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Artist Interview: Satomi Shirai

Satomi Shirai discusses her work in "Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter." Recorded at NPG, September 16, 2011. Interview by Jasmine Fernandez, intern, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Image: Fortune Telling / Satomi Shirai / Digital chromogenic print, 2007 / Collection of the artist / Copyright Satomi Shirai. Interview currently located on iTunesU page.Video with the artist discussing each artwork has poor quality audio.

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Artist Interview: Shizu Saldamando

Shizu Saldamando discusses her work in "Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter." Shizu Saldamando (born 1978) depicts how American social spaces are the laboratories for new ways of being. Recorded at NPG, September 16, 2011. Interview by Jasmine Fernandez, intern, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Image: Carm's Crew / Shizu Saldamando / Gold leaf and oil on wood, 2009 / Jo Willems and Karen O'Brien / Copyright Shizu Saldamando. Interview currently located on the National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page.

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Artist Interview: Zhang Chun Hong

Zhang Chun Hong discusses her work in "Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter." Hong Zhang (as she is known in the United States) is a Chinese-born artist living and working in this country whose work combines traditional skills with contemporary ideas. Recorded at NPG, September 16, 2011. Interview by Jasmine Fernandez, intern, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Image: Three Graces triptych (Bo, Ling, and Hong Zhang) / Zhang Chun Hong / Charcoal on three paper scrolls, 2009-11 / Collection of the artist / Copyright Zhang Chun Hong. Interview currently located on the National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page.

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Asawa, Ruth, Artists' Files, Ankrum Gallery Records

Renowned Japanese-American sculptor and arts education advocate, Ruth Asawa was born in California in 1926. Her work can be found in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and throughout museums and public areas of San Francisco. During WWII, Asawa, along with her mother and five of her six siblings, were sent to the Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas. Her father, Umakichi Asawa, was arrested by FBI agents in February 1942 and interned at a detention camp in New Mexico. After leaving Rohwer in 1943, Asawa attended school in Milwaukee and later, at Black Mountain College in North Carolina where she took courses in a variety of different art forms, eventually experimenting with wire. Her looped-wire sculptures earned her prominence in the modern art world, with exhibitions of her work in museums in New York and Californa beginning in the 1950s and 1960s. Help transcribe her artists' files from the Ankrum Gallery.

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Austria à la Carte lecture recording, Side A, Lisa Chickering and Jeanne Porterfield Collection

These materials directly relate to Chickering and Porterfield's professional film output, including corresponding film lectures delivered by Chickering and Porterfield on the travel lecture circuit. Lecture recordings are largely undated but provide a glimpse into the timing and delivery of (and audience reaction to) Chickering and Porterfield's longer lecture films. Some recordings include snippets of other performers.Please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning.

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Austria à la Carte lecture recording, Side B, Lisa Chickering and Jeanne Porterfield Collection

These materials directly relate to Chickering and Porterfield's professional film output, including corresponding film lectures delivered by Chickering and Porterfield on the travel lecture circuit. Lecture recordings are largely undated but provide a glimpse into the timing and delivery of (and audience reaction to) Chickering and Porterfield's longer lecture films. Some recordings include snippets of other performers.Please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning.

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Author Talk: Patti Smith

Please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning. In this author talk, recorded at the National Portrait Gallery on December 11, 2010, Patti Smith discusses "Just Kids," her National Book Award-Winning memoir. Smith was interviewed by the NPG's David C. Ward, Historian. "Just Kids" is a memoir of early 1970s Manhattan and of Patti Smith's friendship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Discussion produced by the NPG's education department, and in conjunction with the NPG exhibition "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture."

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Author Talk: Stacilee Ford

"Troubling American Women: Narratives of Gender and Nation in Hong Kong" -- author Stacilee Ford discusses her book. American women have lived in Hong Kong and neighboring Macao for nearly two centuries. Many were changed by their encounter with Chinese life and British colonialism. Their openness to new experiences set them apart, while their "pedagogical impulse" gave them a reputation for outspokenness that troubled others. Drawing on memoirs, diaries, newspapers, films, and other texts, Stacilee Ford tells the stories of several American women and explores how, through dramatically changing times, they communicated their notions of national identity and gender. "Troubling American Women: Narratives of Gender and Nation in Hong Kong" is a lively and provocative study of cross-cultural encounters between Hong Kong and the U.S. and of stereotypes of American womanhood in Hong Kong popular culture. Recorded at NPG, October 19, 2011. Talk located on the National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page.

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Barbeque narrative; Miller, Barrs, Crosby, Joiner; Pattman and Harris

The 1980 Folklife Festival included a program about Community Activities and Food Preservation presented by participants from rural Georgia. Throughout rural America, events known as Homecomings served as a way to pull the community together, and food played a central role in such events. Participants demonstrated and educated visitors on such food preservation techniques as canning, pickling, meat smoking, wine making, and "found food" preparation, among other topics. Help transcribe these Festival recordings to learn more about how food can create community and preserve local tradition. Please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning. If you can identify the speakers, please do so using the format {SPEAKER NAME= "____" } if you cannot identify the speakers, please simply indicate when a different individual is speaking by inserting the "Speaker 1," "Speaker 2," etc. tags. For more information about the programs in these recordings, please look at the audio log sheets describing the content and speakers at each presentation.

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Bat Mitzvah Scrapbook Belonging to Sarah Leavitt

Sarah Leavitt grew up in Madison, Wisconsin where she celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth El. Both the boys and girls in her class took on the responsibilities of being a Jewish adult at age 13 Help transcribe this scrapbook as part of the Smithsonian's #BecauseOfHerStory campaign to share and celebrate the diverse stories of American girlhood. Coordination of this and other girlhood history projects in the Transcription Center (including selection, digitization, cataloging, outreach, and educational resources) was funded by the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative. Click here to learn more.

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