Sep
12
to Oct 18

Studio Art Sessions: Department of Art Faculty and Staff Exhibition

Every four years, Vanderbilt University Faculty and Staff show new and new-to-Nashville works in a group exhibition hosted in the galleries on campus. More information coming soon!

Including work by: Alejandro T. Acierto, Alex Blau, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Patrick DeGuira, Farrar Hood Cusomato, John Donovan, Jana Harper, Mark Hosford, Vesna Pavlović, Jerry Bedor Philips, Jonathan Rattner, Sophia Stevenson, John Warren, Mel Ziegler

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we continue to sustain ourselves @ Vanderbilt (performance)
Sep
25
6:00 PM18:00

we continue to sustain ourselves @ Vanderbilt (performance)

with Ammie Brod, viola; Zachary Good, contrabass clarinet; Ryan Packard, percussion and objects

we continue to sustain ourselves is an evening-long work for two contrabass clarinets, viola, percussion, and interactive media. Working with feedback as a broadly defined phenomena, this work becomes a way to devise other forms of relation and being, where our bodies intersect, play, and intervene on and with technological systems built as extensions of ourselves. A meditation for queers of color, feedback becomes a metaphor that articulates our orientations as it registers our proximities. It reveals itself in the space between the input and output and overwhelms us with a trace of what has always existed. Here, we are made present in the recognition of our past and in the insistence of our continuation - the ongoing loop where the past is amplified until its not, where the future is held under the conditions of space, and where the present is contingent on the then and there. For feedback that was previously always avoided, hushed, and excluded from audio systems, we envision its presence as a reminder to sustain our our bodies and ourselves. Though noisy in its recurrence, this feedback offers us a moment of refuge, a moment of forever, a moment of always.


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we continue to sustain ourselves @ Elastic Arts (performance)
Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

we continue to sustain ourselves @ Elastic Arts (performance)

with Ammie Brod, viola; Zachary Good, contrabass clarinet; Ryan Packard, percussion and objects

we continue to sustain ourselves is an evening-long work for two contrabass clarinets, viola, percussion, and interactive media. Working with feedback as a broadly defined phenomena, this work becomes a way to devise other forms of relation and being, where our bodies intersect, play, and intervene on and with technological systems built as extensions of ourselves. A meditation for queers of color, feedback becomes a metaphor that articulates our orientations as it registers our proximities. It reveals itself in the space between the input and output and overwhelms us with a trace of what has always existed. Here, we are made present in the recognition of our past and in the insistence of our continuation - the ongoing loop where the past is amplified until its not, where the future is held under the conditions of space, and where the present is contingent on the then and there. For feedback that was previously always avoided, hushed, and excluded from audio systems, we envision its presence as a reminder to sustain our our bodies and ourselves. Though noisy in its recurrence, this feedback offers us a moment of refuge, a moment of forever, a moment of always.


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Oct
5
to Oct 26

TAKE REFUGE

Come, relax, you are welcome here. There are some things that you should know about this place, but please, we will make space.

TAKE REFUGE is a reminder for the stakes of our humanity, a call for compassion, and a primer on how to “we”. Amid ongoing anxieties of belonging and citizenship, reinvigorated in part by escalating policies of exclusion, immigrants and refugees are constantly navigating where and how they can feel safe in the spaces that proclaim histories of inclusion. To take refuge is to take sanctuary – to be safe in an environment of constant instability, but it also gestures to the labor of care work that women do in order to offer comfort. In gesturing to acts of “we”-ing, of being together and of making room for each other, the works on view feature four women diasporic artists of immigrant and refugee backgrounds that navigate these questions of belonging. Working with textiles as conceptual and material orientations, the works by Beizar Aradini, Nuveen Bawari, Aram Han Sifuentes, and Tshab Her reflect on what it means being here and what its like to be enfolded into the conversations to we.

This exhibition is organized by artist Alejandro T. Acierto

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Nov
1
to Mar 1

Unsettling Time (online exhibition)

I’ve curated new and newish works as part of thewrong.org/The Wrong Biennial for an online exhibition titled Unsettling Time with works by Joshua Albers, Lee Blalock, Edgar Fabián Frías, Jason E. Geistweidt, Yun Lee, Xavier McFarlin, Rodrigo Nava, Dan Paz, Zander Porter, Fran Pérez Rus, Tyler Ryan, Heath Schultz, Judith Sönnicken, Eric Souther, Eva Wǒ, & Jacqueline Wu.

More texts and information coming soon!

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Nov
1
to Nov 30

Rumors of Necessity

I’m guest curating an awesome show of works by US Southern-based Asian Americans at East Tennessee State University.

Rumors of necessity is an exhibition that positions Asian American bodies in relation to conditions of surveillance, militarization, and exclusion in an era of ongoing wars along the US border and abroad. Hinged on the notion of the rumor where contemporary anxieties around difference have often been the result of mis-information, this exhibition draws on contemporary Asian American artists in Tennessee and the archive to articulate strategies of the state to enact corporeal control through militarization and exclusion. Foregrounding our contemporary moment where racial profiling of Muslim and Latinx communities emerges as an ongoing trope of 45’s administration and is further propelled by broader social anxieties that have amplified white supremacist ideologies, this exhibition works to present alternative forms of embodiment that speak back to historical traumas of militarization and exclusion. With artists Paul Pak-hing Lee, Richard A. Lou, Sisivahn Phouthavong-Houghton and others, the works in this show will be in direct conversation with Tennessee’s racialized past where their work will be paired alongside images and ephemera from the era of Japanese internment at Camp Forrest in Tullahoma, TN and with the establishment of confederate monuments that remain erected to this day.

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May
19
4:00 PM16:00

INTERSECTION @ OZ Arts (Sunday Matinee)

In partnership with Nashville in Harmony, Spectrum is a collaborative concert featuring the world premiere of a new jointly commissioned work by composer TJ Cole. Cole is known for her colorful, imaginative works. For instrumental ensemble and chorus, her work will explore the gender spectrum including visual art and projections integrated with the musical creation. Additional works on the program by Intersection include "Mania for Violoncello Solo and Ensemble" by Esa-Pekka Salonen featuring cellist Michael Samis and "Voodoo Child" by Australian composer Liza  Lim. Both Salonen and Lim's works feature virtuosity, emotion and wild passion. Nashville in Harmony will also present a variety of exciting pieces in a concert full of color! 

Program

TJ Cole: Those Moments (2019) *World Premiere commissioned by Intersection & NIH 
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Mania (2000)
Liza Lim: Voodoo Child (1989)
Nashville In Harmony - Additional Works TBA

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May
18
7:30 PM19:30

INTERSECTION @ OZ Arts

In partnership with Nashville in Harmony, Spectrum is a collaborative concert featuring the world premiere of a new jointly commissioned work by composer TJ Cole. Cole is known for her colorful, imaginative works. For instrumental ensemble and chorus, her work will explore the gender spectrum including visual art and projections integrated with the musical creation. Additional works on the program by Intersection include "Mania for Violoncello Solo and Ensemble" by Esa-Pekka Salonen featuring cellist Michael Samis and "Voodoo Child" by Australian composer Liza  Lim. Both Salonen and Lim's works feature virtuosity, emotion and wild passion. Nashville in Harmony will also present a variety of exciting pieces in a concert full of color! 

Program

TJ Cole: Those Moments (2019) *World Premiere commissioned by Intersection & NIH 
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Mania (2000)
Liza Lim: Voodoo Child (1989)
Nashville In Harmony - Additional Works TBA

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The Dead Are Not Altogether Powerless @ Boundary (solo exhibition)
Mar
16
to Apr 13

The Dead Are Not Altogether Powerless @ Boundary (solo exhibition)

“He gave his life to satisfy the State”

Last Mile Blues, Ida Cox

“If there is no fear in the law, wala yanYung hanging, once the spine is ripped off inside, wala na. Just like putting off a light.”

statement by then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, May 17, 2016

This is an elegy for the departed, for the incarcerated, for those forced out from their lands. It is a pause and a repeating, a suspension of time tracing the shape of a fall tethered to imported wooden posts. A displacement of time, a consolidation of space, it echoes from the then and there only to be amplified in the here and now. Split by the ocean, it is a place outside of empire while acknowledging its tragedy. It is a haunting and a recurrence, a consistent presence of being.

It loops in the moment before the light goes out. It sways between the black and brown. It slows before the moment of rupture only to reiterate the conditions of its existence.

It is alive in its entrapment, caught before its transition. It cannot be lost for this is what remains.  


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FORMS AND FIGURES
Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

FORMS AND FIGURES

The performing body is intimate; it is exposed to harm, to the vulnerability of error, and the unmasking of things normally hidden. In performance, subjectivity, dislocated from objective knowledge, becomes a fully formed subject drawing correlations to sources outside the individual body. Stories emerge at the blending of interior and exterior, where the personal offers insight into constructed subjects and concepts. Through this, new avenues emerge to interpret the very relationship of subjectivity, subject, and subject hood. The presence of a lens further drives this multiplicity; part, half, or all of the body and its stage can be subtracted, while editing can alter the perception of action or proximity to the performer.

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You Want Them to Notice @ COOP (two-person exhibition)
Jan
5
to Jan 26

You Want Them to Notice @ COOP (two-person exhibition)

  • COOP @ The Packing Plant (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

COOP Gallery is pleased to present You Want Them to Notice, an exhibition of multidisciplinary work by the gallery’s newest members, Alejandro T. Acierto and Bradley Marshall. Each year COOP invites local and newly transplanted artists to join its ranks in recognition of the seriousness of their work and their significant contributions to Nashville’s artist community. This year’s show is indicative of the diverse range of media and conceptual approaches that contemporary artists engage with, and exemplifies COOP’s commitment to the greater visual arts dialogue within our local community.


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Memento Mori with Ammie Brod @ Milwaukee Art Museum
Dec
13
7:30 PM19:30

Memento Mori with Ammie Brod @ Milwaukee Art Museum

Violist and chamber musician Ammie Brod has commissioned new works for viola by composers Alejandro T. Acierto, Lisa Atkinson, Jacob Sudol, and LJ White to expand the solo and chamber repertoire. The program will also include a previously composed solo by Katherine Pukinskis (Quiet Threnody, 2015), written for her as part of the University of Chicago's Project Incubator.

More information coming soon!

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Memento Mori with Ammie Brod @ Constellation
Dec
9
8:30 PM20:30

Memento Mori with Ammie Brod @ Constellation

Violist and chamber musician Ammie Brod has commissioned new works for viola by composers Alejandro T. Acierto, Lisa Atkinson, Jacob Sudol, and LJ White to expand the solo and chamber repertoire. The program will also include a previously composed solo by Katherine Pukinskis (Quiet Threnody, 2015), written for her as part of the University of Chicago's Project Incubator.

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Collecting Ourselves: On the Problems and Potential of Archives
Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

Collecting Ourselves: On the Problems and Potential of Archives

Working in partnership with LATITUDE Chicago and the Philippine Heritage Collection at the Field Museum of Natural History, I am bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and archivists to hold a conversation on archival processes, categorization, and information.

Open to the public and RSVPs are highly recommended for free admission.

RSVP HERE

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Ryan Packard @ High Concept Labs
Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

Ryan Packard @ High Concept Labs

Chicago-based percussionist, sound artist, and composer Ryan Packard is developing a new evening-length work as part of a residency at High Concept Laboratories @ Mana Contemporary. Featuring a clarinet trio of Alejandro T. Acierto, Zach Good, and Jeff Kimmel, a professional and amateur choir, and subwoofers.

more info and performer list coming soon.

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Oct
4
to Oct 25

Kayumanggi: Post Colonial Filipinx

  • Tipton Gallery, East Tennessee State University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The ‘Kayumanggi: Post Colonial Filipinx’, a group exhibition featuring Filipino American artists is curated by Karlota Contreras-Koterbay as part of the Diverse & Beautiful: Black Asian and Hispanic Appalachia project. The multimedia exhibition focuses on the politics of skin color and post colonial investigation of the nuanced, hybrid identity through art as agency, with interest on use of new media, and technology such as in the form of photography, film/video, sculptural installations and animation.

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Panelist @ Filipino American National Historical Society
Jul
12
to Jul 13

Panelist @ Filipino American National Historical Society

Mestisx Filipinxs in the Midwest Fe Rowland of FANHS-MI will moderate a panel discussion on Mestisx identity (persons of mixed racial descent) by Alejandro T. Acierto, Aurora Esperanza Harris, and Terese Guinsatao Monberg. Panelists will discuss how their Mestisx identities are connected to historical social struggles, art, education, and community engagement. 

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Archivist-in-Residence in The Back Room at Kim's Corner Food
Jun
25
to Aug 1

Archivist-in-Residence in The Back Room at Kim's Corner Food

One of four residencies made possible by a 2017 Propeller Fund grant, these residencies are conceived as platforms for experimental responses to the ongoing project of The Back Room and its unique context in the realm of Kim's Corner Food and Thomas Kong's practice.1371 West Estes Avenue, organizers Dan Miller and Nathan Abhalter Smith are excited to transition the focus of their programming from an exhibition space to a nakedly work-in-progress-driven operation.

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AFTER LIFE (what remains)
Jun
16
to Jul 21

AFTER LIFE (what remains)

Curated by Thea Quiray Tagle, AFTER LIFE (what remains) is an multi-genre visual art and performance exhibition that stages a conversation between Asian Pacific American and indigenous artists around the question: what new strategies are needed to survive after environmental catastrophe and military intervention, by communities facing displacement and dispossession? How can speculation, humor, and fantasy fuel larger movements for social change around the Pacific Rim—from the Pacific Northwest, to California, to Southeast and East Asia—and in the heartland of the USA? 

Works by Alejandro T. Acierto, Michael Arcega, Leeroy New, Super Futures Haunt Qollective, and Rea Tajiri.

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Keynote for Rise Up: Elevate Graduation Banquet for Asian/Pacific Islander American Students
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Keynote for Rise Up: Elevate Graduation Banquet for Asian/Pacific Islander American Students

The 2nd annual Graduation Banquet for Asian/Pacific Islander American Students with ELEVATE. This is a gathering of graduating students and loved ones to celebrate the accomplishments of the APIA community at DePaul. As part of the reception, there will be a performance by DePaul's Asian Cultural Exchange student organization, a keynote address by Alejandro T. Acierto, and a gift for graduates.

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May
24
5:45 PM17:45

Panelist @ Latin American Studies Association

For the panel "Experiencing Vision and Space in the American Empire", I will present my paper "Sustained constraint: Locating the colonial imaginary through material abstractions of the breath" that discusses the US colonial project in the Philippines as sustained through structures that constrained and/or prohibited Filipino breath. 

 

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May
3
to Jun 30

THE DANGEROUS PROFESSORS (Houston edition)

The Dangerous Professors, a curatorial project by Ruslana Lichtzier, works to counteract the pervasive right wing forces that jeopardizes civil, artistic and academic freedom. The project employs exhibitions, public programs, and an accompanying website to serve as a platform for the collective development of strategies toward the idea of radical education.

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YOUARENEVERALWAYSHERE
Apr
28
6:00 PM18:00

YOUARENEVERALWAYSHERE

text: YOUARENEVERALWAYSHERE is an exploratory work that ruminates on the nonlinear. Enclosed within an enclosure and pushing out from within, the box of Box Gallery  becomes a placeholder for an unpredictable set of new material that emerges from inside. As a site that is an object but also utilitarian in nature, the box withholds the capacity for a recognition of space, one that upends the linearity of progression as other dimensions complicate the singular. Using Box Gallery as a point of departure, as one that allows for the space of Compound Yellow to become activated through performance, this multichannel sound performance opens up a recognition of place through a series of fixed and unfixed events that may happen in the space.

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