Infinite variety of Asian artists

If ever an art exhibit proved the point it has set out to make, this is it.

With the somewhat awkward title of “underCurrents and the Quest for Space,” the show now at the SOMArts Cultural Center ( through May 25 aims to counteract “common stereotypes about Asian American [women]” and their “continued invisibility” – and does so in eminently visible, tangible, and powerfully communicating ways.

The announcement for the show, presented by the Asian American Women Artists Association and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, speaks of the view of Asian women artists as a homogeneous group, but the 30 exhibitors – chosen from about twice that number of applicants – are widely divergent in age, origin, philosophy and, especially to the point, in their works.

While the selecting jury – exhibit curator Inson Choy, Asian Art Museum Director Jay Xu and Mills College professor of arts Mary-Ann

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