Asian American Artwork

Image archive I’m building for my Asian American Lit. students of relevant, important, or thought-provoking visual artwork. Suggestions or feedback welcome.

 

Left: A future for our children? (Nancy Hom, 1985) Right: Fight for decent low rent housing (Rachael Romero, SF Poster Brigade, 1978)
Jake Lee, Laborers Working on Central Pacific Railroad (1950)
Jake Lee, Laborers Working on Central Pacific Railroad (1950); Chinese laborers lay the transcontinental railroad track through the Sierra Nevada mountains, a pivotal project in the development of America. Courtesy of Chinese Historical Society of America.
Alexander Lee, The Great Fish Changing Skies as the Vast Marae of the World
Alexander Lee, The Great Fish Changing Skies as the Vast Marae of the World (2008)
Chinese American Women Airforce Pilots in the 1930s
Chinese American Women Airforce Pilots in the 1930s. Courtesy of Frances M. Tong, Museum of Chinese in America Collection.
Chang Shu-Chi, Messengers of Peace (1940)
Chang Shu-Chi, Messengers of Peace (1940). This painting was presented to FDR in 1940 on his third inauguration as a mark of goodwill from Chinese political leader, Chiang Kai-shek.
Bumpei Usui, Party on the Roof (1926)
Bumpei Usui, Party on the Roof (1926). New York City serves as the backdrop in this painting where the artist was most active (Usui was originally from Nagano, Japan)
Chiura Obata, Setting Sun: Sacramento Valley (1925)
Chiura Obata, Setting Sun: Sacramento Valley (1925). Courtesy of Gordon Chang, Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970.
XIN SONG Tree Of Life, 2012 Laminated glass in Mezzanine window
Xin Song, Tree Of Life (2012). Located in the mezzanine window at the Bay Parkway Station, Tree of Life bridges the art of contemporary photo collage and traditional Chinese paper cut to evoke the community that surrounds the Bay Parkway Station, in a masterwork of precision and grace. Courtesy NY Metro
The painting Shimomura Crossing the Delaware takes as its source Emanuel Leutze’s 1851 painting Washington Crossing the Delaware, which is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Shimomura presents himself in the guise of America’s Founding Father; he replaces George Washington’s colonial troops with samurai warriors; and he remakes the body of water they cross to resemble San Francisco Harbor with Angel Island (the processing center for Asian immigrants) in the background.
Crossing the Delaware–Roger Shimomura. Courtesy The Smithsonian
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Ethnic pride mural, Public Library, Hercules, California
Internment
Japanese American boys at an internment camp in the United States during World War II. Courtesy National Archives.

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