Opening of the Global Asias exhibition at the Heckscher Museum

The Heckscher Museum of Art’s latest offering features a dynamic and timely exhibition of contemporary Asian and Asian American art. Drawn from the multifaceted collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the His Family Foundation, the exhibition, titled global asia, examines the cosmopolitan, exuberant and subtly subversive works of 15 artists of Asian descent who are adept at crossing boundaries – not only physical, but also those of media, styles, genres and materials. The show kicked off on June 4 and will run until September 18.

Global Asias invites viewers to think of Asia not in the singular but in the plural – encouraging audiences to understand Asia as a site of meaning across the world. Global Asias artists were born in Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Argentina and the United States. The exhibition offers an opportunity to move away from considering Asia as a geographical location and instead invite viewers to think broadly about how “Asia” has long served as an imaginative construct.

Featured artists include Kwang Young Chun, Hung Liu, Do Ho Suh, Jacob Hashimoto, Mariko Mori, Akio Takamor, Manabu Ikeda, Hiroki Morinoue, Barbara Takenaga, Jun Keneko, Takashi Murakami, Rirkrit Tirayanija, Dinh Q. Lê, Roger Shimomra and Patti. Warashina.

The exhibit was curated by Chang Tan, Assistant Professor of Art History and Asian Studies, Penn State.

“The artists included in this exhibition open our eyes to what it is like to cross both real and cultural boundaries,” said collector Jordan Schnitzer, whose family has long championed Asian art and culture. . “I hope that each spectator is as moved as I am by this exhibition and that they are challenged and inspired by art. The power of this exhibition will influence us all for years to come.

“Global Asias is full of fascinating works by internationally renowned artists. As the exhibition’s only location on the East Coast, the Heckscher Museum has a unique opportunity to share this topical art with communities on Long Island and beyond,” added curator Karli Wurzelbacher.

Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art, the 45 works of Global Asias are presented through three themes: Exuberant Forms, Moving Stories and Asias Reinvented. Artists include New York artists Jacob Hashimoto and Barbara Takenaga.

Exuberant Forms presents works that reshape and challenge conventional views of abstract art by exploring new materials, techniques and metaphors. Kwang Young Chun (b. 1944) exploits the texture of handmade papers in his dark monochromes, while Jacob Hashimoto (b. 1973) imitates the effect of collage in his tour de force prints. Jun Kaneko (b. 1942) “flattens” traditional raku ware into explosive two-dimensionality. Hiroki Morinoue (b. 1947) and Barbara Takenaga (b. 1949) create intricate geometric patterns to evoke natural formations.

Moving Stories brings together powerful works that reflect experiences of migration, both in Asia and beyond. Dinh Q. Lê (born in 1968) appropriates and masks emblematic images of the Vietnam War. Hung Liu (1948-2021) draws inspiration from historic photographs, reinterpreting the genre of portraiture through the lens of displaced and volunteer immigrants. Roger Shimomura (b. 1939) borrows the visual language of Japanese prints and Pop art to portray the lives of Japanese Americans incarcerated in World War II internment camps. Do Ho Suh (b. 1962) and Rirkrit Tiravanjia (b. 1961) map their own diasporic trajectories, literally and metaphorically.

Asias Reinvented highlights two- and three-dimensional works that transform the styles and motifs of traditional Asian art to engage, probe and critique contemporary popular culture and politics. The pop and manga-inspired fantasies of Takashi Murakami (b. 1962) and Mariko Mori (b. 1967) are rooted in both Japan’s artisanal legacies and consumerist trends. Akio Takamori (1950-2017) and Patti Warashina (b. 1940) transform seemingly innocent motifs into eerie representations of life, love and death. Manabu Ikeda (b. 1973) conjures up Hokusai’s famous waves to create a surreal scene of planetary apocalypse.

After the Heckscher Museum of Art, this national traveling exhibition will travel to the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana, from October 13, 2022 to January 15, 2023; and USC Pacific Asia Art Museum, Pasadena, California, from March 10 to June 25, 2023. A catalog accompanies the exhibit and includes 73 color images, as well as a collector’s statement released by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.

The Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington presents Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation until September 18. Hours of operation are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 631-380-3230 or visit wwww.heckscher.org.

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Saturday participants include Paul Farinacci, Sueey Gutierrez, Eve Hammer, Joan Kim Suzuki, Janet Lust Ganes, Maureen Palmieri, Han Qin and Constance Sloggatt Wolf. Sunday attendees include Leila Atkinson, Mei Fung Elizabeth Chan, Nicholas Frizalone, Michael Krasowitz, Crisoula Lazaridis, Cara Lynch, Jessica Struzinski, Amanda Vollers. The program was organized in coordination with the exhibition Global Asia: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family’s Foundation.