A 500-word response to one of the five online exhibitions that make up California Cultures: Asian Americans
California Cultures: Asian Americans: https://calisphere.org/exhibitions/t9/california-cultures-asian-americans/
Review one of the five online exhibitions that make up California Cultures: Asian Americans. The five exhibitions are: Everyday Life and Cultural Traditions 1860s-1980s; Gold Rush Era to 1890s; Early 20th Century; World War II; and New Communities, 1960s-Present. Each exhibition presents a collection of photographs. While the online experience of viewing an exhibition is necessarily different from walking through galleries and looking at objects in person, each collection of photographs offer a particular perspective and paint a specific narrative.
For your exhibition review, please consider what the major theme or aim of the collection is. How do the images come together to offer a particular narrative? What is the narrative or story that is being depicted in these images? How is “Asian Americanness” defined and depicted in these images? What does it mean to be Asian American?
Be sure to carefully examine the works and to use them as evidence of your claims. Be specific in your analysis and organized in your writing. Remember that exhibitions are curated, meaning that decisions are made as to what should and should not be included. Think carefully about what the curatorial decisions depict about the Asian American experience and identity. What constitutes “Asian American” in these images?
Sylvan Barnet’s guide on to how to write an exhibition review are provided
All assignments must be 500 words. Please be sure to use proper citations using the Chicago Style. For more information on the Chicago Manual of Style, please refer to the Purdue Online Writing Lab. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/ . All assignments should be submitted via in-text submission on Canvas.
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