Review 2 of the 5 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 of photographs is. How do the image 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 photographs 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? Uploaded onto Canvas is Sylvan Barnet’s guide on to how to write an exhibition review. While this guide is for a physical exhibition, it is generally helpful in considering online exhibitions as well. Please read through it.
Each review must be 750 words. Please be sure to use proper citations using the Chicago Style.