Dreaming Together: New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum

October 23, 2020 - July 25, 2021

New rotation now on view! Come and check out 10 new works on display, including Nurse Tracey by Tim Okamura. 

Special announcment: In the wake of recent acts of violence and harassment targeting the Asian community, New-York Historical has joined other organizations across the nation to support The Yellow Whistle, a new initiative that offers free whistles as a symbol of self-protection and solidarity in the fight against discrimination and violence—for all Americans. The Yellow Whistle aims to fight back against stereotyping and prejudice, featuring the motto: "We Belong." Pick up a free whistle when you visit us and explore our thought-provoking exhibition Dreaming Together, which interweaves historical American art with contemporary Asian and diasporic Asian art.

Dreaming Together, a collaboration between the New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum, features more than 35 interwoven works drawn from both art collections that generate dialogue about the urban and natural environments, protest and rebellion, individuals and identities, borders and crossings. Highlights include the Canal Street diptych (1992) from Martin Wong’s Chinatown series, 98-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. (Curated at New-York Historical by Wendy N. E. Ikemoto, curator of American art)    

The gorgeous catalog for Dreaming Together is now available for pre-order at the NYHistory Store

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.



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Curator Confidential: Dreaming Together—An Insider's Preview

Dreaming Together Panel Discussion with
New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum

Creative: Tronvig Group