Asian/American Art in San Francisco

Jenifer Wofford

Art 195

Course Description:

The unusually high visibility of local Asian American artists and arts, is uniquely situated in San Francisco’s relationship to the Pacific Rim. Asian/American Arts is an introduction to significant artists, art forms and art movements by Asians and Asian-Americans from the early 20th century to today. The significance of political histories, immigration histories, and globalization shared by the U.S. and many Asian nations as contributing factors to art and culture will be addressed.

This course provides insight into the specific culture of San Francisco and the Bay Area, and how it has informed a vibrant Asian-American creative community. We will learn about local artists as well as local community arts organizations by experiencing them firsthand, through classroom/studio visits and fieldtrips. We will explore the interrelationship of Asian and Western art traditions, particularly vis-à-vis new hybrid forms of art practice.

This class is a combination of lecture, readings, discussion, written responses and creative projects. It includes field trips to various arts organizations in the area, as well as includes regular guest presentations by local artists. The emphasis is on visual art, with ample discussion of performance, cinema, and graphic art, as well.

Faculty bio:

Jenifer Wofford is an award-winning visual artist, curator, graphic designer, and illustrator who works both nationally and internationally. In addition to teaching at USF since 2007, she has also taught at California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Wofford has shown her work extensively in the Bay Area, at venues such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, de Young Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, and the San Jose Museum of Art. Wofford received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from UC Berkeley.