Photograph by Jon Wallen

New-York Historical Society

Collateral Exhibition

Dreaming Together
New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum

October 23, 2020–July 25, 2021

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

New-York Historical is also home to the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, one of the oldest, most distinguished libraries in the nation—and one of only twenty in the United States qualified to be a member of the Independent Research Libraries Association—which contains more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, newspapers, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.

As part of the Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone—a multi-venue festival of art, ideas, and innovation—Dreaming Together is the first collaboration between the New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum. More than thirty-five interwoven works drawn from both art collections generate dialogue about urban and natural environments, protest and rebellion, individuals and identities, and borders. Highlights include the Canal Street diptych (1992) from Martin Wong’s Chinatown series, 164-foot hanging scrolls by Dinh Q. Lê featuring abstractions of the World Trade Center towers (2016), and a dystopic video narrative of war and destruction by Shiva Ahmadi (2014). The result is a powerful reflection on the possibilities unleashed when people, cultures, and institutions dream in tandem. The exhibition is curated at New-York Historical Society by Wendy N. E. Ikemoto, Ph.D., curator of American art.

Separate admission charges apply to the New-York Historical Society.

Commissioned and produced by Asia Society. Supported in part by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Collateral exhibition: October 23, 2020–July 25, 2021

Venue Information

170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

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