Asia Society Triennial

We Do Not Dream Alone

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Announcing the Inaugural Asia Society Triennial

A Festival of Art, Ideas, and Innovation

The inaugural Asia Society Triennial, a festival of art, ideas, and innovation, will be launched in spring 2020. This first edition of the Triennial will include a multi-venue exhibition, policy discussions, forums, and performances. The centerpiece of the Triennial, an exhibition entitled We Do Not Dream Alone, will open to the public on June 5, 2020 and continue through August 9. It will be the first recurring multi-venue, multimedia exhibition initiative in the United States dedicated to contemporary art from and about Asia.

The Triennial exhibition has been conceived of as a city-wide platform that will provide a unique forum for intellectual exchange about and direct engagement with the rich tapestry of Asian cultures that make up a significant, yet historically less understood demographic within New York City. The festival will bring together around forty artists with scientists, policy analysts, and thought leaders from countries spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. We Do Not Dream Alone alludes to the acts of personal and communal dreaming and imagining that are central to artistic practice and to humanity itself. The Triennial will be free at all locations for New Yorkers and tourists alike. A roster of free public programs and community outreach initiatives will be organized during the course of the exhibition to enhance the reception and understanding of the works on view for visitors.

The Triennial is organized by Boon Hui Tan, Vice President of Global Artistic Programs and Director of Asia Society Museum; and Michelle Yun, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Associate Director of the Triennial. Agnes Hsu-Tang, Ph.D. is the Executive Chair, leading the steering committee and guiding Triennial collaborations with other cultural organizations.

The steering committee includes:
Agnes Hsu-Tang, Ph.D. (Executive Chair) 
David Barboza 
Lilly Chen 
Niv Fichman 
David Henry Hwang 
Golnar Khosrowshahi
Mee-Seen Loong 
Charles Rockefeller
Hao Sheng
Dr. Andreas Teoh
Robert Wong

Boon Hui Tan
Image Credit: National Heritage Board

Boon Hui Tan is Vice President for Global Artistic Cultural Programs and Director of Asia Society Museum, where he leads the organization’s global arts and cultural activities spanning visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and film. As museum director, he oversees Asia Society Museum’s acclaimed exhibition programs and the Asia Society Museum Collection, which comprises the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of traditional Asian art and the contemporary art collection of works by Asian and Asian American artists. Additionally, he oversees Asia Society Museum’s Arts & Museum Summit. Prior to this, he was Assistant Chief Executive (Museum & Programs) at the National Heritage Board (NHB) in Singapore, where he oversaw exhibitions, programs, and outreach events across the Board’s museums, institutions, and divisions. In 2015, he was Artistic Director for Singapour en France, le Festival, the largest multidisciplinary presentation of contemporary culture from Singapore and Southeast Asia in France. As a curator and programmer, his research and writing interests focus on the contemporary artistic expressions of Southeast Asia and Asia, and the remaking of traditions among artists of today. Tan is a founding board member of the International Biennial Association. He was Director of the Singapore Art Museum from 2009 to 2013, where he led the transformation of the museum into a contemporary art institution focused on Southeast Asia and assembled the largest public collection of contemporary art from the region. He was concurrently Director of the Organising Secretariat for the Singapore Biennale 2011. He initiated the regional focus and group curating approach which became the distinguishing feature of the Singapore Biennale 2013: If the World Changed, and served as a cocurator and Project Director.


Michelle Yun
Image Credit: Edward Mapplethorpe

Michelle Yun is Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Asia Society Museum and Associate Director of the Asia Society Triennial. She is responsible for overseeing the modern and contemporary exhibition program and the Museum’s permanent collection of contemporary art. During her tenure, Yun has served as curator or cocurator for over twenty-five exhibitions for the institution. Yun was formerly the curator of the Hunter College Art Galleries prior to her appointment to Asia Society. She has served as the Project Director of Cai Guo-Qiang’s studio and as a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in addition to organizing numerous independently curated exhibitions. Yun is a frequent lecturer on modern and contemporary Asian art. Her writings have been included in many publications including After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History; No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki; and Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot; all of which she also co-edited; Kim Tschang Yeul; Patti Smith: 9.11 Babelogue; Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want To Believe; Benezit Dictionary of Asian Artists and The Grove Dictionary of Art (Oxford University Press); and Greater New York, published in conjunction with the 2003 exhibition organized by PS1 and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Yun earned her MA in Modern Art and Critical Studies from Columbia University and her BA from Mount Holyoke College. She is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute’s Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders and sits on the Advisory Board of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.


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