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    Robert T. Hayashi writes about how individual Americans and their institutions narrate definitions of place and the relation of both private and public narratives of place to notions of identity, in particular racial and ethnic identity. He is the author of Haunted by Waters: A Journey through Race and Place in the American West (University of Iowa Press, 2007) and is currently working on a book that considers how sports, amateur and professional, have operated to shape identity within the greater Pittsburgh region from roughly the turn of the nineteenth century to the present. He is Assistant Professor of American Studies and English at Amherst College.

    Marita Sturken's work focuses on the relationship of cultural memory to national identity and issues of visual culture. She is the author of Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering (California, 1997), Thelma & Louise (British Film Institute, 2000), Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (with Lisa Cartwright, Oxford, 2001, Second Edition, 2009), and co-editor, with Douglas Thomas and Sandra Ball-Rokeach, of Technological Visions: The Hopes and Fears that Shape New Technology (Temple, 2004). Her writings have been published in a number of journals, including Representations, Public Culture, History and Theory, and Afterimage. She is the former editor of American Quarterly, the journal of the American Studies Association. She teaches courses on cultural studies, visual culture, popular culture, advertising, and global culture. Her most recent book is Tourists of History: Memory, Consumerism, and Kitsch in American Culture (Duke University Press, 2007).

    Hiroshi Sunairi (Hiroshima, Japan, 1972) is an artist/filmmaker and a part-time faculty in the Art Department at NYU. Departing from the Western saying, "Elephants Never Forget," this work debuted in 2005, the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. His most recent installation work was shown in the Japan Society in New York, entitled, "White Elephant" in 2007. "White Elephant" is a deconstructed life-size ceramic elephant. The motif of elephants not only a symbol of remembrance of tragic event, of 9.11 but also a shattered symbol of the sacred meaning of white elephant in Asia: peace, prosperity, and justice. An installation created with pruned trees from Queens Flushing Meadow Park, “Elephant” was shown at Queens Museum of Art in 2010. Sunairi now has been working on film projects presented in film festivals. “Making Mistakes” is a travelogue shot in Amdo Tibet: Yushu Earthquake, self-discovery and the Buddhist idea of letting go in the process of creation of art. “air” is an experimental travelogue documentary about Fukushima after earthquake, tsunami and radiation leak.


    Making the Memory Sacred

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Making the Memory Sacred


Friday, September 21, 2012 | 6-8pm

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University
7-8 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003
Cross Streets: Between 5th Avenue and University Place
Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M to W 4 St; N, R to 8 St-NYU; 6 to Astor Pl
Buses: M1, M2, M3, M5 to E 8 St-5 Av; M8 to W 8 St-5 Av

FREE. Open seating. Arrive early to ensure best seats.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at www.apa.nyu.edu, or (212) 992 9653

How can public art, activism, and design projects preserve hidden histories and unspoken politics? Drawing from contributions from artists, scholars, architects, and activists to the “Making the Memory Sacred” blog, this discussion will seek to locate the sacred at the intersection of art, public space and memorialization as exemplified by projects from around the world. Featuring Robert T. Hayashi (author, Haunted by Waters: A Journey through Race and Place in the American West), Marita Sturken (author, Tourists of History: Memory, Consumerism, and Kitsch in American Culture), Hiroshi Sunairi (artist and filmmaker) and Steve Zeitlin (Founding Director, City Lore).

Catherine Behrend (the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYU, and former Deputy Director of Percent for Art, Department of Cultural Affairs) moderates.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 19, 2012 online. Reservations are also accepted via email (apa.rsvp [at] nyu.edu) or phone (212.992.9653)

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the Asian American Arts Alliance, NYU’s Steinhardt’s Department of Art and Art Professions, the NYU Center for Media, Culture, and History, NYU Center for Religion and Media, and the Archives/Public History Program at NYU. This talk is supported in part by the New York Council for the Humanities.




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