We began the virtual museum as a collaborative effort in scholarship and sharing resources and collections on Asian American Art. This effort has taken several years in the making with many collaborating scholars, curators, artists, collectors, museums, and other institutions and organizations. The Terra Foundation for American Art through its Art Design Chicago initiative has been a major supporter of this project and has enabled the first original research and scholarly content to be created for the museum.

We begin the museum with a series of virtual exhibitions focused on Postwar Japanese American art with the lead curator for the Chicago Midwest exhibitions module Laura Kina. The module includes four new exhibitions with curators Jasmine Alinder and Jamison Ellis,  Laura Kina, Karen Patterson, and John Tain. Please enjoy viewing two of these new exhibitions on the artists Michiko Itatani and James Numata currently on view titled Michiko Itatani: Painting the Cosmic Novel curated by Laura Kina and Home Making: James Numata’s Photography of Postwar Chicago co-curated by Jasmine Alinder and Jamison Ellis.

In December 2018, the VAAAM will launch two new exhibition modules upcoming titled Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Values curated by Karen Patterson, and Yasuhiro Ishimoto and Japanese/American Photography co-curated by Jasmine Alinder and John Tain.