Over 30 participating museums and galleries across New York City celebrate the 12th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week and present art from both inside and outside of Asia through cutting-edge solo and group exhibitions and public programs including screenings, performances, and symposia. A complete list of fall programs to be announced in August.

Center stage to the week is the 5th iteration of FIELD MEETING exhibition in the form of an exclusive art forum curated by ACAW director Leeza Ahmady, with 30 keynote artists and creative figures staging newly conceived performances, talks, & lectures-performances hosted at Asia Society Museum & School of Visual Arts Theatre. ACAW 2017 also presents a new series of pop-up exhibitions entitled THINKING PROJECTS opening at select venues to highlight long-term, process-oriented artistic endeavors with artists nominated by ACAW’s growing community of Asia-based consortium partners, including a special co-presentation of artists as part of Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF) inaugural Creative China Festival in New York.

ACAW 2017 Consortium Partners and Participants:
Asia Society Museum / ArteEast / Asia Art Archive in America / Japan Society / Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) / The Metropolitan Museum of Art / MoMA | Museum of Modern Art / Queens Museum / Reversible Destiny Foundation / Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Art Gallery / SVA MA Curatorial Practice / Taipei Cultural Center / Twelve Gates Arts / +91 Foundation / Aicon Gallery / C24 Gallery / Chambers Fine Art / Christie’s / DAG Modern / Doosan Gallery / Klein Sun Gallery / Mana Contemporary / Owen James Gallery / Ronin Gallery / Roya Khadjavi Projects / Ryan Lee Gallery / Sundaram Tagore Gallery / Tyler Rollins Fine Art / Ab-Anbar Gallery (Tehran) / Alserkal Avenue (Dubai) / Edouard Malingue Gallery (Hong Kong) / Exhibit320 (New Delhi) / Ink Studio (Beijing) / Richard Koh Fine Art (Kuala Lumpur) / Space Station (Beijing) / Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (Beijing) / M+ (Hong Kong)


Hajra Waheed, Artist in Studio (2016), Image Courtesy of the Artist
Photo Credit: Kaveh Nabatian

Signature Programs

FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects

Saturday, October 14 hosted at Asia Society Museum
Sunday, October 15 hosted at SVA Theatre

The signature annual art forum returns with over 30 artists, scholars, and curators from Asia and beyond exploring notion of “projects” and its various associations in the fields of visual arts, design, literature, moving images, and other creative disciplines. The forum carries forward the discussion of “practice” from last year’s program to explore the fluid sometime even contradictory nature of “projects” within everyday creative and curatorial practice. Performances and lecture-performances are presented from a spectrum of vantage points, from solo artistic projects, fictional literature, art criticism, to programmatic development by major cultural institutions.

Curated by ACAW Director Leeza Ahmady, with performances and lecture-performances by:
Nancy Adajania (Bombay), Meitha Al Mazrooei (Dubai), Marwa Arsanios (Beirut), Nadiah Bamadhaj (Jogjakarta), Laura Barlow (Doha), Hera Chan (Hong Kong & Montreal), Yin-Ju Chen (Taipei), Tiffany Chung (Ho Chi Minh City), Dai Guangyu (Beijing), Simon Fujiwara (Berlin), Joyce Ho (Taipei), Hu Weiyi (Shanghai), Taus Makhacheva (Makhachkala & Moscow), Kingsley Ng (Hong Kong), Suhanya Raffel (Hong Kong), Marat Raiymkulov (Bishkek), Yuliya Sorokina (Almaty), Abdullah M.I. Syed (Karachi & Sydney), Philip Tinari (Beijing), Hajra Waheed (Montreal), Adrian Wong (Hong Kong & Los Angeles), Brian Kuan Wood (New York), among others

Curatorial narrative, lineup and biographies of presenters to be announced in August.


October 5 – 26, 2017
various venues, New York

As an extension to FIELD MEETING, a series of pop-up exhibitions are organized across a network of select venues in New York City to showcase long term process-oriented artistic endeavors in and out of the region today. These pop-up exhibitions also highlights the vibrancy of ACAW’s growing community of Asia-based consortium partners, including a special co-presentation of artists as part of Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF) inaugural Creative China Festival in New York.

Artist: Nadiah Bamadhaj(Jogjakarta), Guo Hongwei(Beijing), İrfan Önürmen (Istanbul), Yang Xin (Beijing), Judy Blum-Reddy (New York) and Sumakshi Singh (Delhi); including a special co-presentation of artists Li Jun, Yu Fan and Song Dong (Beijing) as part of the inaugural Creative China Festival in New York.

Venues: C24 Gallery, Chambers Fine Art, Klein Sun Gallery, Mana Contemporary, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, among others.

ACAW is a non-profit curatorial & educational platform, fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts