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Artist Talk + Book Launch: Alan Nakagawa

October 24, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Portrait: Elizabeth Withstandley

Presented in-person and on Zoom

The Print Center welcomes the renowned Los Angeles-based artist Alan Nakagawa to Philadelphia! Join us to hear Nakagawa talk about his new book A.I.R. Head: Anatomy of an Artist In Residence, 2022, published by Writ Large Projects.

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“Within a short amount of time, Alan Nakagawa found himself the midst of several artist-in-residence opportunities. It started with the Getty Villa and then the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Within a few years, Nakagawa had a half of dozen completed or in the mix. And then the emails started coming.

Artists wanted to meet with Nakagawa to find out how this happened. To quote The Talking Heads: “Well, how did I get here?” Like his artwork, A.I.R. Head: Anatomy of an Artist In Residence is not a straight line nor a soundbite. This book is Nakagawa’s attempt to answer that question through diary entries, sketches, ideas and concepts. This book is a history of one artist’s journey through his life, his personhood and his career.”

– Writ Large Projects


Alan Nakagawa is an interdisciplinary artist with archiving tendencies who primarily works with sound, often incorporating various media and working with communities and their histories. Nakagawa is currently the artist-in-resident at the Gerth Archives, California State University Dominguez Hills assigned to the newly acquired L.A. Free Press/Art Kunkin Collection. He was the first artist in resident for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles County Library. Nakagawa is a recipient of two Art Matters grants, a City of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship, a California Community Foundation Mid-Career Artist Fellowship and a Monbusho Scholarship. He co-founded arts collective non-profit Collage Ensemble Inc. (1984-2011), curated experimental music weekly Ear Meal Webcast (2010-2017), produced public practice artist interviews podcast VISITINGS Radio Show (2017-2020) and administers the website Asian American Futurism (2022-Present).


This event is presented in partnership with Mural Arts, Philadelphia.


October 24, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


The Print Center
1614 Latimer Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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