Presentation at Brooklyn Museum’s “Art Off the Wall: According to What?”


How does an intergenerational oral history theater project transform, heal, and build community? What are some personal stories of those affected by a modern-day nuclear disaster? How are low-income tenants reflecting and taking action to preserve their gentrifying neighborhood? How does one remember and document an activist community nearly 80 years ago? How do all of these stories and histories connect with various social movements domestically and abroad?

A presentation of the Asian American Oral History Collective and a selection of projects as a part of Brooklyn Museum’s “Art Off the Wall: According to What?”
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Tickets $18.  Link to purchase tickets here.

Multimedia presentations will be followed by interactive “stations” & conversations with the following projects:

BRIDGING ACROSS GENERATIONS WITH ORAL HISTORY: A Collaborative Korean-American Theatre Project 
An oral history-based project that aims to create multimedia work highlighting intergenerational connections between the Korean American immigrant and second generation community – with a focus on histories often made invisible in the US, including the Korean War, the division of the peninsula, and the legacies of military dictatorships.

A video and talkback series highlighting the stories of low-income tenants facing gentrification and displacement in Manhattan Chinatown – and how they’re taking action to preserve their community in the face of development.

A brief visual presentation of the Japanese/Japanese-American community and their activism toward their full US citizenship during and right after WWII.

Stories from Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

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The Asian American Oral History Collective is a group of Asian-American artists and organizers dedicated to the use of oral history to share the stories of Asian-American communities that are often untold or hidden, working in collaboration with social movements.

Chinatown Tenant Stories is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Intergenerational Stories to Break the Silence: A Korean American Oral History Project, is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Thank you to our fiscal sponsors:
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
Third World Newsreel

Ticket includes admission to AI WEI WEI: THE SEED performance, Ai Wei Wei exhibit, and all Art Off the Wall events throughout the museum including Wildcat! dance performance, and a calligraphy workshop.

6 p.m. Spotlight Talk with curator Sharon Matt Atkins

6:30 p.m. Asian American Oral History Collective presentation and workshop

7:30 p.m. Multimedia performance Ai Weiwei: The Seed, by spoken-word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

8:30 p.m. Art-making exploring Chinese calligraphy; DJ set

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