May 15 - September 18, 2002              

Organized by the Asia Society in collaboration with
The Studio in a School Association

Seeds of Creativity is an exhibition about how we look
at art. What are the qualities of an object that attract
us, that intrigue us, that capture our imaginations?
What inspires us and what do we take away with us?
This exhibition uses the Mr. and Mrs. John D.
Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian art as the catalyst
for exploring these questions. Students from seven
New York City schools visited the Asia Society
Museum and guided by contemporary artists, made
new creations based upon the works that inspired

In an innovative approach to museum exhibition,
student works are displayed along with the

Rockefeller pieces that motivated them. As the
visitor views the virtual tour of Seeds of Creativity,
he or she can see how students absorbed the works
that they saw. Responses varied from
student to
student, from class to class. What
students saw,
what elements they selected and
chose to
emphasize in their own creations throws
light both on
varying impact of a work of art and on
the process of
individual artistic creation. By
displaying these fresh
reinterpretations, we hope to
encourage other young
visitors to appreciate Asian art and be emboldened to

This exhibition is made possible with generous support from AT&T, the Metropolitan Life Foundation, and the New York Times Company Foundation.

Copyright 2002 Asia Society