Anarchic Archive: Godzilla Roundtable


“Godzilla: Asian American Art Network formed in 1990 to combat historical and ongoing forms of exclusion and systemic racism 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 amorphous coalition. For this roundtable, November editors Dawn Chan, Ricky Ruihong Li, and Lauren O’Neill-Butler sat down with Godzilla members and artists Tomie Arai and Paul Pfeiffer, and Chen to discuss the collective’s impact.”