The Asia Society and Museum

In Manhattan, Uncategorized on July 22, 2009 at 12:17 pm
Galleries in the Asia Society and Museum, Park Ave at 70th Street

Galleries in the Asia Society and Museum, Park Ave at 70th Street

If museums followed global conomic trends, then technically the Asia Society and Museum would be the big powerhouse institution of New York, and it’d probably be lending money to the Met and MoMA. But instead, this gem of a cultural center is one of the best kept secrets on the Upper East Side, probably because it’s not exactly on museum mile (Park Ave at 70th Street).

While the Asia Society itself offers a fascinating array of programming, events, conferences etc., the museum itself offers dazzling exhibitions on the cultural heritages of countries from Afghanistan to Japan. In addition to great special exhibitions, their permanent collection hosts the Rockefeller Collection, one of the foremost collections of Asian art in the U.S., and a fairly new but still impressive contemporary art collection, including works by Nam June Paik and Shilpa Gupta, among others.

Among the exhibitions on view right now is Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest. The film is a five part series filmed over 5 years (2003-2007)–it doesn’t have a plot per se, but deals with existential questions of human relationships, existence (duh) and reality. The film received critical praise when viewed at the 2007 Venice Biennale, and this is the first time the full five parts have been screened in a U.S. museum, so take full advantage of this opportunity before it closes on September 13!

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