In her introductory essay to Huie's book, Anita Gonzalez writes, "The privilege of saying the artwork isn't about me, it's about an idea I have is not so easily accorded to artists of color as it is to White artists." Huie has no problem with this. In his collection of photographs and accompanying written commentary, the photographer does not hide the fact that, even though the book is titled Looking for Asian America, it is really about Huie finding himself in various corners of the United States. The subtitle is, after all, An Ethnocentric Tour. It's part memoir, part travelogue in the American tradition of the road trip that stumbles upon surprising pieces of Americana: a Hmong street sign in the deep South, a ginseng farm in Wisconsin, a family of white migrant workers in North Dakota. In the end, Huie's ethnocentric viewpoint might be more pan-American than it first appears to be.
Tue., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2007