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2012-13 A/P/A Artist-in-Residence Welcome Featuring Roger Shimomura with Michael Ray Charles

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Join us in welcoming 2012-13 Artist-in-Residence Roger Shimomura to the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Acclaimed for his poignant, bright-colored prints and paintings, award-winning artist Shimomura challenges constructions of the racialized "other" and calls attention to the power of material and pop culture to normalize whiteness. He is joined by renowned painter Michael Ray Charles, whose work incorporates and interrogates racist mass media images of African Americans. The artists will address the power of art to expose stereotypes and create new visual vocabularies.Roger Shimomura's paintings, prints, and theatre pieces address sociopolitical issues of ethnicity. He was born in Seattle, Washington and spent two years of his early childhood in Minidoka (Idaho), one of ten concentration camps for Japanese Americans during World War II. He has had over 135 solo exhibitions of paintings and prints, and has presented his experimental theatre pieces at such venues as the Franklin Furnace in New York City, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He is the recipient of more than 30 grants, of which four are National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Painting and Performance Art. Shimomura has taught at the University of Kansas, where he was designated a University Distinguished Professor (1994), and Carleton College. He is the recipient of awards from the College Art Association, Seattle Urban League, Kansas Governor's Office, Asian American Arts Alliance, University of Washington, and, in 2011, was designated a United States Artist Fellow. Shimomura is the 2012-13 A/P/A Artist-in-Residence.Artist Jana Haimsohn will provide a performative introduction and NYU Professor Arlene Davila will moderate the conversation.

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