Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Comparing Pairs
A new online exhibition curated by Mayumi Tsutakawa at My Public Art Portal
May is Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage month. To celebrate, arts writer, consultant, and former ArtsWA grants manager Mayumi Tsutakawa chose artwork by 16 Asian and Pacific Islander (API) artists represented in the State Art Collection for the newest online exhibition at My Public Art Portal.
"National recognition of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) American Heritage Day was set by Congress in 1978. Since then, it's grown to encompass a full month of arts and heritage activities, drawing attention to a plethora of API cultural communities and expressions in America," Tsutakawa explains. "Here I have chosen 16 API artists represented in our state public art collection to examine the wide bandwidth their work represents. I have indicated their ethnic backgrounds. I invite you to compare and contrast each pair of art works by API artists, using the themes I have chosen. Look at the titles, artist descriptions and the art work. How are they similar or different? Why did I chose this theme? These pieces are all sited in educational institutions in our state, from elementary schools to public universities and I hope they provide occasional inspiration for our endless diversity of students."