A First-Time Survey of Asian Art Gets a Second Chance to Dazzle

By Laura van Straaten
Jordan Nassar’s 2018 work “I Am Waiting For You,” hand-embroidered cotton on cotton. Jordan Nassar, Anat Ebgi and James Cohan, New York
When Michelle Yun and Boon Hui Tan, the curatorial team behind the first-ever Asia Society Triennial, began assembling their exhibition five years ago, they imagined a city-spanning arts event that would give the Whitney Biennial and the New Museum’s Triennial a run for their money. “We wanted it to be part of the city,” Mr. Tan said. The exhibition as they envisioned it could not be confined to the walls of the Asia Society. “It had to be bigger.” What they did not envision was a pandemic that would throw their plans into upheaval — while also making the show’s mission even more imperative. After being postponed from its June opening because of Covid-19, the reimagined triennial will open next week at venues across New York City. [More