Ryan Wong


Photography and Foreboding in 1970s Japan

by Ryan Wong on November 25, 2015

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For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979 offers an ambitious social and art history of a decade ignited by protest, shaped by global power dynamics, and visualized through new art forms.

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Post image for Seeing Beyond “Kimono Wednesdays”: On Asian American Protest

When I heard that the Boston MFA was launching a dress-up social media campaign called “Kimono Wednesdays” based on a painting by Claude Monet, that a group of young Asian American protesters asked them to stop, that the MFA did and apologized, I thought it was an open and shut case.

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Where are the indigenous stories, communities, and artists within “American” contemporary art?

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As an Asian boy growing up middle-class in America, I was taught assimilation was key.

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Follow This Man Out of the New Museum

by Ryan Wong on April 28, 2015

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“I do wonder, when I lead complete strangers around on my walks, and take them to sites that don’t dredge up some awful racial history so they have no racial referent — I wonder the degree to which they allow themselves to have racial thoughts.”

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Post image for Peeking into Guantanamo, Through a Detainee’s Art

A spray of leaves from a metal vase is set against a rich blue wall. In the reflection of the vase, we see hints of windows overlooking greenery and the sea: it is a still life that also contains a sunny, beachside landscape. How do we reckon with the knowledge that this was made by a man imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for 11 years?

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Post image for Bodies in the Street: After the Eric Garner Decision

We are in Foley square at 6pm, some of thousands gathered the day after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict Daniel Pantaleo for murdering Eric Garner, for putting him in a chokehold that ended his life as Garner pled — 11 times that were caught on camera — “I can’t breathe.”

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Chinese American: Inclusion/Exclusion

Chinese American consciously simulates the American immigrant’s journey: hope, dehumanization, mixed blessings; individual narratives that together paint the greater arc of America.

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A Biennial Asks: Where Is Brooklyn?

by Ryan Wong on October 10, 2014


“This exhibition series intends to demonstrate the rich wealth of talent to be found throughout Brooklyn.” This is the mission statement of the BRIC Biennial, which recently launched the first edition of the series in its new home in Fort Greene.

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Kazuki Umezawa, “AR Image Core Involving All”

Art scholar Michio Hayashi theorized that the popular perception of “Japaneseness” in the West was cemented in the 1980s by triangulating “kitsch hybridity,” “primordial nature,” and “technological sophistication.”

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