The amorphous coalition known as GODZILLA: ASIAN AMERICAN ART NETWORK formed in 1990 to support the production of an actionable discourse around Asian American art, and to work against institutional substructures of exclusion through art and advocacy. founded by Ken Chu, Bing Lee, and Margo Machida, the nationwide network of artists, curators, and writers produced exhibitions, publications, and community collaborations. the anthology GODZILLA: ASIAN AMERICAN ARTS NETWORK, 1990-2001, edited by the writer and curator HOWIE CHEN and published by PRIMARY INFORMATION, presents ephemeral materials—including meeting logs, correspondences, newsletters, exhibition proposals, open letters, and critical essays—from the archives of the collective.
In celebration of the new publication, November editors Dawn Chan, Ricky Ruihong Li, and Laure O’neill-Butler sat down with Chen and Godzilla members and artists Tomei Arai and Paul Pfeiffer.
This conversation is organized by NOVEMBER and presented alongside excerpts from the publication and godzilla’s archive.