2002 – 2003

12th AAAC Annual: Contrary Equilibriums

September 27 – November 8, 2002

Eleven artists who reflect the diversity of work being done today annually. Selected artists were chosen from a national field of nearly 150 submissions. A collaboration with The Korea Society. Learn more: flyer, press relase.

Selection Panelists:
Participating artists:

Not Your Chop Suey Chinatown: Eight Photographers Selected by Corky Lee

December 6, 2002 – January 13, 2003

Each artist offers a different point of view that expresses the contemporary world of Chinatown in today’s society. After 9/11, this exhibition seeks to show the inner life of Chinatown. Bringing these images into focus may help alter how Chinatown is regarded, cutting through misperceptions and the neglect of too many years. Learn more: flyer, press release.

Participating artists:

Below the Canal: After 9/11

March 21 – May 2, 2003

This exhibition is of artists who experienced 9/11 first hand as long time residents in Lower Manhattan and the Chinatown neighborhood. Their work can help to revitalize Lower Manhattan and place 9/11 in a context of local history. The indigenous role and vital meaning of New York’s downtown should not be diminished by large scale undertakings. A panel talk of artists of Lower Manhattan was held on Tuesday, April 8: Grimanesa Amoros, Jane Freeman, Naoto Nakagawa, Paolo Pelosini, and Richard Rudich. Learn more: flyer, press release.

Participating artists:

Shaping Wholeness: Asian American Artists Create

May 14 – 31, 2003

To celebrate Asian American Heritage Month, an art exhibition of seven Asian American artists is presented. These artists give shape to wholeness. The wholeness of their being through art is expressed by each artist. This ability is a gift that is the special provenance of the creative disciplines. These are young artists, whose diversity in background, media, and outlook exemplify the Asian American community both in Queens and across the nation. This exhibition is designed to gather artists in and around Elmhurt Hospital to highlight and revitalize the local community. Sponsored by Elmhurst Hospital Center of the Queens Health Network. Curated by Robert Lee.

Participating artists:

David Diao / Gang Zhao at Mid Career

May 16 – June 27, 2003

Diao and Zhao respond to the great enterprise of modernism and its economic and political innovations, which are reflected in its arts, particularly within the movement’s core tenet of progress. They have joined in a reconsideration of the spirit of modernism/postmodernism, offering their perspective as Asian American artists. Learn more: press release, essay by Robert Lee, essay by Alexandra Chang.

Participating artists:
  • Ko'an Jeff Baysa
  • Emily Cheng
  • Johnathan Goodman
  • Lilly Wei.
  • Participating artists:
    • David Diao
    • Gang Zhao