Project Description

Upcoming Exhibition

January 28, 2022 – April 24, 2022

Global Asias: Contemporary Asian & Asian American Art

1050 Worlds Fair Park Dr. • Knoxville, TN 37916

Upcoming Exhibition

January 28, 2022 – April 24, 2022

Global Asias: Contemporary Asian & Asian American Art

1050 Worlds Fair Park Dr. • Knoxville, TN 37916

Global Asias examines the cosmopolitan, playful, and subtly subversive characteristics of contemporary Asian and Asian American art. The exhibition highlights the work of fifteen artists of Asian heritage who draw on a rich array of motifs, techniques, and cultural motivations to construct diverse “Asias” in a modern global context.

Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art in conjunction with the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the exhibition is divided into three thematic sections. “Exuberant Forms” features work that has the potential to reshape conventional views of abstract art—its composition, palette, materiality as well as its cultural implications, expanding and complicating the canonical narrative of abstraction. “Moving Stories” brings together powerful prints and mixed-media works that reflect on the experiences of migration, both within Asia and beyond. The artists in this section map their own diasporic trajectories, literally and metaphorically, and the art compels the viewer to move and to respond to the shifting socio-political realities of time and place. “Asias Reinvented” highlights two- and three-dimensional works that transform styles and techniques of traditional Asian arts in alignment with the vibes of the contemporary and the cosmopolitan. Combined, the works in Global Asias suggest the plurality and fluidity of “Asia” as cultural construct and creative practice. The exhibition is guest curated by Chang Tan, Assistant Professor of Art History and Asian Studies at Penn State. The exhibition will go on a national tour after premiering at the Palmer Museum of Art.

List of Artists in Global Asias

Kwang Young Chun
Jacob Hashimoto
Manabu Ikeda
Jun Kaneko
Dinh Q. Lê
Hung Liu
Mariko Mori
Hiroki Morinoue
Takashi Murakami
Roger Shimomura
Do Ho Suh
Akio Takamori
Barbara Takenaga
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Patti Warashina

Past Exhibitions

2021

Curtin Rd • University Park, PA 16802

August 27 - December 12, 2021