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Talks and Lectures

After Hope Symposium: Future Forms and Alternative Methods

On-Site at the Museum


Explore hope in contemporary art with artists from across Asia and its diaspora.

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Friday, Nov. 5, 1–5 PM

Explore diverse expressions and legacies of hope in contemporary art through workshops, performances, and discussions in this two-day symposium presented in conjunction with After Hope: Videos of Resistance. Using the work of artists from across Asia and its diaspora as catalysts for inquiry, we’ll examine hope’s potential for form, method, and action. Is hope, as writer and activist Rebecca Solnit writes, grounded in the wild possibilities of untold futures? Or does it reflect a deep commitment to community as posited by religious studies professor Andre Willis? Perhaps, drawing on photographer Zanele Muholi’s idea of “visual activism,” hope emerges from works that challenge us to change.


1 PM
Smuggling, Infiltrating, Usurping: Why Globalizing Film and Exhibitions Is Essential to Decolonizing Them 

Usha Iyer 
Padma D. Maitland, moderator 
Tina Takemoto 
Kathy Zarur 

2 PM
Categories and Representation 

Aleesa Alexander  
Janet Oh, moderator 
Siddhartha Shah 

4 PM
Creative Solutions for Belonging 
Co-organized with The Asian American Foundation

Julia Liou
Sonal Shah, moderator
Jose Antonio Vargas
Christine Wong Yap


Join us for the other symposium sessions: 

Friday, Nov. 5, 8 AM–12 PM
Online via Zoom
Preregistration required

Saturday, Nov. 6, 10 AM–4 PM
On-Site at the Museum 
Preregistration suggested

Proof of vaccination and ID required for all attendees.


Image: Selected works from After Hope: Videos of Resistance. Video still and ephemera. Courtesy of the artists.

Organizers & Sponsors

Support is provided by the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, Ministry of Culture of Taiwan.

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