Fortune Telling by Satomi Shirai

Fortune Telling by Satomi Shirai / Digital chromogenic print, 2007 / Collection of the artist / © Satomi Shirai

Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter

August 12, 2011 - October 14, 2012

The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program collaborated on an exhibition that was the Smithsonian’s first major showcase of contemporary Asian American portraiture. Through the groundbreaking work of seven talented artists from across the country and around the world, the exhibition offered provocative renditions of the Asian American experience. Their portraits of encounter offer representations against and beyond the stereotypes that have long obscured the complexity of being Asian in America.

The artists featured were CYJO, New York; Hye Yeon Nam, Atlanta and New York; Shizu Saldamando, Los Angeles; Roger Shimomura, Lawrence, KS; Satomi Shirai, New York; Tam Tran, Memphis, TN; and Zhang Chun Hong, Lawrence, KS.