Asia Society Presents: The 2016 Legacy Dinner

(Detail) Bixie (Mythical Animal). North China. Western Han period (206 BCE–9 CE). Gilt bronze. H. 1 1/2 x W. 2 1/4 x L. 3 5/8 in. (3.8 x 5.7 x 9.2 cm). Asia Society, New York: Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection, 1979.111. Photography by Synthescape, courtesy Asia Society

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In celebration of our 60th Anniversary and honoring the legacy of John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society presents The 2016 Legacy Dinner with a panel on “The Art of Collecting,” a unique conversation on the hunger for art and the pursuit of connoisseurship. What drives one to be a collector? How do collectors decide what to collect? Why do they look at Asia? How do collectors think about the future of their collections? This event brings together a distinguished and respected panel to discuss some of these burning questions.

Honorary Chair — Charles Rockefeller

6 PM – 9 PM

6 PM – 9 PM

7 PM – 8 PM

8 PM – 10 PM

Cocktail Attire

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Seating is Limited

Panelists Include:

Michael E. Feng

Mr. Feng has built an important collection of early Chinese paintings, archaic Chinese bronzes and jades, and early 20th-century American vintage photography. He is a former Trustee of The Freer and Sackler Galleries and The Penn Museum, and is currently a Harvard Museum Collections Committee member. His collection has been exhibited over the years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Penn Museum, Middlebury College, and Oberlin College.  

Ann R. Kinney

Mrs. Kinney and her husband Gilbert H. Kinney have built a remarkable collection over the past several decades that includes works of ancient South and Southeast Asian and Himalaylan art, as well as select pieces of Chinese contemporary art. She grew up in Japan, and lived in Vietnam and indonesia, where her husband served as the American Consul in Surabaya, East Java.

James J. Lally

A prominent New York dealer and active participant in the Chinese art market for more than 35 years, Mr. Lally is the owner of J.J. Lally & Co. and former president of Sotheby's North America.

John S. (Jack) Wadsworth, Jr.

Mr. Wadsworth is a long-time collector of contemporary art, including Asian contemporary, and a Trustee Emeritus of Asia Society. He recently donated an impressive collection of Japanese prints.

Dr. John C. Weber

Dr. Weber is a renowned collector who helped form the important collection of ancient Chinese art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A former Trustee of Asia Society, he has built an impressive museum-quality collection of Japanese art over the last 20 years.

Moderator: Boon Hui Tan

Mr. Tan is Vice Prsident for Global Arts & Culture Programs and Museum Director at Asia Society. Previously he was the Chief Executive of the National Heritage Board, Singapore, and Director of the Singapore Art Museum.

Exhibitions on View

Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan
Through May 8, 2016

In and Out of Context: Asia Society Celebrates the Collections at 60
Through January 8, 2017

Special Installation on View

60 on 60: Asia Society Celebrates 60 Years in Photographs
Through January 7, 2017


Dinner Chairs           Miranda and Hamburg Tang

Sponsors                  The Rockefeller Foundation
                                 Jack and Susy Wadsworth

Supporters               Henrietta and Richard Fore
                                 Sonny and Gita Mehta
                                 Denise and Andrew Saul
                                 Lulu and Anthony Wang

Friends                     Bonhams
                                 Susan E. Lynch
                                 Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky
                                 Constance and Stephen Spahn
                                 Karen Y. Wang




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Event Details

Tue 15 Mar 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Asia Society 725 Park Avenue New York, NY 10021
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