Nov 8th 2017

Join SAIC faculty Nora A. Taylor and Jennifer Lee, with visiting artist Bani Abidi for this conversation:

“Where is Asia in Asian Art?: The Whereabouts of Cultural Content”

This panel is intended as a discussion around a question that we encounter often at SAIC, in critiques and in art history classes. It is about how we look at art works that contain references to Asia. How do we look at the work, and not focus solely on the artist? Can we talk about an art work made by an artist from Asia other than through the lens of identity politics? In asking where is Asia in the work, we can reflect on the art historical tools that we need to read works that have Asian content without resorting to stereotypes and clich├ęs.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness” on view at SAIC Sullivan Galleries through December 8. Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations should visit

Image: Installation view, “The Serenity of Madness,” SAIC Sullivan Galleries, 2017. Photo: Tony Favarula

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