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In Conversation with Philippine National Artist BenCab

Benedicto Reyes Cabrera (or BenCab, as he is more popularly known) is widely hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art. Hear a conversation between him and Filipino American author Luis Francia at the 2011 Filipino American History Month Celebration at the Asian Art Museum.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond

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Hiroshi Sugimoto on "Five Elements" and Collecting Art

Hailed as one of the most important photographers of our time, New York-based Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto is also an accomplished architect. He approaches his work from many different perspectives, with architecture as one component in designing the settings for his installations. As a photographer of the highest technical ability, with equal acclaim for the conceptual and philosophical aspects of his work, Sugimoto has created works in his “Five Elements” series that are constructed as shrines to a primordial birthplace. Using geometric symbols from thirteenth-century Buddhism, Sugimoto encases a single image from his iconic Seascape series in each glass structure.

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Heman Chong on "Phantoms of Asia" and Science Fiction

Heman Chong imagines a future of dystopian stillness with Calendars (2020–2096), an installation of 1001 photos, each a calendar page capturing a moment of complete emptiness in today’s bustling areas of Singapore. View this work for yourself at the Asian Art Museum during the exhibition, Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past (on view from May 18–September 2, 2012).

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Fuyuko Matsui on Her Work and the Supernatural

Japanese artist and pop icon Fuyuko Matsui explores the haunted, interconnected realms of traditional and modern aesthetics. As one of the few women to have attained top training and mastery of traditional Japanese painting (nihonga) techniques in Japan, Matsui also cites centuries-old artistic influences, such as the iconoclastic eighteenth-century painter Soga Shohhaku and the fifteenth-century painter Soga Jasoku.

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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From the Fire: Contemporary Korean Ceramics

Contemporary Korean ceramic artists Sung Min, Kwon Shin, Kim jin Kyoung, and Park Nae Heon discuss their works.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Art Speak, Identity, and Place

Asian Art Museum Art Speak teaching artist, Adrienne Skye Roberts, discusses the inspiration behind her work with the Art Speak interns and her own art.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Kenneth Ikemoto on Home and Identity

Asian Art Museum education staff, Kenneth Ikemoto, discusses his perspectives on home and identity at the museum’s Art Speak AsiaAlive program.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Justin Chin - "The Glitters"

Justin Chin reads a poem he wrote in response to the artwork, Absence of God VII, 2008 by Raqib Shaw. This work is in the exhibition Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past (on view at the Asian Art Museum from May 18 – September 2, 2012). Co-presented by Litquake.

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Jompet Kuswidananto on "Anno Domini"

In his most recent work, Indonesian artist Jompet Kuswidananto explores political and cultural identity, particularly around the people and history of Java. Informed by theories drawn from the field of cultural studies, he connects local history to global movements with a focus on the fragility of changing identities.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond