VAAAM is a collaborative effort in scholarship and resource and collections sharing 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 began the museum with a series of virtual exhibitions focused on Postwar Japanese American art with the lead curator Laura Kina. We are excited to announce the launch of the fourth exhibition in this series on painter Miyoko Ito curated by Jordan Stein.

Visit the other exhibitions from this series including Michiko Itatani: Painting the Cosmic Novel curated by Laura Kina, who was also once a student of Itatani. Also be sure to view the exhibition Home Making: James Numata’s Photography of Postwar Chicago co-curated by Jasmine Alinder and Jamison Ellis and the exhibition Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Values curated by Karen Patterson. Alinder and Ellis bring history alive through the photography of James Numata and important archival documents to tell the story of the community photographer who experienced the trauma of internment and the process of resettlement and community building in Chicago during and after WWII. Patterson allows us access into the art process of artist Ray Yoshida (1930-2009) in relation to his famed home collection that inspired him and a generation of artists.

VAAAM has also launched our new Spotlights section that features contemporary Asian American Artists and their practices, work, and themes and issues with which they are engaged. We begin with artists Katherine Behar, Hong Hong, Larry Lee, and Aram Han Sifuentes as explored by curators Lennex Cowan, Yvonne Fang, and Azize Harvey. We hope that you will enjoy reading these and upcoming Spotlights!