The Other American Moderns: Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda, Hayakawa by ShiPu WangThe Other American Moderns: Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda, Hayakawa by ShiPu Wang

The Other American Moderns: Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda, Hayakawa

byShiPu Wang

Hardcover | July 14, 2017

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In The Other American Moderns, ShiPu Wang analyzes the works of four early twentieth-century American artists who engaged with the concept of “Americanness”: Frank Matsura, Eitarō Ishigaki, Hideo Noda, and Miki Hayakawa. In so doing, he recasts notions of minority artists’ contributions to modernism and American culture.

Wang presents comparative studies of these four artists’ figurative works that feature Native Americans, African Americans, and other racial and ethnic minorities, including Matsura and Susan Timento Pose at Studio (ca. 1912), The Bonus March (1932), Scottsboro Boys (1933), and Portrait of a Negro (ca. 1926). Rather than creating art that reflected “Asian aesthetics,” Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda, and Hayakawa deployed “imagery of the Other by the Other” as their means of exploring, understanding, and contesting conditions of diaspora and notions of what it meant to be American in an age of anti-immigrant sentiment and legislation.

Based on a decade-long excavation of previously unexamined collections in the United States and Japan, The Other American Moderns is more than a rediscovery of “forgotten” minority artists: it reconceives American modernism by illuminating these artists’ active role in the shaping of a multicultural and cosmopolitan culture. This nuanced analysis of their deliberate engagement with the ideological complexities of American identity contributes a new vision to our understanding of non-European identity in modernism and American art.

ShiPu Wang is Associate Professor and founding faculty of the Global Arts Studies Program (GASP) at the University of California, Merced. He is the author of Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi. He also curated and wrote the catalogue for Chiura Obata: An American Modern.ShiPu Wang is Associate Professor a...
Title:The Other American Moderns: Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda, HayakawaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:196 pages, 10 × 8 × 1 inPublished:July 14, 2017Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271077735

ISBN - 13:9780271077734


Table of Contents


List of Illustrations



1 Going “Native” in an American Borderland: Frank S. Matsura’s Photographic Miscegenation

2 By Proxy of His Black Heroes: Eitarō Ishigaki and the Battles for Equality

3 We Are Scottsboro Boys: Hideo Noda’s Visual Rhetoric of Transracial Solidarity

4 In Search of Miki: Hayakawa, a Californian Cosmopolitan

Epilogue: Concerning Exclusion




Editorial Reviews

“What did it mean for Japanese/Asian artists to be artistically modern and create a space for themselves as Americans—all while denied the rights of citizenship? In his compelling study, ShiPu Wang illuminates the personal, aesthetic, and sociopolitical implications of this question. He features diasporic communities of producers, commentators, and patrons across the nation,revealing their intricate negotiations of power, social differences, and personal identities. Great to read. Great to teach.”—Ellen Wiley Todd, author of The "New Woman" Revised: Painting and Gender Politics on Fourteenth Street