ACAW, San Francisco 2014

ACAW, San Francisco 2014
September 20 – 28, 2014

Asian Contemporary Art Week 2014 (ACAW 2014) San Francisco is a weeklong series of events that aims to celebrate, promote and sustain interest in Asian contemporary arts and design in the San Francisco Bay Area. ACAW 2014 features programs from 30 local institutions, ranging from exhibitions, screenings, to conferences, talks, and performances.

ACAW 2014 Highlight Program
Saturday, September 20, 2014
California College of the Arts, 350 Kansas Street, San Francisco

Asian Contemporary Art Week 2014 (ACAW 2014) San Francisco presents a series of presentation-conversations by artists, writers, critics, and translators that seek to investigate, in the special context of Asia, how the role of language (both literally and metaphorically), notions and issues of translations and mistranslations, and their philosophies interact with each other in art and cultural productions.

Three topical threads organize these presentation-conversations: English as a lingua franca and the notion and dilemma of International Art English (IAE) manifested through today’s art writing and criticism; the (mis)translation of archives and the global-local histories; the democratic potential of speech, and the relationship between visual and textual languages in art practices.

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Organized by the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium San Francisco (ACAC-SF), a not-for-profit organization fiscally sponsored by California College of the Arts.

Image: Leisure-class ladies playing a floating game of mah jongg, 1924, photograph. © Library of Congress, in the public domain. Image courtesy Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. On view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.