Exploring the Links Between Asian, Latino Cultures

Tigers and Jaguars exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, through 10.29.06

By Rafu Shimpo
Published on LatinoLA: August 21, 2006

Exploring the Links Between Asian, Latino Cultures

?Tigers and Jaguars: LA?s Asian-Latino Art Phenomenon,? examining the relationship and interaction between Asian and Latino communities through the expression of art and music, runs now through Oct. 29 at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles.

Featuring artists Asylm, Chaz Bojorquez, Gerald De Jesus, Richard Duardo, Clement Hanami, Dave Kawano, Shizu Saldamando, and others, ?Tigers and Jaguars? explores the evolution of cross-cultural, grass-roots experiences that occur between Latino and Asian communities. The artists included in this exhibition do not forsake their cultural traditions. Rather, they explore the meshing of ethnicity in development of visual and sonic hybrids by intermingling symbols and iconography from both Asian and Latino cultures.

0?In an increasingly globalized world, these artists share a desire to bridge cultural borderlines and to create new multicultural modes of artistic expressions,? stated curator Kathy Gallegos.

The artists exhibited include a self-taught street tagger as well as a university-trained fine artist influenced by Renaissance symmetry. Hanami, a conceptual artist, grew up in East Los Angeles and integrates multiple cultural perspectives to illustrate concepts of hybridism in our diverse society.

Hanami works as the art director at the Japanese American National Museum and oversees the design and production of the Museum?s exhibitions and printed materials. He is also currently a program developer for the newly formed National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, a new model for public education and an affiliate organization of the Museum.

?CAFAM is excited to host this unique exhibition that combines the sensibilities of two striking cultural communities. The resulting artwork represents the influence of diversity that occurs daily in our city, and this is an important exhibition for all Angelenos to see,? says Maryna Hrushetska, executive director of CAFAM. The Craft and Folk Art Museum is a nonprofit cultural arts organization located at 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036. For information, call (323) 937-4230. Museum admission is $5, $3 for students and seniors. Free on the first Wednesday of month.

About Rafu Shimpo:
The Rafu Shimpo began in April 1903 as a simple news sheet posted on local bulletin boards and today is the nation's leading bilingual Japanese American daily newspaper, read by over 45,000 each day.

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