Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative Series: Ancient Worlds Contemporary Selves: Smithsonian Scholars Explore Intersectionality

In this discussion, scholars from the American Art Museum and Asian Pacific American Center explore how artists integrate the ancient world within their contemporary artistic practice. In so doing, their works update and create new meanings, allowing them to pass on complex and layered cultural interpretations to future generations.

WHEN: March 24 |7:00 PM

This virtual event will be live captioned.

ADMISSION: FREE! | Registration required here
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Healoha Johnston, Curator, Asian Pacific American Women’s Cultural History, Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center

Claudia Zapata, Curatorial Assistant, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Snug Harbor brings the Smithsonian to Staten Island with this virtual series of exciting lectures examining the contribution of women throughout history. As a Smithsonian Affiliate in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, the series explores aspects of women in American history and covers topics ranging from African American Women in activism to women’s influence on aeronautics and television.

Healoha Johnston lives in Kaiwiki, Hawai‘i and is a Curator of Asian Pacific American Women’s Cultural History at the Smithsonian Institution. Her research interests include exploring connections between historic visual culture and contemporary art with a particular focus on the socio-political underpinnings that inform those relationships. As an art historian, Johnston has curatorial experience working in contemporary art galleries, arts and cultures non-profit organizations, NOAA’s Pacific National Monument program, and the Honolulu Museum of Art before joining the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Claudia E. Zapata is a curatorial assistant of Latinx art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and is a doctoral candidate at Southern Methodist University. They received their BA and MA in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in Classic Maya art. Their research interests include curatorial methodologies of identity-based exhibitions, Chicanx and Latinx art, digital humanities, BIPOC zines, and designer toys. Zapata has curated exhibitions at Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin and other Texas institutions. They have published articles in Panhandle-Plains Historical ReviewJOLLASAztlánHemisphere, and El Mundo Zurdo 7.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is a Smithsonian Affiliate organization. This program is supported in part with public funding through the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.