Oct. 24: ARTISTS SPACE Presents “Godzilla: Asian American Arts Network (1990–2001)” Book Launch and Reception

Cover of Godzilla: Asian American Arts Network, edited by Howie Chen, published by Primary Information, 2021. Image courtesy of Primary Information.

On Sunday, October 24, ARTISTS SPACE is hosting a book launch and reception for Godzilla: Asian American Arts Network 1990–2001, published by Primary Information at 11 Cortlandt Alley, New York, NY 10013 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Godzilla: Asian American Arts Network 1990–2001 is a comprehensive anthology of writings, art projects, publications, correspondence, organizational documents, and other archival ephemera from the trailblazing Asian artist collective.The collective known as Godzilla: Asian American Art Network was formed in 1990 to support the production of critical discourse around Asian American art and increase the visibility of Asian American artists, curators, and writers, who were negotiating a historically exclusionary society and art world. Founded by Ken Chu, Bing Lee, and Margo Machida, Godzilla produced exhibitions, publications, and community collaborations that sought to stimulate social change through art and advocacy.For more than a decade, the diasporic group, having grown from a local organization into a nationwide network, confronted institutional racism, Western imperialism, anti-Asian violence, the AIDS crisis, and representations of Asian sexuality and gender, among other urgent issues. Godzilla’s signature 1991 protest of the Whitney Biennial decrying the lack of Asian American representation in museums is detailed in the book. This anthology provides rare insight into a crucial period of the Asian American Art Movement that began post-1968 in conjunction with rise of ethnic studies.

Godzilla created a social space for diasporic Asian artists and art professionals, including members Tomie Arai, Karin Higa, Byron Kim, Paul Pfeiffer, Eugenie Tsai, Alice Yang, Lynne Yamamoto, among others.  Envisioning a lateral and porous network, Godzilla was independently run by successive steering committees that included Diyan Achjadi, Tomie Arai, Todd Ayoung, Monica Chau, Debi-Ray Chaudhuri, China Blue, Allan deSouza, Skowmon Hastanan, Arlan Huang, Michi Itami, Jenni Kim, Franky Kong, Jeanette Louie, Yong Soon Min, Helen Oji, Sanda Zan Oo, Athena Robles, Carol Sun, Eugenie Tsai, Lynne Yamamoto, Rubina Yeh, and Charles Yuen.

Edited by curator Howie Chen, this publication includes full essays and writings by Karin Higa, Byron Kim, Pamela M. Lee, Margo Machida, Paul Pfeiffer, Kerri Sakamoto, and Alice Yang. It also includes contextual material detailing the critical genealogies embodied by the group as well as its wide-ranging activities.

Editor: Howie Chen, Designer: Ella, Managing Editor: James Hoff, Copy Editor: Allison Dubinsky. Paperback, 552 pages, 9 x 12 inches, Edition of 2500, November 2021. ISBN: 9781736534625. The publication will be on sale at the reception for $25, and can also be purchased online through Primary Information.

In keeping with New York City health advisories and in the interest of the safety of our staff and visitors, we will require following:

In adherence to the Key to NYC Mandate, guests must show proof of vaccination to enter Artists Space through the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, an official immunization record from outside NYC; staff and visitors must wear a mask at all times, use the available hand sanitizer upon entry, and practice social distancing in the space.

We ask that you do not visit Artists Space if you are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or have had close contact with anyone who is confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19. Visitors must make a reservation and provide contact information to aid in the City’s contact tracing efforts.

Founded in 1972 in downtown Manhattan, Artists Space fosters the artistic and cultural life of New York City as a primary venue for artists’ work in all forms. An affinity with emerging ideas and artists is central to our institution, as is attentiveness to the social and intellectual concerns which actively inform artistic practice. We strive for exemplary conditions in which to produce, experience, and understand art, to be a locus of critical discourse and education, and to advocate for the capacity of artistic work to significantly define and reflect our understanding of ourselves.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. Her short film, When the World Was Young, written and directed by Garth Kravits, recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.

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