Family Chair in the Arts and Professor of Art History at the University of California, Merced. His scholarship has focused on rediscovering and examining pre-WWII American art and visual culture produced by diasporic artists of Asian descent. A 2014 Terra Foundation for American Art Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, he received the museum’s 2008 Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award for his essay in American Art, the museum's academic journal, and joined its editorial board in 2018. Wang’s second book, The Other American Moderns. Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda, Hayakawa (Penn State University Press, 2017), was awarded the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum 2018 Book Prize. In addition, Wang has authored two more books: Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi (2011); and Chiura Obata: An American Modern (2018), an exhibition catalogue published by the University of California Press to accompany a retrospective of the same name that he curated. The exhibition, organized by UC Santa Barbara’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum, traveled to four museums in the U.S. and one in Japan, and concluded its tour at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2020.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public and is supported by Temple University's General Activities Fund.

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