White man sitting in an "Asian fushion" restaurant of the future declares that he wants to be like a dragon.
Screen capture from Her (2013), from the research project, Asian futures, without Asians.


Updated May 12, 2023

More exhibitions, events, and publications will be announced soon, including in Los Angeles and Beijing.

March 16, 2023, 6pm

@ ICA SJ, San Jose, CA
New Strategies of Display: Asian American Art, Technology & Storytelling,” a conversation between artists Masako Miki, Astria Suparak, and TT Takemoto, moderated by Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the Co-director of the Asian American Art Initiative, Cantor Arts Center Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander. The conversation explores the intersection of Asian world-building, storytelling, and the role of technology today. Covid precautions will be taken.

May 2, 2023, 5:15 pm

@ Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall, Cornell University, NY
Lecture: “Astria Suparak: From Punk to Pop

May 2023

@ X-TRA Contemporary Art Journal, Spring 2023 issue (issue launch March 13, 7pm @ X-TRA’s office, Los Angeles)
LIMITED-EDITION ARTIST PROJECT: “Ancient Sci-Fi” poster series.
CONVERSATION: “Softness Is a Power: Astria Suparak in Conversation with Dorothy R. Santos.”

June 1, 2023, doors 7:30pm, event 8:00pm

@ 2220 Arts + Archives, Los Angeles, CA
Presented by X-TRA Contemporary Art Journal
Purchase tickets here.
Join us for the in-person premiere of the acclaimed performance lecture Asian futures, without Asians by Astria Suparak, who asks: “What does it mean when so many white filmmakers envision futures inflected by Asian culture, but devoid of actual Asian people?”

Covid safety: Attendees are requested to wear well-fitting face masks, and some free masks will be available on-site. The large, high-ceiling theater will have HEPA air filters. The indoor bar in a separate room will be open before and after the performance, with an optional outdoor area.

Sept. 7–Dec. 9, 2023

@ Ford Foundation Gallery, Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice, midtown Manhattan, New York, NY
Encoding Futures,” organized by Mashinka Firunts Hakopian and Meldia Yesayan, assembles the work of artists who visualize the limits of our current algorithmic imaginaries, and envision speculative futures engineered for just outcomes.

Oct. 2023–2024

@ ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
 “New Eden”. More details to be announced.



Feb. 23, 2023, 6pm

@ California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA
Ticketed event, adults 21+ only, masks recommended
NightLife of Tomorrow: “Expand your mind with a night of futuristic art and science from Afrofuturist fashion to sci-fi inspired art.”
Features two projects from Suparak’s “Asian future, without Asians” series.

Feb. 7, 2023

Recording of “DIE D.E.I.: A Discussion on the Horrors of Institutional Inclusion” now available online. Organized by Jen Delos Reyes and Astria Suparak, co-hosted by Stop DiscriminAsian and Museums Moving Forward.

Jan. 30, 2023

@ BlackFlash Magazine, Expanded series, Saskatoon, SK, Canada (online)
On the Neon Horizon” new video commission

Dec. 10-11, 2022

@ LA3C, Los Angeles State Historic Park

“In collaboration with LA’s museums, celebrated artists and rising stars, LA3C will feature interactive pieces, large-scale murals and one-of-a-kind sculpture that represent the limitless talent of the city and beyond.”
Artists: Tiffany Alfonseca, Amanda Ross Ho, Patrick Martinez, Edgar Ramirez, Jacolby Satterwhite, For Freedoms (with Amelia Winger-Bearskin, Takaaki Okada, Claudia Pena, Kamal Sinclair, StopDiscriminAsian, and Women from California Federal Prison), and more

Sept. 8–Nov. 18, 2022

@ OXY ARTS, Los Angeles
Voice a Wild Dream: Moments in Asian American Art and Activism, 1968-2022 assembles work by artists and collectives, tracing strands of art, activism, and community aid within the national Asian
American community. Organized by visiting curator Kris Kuramitsu, senior curator at large of the Mistake Room, and featuring artists Auntie Sewing Squad, Basement Workshop, Chinatown Art Brigade, Giant Robot, GIDRA, Godzilla, the Linda Lindas, Stop DiscriminAsian, and The W.O.W. Project.

This exhibition includes work that Suparak has produced as part of Stop DiscriminAsian.

Nov. 18, 2022, 2pm PST

@ SFSU, The Archive Project, online. Register here.

“Filmmaker, artist, and scholar Astria Suparak discusses her creative work and cinema criticism.”

Nov. 16, 2022, 6:30pm PST

@ Willamette University | Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), Shipley-Collins Mediatheque, Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, 511 Building, Portland, OR

Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Lecture Series, co-sponsored by Stelo: Astria Suparak will give an artist lecture in person. Followed by a conversation with artist May Maylisa Cat.

Nov. 4-6, 2022

@ A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, website
see me don’t see me is a film program organized by the artist and A.I.R. Fellow Maya Jeffereis, featuring work by Joiri Minaya, Rhea Storr, Astria Suparak, and Jeffereis, who all address the hypervisibility and simultaneous invisibility of bodies of color. “Together, these works invite viewers not only to reflect on misrepresentations of the past and their many transmutations in the present, but to imagine a future that doesn’t replicate the past.”

This program includes Suparak’s video, Virtually Asian.

Oct. 27, 2022, 6pm EST

@  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, online. Register here.
Asian futures, without Asians
Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Astria Suparak

Oct. 15, 2022, 5pm EST / 2pm PST

@ Zoom, register here. ASL interpretation available.
DIE D.E.I.: A Discussion on the Horrors of Institutional Inclusion
Co-hosted by Stop DiscriminAsian and Museums Moving Forward, with support from the Ford Foundation.
Stop DiscriminAsian members Jen Delos Reyes and Astria Suparak along with invited guests Rashayla Marie Brown, Michele Carlson, May Maylisa Cat, and Justin Seiji Waddell will examine some of the horrific and harmful practices around DEI in museums, galleries, universities, and cultural organizations, while making a case for better ways to approach this necessary work. Attendees can choose to participate in the conversation by sharing their own experiences to be workshopped live by the panel.

Sept. 6, 2022, 7pm EST

The Armory Show VIP event @ Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St, New York, NY — free and open to the public through registration

Sept. 7 – Nov. 6, 2022

@ Art At A Time Like This and NOWNESS websites
Excelsior:  Short films and videos curated by Job Piston, featuring artists who paint a multinational landscape inhabited by fictional, or at times dystopic, heroines: Astria Suparak, Kang Seung Lee, Lu Yang, Bobby Yu Shuk Pui, Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo, FAMEME, Prumsodun Ok, Ming Wong Yu, Yu Cheng-Ta. Followed by a gathering in the Quad’s in-house bar.

This program includes Suparak’s video, Virtually Asian.

May 21 – August 22, 2022

@ / gallery, 1150 25th St, San Francisco
A Sieve for Infinity
Artists: Jovencio de la Paz, Yeni Mao, Analia Saban
Curated by Astria Suparak
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 21, 4 to 7pm PST.

May 7 – June 18, 2022 — extended to June 21

@ Galerie Marguo, Paris, France
The Hearing Trumpet, Part II, a group exhibition organized by Danielle Shang.
Artists: Carl Cheng, Odonchimeg Davaadorj, Damien H. Ding, Heidi Lau, LIU Xin, Amanda Ross-Ho, Runo B, Catalina Ouyang, Dianna Settles, Kyungmi Shin, Astria Suparak, Ziping Wang, Miranda Fengyuan Zhang, and Stella Zhong.

This exhibition includes Aloha, Boys, a new installation by Suparak.

May 6, 2022

@ Prismatic Ground, Maysles Documentary Center, New York + Online
touch me don’t touch me includes the short video Tropicollage by Suparak.

April 30-May 22, 2022

@ SOMArts Gallery, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco
Grow Our Souls, a group exhibition curated by Melissa Wang.
Artists: Astria Suparak, Cindy Shih, Connie Zheng, Diana Li, Jess X Snow, Kacy Jung, Monica Tie, Nancy Sayavong, Preetika Rajgariah, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Sheng Lor, Trinh Mai.

This exhibition includes a new mural by Suparak titled Tang Rainbow.

April 16, 2022, 6pm EST

@ “On Radical Practice: Representing Politics, Resistance, and Transmission” History of Art Graduate Symposium, The Ohio State University, Columbus (online)
Keynote Address: Asian futures, without Asians.

April 13 – June 5, 2022

@ Eli Klein Gallery, New York
with her voice, penetrate earth’s floor, a group exhibition in memory of Christina Yuna Lee, curated by stephanie mei huang.
Artists: Kelly Akashi, Patty Chang, stephanie mei huang, Christina Yuna Lee, Maia Ruth Lee, Candice Lin, Astria Suparak, Hồng-Ân Trương, Haena Yoo.

The exhibition includes a new 3-channel video work by Suparak titled For Ornamental Purposes.

April 9 + 27-30, 2022 (and on-going)

@ Centre A, Vancouver, Canada (on-site and online)
Free and open to the public.
April 9 (Saturday), 2-3:30 PM PST: The Canadian premiere of the live performance lecture Asian futures, without Asians, commissioned by Centre A, will be viewable online. Includes a backdrop made in collaboration with Karen Tam. Register here.
April 27-30, gallery hours (12–6pm): The recording of Asian futures, without Asians will be on view in the gallery, playing on the hour. Part of The Living Room project. 
Ongoing: The recording of the Canadian edition of Asian futures, without Asians is available for viewing on-demand in the Centre A Library in Vancouver.

March 31, 2022, 5pm PST

@ Reed College, Portland, OR (online)
Free and open to the public.
Asian futures, without Asians.

March 2022

@ Imaginary Worlds podcast (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, online)
Asian futures, without Asians is the subject of the latest episode of the podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres hosted by Eric Molinsky. The episode features interviews with Suparak as well as Jason Concepcion, host of the pop culture podcast X-Ray Vision, and David S. Roh, co-editor of the anthology Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media.

February 2022

@ Media-N Journal of the New Media Caucus
The latest issue of new media journal Media-N (published by The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) features Virtually Asian on its cover and a theoretically-informed review by Kaitlin Forcier.

February 8-22, 2022

Free and open to the public.
“Collection Playlist: Virtually Asian & Beirut Outtakes“: Peggy Ahwesh and Astria Suparak offer inventive perspectives of Western influences on Asian cinema and Asian influences on Western cinema.

February 15, 2022, 7-9pm GMT

@ Spike Island, Bristol, UK (online)
Free and open to the public. Live captioning.
UK premiere of Asian futures, without Asians, followed by a conversation with programmer, writer, and researcher Jemma Desai.

February 22, 2022, 7pm PST

@ Northwest Film Forum, Seattle (on-site)
Launch event and screening for the new issue of MONDAY Art Journal: “Lux Aeterna” (published by Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington), with Martine Syms’s film Incense Sweaters & Ice. The publication considers “how technological, economic, and cultural forces shape the ways we produce, share, and experience media — and how that media in turn influences our values and aesthetics,” and includes a 10-page visual essay version of Suparak’s Tropicollage.

Nov. 30, 2021, 6pm PST / 9pm EST

@ Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (online)
Asian futures, without Asians. Followed by a conversation between Suparak and Chandan Reddy, Associate Professor in the departments of the Comparative History of Ideas and the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. 

Nov. 8—22, 2021

@ MoMA, New York
Register for a free ticket if you aren’t a MoMA Member
New York premiere of Asian futures, without Asians. Suparak is joined in conversation by art historian and curator Xin Wang, and Theodore Lau, 12-Month Curatorial Intern, Department of Film.

Nov. 11, 2021, 7:30pm EST

@ Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY (projected live in the Avery Theater and online)
Asian futures, without Asians. Followed by a conversation between Suparak and critic and editor Dawn Chan. Produced by Bard Film & Electronic Arts in collaboration with the Center for Curatorial Studies, Asian Studies, and Experimental Humanities at Bard.

Nov. 18, 2021, 2:30pm EST

@ George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (online)
Asian futures, without Asians. Followed by a conversation between Suparak and KJ Mohr. Presented by Visiting Filmmakers Series and Women and Gender Studies, cosponsored by Film and Video Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Women and Gender Studies, University Life. 

September 16—November 19, 2021

@ Oxy Arts, Los Angeles
Sympathetic White Robots (and Cyborgs), an installation commissioned for the “Encoding Futures” exhibition (organized by Mashinka Firunts Hakopian and Meldia Yesayan). Artists include: Algorithmic Justice League, Stephanie Dinkins, Aroussiak Gabrielian, Maya Ganesh, Kite, Lauren Lee McCarthy, Caroline Sinders, Astria Suparak, Mandy Harris Williams. 

August 14, 2021, 2-4pm PST

@ ICA LA, Los Angeles (co-presented by GYOPO)
Free and open to the public. Live captioning and ASL interpretation.
Los Angeles premiere of Asian futures, without Asians. A conversation between Astria Suparak and writer and media creative Jason Concepcion will follow the presentation.

July 2021

Asian futures, without Asians: New essay commissioned by the Wattis. A condensed version of the Asian futures, without Asians presentation (June 10). Published in Why are they so afraid of the lotus?, edited by Jeanne Gerrity and Kim Nguyen (Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and Sternberg Press, and distributed by MIT Press).

July 2021

@ Other Futures, Amsterdam
Tropicollage, a new looping video commissioned by science-fiction festival Other Futures, released online.

June 2021

@ Seen Journal
Seedy Space Ports and Colony Planets: Asian Conical Hats in Cinematic Dystopias: A new visual essay and collage commissioned for BlackStar’s Seen journal of film and visual culture. Related Instagram Live conversation on Tuesday, June 1 at 1pm PST / 4pm EST. 

June 10, 2021, 5pm PST

The Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco
Asian futures, without Asians: Premiere of a new illustrated talk by Astria Suparak commissioned by the Wattis, presented with the launch of the publication Why are they so afraid of the lotus? (Wattis and Sternberg Press, distributed by MIT Press)which includes a visual essay based on the lecture.

May 31—June 6, 2021

@ Billboard in Norwalk, Los Angeles, off the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5)
Asians have been here longer than cowboys: Billboard commission by Stop DiscriminAsian for For Freedoms AAPI Solidarity campaign

May—December 2021

Inaugural Artist in Residence, The Zay Collection, London, England
Astria Suparak will conduct research on the ways in which American science fiction films represent Arab fashion — particularly its overlap with West Asian and South Asian cultures. This work will result in a public talk and online posts elaborating Suparak’s findings in 2022.

April 2—May 22, 2021
@ Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago
Guest curator for UIC MFA Class of 2020/2021 Thesis Exhibitions:
Sidelong Glances, April 2-10. Featuring artists Oleksandra Chuprina, Jared Kelley, Graham Livingston & Marina Resende Santos, Julian Van Der Moere, Robert Zant.
Ordinary Horrors, April 16-23. Featuring artists Sonya Bogdanova, Asya Dubrovina, Nick Jackson & Tyner White, Austin McCann, Laleh Motlagh, Anastasia Sitnikova.

Feb. 2, 2021
@ Berkeley Art Center, online
Virtually Asian, a new video commissioned by the Berkeley Art Center

Feb.—March 2021
@ The Royal Society of Canada, online
The Urban Legend of Rat Eating,” a small excerpt of Asian futures, without Asians, is included in the Engaging Creativities exhibition (section organized by Ethnocultural Art Histories Research, Concordia University, Montreal

Nov. 19, 2020—Feb. 14, 2021
@ USF’s Thacher Gallery (online) & in Bayview, San Francisco (in-person)
Become The Monuments That Cannot Fall is the first survey exhibition of Related Tactics, which includes a new public art commission. Organized by Astria Suparak, University of San Francisco’s Museum Studies Curatorial Practicum, & Thacher Gallery.

Jan. 19, 2021, 7pm PST
@ Living Room Light Exchange Salon (LRLX), San Francisco, online
Free, RSVP for link
Astria Suparak and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will each present for 15-minutes, then be in conversation with each other and the audience.

May 2020
Wild Parrot Playground, The Hoosac Institute Journal

Matching Minorities//Doubtful Doubles: A Conversation on Institutionalized Racism, Tokenism, and Inclusion vs. Optics in the Art World @ Common Field Convening, Houston 2020 — Video and resources now online


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