Asia Art Archive in America (AAA-A) is an independently established and operated U.S. 501(c)3 and the first overseas mini hub of Asia Art Archive (AAA) in Hong Kong. AAA-A's mission is to collect, preserve and make information on contemporary art from and of Asia easily accessible in order to facilitate understanding, research and writing in the field. It strives to be pro-active in instigating dialogue and critical thinking through a regular initiation of educational programs, and hopes to raise awareness of and support for the activities of Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jane DEBEVOISE, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (President)
Jane DeBevoise is an independent advisor and art historian, based in Hong Kong and New York. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2002, Ms. DeBevoise was Deputy Director of the Guggenheim Museum, responsible for museum operations and exhibitions globally. She joined the Museum in 1996 as Project Director of China: 5000 Years, a blockbuster exhibition of traditional and modern Chinese art that was presented in 1998 at the Guggenheim museums in New York and Bilbao. Prior to 1996, Ms. DeBevoise was Managing Director at Bankers Trust Company where she worked for 14 years in New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and London. Ms. DeBevoise has a BA degree from Tufts University, an MA degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD from The University of Hong Kong. Ms. DeBevoise was appointed by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Government to the Committee for Museums 2004-2007 and to the Museums Advisory Group for the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District 2006 - 2007. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong, and a Trustee of Asian Cultural Council and The China Institute in New York.
Gopal MENON, M.B.A.
Gopal Menon is a co-founding Partner of the Pragnya Group, which is involved in investing in Indian and Sri Lankan real estate development projects. Prior to his involvement with the Pragnya Group Gopal worked at Citibank India, Bankers Trust International and Deutsche Bank. Over his professional life Gopal has lived and worked in India (New Delhi, Kolkatta), New York and London. Gopal graduated from St Stephen’s College, New Delhi, India and received an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India. Gopal and his wife Manjula (Nam) have been collecting South Asian (Indian) and European art since the early 1980’s and attempt to follow contemporary trends in this space. Gopal remains well engaged in wildlife photography and in following this interest travels extensively and globally. Gopal also has an abiding interest in contemporary theater and art films.
Elaine W. NG, B.A., M.A. (Secretary)
Elaine is Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific magazine, the 16-year old journal dedicated to contemporary art from Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific. Ms. Ng has sat on the jury of the UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2003 at IAMAS, Gifu, Japan; Ars Electronica’s Prix Ars (2004, 2005, 2007) in Linz, Austria; and the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in Dubai, UAE (2008, 2009). Ms. Ng also sits on the academic advisory board of the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong and the international committee for the Abraaj Capital Art Prize. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Painting and Art History at the University of Michigan and Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
David SOLO (Treasurer)
Mr. Solo is an Executive Vice President in Citigroup’s Corporate Technology Organization where he has been since 1997. He has previously worked in the internet technology and information security industries and is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Solo currently serves on the Boards of the Freer and Sackler Galleries and List Visual Art Center (MIT) and on the Gallery Committee of the Asia Society, Publications Committee of the International Center of Photography and Library Council of MOMA. He collects contemporary Chinese and Japanese as well as other experimental photography, photo and artist books, and contemporary Chinese ink painting.
Zheng was born in China and graduated from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. For more than thirty years, he worked at his alma mater as Professor and Chair of the Oil Painting Department. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota and at San Diego State University in the 1980s. Zheng has immigrated to Canada since 1990. From 1996 to 2000, he was the Secretary of the Annie Wong Art Foundation and Director of Art Beatus Gallery in Vancouver. He has been the Managing Editor of Yishu – Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art , the only English language magazine on contemporary Chinese art since 2002. He is also a founding member and Board Director of Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art since 1999. As an independent curator, he has organized and curated numerous exhibitions including Jiangnan - Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibitions (Vancouver), The Art of Proletarian Cultural Revolution (Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg), Shanghai Modern (Munich, Kiel), the 2004 Shanghai Biennale (Shanghai), China Trade (Vancouver), Reincarnation (Toronto) and recently, Art and China’ Revolution (New York). He is currently working on the Vancouver Biennale as a Senior Curator for Asia. Zheng is a frequent contributor to periodicals and catalogues of contemporary Chinese and Asian art.