Join the New-York Historical Society on Friday, June 9, at 1pm (ET) for Asian American Art, Inside and Outside the Museum.

This conversation will consider how, 50 years after the term “Asian American” was coined, scholars and curators are building on foundational work to advance the field of Asian American art through key partnerships and initiatives.

  • Keynote Moderator: Melissa Ho
    Curator of 20th-Century Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander
    Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Co-Director, Asian American Art Initiative (AAAI), Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University
  • Abby Chen
    Head of Contemporary Art, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California

Registration is required to receive a link. To RSVP for this free discussion, visit

Since its founding in 1982, the Henry Luce Foundation’s American Art Program has supported wide-ranging collection projects and exhibitions at art museums in all 50 states. In commemoration of the program’s 40th anniversary, the Foundation has organized a year-long series of virtual conversations moderated by field leaders and Luce grantees, past and present.

Deliberately forward-facing rather than retrospective, the Henry Luce Foundation Conversations on American Art and Museums explore what the best futures of American art and museums might look like. The participants will explore the role of the visual arts in an open and equitable society, and the capacity of art museums to challenge accepted histories, elevate under-represented voices, and host the critical conversations in which we need to engage.

View the full schedule of future programs.