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In Search of Miki: Hayakawa, a “Forgotten” American/Japanese/Woman Artist in Pre-WWII California | ShiPu Wang

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building


THE OTHER AMERICAN MODERNS: Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda Hayakawa

ShiPu Wang, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of California, Merced, recounts his circuitous pursuit of the “lost” paintings of Hayakawa (ミキ早川, 1899-1953), a critically-acclaimed California artist who is largely unknown today. Through piecing together scattered details of Hayakawa’s enigmatic life, Wang recovers an Exclusion-era history of a vibrant, multi-racial/cultural artistic community in which the artist and her compatriots defiantly thrived.

This talk is drawn from Wang’s new book, The Other American Moderns (Penn State University Press), a decade-long research project that aims to add nuance to and reconceive American modernism discourses.

The author of Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi (University of Hawaii Press, 2011) and Chiura Obata: An American Modern (University of California Press, 2018), Professor Wang was a 2014 Terra Foundation for American Art Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and a recipient of the museum’s 2008 Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award. He is the founding faculty of UC Merced’s Global Arts Studies Program and UCM Art Gallery.

VISITOR INFORMATION: Oshman Hall is located in the McMurtry Building on Stanford’s campus, at 355 Roth Way. Visitor parking is free after 4pm on weekdays, except by the oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and hop on the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle.

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