“The New York I knew no longer exists. ... Looking back on the past, I can see that these photographs are facts, but not necessarily true. ... The present always surpasses the past, and the future will not care about today.”
— Ai Weiwei, 2008
Asia Society Museum presents an exhibition of 227 photographs taken by famed Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, capturing the history, culture, and atmosphere of 1980s New York from his unique perspective.

The exhibition marks the first time Ai Weiwei's
New York Photographs series is being shown outside of China.


Asia Society Museum
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212-288-6400


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This exhibition is organized by the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, in association with Asia Society Museum. Special thanks to Chambers Fine Art.

Exhibition Support
Support for Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993 is provided by Asia: Ideas and Images, endowed by Harold and Ruth Newman, and by the Mattawin Company.

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Support for Asia Society Museum provided by the Partridge Foundation, a John and Polly Guth Charitable Fund; Asia Society Friends of Asian Art; Asia Society Contemporary Art Council; Arthur Ross Foundation; Sheryl and Charles R. Kaye Endowment for Contemporary Art Exhibitions; Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund; National Endowment for the Humanities; Hazen Polsky Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts; and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.