Appoints David Chen to the Judicial Selection Committee of the Second Department of the New York State Judiciary
New Exhibit Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the New York State Capitol
Read more about the exhibition here and see the photos here
Read the proclamation here
Governor Kathy Hochul today issued a proclamation celebrating May 2022 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Governor Hochul also announced the appointment of David Chen to the Judicial Selection Committee of the Second Department of the New York State Judiciary. Additionally, the Governor announced the opening of NYS Celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Isamu Noguchi & Kenzo Okada, a new exhibition dedicated to two artists from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection. The exhibit is located in the Governor’s Reception Room on the second floor of the New York State Capitol and will run through Friday, May 27.
“New York State is proud to join in the nationwide celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month,” Governor Hochul said. “New York is home to more than 1.4 million members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and this month we honor all of their contributions to our state and our nation. Here in New York, our diversity is our strength. , and we will always stand with our AAPI neighbors to fight Asian hatred and work to make them feel safe on our streets, in our subways and in our homes.
David Chen was appointed to the Judicial Selection Committee of the Second Department of the New York State Judiciary. Mr. Chen is currently an assistant county prosecutor in the Westchester County Prosecutor’s Office. In this role, Mr. Chen is responsible for all civil appeals, drafting legislation, and provides legal advice to the county executive and all county departments. Mr. Chen began his career in the United States Army where he attained the rank of Captain and served his nation for six years from 2000 to 2006. Upon leaving the military, after earning his undergraduate degree at West Point , Mr. Chen earned a law degree from Boston College Law School. After obtaining his doctorate in law, Mr. Chen served as a law clerk for the Hon. Dora L Irizarry, a federal district court judge, before joining McDermott Will & Emery. Mr. Chen joined his current office in 2017 and was commended for the work done.
The Governor’s Judicial Selection Committees are created by Executive Order to assess the qualifications of candidates and make recommendations to the Governor for appointment to non-Court of Appeal judgeships.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Exhibit
The works of Isamu Noguchi and Kenzo Okada combine their Eastern stylistic influences, sensibility and patterns with Western materials and culture, resulting in what is now considered one of the most prolific and acclaimed art review of the century. Original works by both artists can be seen on the lobby level of the Empire State Plaza.
Isamu Noguchi (1904 – 1988)
Over his 60-year career, Isamu Noguchi has designed sculptures, playgrounds, lighting, furniture, theater sets, memorials and gardens. Inspired by his Japanese-American heritage, Noguchi’s art transcended cultural barriers and established him as one of the most prolific sculptors of the 20th century.
Noguchi was born in Los Angeles in 1904 to Yonejiro Noguchi, a Japanese poet, and Léonie Gilmour, an American writer and editor, but he spent most of his childhood in Japan. Noguchi moved to New York in 1922 to study medicine at Columbia University, but left soon after to become a full-time sculptor. Throughout his career, he traveled to Europe and Japan and incorporated western and eastern styles inspired by his travels into his sculpture.
Kenzo Okada (1902 – 1982)
Born in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan in 1902, Kenzo Okada developed an early interest in Western art, particularly when he studied Western painting at Tokyo University of Fine Arts. After a brief schooling in Paris, Okada returned to Japan to teach. During World War II, the artist moved further into the countryside, where he painted every day. The experience deepened his sensitivity to nature and influenced his use of a limited color palette and flattened organic forms. In 1948, he returned to Tokyo to exhibit his art publicly for the first time.
Continually drawn to the West and the birth of the post-war abstract expressionist art movement, Okada moved to New York in 1950. Okada’s paintings from this era continue to reveal subtle changes through the use of images constructed with delicate color tones in the composition. Described as a “floating detachment”, this approach to her work reflects Okada’s Buddhist values.
The Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month exhibit is free and open to the public from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Find more information about the exhibit and tour the New York State Capitol here. To see photos of the exhibition, see here.
New York State Office of General Service Commissioner Jeanette M. Moy said: “Each May, we celebrate the historical and cultural contributions that people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent have made to New York City and the United States. The Asian American and Pacific Islands (AAPI) this year at the State Capitol highlights two artists from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection whose work has been influenced by their East Asian heritage.Isamu Noguchi and KenzoOkada have helped make New York the center of the art world in the decades following World War II, and we are fortunate that visitors can see their works on display at the Plaza throughout the year.