Wing Luke Museum kicks off music exhibit highlighting AANHPI artists

Wing Luke Museum kicks off music exhibit highlighting AANHPI artists
via Wing Luke Museum
Bryan Ke
October 19, 2023
Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum kicked off its music exhibit that highlights the contributions of many artists from the Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities.
Key details: Titled “Sound Check! The Music We Make,” the interactive music exhibit opened its doors to the public on Sunday and will run through Sept. 14, 2024, according to a press release. Access to the exhibit comes with the museum’s admission price.
Features to expect: Besides the showcase of behind-the-scenes photos, framed artworks, audio and videos that feature AANHPI artists’ expressions of cultural identity, the exhibit also reportedly invites attendees to “build playlists” and “sing karaoke,” Joël Barraquiel Tan, executive director of Wing Luke Museum, told King5.
Karen Maeda Allman singing with her band, Conflict US, Tucson, c 1984. Courtesy of Karen Maeda Allman via Wing Luke Museum
Michelle Kumata playing taiko as a teenager, c. 1981. Photo by Greg Tuai via Wing Luke Museum
Some of the artists featured in the exhibit include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden, musician Roger Rigor, hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars, jazz drummer Akira Tana and Seattle singer/songwriter Carly Ann Calbero.
Carly Ann Calbero at the National Women’s Music Festival, 2018. Photo by Janice Rickert via Wing Luke Museum
What they are saying: In a statement, Barraquiel Tan described the excitement surrounding the exhibit as “electric” as AANHPI artists are “historically underrepresented” and are “not the primary focus of music exhibits.”
Other details: Located in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, Wing Luke Museum is coming out of recovery following an anti-Asian attack on Sept. 14. The perpetrator, Craig Milne, 76, caused over $100,000 in damage by smashing the museum’s windows with a sledgehammer, and was charged with a hate crime and first-degree malicious mischief for the incident.
The city government and the Washington State Department of Commerce both pitched in to support the museum’s recovery after the incident.
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