MMA Presents our 4th Annual Art of the State Symposium

Artists to Discuss American Concentration Camps,
AAPI Experience at Art of the State

Leading artists, historians, and curators from California and beyond will share their insights about critical issues that impact Asian American/Pacific Islander art, life, and cultures on January 8, 2022, when they gather online for the fourth annual Art of the State symposium, organized by the Monterey Museum of Art.

The public will be able to join online for a small fee that supports MMA’s public programming. We invite students and educators to sign up free of charge by registering with their .edu email address.

This symposium will mark the culmination of MMA’s exhibition Shadows from the Past: Sansei Artists and American Concentration Camps, which runs through January 9, 2022. The exhibition explores the work of Sansei artists (third-generation Japanese American artists) whose works confront the injustice of US Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the forced relocation and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Curated by Gail Enns, the show opened on September 9, 2021, and closes on January 9, 2022

Over closing weekend, MMA will host special activities at the Pacific Street location to commemorate this important exhibition. All registered symposium participants can visit the museum free of charge on January 8 or 9th.

The January 8th symposium is being produced by MMA Education and Public Programs staff Roxanne O’Weger and Rosie Gutierrez, and Collections and Exhibitions Assistant Noelani Castro, with guidance from a distinguished advisory board including independent curator Lance Fung, San Francisco State Professor of Art Santhi Kavuri-Bauer, and cultural anthropologist and artist Lydia Nakashima Degarrod.

Monterey Museum of Art encourages public dialogue about important creative and cultural topics through its annual Art of the State Symposium. We also provide many other free and low cost arts experiences for adults, youth, and families. Please visit our website to find out more.

Read about MMA’s commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging here.

About the Event
Title: Critical Issues in California’s AAPI Arts Communities
Date: Saturday, January 8, 2022
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Register here.

About the Museum
Monterey Museum of Art cultivates curiosity in the visual arts and engages community with the diversity of California art – past, present, and future. MMA’s role in this project is to provide space, advertising, and support for the exhibition, educational outreach opportunities, and contributions in support of audience impact that encourage social action.