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Critical Paths

Born in Heart Mountain, a Japanese American internment camp in Wyoming, Kiyoshi Kuromiya would become one of the first openly gay Asian American public voices in the United States through his involvement and commitment to movements for social change, including civil rights, nuclear disarmament and in his later years AIDS activism. This new historical exhibition focuses on Kiyoshi’s life and the inter-sectionalities that drove his work. Curated by David Acosta, the exhibition relies on the Critical Path as a visual algorithm through which to illustrate both Kiyoshi’s philosophical approach to social change and his individual commitment to the transformation of systems for the betterment of humanity. Using photographs, text, video, and other personal ephemera, the exhibit aims to both frame and place Kiyoshi Kuromiya within a specific time line of major national historical events, while grounding him in local efforts that tell an important part of his Philadelphia story, and how Philadelphia’s history in turn shaped his thinking and informed his work, including his participation in the 1960s Reminder Day Demonstrations and his activist work throughout the decade of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Earlier Event: October 5
Do-It-Yourself Archive Workshop
Later Event: November 19
Linus Curci