Artist-in-residence William Yu with posters from his exhibition

William Yu: #StarringJohnCho: The Call for an Asian American Lead (May 18–July 7, 2019)

Who do you picture when you think of a Hollywood movie star? Bradley Cooper? Jennifer Lawrence? How about John Cho? Or Constance Wu? What if the stars of movies like Mission Impossible, Captain Marvel, and The Avengers were Asian American? What if Captain America was Captain Asian America?

Animated gif of actor John Cho as Captain America

These are some of the questions screenwriter, creative strategist, and activist William Yu explored in #StarringJohnCho: The Call for an Asian American Lead.

Featuring the campaign's Photoshopped movie posters, as well as videos from Yu's sequel video project #SeeAsAmStar, the exhibition not only invited you to imagine what an Asian American leading man or woman looks like — it showed you with stunning visuals and an interactive portion that makes you the hero of your own story.

Movie posters of Avengers and Me Before You starring John Cho

More posters from the exhibition

Beautiful mural of John Cho and cardboard cutouts of Captain America and Captain Marvel

Still from video of John Cho as Captain America

Learn more about William in our interview with him.

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