BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.1051@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20080112T000000Z DTEND:20080113T000000Z DESCRIPTION:The popular art exhibit\, Giant Robot Biennale: 50 Issues\, who se opening reception drew over 2\,700 people to the Japanese American Nati onal Museum\, will end its run on Sunday\, January 13\, with two special p ublic programs on January 12 and 13\, including a collaboration with MOCA and extended hours on Saturday.\n\nThe exhibition\, co-curated by Giant Ro bot founder Eric Nakamura and the National Museum\, marked the 50th issue of the pop-culture magazine by assembling the work of 10 cutting-edge arti sts from around the country. This is also the first of a series of collabo rative exhibits by the National Museum under a new program\, Salon Pop\, t hat will focus on Asian American pop culture.\n\nThis show featured Pryor Praczukowski's cinematic photography and David Choe's graffiti-like murals . The pieces in between include panels by leading indie-comics artist Adri an Tomine and the pop culture inspired works of Seonna Hong\, Gary Baseman \, APAK\, Souther Salazar\, and Saelee Oh. Sashie Masakatsu's oil painting s reflect the nostalgia of pop culture-influenced youth while Eishi Takaok a's sculptures can dominate a room with their meditative presence.\n\nTo h ighlight the closing of the show is a Giant Robot Biennale Artist Roundtab le on Saturday\, January 12\, 2:00 p.m. featuring Pryor Praczukowski\, Sou ther Salazar\, and Seonna Hong. The program is moderated by Eric Nakamura. The National Museum will also extend its public hours that day and admiss ion will be free from 5 to 7 p.m.\n\nIn collaboration with MOCA and the Ge ffen Contemporary (which is next door to the National Museum)\, the progra m\, "TOCA: Teens of Contemporary Art"\, is set for Sunday\, January 13\, f rom 3 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Explore the art and materials of immens ely popular ©Murakami and Giant Robot Biennale: 50 Issues exhibitions\, t hen create a painting of your own in a special hands-on workshop with Sout her Salazar\, one of the artists featured in the Giant Robot exhibition. F or more information on TOCA\, call (213) 633-5310 or e-mail dgray@moca.or g.\n\nGiant Robot Biennale: 50 Issues is sponsored by the Imprint Culture Labtm\, with additional support by the James Irvine Foundation and Scion. For more information\, call the Japanese American National Museum at (213) 625-0414 or go to www.janm.org.\n SUMMARY:Giant Robot Biennale Art Exhibit to Close January 13 with Two Publi c Programs URL:/en/events/2008/01/12/giant-robot-biennale-art-exhibit-to-close-january -/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR