An opening reception for the exhibit was held Friday, Oct. 5, in conjunction with Johnson City’s monthly First Friday celebration. The reception featured a talk given by Jess Española of California, whose work is included in the exhibit.
Española became the first Filipino Emmy Award recipient for his animation work on “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind,” the ninth episode of season 19 (2007) of the long-running FOX series “The Simpsons.”
“Kayumanggi” is curated by Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, director of Slocumb Galleries and Tipton Gallery in the East Tennessee State University Department of Art and Design, as part of the “Diverse and Beautiful: Black, Asian and Hispanic Appalachia” project. It is also the third in a series of exhibitions highlighting Filipina/o and Filipinx-American artists presented in collaboration with the American Museum of Philippine Art with support from the Tennessee Arts Commission.
The multimedia exhibition, which includes photography, film/video, sculptural installations and animation, focuses on “the politics of skin color and post-colonial investigation of the nuanced, hybrid identity through art as agency,” according to Contreras-Koterbay, who serves as a founding member of the board of directors and vice president for curatorial programming for AMPA.
The exhibits in the series and related activities feature artists who are bringing greater visibility to minority Asian-American communities in mainstream art, media and social consciousness in the United States.
“The mixed media installations are interactive and intergenerational, as well as distinctively visual, tactile and engaging,” Contreras-Koterbay says. “This allows viewers to understand and celebrate diverse cultures.”
In addition to Española, participating artists include Alejandro Acierto and Richard Brown of Tennessee, Leticia Bajuyo of Tennessee and Texas, Gigi Bio of New York, Kelvin Burzon of Indiana, Gina Osterloh of Ohio and Marinel Isla Contreras of the Philippines.
Additional sponsors of “Kayumanggi” include the ETSU Student Activities Allocation Committee, Language and Culture Resource Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Multicultural Center and Phil-American Student Society and the East Tennessee-Southwest Virginia Philippine American Association.
Tipton Gallery is located at 126 Spring St. The gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays from 5-7 p.m. and other times by appointment.
For more information or to schedule a viewing appointment, contact Contreras-Koterbay at 423-483-3179 or [email protected]