Welcome, Anne Ishii, New Executive Director, Asian Arts Initiative, Imani Roach speaks at Institute of Contemporary Art, and two good reads!
Summertime! Time for new appointments to take their place; time for reading and enjoying it; time to go to a talk or two in a cool museum. Read all about it!

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Asian Arts Initiative appoints Anne Ishii new Executive Director – Welcome, Anne!

Anne Ishii, new Executive Director, Asian Arts Initiative. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Anne Ishii, new Executive Director, Asian Arts Initiative. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

The Asian Arts Initiative has announced the appointment of its new Executive Director, Anne Ishii. Anne comes to the Philadelphia-based national arts non-profit as it celebrates 25 years of creating community through the power of art. Ishii brings 15 years of leadership experience in publishing, arts, design, architecture, and startup marketing. She has been an enterprising advocate for queer and feminist artists from the Asian diaspora, notably bringing exposure to gay Japanese comics arts in North America through her company MASSIVE GOODS—a multidisciplinary agency and publishing house. Ishii has been based in New York since 2001 and will join her Philadelphia staff on the ground on August 1, 2018.

“In all my work and travel through creative capitals, I have never seen a city that so deeply embodies the crucial human element of the artist’s experience as Philadelphia does, and I’m frankly humbled and honored to work in enriching the Asian American arts here with such humanity.”

Read more about Anne at the Asian Arts Initiative website.


Front row (L to R): Artist Zanele Muholi, apprentices Shasta Bady and “Muffy” Ashley Torres; Back row (L to R): Imani Roach, apprentices Latasha “Tash” Billington and Carrie-Anne Shimborski
Front row (L to R): Artist Zanele Muholi, apprentices Shasta Bady and “Muffy” Ashley Torres; Back row (L to R): Imani Roach, apprentices Latasha “Tash” Billington and Carrie-Anne Shimborski

Artblog’s Managing Editor, Imani Roach talks about Defining Global Art at ICA this Sunday, July 29, at noon! Don’t miss it! And as a warm up, listen to Imani’s 2018 podcast interview with Zaneli Muholi and the artists of the Women’s Mobile Museum.


Good Reads

Zadie Smith’s essay on the L.A. painter Henry Taylor – a long read, a must read, from the New Yorker Magazine.


Sheep in the Pyrenees. Photo courtesy of the New York Times
Sheep in the Pyrenees. Photo courtesy of the New York Times

Sheep herders in Southern France speak out against re-introduction of bears imported by the government from the East to re-populate forests bereft of bears. The bears are killing off the sheep and farmers say these Eastern bears are fiercer and “not like the bears of old.” Because you need to know, and I need to show you the picture of the sheep.

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anne ishii, asian arts initiative, ica, imani roach

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