On July 26, artist led project, Space Bi, brought together 28 local artists for the "Taking Up Space" exhibition in a friendly takeover of the Asian Art Museum for one night only. Works were inspired by and sometimes critical of the museum's Phantoms of Asia contemporary art exhibition. Guests were also treated to solo shows in the store, pop up karaoke, fruit costumes, printed tortillas, alternative tours of the collection galleries, participatory activities, and more. All while sipping on yummy drinks and boogying down to music by DJ-in-residence Vin Sol.
On Thursday, June 28, Phantoms arose at MATCHA's Phantom's of Asia event. Guests entered the lively atmosphere with tunes flowing from DJ Vin Sol. Drag performances and contemporary art filled the fantastic night. Gypsy Gentleman, a web-based documentary series exploring the history and art of tattoos, kicked off the night. Following that was Litquake, where poets such as Justin Chin and Paul Hoover drifted through the museum channeling spiritual and supernatural forces of Phantoms of Asia.