AAA in A maintains a non-circulating Reading Room collection that is open to the public free of charge. This collection comprises over 5000 monographs, exhibition catalogues, reference books, periodicals, and audio-visual materials about contemporary art from and of Asia. The Reading Room also serves as an onsite access point to the over 55,000 digitized records of primary source material from AAA’s digital research collection, including photographs, letters, writing, ephemera, and video documentation. 

The Reading Room is open by appointment, Tuesday through Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm. Mask wearing and COVID-19 vaccination are no longer required to access the Reading Room, but are recommended. To make an appointment, please use this link. Wi-Fi, a scanner, and a photocopier are available.  Search through our Reading Room collection’s online catalog via keyword, author, or artist below:


Asia As Method: Towards Deimperialization

Asia/America: Identities in Contemporary Asian American Art

image of Asian American art: a history, 1850-1970

Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970

Best! Letters from Asian Americans in the arts

Decolonizing Culture

Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth-Century America

Envisioning Diaspora: Asian American Visual Arts Collectives

cover of Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art

Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art

From Basement to Godzilla: Portfolio from Godzilla: Asian American Art Network

Godzilla: Asian American Arts Network

IMMIGRANT ACTS: On Asian American Cultural Politics

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now

Ornamentalism

Out of the Archive: Process and Progress

Poetics of Relation

Queering Contemporary Asian American Art

cover of Questions of Cultural Identity

Questions of Cultural Identity

by Stuart Hall

cover of Serve the People: The Asian American Movement in New York

Serve the People: The Asian American Movement in New York

by Ryan Wong

cover of The Intimacies of Four Continents

The Intimacies of Four Continents

by Lisa Lowe

The Making of Asian America: A History

The Melancholy of Race: Psychoanalysis, Assimilation, and Hidden Grief

The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier

Unnamable: The Ends of Asian American Art

Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora

Unseeing Empire: Photography, Representation, South Asian America

cover of Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary (Objects/Histories)

Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary (Objects/Histories)

by Margo Machida

White Gaze

Yellow Peril! An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear


The First Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale: Feeling the Stones

Sin Wai Kin: Dreaming the End

Asians on Demand: Mediating Race in Video Art and Activism

Martha's Quarterly Issue 29, Fall 2023: Whereon by a thorn

Somewhere Downtown: Art in 1980s New York/ 下城往事: 1980年代的紐約藝術現場

Ming Fay: Journey into Nature 費明杰:步入自然

Freehold State

Tommy Kha: Half, Full, Quarter

Tiw-tiwong: An Uncyclopedia to Life, Living, and Art in Baguio, the Cordilleras, and Beyond

Only The Young: Experimental Art in Korea, 1960s- 1970s

Just Between Us: From The Archives of Arlan Huang

Stars 79–80, 星星美展

Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision

Monumental Shadows: On Museums, Memory and the Making of History

Yee I-Lann: The Sun Will Rise in the East

T. Shanaathanan - The Incomplete Thombu

CP Open Biennale 2003: Interpellation

Of Fragments and Impressions

Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present Guidebook

The Geometries of Afro Asia: Art Beyond Solidarity by Joan Kee

Oil Street to Cattle Depot (從油街到牛棚)

The Shifting Occupation of Hong Kong Artists

The Long Journey of Baking M+

Trois Pas - Neuf Traces

Ceremony (Burial of an Undead World)

Korean Art 1900 - 2020

Traditions Transformed

The Cute

Pop South Asia: Artistic Explorations in the Popular

Punk Orientalism: The Art of Rebellion

Lightworks Illuminating New & Experimental Art: Gutai & A History of the Japanese Avant-Garde (Lightworks, Number 16, Winter 83/84)

Japanese Photography in 1930s/日本の写真 1930年代展

Reproduced Authentic/複製にして真正なり

Japan 87 Video Television Festival: Electrovisions

Drifting Objects of Dreams: The collection of Shuzo Takiguchi/瀧口修造 夢の漂流物

T.TORAO 1991

The 7th Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Young Artists on the occasion of "Silpa Bhirasri Day"

Crude

LAHORE BIENNALE 01 Reader

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Samson Young’s Art Journey

Water Diary in New York

Avatopology Volume I

Terra Nullius: A Bibliography of Lava

Archive in the Cloud

Assembled in the Margins: An inexhaustible index of Asian Artist Collectives

Yee I-Lann: Tabled

Pacita Abad: A Million Things To Say

Asia Society Triennial: 2020-2021, We Do Not Dream Alone

Magnetic Writing / Marching Ideas, Works on Paper/磁性書寫—念念之間 紙上作品專題展

One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now

Storytellers of Art Histories: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series)

cover of The A To Z Of Conflict

The A To Z Of Conflict

Abstract Speaking: Sharing Uncertainty and Collective Acts

cover of Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art

Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art

Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art

Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space

Asia As Method: Towards Deimperialization

Cities on the Move

Tables | Factories

Lovely Daze Issue 7: Good Intentions Lead to Hell?

She never rode that trishaw again/她从此以后不再搭那辆三轮车了

What if


Xiamen Haha

Trois Pas - Neuf Traces

Avatopology Volume I

Assembled in the Margins: An inexhaustible index of Asian Artist Collectives

Archive in the Cloud

Terra Nullius: A Bibliography of Lava

cover of Saleem Ahmed: Rani Road

Saleem Ahmed: Rani Road

by Saleem Ahmed

 

T. Shanaathanan - The Incomplete Thombu

She never rode that trishaw again/她从此以后不再搭那辆三轮车了

What if

Lovely Daze Issue 7: Good Intentions Lead to Hell?

Tables | Factories

PLAY AS OBJECT Vol.7: MOM & SON

The South Park

The Wandering Lake

How to disappear

Jobless

One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now


Concept Context Contestation: Art and the Collective in Southeast Asia

Activating Korea: Tides of Collective Action

The Sahmat Collective, Art and Activism in India since 1989

Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present Guidebook

Ceremony (Burial of an Undead World)

Traditions Transformed

Of Fragments and Impressions

CP Open Biennale 2003: Interpellation

Pop South Asia: Artistic Explorations in the Popular

Reproduced Authentic/複製にして真正なり

Japanese Photography in 1930s/日本の写真 1930年代展

Drifting Objects of Dreams: The collection of Shuzo Takiguchi/瀧口修造 夢の漂流物

Japan 87 Video Television Festival: Electrovisions

The 7th Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Young Artists on the occasion of "Silpa Bhirasri Day"

Crude

Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art

One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now

Century. Woman: Selected Works from the Exhibition / 世紀. 女性藝術展

Magnetic Writing / Marching Ideas, Works on Paper/磁性書寫—念念之間 紙上作品專題展

Radical Return / 文字的回返

a firetime story - notes to The Hidden South 「南方以南」展覽群記

Asia Society Triennial: 2020-2021, We Do Not Dream Alone

Beyond Codex: Living Archives

On Echoes of Invisible Hearts: Narratives of Yemeni Displacement

Kathmandu Triennale 2077

The Stars: 10 Years/星星十年

cover of Silence Is Gold: Contemporary Myanmar Art After Political Changes 2015-2019

Silence Is Gold: Contemporary Myanmar Art After Political Changes 2015-2019

by Aung Myat Htay

cover of A Journal of the Plague Year: Continental Fear, Islands, Ghosts, Rebels

A Journal of the Plague Year: Continental Fear, Islands, Ghosts, Rebels

cover of 10th Shanghai Biennale: Social Factory

10th Shanghai Biennale: Social Factory


Arsipelago! Archival Work and Archiving Art and Culture in Indonesia

Stars 79–80, 星星美展

Monumental Shadows: On Museums, Memory and the Making of History

Korean Art 1900 - 2020

The Cute

LAHORE BIENNALE 01 Reader

Asia As Method: Towards Deimperialization

Punk Orientalism: The Art of Rebellion

Remembering LB City Vol.2: "Practice Practice Practice"

Vol 6: Carrier Bag Fiction

Decolonizing Culture

Unnamable: The Ends of Asian American Art

Little Did They Know: The Guest Programme of the 39th EVA International, Limerick, Ireland

Light Light

How to Mend: Motherhood and Its Ghosts

From Postwar to Postmodern, Art in Japan, 1945-1989: Primary Documents

cover of Life and Dreams: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Media Art

Life and Dreams: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Media Art

cover of Psychedelics and Technics

Psychedelics and Technics

by Zheng Mahler

cover of Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary (Objects/Histories)

Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary (Objects/Histories)

by Margo Machida

image of Asian American art: a history, 1850-1970

Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970

cover of Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art

Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art

cover of The Intimacies of Four Continents

The Intimacies of Four Continents

by Lisa Lowe

Godzilla: Asian American Arts Network

cover of Aftershock: Essays from Hong Kong

Aftershock: Essays from Hong Kong

by Holmes Chan

cover of The New Chinese Painting 1949-1986

The New Chinese Painting 1949-1986

by Joan Lebold Cohen

cover of Life & Death: Art and the Body in Contemporary China

Life & Death: Art and the Body in Contemporary China

by Silvia FOK, 霍少霞

cover of Yunnan school: A Renaissance in Chinese painting

Yunnan school: A Renaissance in Chinese painting

by Joan Lebold Cohen

cover of 15 Invitations Dossiers: Rashid Rana

15 Invitations Dossiers: Rashid Rana

cover of Time

Time


Mongols, Turks, and Others

The Blacks of Premodern China (Encounters with Asia)

Debating Race in Contemporary India

Black Looks: Race and Representation

The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

The End of History and the Last Man

The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej

Under Discussion: The Encyclopedic Museum


Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision

Yee I-Lann: The Sun Will Rise in the East

Ming Fay: Journey into Nature 費明杰:步入自然

WKWKWK - Die Laughing in Collective Ways, WKWKWK - Mati Ketawa ala Kolektif

Trois Pas - Neuf Traces

Of Fragments and Impressions

T.TORAO 1991

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Samson Young’s Art Journey

Water Diary in New York

Abstract Speaking: Sharing Uncertainty and Collective Acts

Farah Al Qasimi: Hello Future

Amar Kanwar: Evidence

New Forest: A History of Cows

Yee I-Lann: Tabled

Pacita Abad: A Million Things To Say

Between Screenings 放映間

Wang Jinsong Solo Exhibition Scene Record/王勁松個展 現場跟踪

Minouk Lim: Mamour

cover of Memories of West Lake: Wang Gongyi/ 西湖志:王公懿

Memories of West Lake: Wang Gongyi, 西湖志:王公懿

by Wang Gongyi

cover of Agus Suwage: Room of Mine

Agus Suwage: Room of Mine

cover of Liu Dahong’s Textbook: Elementary Level (Lessons 1 to 27)

Liu Dahong’s Textbook: Elementary Level (Lessons 1 to 27), 劉大鴻課本: 初級課程 (第一至二十七課)

cover of Huang Rui – The Stars Period of 1977-1984

Huang Rui – The Stars Period of 1977-1984

cover of Micro Politics

Micro Politics

by Collective Thai Scripts

cover of Ark of Martyrs

Ark of Martyrs

by Allan deSouza

cover of Corridor

Corridor

by Sarnath Banerjee


cover of Movie Journal: The Rise of a New American Cinema, 1959-1971

Movie Journal: The Rise of a New American Cinema, 1959-1971

by Jonas Mekas

cover of Fabre’s Book of Insects

Fabre’s Book of Insects

by Jean-Henri Fabre

cover of Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene

Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene

by McKenzie Wark

cover of The Filter Bubble

The Filter Bubble

by Eli Pariser

cover of The Color Curtain

The Color Curtain

by Richard Wright

cover of A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

cover of A Book of Beliefs

A Book of Beliefs

cover of Zen Buddhism, 禅与生活

Zen Buddhism, 禅与生活

by D.T. Suzuki

cover of Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

by bell hooks

cover of Crossing to Safety

Crossing to Safety

by Wallace Stegner

cover of Recombinant

Recombinant

by Ching-In Chen

cover of Space and Place

Space and Place

by Yi-Fu Tuan

Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre

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