Asia Society Goes 'Blue Star' for Military Families This Summer

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NEW YORK, May 31, 2012 — Starting this week, active duty U.S. military personnel and their families can visit Asia Society Museum in New York free of charge as part of the Blue Star Museums program.

Asia Society New York is proud to participate in this nationwide collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and Department of Defense to thank military families and invite them to experience over 1,500 museums across the country.

Currently on view at Asia Society Museum, Revolutionary Ink: The Paintings of Wu Guanzhong shows over 50 ink paintings by one of China’s foremost modern artists, whose abstract landscapes and geometric cityscapes feature untraditionally bright colors, large scale, and radical compositions. Also showing in the galleries is an exhibition of works by NYC students, created in response to the art of Rabindranath Tagore, India’s beloved poet, writer, artist, and thinker. Opening on June 6, Wang Gongxin’s site-specific video installation My Sun explores the rise of individualism in modern Chinese society.

Admission for military families will be free through August 5, when the Asia Society Museum’s galleries will close until Fall. Other participating New York City museums include the Museum of Arts and Design, Museum of Chinese in America, Japan Society, Museum of the City of New York, Society of Illustrators, Guggenheim, and more. The complete list of participating Blue Star museums, including a map to help with visit planning, is available here.

Asia Society Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.–6 p.m., with special extended hours on Fridays in June from 6-9 p.m.