“Art Across Archives” Part One: Selected works from AAAC Archive and Permanent Collection
|When||8 Jan 2018 - 30 Mar 2018|
New York, NY 10013
What does yesterday’s art have to say about our contemporary moment? In a ten-week, three part presentation, Art Across Archives explores this question by drawing on the work of Asian diaspora artists from the 1980s to the present.
Part One of Art Across Archives is presented by the Asian America Arts Centre (AAAC), a non-profit community arts organization that was founded in 1974 in New York to address the distinctive concerns of Asian Americans in the United States. With roots in the Basement Workshop, the AAAC was originally established as the Asian American Dance Theatre and is one of the earliest Asian American community organizations in the country.
Since 1983, the AAAC has accumulated a research archive of over 1,600 entires touching on the history of Asian American art in the United States dating back to 1945. In 2009, the AAAC transformed a portion of this material into a professional archive for long-term preservation. The digital archive of nearly 200 artists can be viewed online at artasiamerica.org. AAAC’s permanent collection of artworks consists of over five hundred pieces of contemporary art and Asian folk art, and is currently seeking a new home.
Art Across Archives features material from three New York collections; Asian American Arts Centre (AAAC), the Asia Art Archive in America (AAAinA) in February, and the Asian/Pacific/American Collections at NYU (A/P/A Institute) in March. Think!Chinatown’s goal is to open these archives to fresh perspectives to catalyze new ideas in the community. The exhibit is also online, on artasiamerica.org.
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