Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone

When 27 Oct 2020 - 27 Jun 2021
Where Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue (at East 70th Street)
New York, NY 10021
United States

The inaugural Asia Society Triennial, a festival of art, ideas, and innovation, will launch in fall 2020. This first edition of the Asia Society Triennial, titled We Do Not Dream Alone, will be composed of a multi-venue exhibition, interdisciplinary panels, forums, and performances.

Originally programmed to take place from June 5–August 9, 2020, this groundbreaking initiative will now unfold in two successive parts at Asia Society Museum, and across select participating venues throughout Manhattan. The first part will run from October 27, 2020, through February 7, 2021, and the second part from March 16, 2021, through June 27, 2021. The longer duration will allow for greater flexibility in scheduling, more artistic and educational programming, and new visitor safety protocols.

Entitled We Do Not Dream Alone, the exhibition and performance program has been reconceived by Dr. Hsu-Tang, Artistic Director of the Triennial and Asia Society Museum Director Boon Hui Tan, and Executive Director of Global Artistic Programs Ken Tan, in response to these unprecedented times. The exhibition features over 40 artists and collectives from 20 countries. The participating artists and collectives work across a variety of disciplines including painting, sculpture, photography, video, fiber art, and performance, and nearly half have been commissioned to create new work. There will be a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue and an expanded digital component.

Part 2 of the Asia Society Triennial opens March 26, 2021, and comprises more than 30 works from a diverse range of artists, showcasing a multitude of perspectives that highlight Asia’s rich contribution to the canon of contemporary art.

Prabhavathi Meppayil, whose site-specific installation will be on view in Part 2 of the Triennial, shares that the found objects she typically works with “require [her] to explore different spaces and interesting neighborhoods like markets [and] artisanal workshops.”

Music plays a big role in anGie seah’s practice and her band Qianpima has been a source of inspiration throughout the pandemic. Visitors to Part 2 of the Triennial will have the opportunity to hear her music in From Shadow to Shaman. Learn more about seah’s musical inspirations and the work that went into her new commission.  

Sun Xun, who participated in a special project for the Triennial—We The People—used his time in the pandemic to begin work on his first feature film! Ahead of a busy year of upcoming institutional solo exhibitions, Sun Xun has been in Beijing studying philosophy in his free time. Read more about Sun Xun’s first feature film.

Image courtesy of the event organizer.

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