The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach will unveil “Beyond the Wall: Visions of the Asian Experience in America” May 7. The exhibition features works by five dynamic, internationally renowned Asian American contemporary artists: Juuri, Hiromi Moneyhun, Elena Øhlander, Boy Kong, and Casey Kawaguchi. Using large-scale murals as their medium, the artists spotlight the Asian diaspora and immigrant experience through vivid, moving representations of resilience, reverence for cultural heritage, and individual explorations of identity.
When creating these site-specific works, the artists drew upon a vast array of inspiration, including Japanese ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world), folk art, the psychology of color, kirigami (cut paper), and bijin-ga (images of beautiful women). Clear your schedule, because admiring the murals from afar is only half the experience; examining each detail up close reveals layer upon layer of the stories expressed therein.
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and “Beyond the Wall” kicks off May 6 with an art symposium featuring a Q&A with the artists, which is included with museum admission. The exhibit will be on view through September 25.