Museum Salons: At Home with Asian Arts
Around the world, people are turning to the arts for solace as we limit our in-person interactions. By physically distancing, we come together to slow the spread of the pandemic. During this uncertain time, we seek thoughtful respite in both visual and performing arts. We see people adapt to practical, heartwarming ways to stay connected—from musicians uniting as a virtual orchestra to play Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from their homes, to Italians sharing their immense musical talents from their balconies, to the worldwide applause thanking medical professionals for their work at the frontline.
Since its founding in 1956, Asia Society has upheld its mission to promote mutual understanding and strengthen partnerships between Asia and the United States. This is a cause that continues to be deeply relevant, particularly now. At Asia Society Museum, we believe arts and culture hold the power to engage the mind and reflect the strength of humanity and what we hold close to our hearts. Although the Museum is currently closed to visitors, we continue to look for new ways to share our work and collections with audiences.
To view our acclaimed collection online, please explore the Asia Society Museum Collection.
In addition, in response to COVID-19, Asia Society Museum presents a series of Museum Salons to connect and discuss the new possibilities for exhibition-making and public programs in museums. The Museum Salons will highlight insider perspectives shared by our Museum staff and special guests.
Friday, April 24, 10–11 a.m. New York time
The inaugural Museum Salon invites you to take an in-depth look at Asia Society Museum’s plans for future programs and exhibitions when the Museum reopens. Join us in a discussion on how our work has evolved to cope with the coronavirus and how to stay connected with the arts during this period of physical distancing.
Kelly Ma (moderator), Assistant Director, Global Arts & Collaborations
Adriana Proser, John H. Foster Senior Curator for Traditional Asian Art
Rachel Rosado, Associate Director, Networks and Community Outreach
Boon Hui Tan, Vice President of Global Artistic Programs and Director of Asia Society Museum
Michelle Yun, Senior Curator, Asian Contemporary Art and Associate Director, Triennial
Thursday, May 21, 10–11 a.m. New York time
Each Asia Society Museum catalogue, which is created to accompany one of the Museum’s world-renowned exhibitions, is a coveted contribution to the field of art history and a labor of love involving an international network of curators, authors, designers, editors, publishers, and printers. This conversation will explore the complex and collaborative process of creating museum publications and the effects of the pandemic on the publishing community, as well as examine the role of printed publications in a progressively digital world.
Rita Jules, Senior Designer, McGinty
Kelly Ma (moderator), Assistant Director, Global Arts & Collaborations, Asia Society Museum
Miko McGinty, Principal, McGinty
Maia Murphy, Publications Manager and Editor, Asia Society Museum
Thursday, July 23, 6–7 p.m., New York time
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the devastating effects of the coronavirus have been felt across the world. Arts professionals have responded in creative ways during this time to enrich the lives of many by staging virtual orchestral and operatic performances, screening recorded theatrical and dance performances, presenting virtual exhibition tours, and organizing conversations with leaders on the subject of social justice. This conversation will highlight how the arts have adapted with the varied circumstances during the global pandemic, and an outlook for a post-COVID-19 world for the cultural sector.
Lee Mingwei, artist, New York and Paris
Kelly Ma (moderator), Assistant Director, Global Arts & Collaborations, Asia Society Museum, New York
Pei-Yao Wang, pianist, Taipei
Xiaojin Wu, Curator of Japanese and Korean Art, Seattle Art Museum