Dreaming Together: New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum Collaborate on Major Exhibition

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  • March 05, 2020

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Martin Wong (1946–1999). Canal Street, 1992. Acrylic on canvas. New-York Historical Society, Purchase, Watson Fund, 2000.6ab
Huang Yan (b. 1966). Chinese Shan-Shui (landscape)—Tattoo, 1999. Thirteen chromogenic prints. Each: H. 47 1/4 x W. 59 1/16 in. (120 x 150 cm). Asia Society, New York: Gift of Ethan Cohen in honor of Professor Jerome A. Cohen and Joan Lebold Cohen, 2016.1.1-13. Photography by Synthescape © Huang Yan

Exhibition marks first major collaboration between the two organizations heralding the Asia Society Triennial
On view at New-York Historical Society April 3, 2020 - April 4, 2021

Asia Society Museum and New-York Historical Society have joined together to mount their first major collaborative exhibition. Selections from New-York Historical’s American art collection and Asia Society’s contemporary Asian art collection appear side-by-side. Each collection provides a fresh vantage point from which to see the other anew. More than 35 interwoven works generate dialogue about urban and natural environments, protest and rebellion, individuals and identities, and borders. Seen together, works from these strikingly different collections speak to the possibilities unleashed when people, cultures, and institutions dream in tandem. 

Highlights include the Canal Street diptych (1992) from Martin Wong’s Chinatown series, a pair of 164-foot hanging photographic scrolls by Dinh Q. Lê featuring abstractions of the World Trade Center towers (2016), and a dystopic video narrative of war and destruction by Shiva Ahmadi (2014).

Dreaming Together: New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum is curated at New-York Historical by Wendy N. E. Ikemoto, Ph.D., curator of American art.   

Dreaming Together: New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum is a collateral exhibition of the inaugural edition of the Asia Society Triennial—a multi-venue festival of art, ideas, and innovation centered around the concept of communal dreaming. Fundamental not only to artistic practice but to the human experience itself, dreaming crosses the boundaries of nation, race, culture, age, religion, and gender. The first initiative of its kind in the United States, the Triennial serves as a recurring platform for contemporary art from and about Asia. The Asia Society Triennial exhibition, We Do Not Dream Alone, will be on view at Asia Society Museum and venues across New York City from June 5 through August 9, 2020.


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