Docent-led tours of Asia Society Texas Center’s exhibitions allow visitors to experience art on a personal level, learn about art historical periods and styles, and hear stories associated with the artwork.
Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter is a groundbreaking exhibition and the Smithsonian’s first major showcase of contemporary Asian American portraiture. Through the work of seven artists from around the world, the exhibition offers thought-provoking interpretations of the Asian American experience. Their portraits of encounter offer representations against and beyond the stereotypes that have long obscured the complexity of being Asian in America. The exhibition includes works by CYJO, Zhang Chun Hong, Hye Yeon Nam, Roger Shimomura, Satomi Shirai, Shizu Saldamando and Tam Tran.
kip fulbeck: part Asian, 100% hapa is an exhibition of portraits by award-winning filmmaker and artist Kip Fulbeck, who traveled the country photographing hapa of all ages and walks of life. Originally used as a derogatory label derived from the Hawaiian word for “half,” hapa has since been embraced as a term of pride by many of mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian or Pacific Island ancestry.
Fulbeck’s work seeks to address in words and images one question that hapa are frequently asked: “What are you?” By pairing portraits of hapa—unadorned with makeup, jewelry and clothing—along with their handwritten statements on who they are, this exhibition offers a powerful yet intimate perspective on the complex nature of contemporary American identity.
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Education Programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible, in part, by Nancy C. Allen, JP Morgan Chase, and the Reliant Energy Charitable Foundation.