Trisha Lagaso Goldberg and Mark Dean Johnson, co-curators of Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision, will take us on a virtual tour of select artworks on view in the exhibition and share their in-depth knowledge of Carlos Villa’s life and legacy.
Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision celebrates the exuberant work and enduring influence of San Francisco artist Carlos Villa (1936–2013). The first major museum retrospective dedicated to the work of a Filipino American artist, this groundbreaking exhibition shows us Villa not only as one of the most important artists of his generation, but also as a teacher, curator, activist, and community organizer.
About the Curators
Mark Dean Johnson is Professor Emeritus of Art at San Francisco State University, advisor to the Stanford Asian American Art Initiative, and serves on the Martin Wong Foundation board. He is the co-editor of The Saburo Hasegawa Reader (UC Press, 2019), co-editor/co-author of Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970 (Stanford University Press, 2008); and co-curator/co-editor/co-author of Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision (UC Press, 2022), Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan (UC Press, 2019), Chang Dai-chien: From Heart to Hand (Asian Art Museum, 2019), and When I Remember I See Red: California Indian Art and Activism (UC Press, 2019).
Trisha Lagaso Goldberg is co-curator of Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision – presented at the Newark Museum of Art, San Francisco Arts Commission Main Gallery and Asian Art Museum, SF – and recently served as the Director of Curatorial Affairs for the FOR-SITE Foundation. Born and raised on the Hawaiian island of O‘ahu, she currently lives and works in San Francisco. As executive director of Southern Exposure, the acclaimed Mission District artist-centered organization, she stewarded over one hundred exhibitions and events. In 2005, Lagaso Goldberg led the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ commissioned works branch of its public art program. Her curatorial projects include Sino Ka? Ano Ka? San Francisco Babaylan (1998), which she co-curated with Carlos Villa for the Museo ng Maynila; and Lands End, which featured the work of 27 international artists addressing climate crisis at the historic Cliff House in San Francisco.
Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision is co-organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI).
This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and The Bernard Osher Foundation.
The presentation at the Asian Art Museum is supported by Malou Babilonia, Crisanto and Evelyn Raimundo, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and an anonymous donor.
Sustained support generously provided by the Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Endowment Fund for Exhibitions and the Kao/Williams Contemporary Art Exhibitions Fund.
The presentation at SFAI is made possible with major support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.