First Look

0078d887-c439-4fdc-a8a3-249530a9cc1aPlease join us for the opening of Hughen/Starkweather’s First Look on September 3 and a walk-through of their project Re:depiction at the Asian Art Museum on September 10.

First Look, an exhibition of recent acquisitions at the Asian Art Museum, includes Re:depiction, in which Hughen/Starkweather interviewed staff from the Asian Art Museum and asked them to describe an artwork from the museum collection from memory. Without having seen the described artworks, the artists created abstract works on paper based only on the interview recordings. The works on paper are accompanied by sound recordings and a map. By using the map to find the original works in the museum, viewers close the loop connecting memory, language, translation, and personal experience.
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To see images and download a catalogue of the project:

For more information about the show:

First Look, Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco
September 4 – October 11, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, September 3, 6-9 pm
Artists’ Talk + Walk-through: Thursday, September 10, 6:30-7:30pm



For their project Re:depiction, Hughen/Starkweather invited staff from the Asian Art Museum to describe from memory an artwork from the museum’s collection. The artists then used the words from each interview to create an abstract work on paper. On the night of the event, Hughen/Starkweather’s abstraction will be shown as large hanging scrolls alongside sound pieces comprised of interview excerpts. Viewers will be provided with maps to locate the original works in the museum, and will be invited to submit their own memory of an artwork of their choice.

Thursday, May 22, 6:30 – 9 pm
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA, across from City Hall

Free with museum admission ($5 after 5pm)