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Curator of Pictures of Belonging: Miki Hayakawa, Hisako Hibi, and Miné Okubo
Wednesday, March 13 | 6 PM | FREE
Dumke Auditorium at the UMFA

Please join us for a presentation and conversation with Dr. ShiPu Wang, curator of the special exhibition Pictures of Belonging: Miki Hayakawa, Hisako Hibi, and Miné Okubo. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk.

Dr. ShiPu Wang is Professor of Art History and the Coats Family Chair in the Arts at the University of California, Merced. His scholarship thus far centers around rediscovering and reevaluating the work and legacy of diasporic Asian American artists in the pre-World War II United States, with a particular focus on Nikkei artists and their cross-racial/cultural collectives and alliances during the Exclusion Era. Winner of the 2018 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Book Prize for his The Other American Moderns. Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda, Hayakawa (Penn State University Press, 2017), Wang was the curator of the retrospective Chiura Obata: An American Modern, which toured internationally (2018–2020) and concluded at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; he also edited its exhibition catalogue that was published the University of California Press in 2018. He has since curated another exhibition, Pictures of Belonging: Miki Hayakawa, Hisako Hibi, and Miné Okubo, an unprecedented survey of artworks by trailblazing American artists of Japanese descent of the pre-World War II generations that will tour to five U.S. museums (2024–2027), including the Smithsonian American Art Museum as well. The accompanying exhibition catalogue will be co-published by the Japanese American National Museum and the University of California Press in 2023. In addition to teaching and curating, Wang currently serves on the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s Board of Commissioners.

Dr. Wang will be signing copies of the beautiful Pictures of Belonging exhibition catalog after his talk. This book features photos, essays, and additional works of art not on view in the galleries. Purchase your copy in advance at the Museum Store!

The traveling version of Pictures of Belonging is curated by Dr. ShiPu Wang and is organized by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California. This exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art and is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Presenting Sponsor:

Bank of America

Curatorial Sponsors:

George S. and Dolores Dorè Eccles Foundation
Stephanie and Tim Harpst

Installation Sponsors:

The Tozer Endowment for Special Exhibitions 
The Dumke Endowment for Special Exhibitions