Karin Higa (1966-2013) was senior curator of art at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles where she curated a number of exhibitions, including "The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps, 1942-1945" (1992), "Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art" (2008), and a retrospective on the artists Bruce and Norman Yonemoto (1999). She also co-curated with Melissa Chiu and Susette Min the national traveling exhibition "One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now" (2006-2008) for the Asia Society Museum in New York. Higa has published widely including contributions to the Hammer Museum’s Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles (Delmonico Prestel, 2011), the International Center for Photography’s Only Skin Deep (Abrams, 2003), and Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Reading California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900 – 2000 (University of California Press, 2000).
Inside and Outside at the Same Time by Karin Higa
The visionary looped-metal sculptures of Ruth Asawa (1926–2013) display an unerringly modern alchemy: Asawa transformed ordinary materials into dynamically inscribed space. Educated in a Japanese internment camp during WWII and later at Black Mountain College, she mastered a remarkably fluent understanding of both art and life.