This Summer's Must-See Upcoming Art Exhibits

Feeling a little artsy this summer? From a colorful celebration of Shanghai to a commemoration of our ancestors’ brave and intrepid journey to the U.S., these art exhibits are guaranteed to entertain and inspire a healthy dose of cultural pride.

Title: ShanghaiLocation: Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, CA) Closing Date: September 5, 2010 Description: Known to many as the Paris of the East, Shanghai is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful and lively cities in the entire world. Its long and turbulent history has been marked by economic reforms, industrial expansion and cultural growth, all of which are represented in some way by the oil paintings, antique furniture, movie clips, revolutionary posters and fashion found in this stunning visual collaboration. The exhibit brings together no less than a century’s worth of Shanghai artists and history.

Title: With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of AmericaLocation: Museum of Chinese in America (New York, NY) Closing Date: April 15, 2011 Description: How did early Chinese Americans integrate into Western society? What impact did they leave behind on America’s political and cultural landscape? These questions and more are answered in the Museum of Chinese in America’s latest core exhibit, divided into sections that detail chronologically the difficult and sometimes troublesome history of Chinese immigrants in America. Told through videos and photographs, this story covers both the highs and lows of Chinese American history, from the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act to improving relations between the U.S. and China in the 1960s.

Title: Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids by Kip FulbeckLocation: Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA) Closing Date: September 26, 2010 Description: American identity is as diverse as it is complicated, a point which comes to life in Kip Fulbeck’s adorable yet revealing exhibit of multiracial Asian children. Appropriately titled “Mixed,” the exhibit is based off of a new book by Fulbeck in which the artist, poet and photographer captures the face of the future: mixed-race children. Fulbeck himself boasts a background as diverse as Cantonese, English and Welsh, and is best known for spearheading The Hapa Project, an art project that featured in a variety of mediums over 1,200 volunteer subjects who identified as being of mixed ethnic heritage.

Title: Inspired by India: Works by New York City StudentsLocation: Asia Society Museum (New York, NY) Closing Date: June 27, 2010 Description: In response to the Asia Society Museum’s Fall 2009 exhibition, “Devotion in South India: Chola Bronzes,” the students of New York City are putting together an exhibit featuring works inspired by Indian culture. Sponsored by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the exhibit brings together drawings, paintings, and handmade crafts by students from P.S. 254 in Brooklyn, P.S. 75 and P.S. 46 in Manhattan and P.S. 196 in the Bronx.

Photo: "Shanghai" Exhibit courtesy of Asian Art Museum