November 29, 2008Isamu Noguchi was Japanese, even though he was born in Los Angeles. But now, the hidden history of Asian American artists is finally getting a jump start, thanks to two projects. First is the first extensive exhibition of Asian American artists, "Asian/American/Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900â€“1970," curated by the de Young Museum, part of the San Francisco Fine Art Museum (there's a companion book available). The exhibit opened in October, and runs through late January. Then the work moves to the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City near New York. Second is the publication of "Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970," by Stanford University Press.