Member Preview for Fall Exhibitions


Special Events

Two stellar exhibitions premiere at Asia Society Texas Center, and the stage is set for an equally remarkable opening reception. Join in the fun of opening night and peruse the exhibitions before they officially open.

All members of Asia Society Texas Center get the privileged first look from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, after which time the doors open to the general public until 10:00 pm. For more information about membership, please click here.


Each exhibition speaks to issues of identity and heritage while showcasing the work of unique artists of Asian heritage. Co-organized by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter comprises some 60 works (painting, photography, and video) by seven remarkable artists, including CYJO, Zhang Chun Hong, Hye Yeon Nam, Roger Shimomura, Satomi Shirai, Shizu Saldamando, and Tam Tran. Portraiture Now will be the featured exhibition in the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery on the second floor; Asia Society Texas Center has the great privilege of being the only institution outside of Washington to host this exhibition to date.

The Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall is the venue for the second exhibition, kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa. Deemed a "multi-racial identify project" by its creator Kip Fulbeck (hapa being a slang term for persons of partial Asian or Pacific heritage), the exhibition includes 80 photographs, a wonderful array of programming, and an interactive Polaroid activity which asks the question, "What are you?"

Both exhibitions open to the public the next day and run through April 14, 2013.


Opening Reception Remarks

Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall

Martha Blackwelder
Asia Society Texas Center
Executive Director

Wendy Wick Reaves
Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
Interim Director and Curator of Prints & Drawings


For more information, please contact Sylvia Le, Donor Relations and Membership Coordinator.

Event Details

Thu 08 Nov 2012
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
1370 Southmore Blvd. Houston, TX 77004 713.496.9901
Free. No reservations required.
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