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Traditional and Contemporary Asian Art in the Spotlight This Week

This Friday, September 19, at 4:30 p.m. there will be a reception at the Emily Lowe Gallery, South Campus, celebrating the Hofstra University Museum exhibitions Past Traditions/New Voices in Asian Art and Exploring the Centuries: 3rd-20th Century Asian Art at David Filderman Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.

For more information call the Hofstra University Museum at 516-463-5672 or visit their website. These exhibitions are presented in association with the September 18-20 Hofstra Cultural Center conference Asia Transforming: Old Values and New Presences.

Nyoman Masriadi's  "Chicken Dance," 2010. On display at the Hofstra Univ. Museum. On loan from Private Collection Image courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery, NY
Nyoman Masriadi’s “Chicken Dance,” 2010. On display at the Hofstra Univ. Museum. On loan from Private Collection. Image courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery, NY

Past Traditions/New Voices in Asian Art, on display through December 10, is a distinctive multimedia exhibition created exclusively for the Emily Lowe Gallery. It offers audiences a chance to explore dynamic works from nations such as China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam.  The focus is on contemporary Asian artists who mix or juxtapose traditional Asian subject matter and techniques with modern Western influences, including Xu Bing, Fx Harsono, Yun-Fei Ji, Bari Kumar, Dinh Q. Lê, Nyoman Masriadi, Shazia Sikander and Ai Weiwei.

The works featured in Exploring the Centuries: 3rd-20th Century Asian Art  at the David Filderman Gallery (Axinn Library, 9th Floor) are divided into three categories: Buddhism; Devotional Sculpture; and Flowers, Animals and the Seasons. Works include woodblock prints, hand-painted scrolls, metal works and sculpture that highlight esteemed and centuries-old artistic practices and traditions from the cultures of Japan, China, India, Tibet and Thailand.

For more information about the exhibits and associated public programs please call (516) 463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University website at

The Hofstra University Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Approximately 4% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition. Accreditation certifies that the Hofstra University Museum operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public.

Top image:

Sun K. Kwak (South Korean, born 1966); Twins, 2004; Masking tape on wood panel; 31 x 31 x 1 in. each (2 panels); Courtesy of Causey Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY; Image © Sun K. Kwak


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