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.
Long before Henry Hudson’s arrival in 1609, Manhattan or Manaháhtaan, as originally named by the Indigenous Lenape people, was a place of gathering and exchange amongst diverse nations. Today, Broadway runs along a portion of the original matrix of trails that connected Manaháhtaan to the broader northeast region and the Great Lakes. Lenapeway, an installation by artist Beatrice Glow (A/P/A Institute at NYU Artist-in-Residence 2016-2017) and The Wayfinding Project, will be on 24-hour view in the street-level windows of 715 Broadway (at Washington Place) from October 10 (Indigenous Peoples’ Day) to December 9 and encourages present-day New Yorkers to imagine themselves along the Lenape trail while spurring a new consciousness of the land. The location of the installation, which is viewable from the sidewalk 24/7 and is cosponsored by NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, marks the intersection of the main Lenape trail and a side-trail that traverses through present-day Washington Square Park. Learn more and plan your visit to Lenapeway.
Lenapeway is a complementary installation to The Wayfinding Project (on view March 25 through December 21, 2016 at 8 Washington Mews). Initiated by John Kuo Wei Tchen, in collaboration with Beatrice Glow, the project aims to promote curiosity, research, and decolonize New York’s history. Both installations question the representation of Indigenous cultures in relation to aesthetics of colonial history.