Los Angeles presentation

kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa was on display at the Japanese American National Museum from June 8, 2006 through October 29, 2006 in the Dr. & Mrs. Edison Miyawaki Gallery and Taul & Sachiko Watanabe Gallery.

The Los Angeles presentation of this exhibition was made possible in part through major support from Mariko O. Gordon & Hugh A. Cosman, The James Irvine Foundation, Michael & Karen Otamura Schneickert and the Wells Fargo Foundation. Public programs are supported, in part, by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. Media sponsors are KSCI-TV, Los Angeles Downtown News, and The Rafu Shimpo.

Listed below are the programs that were held at the National Museum in conjunction with the exhibition.

Past Events

Sunday, November 14, 2004
2:00 PM

The Hapa Project

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Kip Fulbeck, the "world's premier artist" exploring Hapa identity will present a multimedia performance piece. Fulbeck will also discuss The Hapa Project, which seeks to promote awareness and recognition of the millions of multiracials of Asian/Pacific Island descent in the United States.

Professor Fulbeck teaches Art Studio and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has spoken and exhibited award-winning videos, performances, photography, and paintings throughout the world. For more information visit www.hapaproject.com. National Museum members $8, non-members $10. Advance purchase recommended.

Thursday, June 8, 2006

Opening of the exhibition - kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa

kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa is an exhibition of portraits by artist Kip Fulbeck, who traveled the country photographing more than 1,000 Hapa of all ages and walks of life. Originally a derogatory label derived from the Hawaiian word for half, the word Hapa has been embraced as a term of pride by many whose mixed-race heritage includes Asian or Pacific Rim ancestry. Fulbeck's work seeks to address in words and images the one question that Hapa are frequently asked: "What are you?"

kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa is an artist's attempt to explore Hapa--who now number in the millions--and it offers a complex perspective on an increasing reality of contemporary America.

Saturday, June 10, 2006
2:00 PM

part asian: 100% hapa by Kip Fulbeck

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Join award-winning filmmaker and artist, Kip Fulbeck, as he discusses his new book part asian, 100% hapa. This book was created as a forum in word and image for Hapa to answer the question they're nearly always asked: "What are you?"

Fulbeck's frank, head-on portraits are paired with the sitters' own statements of identity. A work of intimacy, beauty, and powerful self-expression, part asian, 100% hapa is the book Fulbeck says he wishes he had growing up.

Book signing to follow.

part asian, 100% hapa is available for sale through the Museum Store Online or by calling 888.769.5559.

Saturday, June 10, 2006
7:00 PM

Party on the Plaza: Celebrating the Opening of kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa

Join us for a Party on the Plaza! In celebration of the opening of kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa, enjoy a lively evening of DJ sets and spoken-word artists. Special evening book signing with Kip Fulbeck (Museum Store open until 8PM). Food vendors and no host bar.

Spoken word artists include:
Armando Alvarez
Austin Cho
Alison De La Cruz
Melanie Hensch
Jenille Narvaez
Daniela Schonberger
Mike T
Michael Velasquez

This event is free and open to the public. Free admission to the National Museum that evening.

Saturday, July 8, 2006
11:00 AM

Target Free Family Saturdays: I am ... I can be ...

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This summer the National Museum debuts four wonderful days created especially for families. Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

I am ... I can be...
How do you perceive yourself in your imagination? How do you communicate those perceptions to others?

Drop-in and discover fun ways of drawing self-portraits in a special workshop designed to show the world what makes you, you. Bring along your creativity and spirit for a day of storytelling and art.

Join us for our other Target Free Family Saturdays

September 9 - More than Crayons
October 14 - Family Folktales: Rabbits, Roosters, Monkeys, Oh My!
November 11 - A World of Percussion: Shake, Rattle & Bang!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006
12:00 PM

REEL Hapa

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Every second and fourth Wednesday through July and August, the National Museum will host screenings of film shorts that explore issues of identity. Following the films, community leaders, artists, activists, and others will share their own perspectives on identity and build upon issues discussed in each film.

July 12 films
What Are You Anyways? (2006) by Jeff Chiba Stearns
(10:40 min)

Sex, Love, & Kung Fu (2000) by Kip Fulbeck
(7:00 min)

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
12:00 PM

REEL Hapa

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Every second and fourth Wednesday through July and August, the National Museum will host screenings of film shorts that explore issues of identity. Following the films, community leaders, artists, activists, and others will share their own perspectives on identity and build upon issues discussed in each film.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006
12:00 PM

REEL Hapa

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Every second and fourth Wednesday through July and August, the National Museum will host screenings of film shorts that explore issues of identity. Following the films, community leaders, artists, activists, and others will share their own perspectives on identity and build upon issues discussed in each film.

Thursday, August 17, 2006
7:30 PM

CANCELLED - Hapa Comedy Showcase

Stand-up comedians from throughout the Southland will have you laughing 'til it hurts as they tackle their own identity politics and family dynamics.

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Please note that this program has been cancelled.

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Saturday, August 19, 2006
11:00 AM

"What Are We?" Two-Part Photography and Art Workshop with Kip Fulbeck - Part 1

Artist Kip Fulbeck leads a two-part photography class especially for youth (ages 8 to 13), exploring images of the self, family, and community.

Learn the basics of photography and how to approach and examine subjects to photograph. Photographs will be developed by the National Museum and participants will select final shots for a special display at the September 9 Target Free Family Saturday.

Attendance is required for part two of the workshop on August 26. Limited to fifteen participants; $25 for National Museum members, $35 non-members, includes disposable camera. Reservations required.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006
12:00 PM

REEL Hapa

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Every second and fourth Wednesday through July and August, the National Museum will host screenings of film shorts that explore issues of identity. Following the films, community leaders, artists, activists, and others will share their own perspectives on identity and build upon issues discussed in each film.

Saturday, August 26, 2006
11:00 AM

"What Are We?" Two-Part Photography and Art Workshop with Kip Fulbeck - Part 2

Artist Kip Fulbeck leads a two-part photography class especially for youth (ages 8 to 13), exploring images of the self, family, and community.

Learn the basics of photography and how to approach and examine subjects to photograph. Photographs will be developed by the National Museum and participants will select final shots for a special display at the September 9 Target Free Family Saturday.

Attendance at first workshop on August 19 is required. Limited to fifteen participants; $25 for National Museum members, $35 non-members, includes disposable camera. Reservations required.

Saturday, September 9, 2006
11:00 AM

Target Free Family Saturdays: More Than Crayons

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This summer the National Museum debuts four wonderful days created especially for families. Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

More than Crayons
Watercolor--Photography--Pencil--Sculpture--Collage--Paint, and more...

Utilize all types of art mediums to create your own masterpiece and tell a story. Items from the National Museum collection will serve as inspiration for your own work of art. Drop-in anytime for special art workshops led by local artists and stay for the music, storytelling, and a display by the participants of the photography workshop led by artist Kip Fulbeck.

Reservations are not needed.

Join us for our other Target Free Family Saturdays

July 8 - I am ... I can be ...
October 14 - Family Folktales: Rabbits, Roosters, Monkeys, Oh My!
November 11 - A World of Percussion: Shake, Rattle & Bang!

Sunday, September 17, 2006
2:00 PM

About Face: Artists Discuss Portraiture, Portrait-Making, and Identity - POSTPONED

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POSTPONED!
Due to circumstances beyond our control, this program has been postponed. The new date will be posted online as soon as it is determined.

Thank you and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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How are contemporary artists using portraiture and portrait-making processes to examine, reflect, and/or challenge constructions of identity?

Join us as an eclectic group of artists gather to discuss the role of ethnicity, race, class, age, gender, and sexuality, among others, in shaping their work. The conversation promises to be a lively commentary on ways of the seeing the self and others.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Target Free Family Saturdays - Family Folktales: Rabbits, Roosters, Monkeys, Oh My!

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This summer the National Museum debuts four wonderful days created especially for families. Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

Family Folktales: Rabbits, Roosters, Monkeys, Oh My!
Throughout the ages, folktales have shined a light on magical worlds and mythical characters. Storytellers will share folktales from around the world that grab your attention, tickle your funny bone, and spark your imagination. Learn new stories and hear old favorites on this wonder-filled day of tales, legends, and myths. Free Museum admission all day.

Reservations are not needed.

Join us for our other Target Free Family Saturdays

July 8 - I am ... I can be ...
September 9 - More than Crayons
November 11 - A World of Percussion: Shake, Rattle & Bang!

Saturday, October 28, 2006
2:00 PM

Chasing Daybreak: A Film about Mixed Race in America

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In 2005, the MAVIN Foundation, the nation's largest mixed race organization, sponsored the Generation MIX National Awareness Tour to shed light on America's growing number of mixed heritage youth and families. Chasing Daybreak follows five of the tour crewmembers as they travel across the country and initiate a national dialogue about mixed race people, families, and diversity. Throughout the process, they share their hopes, fears, and aspirations for the future of race in America.

Sponsored, in part, by Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.

Sunday, October 29, 2006
2:00 PM

About Face: Artists Discuss Portraiture, Portrait-Making, and Identity

Closing of the exhibition kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa

How are contemporary artists using portraiture and portrait-making processes to examine, reflect, and/or challenge constructions of identity?

Kip Fulbeck and Los Angeles-based artists Shizu Saldamando and Jessica Shokrian gather to discuss the role of ethnicity, race, class, age, gender, and sexuality in shaping their work. The conversation promises to be a lively commentary on ways of seeing the self and others. Moderated by Steven Nelson, Assistant Professor of art history at UCLA. Book signing with Kip Fulbeck to follow.