Asia Art Archive in America (AAA in 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’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. AAA in A strives to be pro-active in instigating dialogue and critical thinking through a series of regular 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 (President)
Jane DeBevoise is Chair of the Board of Directors of Asia Art Archive 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 large-scale 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 from Tufts University, an MA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD from The University of Hong Kong, all in art history. 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 a Trustee of Asian Cultural Council.
Christopher K. HO
Hong Kong-born Christopher K. Ho employs diverse formats to explore often-invisible social forces implicating contemporary art. His solo show Demoiselles d’Avignon (2013, Y Gallery, NY) refracted Western abstraction through the eyes of a future class of refined Chinese princelings, while Privileged White People (2013, Forever & Today, NY) examined the sensibility of artists who grew up during the affluent Clinton presidency. He has had solo exhibitions at Winkleman Gallery, NY (2010, 2008); FJORD, Philadelphia (2013); and Galeria EDS, Mexico City (2009). His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Modern Painters, Artforum, and ArtReview. He participated in the Incheon Biennial (2009), the Chinese Biennial Beijing (2008), and the Busan Bienniale (2008), and produced site-specific pieces for Storm King (2013) and the Cranbrook Art Museum (2011), where he was the 2010 Critical Studies Fellow. He has additionally taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and at Rhode Island School of Design. He is trustee of NurtureArt.
Gopal MENON (Treasurer)
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 (Secretary)
Elaine W. Ng is the editor and publisher of ArtAsiaPacific, a 20-year old publication dedicated to contemporary art from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. From the 2001-2002 Ms. Ng managed Videotage, one of Asia’s first non-profits for film, video and new media, founded in 1983. Speaking engagements include “Space Traffic: Artist-run Spaces” at Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong and “In-Between: Independent Art Spaces” at 1A Space, Hong Kong, “Contemporary Art + Philanthropy: Private Foundations Asia-Pacific Focus” at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, and “Forum on Art and Finance” at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence. Ms. Ng has also been a jury member of UNESCO Digital Arts Award (2003) at IAMAS, Gifu, Japan, Ars Electronica Prix Ars (2004, 2005, 2007) in Linz, Austria; Abraaj Capital Art Prize in Dubai, UAE (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011); and in Hong Kong, the SCMP Art Futures (2009, 2010), Societe Generale Chinese Art Award (2010); Lane Crawford Art Futures (2011) and Art Basel Hong Kong Discoveries Prize (2012, 2013). Ms. Ng is based in Hong Kong and New York.
Christopher Phillips is an independent curator living in New York City. After serving as senior editor at Art in America magazine from 1989 to 2000, he joined the curatorial staff at the International Center of Photography, where he worked until 2016. He was closely involved with the ICP Triennial exhibitions of contemporary photography and video that took place from 2003 to 2013. Among the many exhibitions devoted to Asian photography and media art that he has organized are “Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China” (2004, co-curated with Wu Hung), “China and the Chinese in Early Photographs” (2004), “Atta Kim: On-Air” (2006), “Shanghai Kaleidoscope” (2008), “Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan” (2008), “Wang Qingsong: When Worlds Collide” (2011), “Han Youngsoo: Photographs of Seoul 1956-63” (2016), and “Body, Self, Society: Chinese Performance Photography of the 1990s” (2017). His publications include The New Vision: Photographs from the Ford Motor Company Collection (with Maria Morris Hambourg, 1989), Photography in the Modern Era: European Documents and Critical Writings, 1913-1940 (1989), and Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China (with Wu Hung, 2004). Mr. Phillips regularly teaches courses in the history and criticism of photography and media art at New York University and Barnard College.
David Solo is a Managing Director at Citigroup 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. He is a Brooklyn, NY based collector of modern and contemporary artist and photobooks, photography, contemporary ink painting, and other work on paper – primarily focused on Japan and China. In addition to the Asia Art Archive in America, he serves on boards and committees at other institutions including MIT’s List Visual Art Center, Japan Society, Asia Society, MoMA and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Reiko Tomii is an independent art historian and curator, who investigates post-1945 Japanese art in global and local contexts. Long based in New York, she received her master’s degree from Osaka University and her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research topic encompasses “international contemporaneity,” collectivism, and conceptualism in 1960s art, as demonstrated by her curatorial and authorial contribution to Global Conceptualism (Queens Museum of Art, 1999), Century City (Tate Modern, 2001), and Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art (Getty Research Institute, 2007). Her recent publications include Her recent publications include Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan (2016), which was recently awarded the 2017 Robert Motherwell Book Award, Kazuo Shiraga: Six Decades (2009) and contributions to Yanagi Yukinori: Inujima Note (2010) and Xu Bing (Albion Editions, 2011). As a co-founder of the listserv group PoNJA-GenKon (Post-1945 Japanese Art Discussion Group-Gendai Bijutsu Kondankai), she has organized conferences and panels with Yale University (2005), Getty Research Institute and UCLA (2007), Guggenheim Museum (2009), and University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (2010).
Shengtian 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 co-founded the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and was Board Director from 1999 to 2010. He is a Trustee of Vancouver Art Gallery and the Chairman of Yishu Initiative of Contemporary Chinese Art Society. 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 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. Recently, four volumes of “Zheng Shengtian, Selected Writing on Art” have been published by China Academy of Art Press. In May 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in letters by Emily Carr University of art & Design.
Hilary Chassé | Manager and Program Coordinator
Cici Wu | Research Assistant
Furen Dai | Program and Collection Assistant
Haruka Motohashi | Videographer and Editor