Asia Society

  • Ganesha

  • AsiaStore at Asia Society

  • Garden Court caf

  • Han Feng

  • Tea Leaf Jar. Nonomura Ninsei

  • XuGuodong Scholar Rock

  • Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest, Part II of V

  • Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest, Part V of V


1 John D. Rockefeller III must’ve been psychic: He founded the Society way back in 1956, recognizing Asia’s future global importance. Rockefeller started the Society to promote understanding of Asian arts and culture, but also to improve political and business relations between the U.S. and Asia, a mission it upholds to this day. Hillary Clinton gave her first major policy address as secretary of state here.

2 Be sure to leave an offering in the slotted platform under the sculpture of Ganesha, the dancing elephant-headed god and remover of obstacles.

3 One of Yoko Ono’s first video pieces, Sky TV (single) for New York, conceived in 1966, is on display in the lobby by the elevators. A camera installed on the roof provides a real-time view of the sky above the building.

4 This fall, the entire museum will be devoted to a major exhibition of Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. This highly influential Neo Pop artist often references rock and punk culture in his art, and over a hundred of his works will be on display in this exhibition.

5 The museum’s Garden Court Caf is one of the most relaxing spots in the city. Sip a Snow White ($4.50), organic white tea blended with apples and served in an Asian teapot, under the five weeping Podocarpus trees in the covered terrace, while contemplating one of the largest scholar’s rocks in the city.

6 The museum’s gift shop works with Asian and Asian-American designers and sells unique clothes, books, CDs and more. Scarves and shawls ($45--$270) by Han Feng, the designer of the Madama Butterfly costumes at the Met, are very popular.

Asia Society, 725 Park Ave at 70th St (212-288-6400, Tue--Thu 11am--6pm; Fri 11am--9pm; Sat, Sun 11am--6pm. Through September 7 Fri 11am-6pm. $10, seniors $7, students $5. After September 7, Fri 6--9pm free.


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