The Gallery at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute presents two to three exhibitions per year, focusing on the work of both emerging and established artists of Asian/Pacific descent.

Each exhibition is part of an on-going effort by A/P/A to investigate modes of cultural expression among Asian/Pacific/American and diasporic communities. Presented in conjunction with relevant A/P/A courses, symposia, and public programs, the Gallery exhibitions offer the opportunity for cross-cultural dialogue, leading to a deeper understanding of broad issues through the specificity of one artist’s vision.


Current Exhibition

Zarina: Dark Roads presents selected works of prints and sculpture across the expanse of three decades by artist Zarina Hashmi, the 2017-18 Artist-in-Residence at the A/P/A Institute at NYU. The exhibition (on view October 6, 2017 - February 2, 2018) marks the 70th anniversary of the 1947 Partition of India, which resulted in one of the largest forced migrations in the history of the world.


Traveling Exhibition

An exhibition identifying and analyzing racial stereotypes in US popular culture are available for loan from A/P/A. A is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture reveals centuries of anti-Arab prejudice and Islamophobia and features images from the Jack G. Shaheen Collection on Arabs in U.S. Film and Television. It is available for loan during the 2017-18 academic year.

Zarina: Dark Roads (October 6, 2017 - February 2, 2018)

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Gallery 8 Washington Mews On view Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 6 Read more

Circles and Circuits: Chinese Caribbean Art (September 15, 2017 - Spring 2018)

Organized by the Chinese American Museum (CAM) in partnership with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the California African American Museum (CAAM). Circles and Circuits: Chinese Caribbean Art is presented in two parts: History Read more

Lost Streets: Seward Park's Fight for Housing Justice (April 11 - June 22, 2017)

NYU Kimmel Window Galleries Corner of West 3rd St & LaGuardia Pl On view April 11-June 22, 2017, 24/7 Lost Streets tells the story of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), a 6-acre set of blocks in the Lower East Side that sat vacant for five decades, held hostage by one of the most powerful people in the state and fought for by a community that was “disappeared.” Now—after Read more

Lenapeway (October 10 - December 9, 2016)

715 Broadway (at Washington Place) On view Monday, October 10–Friday, December 9, viewable 24/7 from street level Presented by The Wayfinding Project, an initiative of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and is cosponsored by the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Long before Henry Hudson’s arrival in 1609, Manhattan or Manaháhtaan, as originally named by the Indigenous Read more

The Wayfinding Project (March 25, 2016 - December 21, 2016)

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Gallery 8 Washington Mews On view Monday-Friday, 11AM-5PM* through December 21, 2016 Master navigators of Oceania explored and settled what Epeli Hau'ofa called the "sea of islands"—one third of the Earth’s surface—and developed astute skills of observation and deep knowledge of the ocean, sky, and cosmos. This long distance voyaging tradition was Read more

In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses' Expressway & the Battle for Downtown (October 27 - March 15, 2016)

Copresented by the Below the Grid Lab, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and NYC Department of Records & Information Services. NYC Records Visitor Center, Surrogate Courts Building 31 Chambers Street (entrance just west of Centre Street) Accessible entrance on Reade Street between Elk and Centre Streets What would have happened if protesters had not been successful and Read more

Nothing Lost in Translation (October 8, 2015 - December 11, 2015)

Copresented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, and the Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) Curated by Paul Tran (A/P/A Graduate Archives Scholar), Jason Tseng (GAPIMNY), and Dennis Chin (GAPIMNY) Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives* Bobst Library, 10th Floor 70 Read more

Haunted Files: The Eugenics Record Office (October 3, 2014 – March 13, 2015)

Curated by Noah Fuller and John Kuo Wei Tchen Associate Curator: Mark Tseng Putterman Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Gallery 8 Washington Mews On view: Friday, October 3, 2014–Friday, March 13, 2015, Monday-Friday, 11AM-5PM and select Saturdays* Enter a 1920s office with oak tables, rows of file drawers, forms, and reports, an Underwood typewriter clacking away… Sift through the Read more

"The Normal": Images from the Haunted Files of Eugenics (October 31, 2014 - January 4, 2015)

Curated by Noah Fuller and John Kuo Wei Tchen Associate Curator: Mark Tseng Putterman NYU Kimmel Windows Gallery LaGuardia Place and West 3rd Street Viewable from the street 24/7 "The Normal": Images from the Haunted Files of Eugenics re-presents images from public displays of the American eugenics movement. Once exhibited at museums and state fairs nationwide, this propaganda helped to Read more

Memory Prints: The Story World of Phillip Chen (September 25, 2014 - March 1, 2015)

Presented by the Museum of Chinese in America. Supported by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Memory Prints: The Story World of Phillip Chen is a solo exhibition by Phillip Chen, a visual artist from the Midwest. In fifteen relief etchings centering around his family, Chen reckons with significant moments in Chinese American history. These prints unearth the emotional landscape of Read more

Index of the Disappeared (February 11, 2014 - March 21, 2014; April 7 - May 19, 2014)

by Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani, the 2013-14 A/P/A Institute Artists-in-Residence Index of the Disappeared: Secrets Told is a site-specific installation of images, sound, texts, and documents related to leak prosecutions, the surveillance state, and the persistence of the panopticon in the prison-industrial complex. The installation is on view at the A/P/A Institute at NYU gallery (8 Read more

Prints of Pop (& War) (Feb 13, 2013 - May 10, 2013)

Curated by Roger Shimomura A/P/A Institute at NYU Artist-in-Residence, 2012-2013 Feb 13, 2013 - May 10, 2013, 11AM-5PM (except these dates) Exhibition catalog available for purchase “Prints of Pop (& War) is a unique retrospective exhibition of Roger Shimomura the artist, Read more

Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 (May 26, 2011 - July 24, 2014)

May 26, 2011 - August 19, 2011 The William F. Wu Collection at the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections Curated by Jeff Yang, Co-Curated by D. Daniel Kim View full exhibition site If there was any doubt that comic books provide a revelatory window on the American psyche, this exhibition will erase it. Over four decades that included some of the most turbulent times in our Read more

Art, Archives and Activism: Martin Wong's Downtown Crossings (Mar 06, 2009 - Dec 18, 2009)

March 06, 2009 - December 18, 2009 View full exhibition site The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University is proud to present the exhibition Art, Archives, and Activism: Martin Wong's Downtown Crossings from March 6-December 18, 2009. From the mid '80s through the early '90s, artist Martin Wong and other downtown New York artists were affected by an intersection of major Read more

kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa (Mar 10, 2008 - May 30, 2008)

March 10, 2008 - May 30, 2008                                              Kip Fulbeck View full exhibition site Organized by the Japanese American National Museum, kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa is an exhibition of portraits by award-winning filmmaker and artist Kip Fulbeck, who traveled the country photographing Hapa of all ages and walks of life. Originally used as a derogatory label Read more

Exquisite Crisis and Encounters (Feb 15, 2007 - May 31, 2007)

February 15, 2007 - May 31, 2007 Curated by Yong Soon Min, A/P/A Institute Visiting Artist View full exhibition site Taken from the Dadaist/Surrealist game of Cadavre Exquis in which a composition of words or images are collaboratively created, this exhibition will showcase a wide and multidisciplinary array of contributions procured by artist, scholar and curator Yong Soon Min. These Read more

Persistent Light (Aug 03, 2007 - Oct 19, 2007)

August 03, 2007 - October 19, 2007 Eugenia Sumiye Okoshi and George Mukai View full exhibition site Eugenia Sumiye Okoshi and George Mukai both came to New York in the 1950s to pursue their careers as artists. Okoshi was raised outside Tokyo and Mukai outside San Diego. Both lived through WWII and its aftermath before meeting in New York. Wars in the Pacific and in Asia shape the lives of Read more

"Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani" (Oct 06, 2006 - Dec 15, 2006)

October 06, 2006 - December 15, 2006 Curated by Roger Shimomura View full exhibition site In November 1999, I learned of Jimmy - a homeless Japanese American who drew and sold his art in Washington Square in New York City. Apparently, he also did drawings of an internment camp he was in during WWII. I made it a point to meet Jimmy the next time I went to New York. A few weeks later I Read more

Archivist of the "Yellow Peril" (Feb 03, 2005 - Jul 31, 2005)

February 03, 2005 - July 31, 2005  Yoshio Kishi Collecting for a New America View full exhibition site Archivist of the "Yellow Peril" provides a glimpse into Yoshio Kishi/Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection of Asian Americana, an extensive compilation of over 8,000 rare artifacts including rare photographs, films, cartoons, pulp magazines, advertisements, sheet music, books, journals, and Read more

Fresh Talk Revisited (Sep 02, 2002 - Jan 09, 2004)

September 02, 2003 - January 09, 2004 New York Artists from "Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes" Margo Machida & Christine Bacareza Balance, curators View full exhibition site Fresh Talk Revisited: New York Artists from "Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes" reflects current lines of inquiry and discussion within Asian America as put forth by the works of eight highly acclaimed New York-based artists: Read more

My Life in Progress (Jan 20, 2004 - May 21, 2004)

January 20, 2004 - May 21, 2004 Ian Kim View full exhibition site Ian Kim arrived in New York after spending his first twenty among thirteen different residences that spanned across five countries: the US, Korea. Japan, Australia, and Canada. He transferred into Tisch School of the Arts after having completed his freshman year at the Rhode Island School of Design. My Life in Progress Read more

A Dialogue with Separation (Jun 01, 2004 - Aug 20, 2004)

June 01, 2004 - August 20, 2004 Picturing an American Chinatown, 1990 - 2002 Jason Francisco View full exhibition site Photographing in Chinatown for me has meant a slow accumulation of pictures made in, around and of a location of historical and contemporary social separation, from the position of one separate within it. To convey this dialogue with separation, I am interested Read more

Wok Hay: The Breath of a Wok (Sep 13, 2004 - Dec 23, 2004)

September 13, 2004 - December 23, 2004 Grace Young & Alan Richardson View full exhibition site  GRACE YOUNG [Wok Hay: The Breath of a Wok] Growing up Chinese American in San Francisco, it was always easier for me to identify with being American. I was not inclined to speak my family's Cantonese dialect, nor did I inherit my parents' love of Chinese opera or cinema. Mama and Baba Read more

A Photographic Journey with Corky Lee (Sep 05, 2002 - Jan 10, 2003)

September 05, 2002 - January 10, 2003 An "ABC" Views Chinatown, NYC in the '70s Corky Lee View full exhibition site Corky Lee, a self-taught photographer, has been documenting the vibrant and fast-emerging Asian and Pacific American community for over 30 years. Known as the "undisputed unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate," the ubiquitous Corky has covered the day to Read more

War Retold (Jan 21, 2003 - May 30, 2003)

Jan 21, 2003 - May 30, 2003 Photographs from Viet Nam Serene Ford Northington View full exhibition site.  My relationship to photography began as a child when I looked at my parents' wedding album. To the child I was, the pictures were moments I could never touch, encased were people I would never know. In the photos, they were not my parents, rather two people in love in a faraway Read more

Resident Aliens (Jun 16, 2003 - Aug 15, 2003)

June 16, 2003 - August 15, 2003 Siddhartha Joag & Tomie Arai View full exhibition site Resident Aliens is a mixed media installation addressing issues of race, privilege and the abuse of power. Resident Aliens will feature new work by graffiti/installation artist Siddhartha Joag and public artist, Tomie Arai, in collaboration with Chris Nojima. These site-specific works were Read more

Coming of Age in Amelika (Sep 05, 2001 - Jan 11, 2002)

September 05, 2001 - January 11, 2002 Jewel Castro & Dan Taulapapa McMullin View full exhibition site The Asian/Pacific/American Studies Gallery was proud to present Coming of Age in Amelika as its Fall 2001 exhibition, and as part of the "Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds: Pacific Islands Symposium at New York University." Jewel Castro is a Samoan visual artist who creates Read more

Please Do Not Throw Peanuts at My God (Jan 28, 2002 - May 17, 2002)

January 28, 2002 - May 17, 2002 Siddhartha Joag View full exhibition site Siddhartha Joag was born in 1982 in Ahmedabad, India, and spent his childhood in England, Oklahoma, and Minnesota. He now resides in New York City and is an undergraduate at New York University. An avid traveler since he was a child, Joag started to paint on his travels in 1998. Since then, Joag has exhibited Read more

Mind's Desire (May 27, 2002 - Aug 26, 2002)

May 27, 2002 - Aug 26, 2002 Photosculptures by Jaishri Abichandani View full exhibition site Based on research in Tantra (an aspect of Hinduism) Jaishri has created a series of 4 X 4 feet hand painted photographic prints improvising on the archetypal South Asian forms of Chakras, Yantras and Mandalas . Abichandani uses photographs and self portraits to address contemporary socio-political Read more

Garden of Export Delights (Feb 01, 2001 - May 11, 2001)

Swati Khurana Installation, sculpture, and video. In partial fulfillment of graduate thesis requirement for the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. View full exhibition Read more

Assumed Identity (Sep 05, 2000 - Dec 22, 2000)

September 05, 2000 - December 22, 2000 Susan Sponsler Mixed media and photo-based images exploring autobiographic issues related to being a korean adoptee and an asian Read more

I of Beholder (Jan 18, 2000 - May 12, 2000)

January 18, 2000 - May 12, 2000 Judy Kim, curator View full exhibition site The point at issue here is precisely how to accomplish the task of translating myself from inner language into the language of outward expressedness and of weaving all of myself totally into the unitary plastic and pictorial fabric of life and as a human being among other human beings, as a hero among other Read more