Mark Johnson, San Francisco State University
Mark Dean Johnson is Professor of Art at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and has been collaboratively involved for decades in documenting the careers of underrecognized artists in California by organizing exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Co-curated exhibitions with co-edited catalogues include: Asian/American/Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900-1970 (2008: de Young Museum/UC Press); Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan (2019: Noguchi Museum/UC Press, with related, freely-downloadable UC Press e-book, The Saburo Hasegawa Reader); When I Remember I See Red: California Indian Art and Activism (2019: Crocker Art Museum/UC Press); Chang Dai-chien: From Heart to Hand (2019: Asian Art Museum); and Prison/Culture (2010: City Lights Books); he has also co-organized international project for venues including the Shanghai Museum and Nordiska Akvarellmuseet in Sweden. He was the Principal Editor for At Work: The Art of California Labor (2003: California Historical Society/Heyday Books) and Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970 (2008: Stanford University Press), and has authored essays including “Shit Be Tight: Carlos Villa and the Development of Bay Area Artist Activism” (2015: Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas) and “Taiping Tien Quo: Martin Wong’s Utopia” for Taiping Tien Quo: A History of Possible Encounters (2015: Para/Site, HK). He has also organized many symposia and participated in many panels for venues including the Berkeley Art Museum, China Institute in New York, China Art Academy in Hangzhou, College Art Association, Hammer Museum at UCLA, Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, Sichuan Museum in Chengdu, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Yokohama Museum of Art. He is currently co-editor of the online Martin Wong Catalogue Raisonné being developed by the Stanford University Library; co-curator/co-editor of the retrospective Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision (2021: Asian Art Museum/San Francisco Art Institute/UC Press); and co-director of a NEH-funded California Native American Artist Archives Project.