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Drawing Heat Workshops

Manhattan Walking Tour
Friday, June 7 & Saturday, June 8, 2024
2:00-5:00pm, Meet at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue

Brooklyn Walking Tour
Saturday, June 15, 2024
2:00-5:00pm, Meet at Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway

Join one of our COAL + ICE Climate Action Partners, Melting Metropolis, this June for a free embodied mark-making “walkshop” in the city, exploring our sensory experience of summer with environmental artists & historians.

Discover how, why, when and where heat moves through the city, what an urban heat island is and how our bodies are impacted by it. Be inspired by the history and climate of New York as we create experimental artworks in ink, pencil and chalk to express embodied memories of summer. Drawing Heat is a walking tour led by artist Bryony Ella and historian Dr Kara Schlichting of Melting Metropolis, an international research project looking at the history of heat in the city. Join one of their free guided walkshops around Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan to see heat in the city with new eyes, and ears, and maybe also with a new nose! Drawing Heat will be a playful, embodied experience bringing art and history together to rediscover the city.

All materials provided and no art experience or historical knowledge of New York is necessary! This is an outdoor activity suitable for adults (14yrs+) who are comfortable walking / standing for up to 1 hour at a time. We will be walking a maximum of 1.25 miles per workshop and the majority of our time will be spent outside under shade. However as these are walking workshops please do ensure you feel able to participate. We will provide water and picnic blankets. No pets, please (not everyone is comfortable with dogs).

Register to participate in a free walkshop here. Manhattan walkshop participants will be granted free admission to COAL + ICE June 7 and 8.

This program is presented as part of the COAL + ICE exhibition and series of programs at Asia Society, Feb. 13-Aug. 11, 2024, designed to provoke thought and action on climate change.

To register and learn more, click here.


Installation view of David Breashears’s Mount Everest, Main Rongbuk Glacier, Tibet, China, 2007


February 13 – August 11, 2024

Asia Society is proud to present COAL + ICE, an immersive photography and video exhibition accompanied by a series of related programs. COAL + ICE visualizes the causes and consequences of the climate crisis and foregrounds creative solutions.

COAL + ICE brings together the work of more than 37 photographers and artists from China and around the world, and traces a photographic arc from deep within coal mines to the melting glaciers of the greater Himalaya, and across the globe where rising sea levels and extreme weather events are wreaking havoc. The imagery in COAL + ICE is drawn from diverse materials, from glass plate negatives to smartphone videos, spanning more than a century. Through intimate portraits and vast altered landscapes, these photographs document the consequences triggered by our continued reliance on fossil fuels. The exhibition brings to life the environmental and human costs of climate change, while also highlighting the innovative solutions that provide hope for a more sustainable future.

Throughout the run of the exhibition, climate change will take center stage at Asia Society, including speaker events, performances, films, and more. Asia Society has joined forces with a network of partner organizations across New York City’s five boroughs to concurrently present exhibitions and events, expanding the conversation to inspire deeper engagement on how the climate crisis affects our global and local communitie

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Minouk Lim, Portable Keeper Sea, 2020, HD video and sound in loop, 5 minutes 22 seconds, ⓒ Minouk Lim; Courtesy Asia Society


Artist Talk: Minouk Lim

Friday, May 17, 2024
Members: $8; Non-Members: $15
Students & Seniors: Use coupon code SENSTU for discount at checkout

Join  us for a conversation with multimedia artist and 2024 Asia Arts Game Changer Awardee Minouk Lim as she discusses the evolution of her artistic practice over the last twenty years. She will be joined in conversation by Yasufumi Nakamori, Director, Asia Society Museum and Vice President of Arts and Culture, Asia Society.

Minouk Lim (b. 1968) is an artist of many forms, creating works that are beyond the boundary of different genres and media, and deepening the scope of questions while encompassing writing, music, video, installation and performance as her means of artistic expression. Lim’s work recalls historic losses, ruptures, and repressed traumas. Rooted in language, and specifically the politics of expression, of what has been said and what that, in turn, has silenced, her sculptures, videos, performances, and installations don’t replay past events, rather, they elevate the experiences, memories, and feelings of those sidelined by the political violence of the Korean war and its ensuing process of modernization.

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Explore Asia Promo


New Permanent Exhibition, Explore Asia, Now Open

This newly opened permanent exhibition, Explore Asia, is the only interactive learning exhibition in Texas focused specifically on Asia.

Highlighting five countries across six unique experiences, learn about the arts and cultures of Asia through an immersive journey to China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam — without ever leaving Houston. Ride a virtual bullet train that travels across space and time, learn about delicious meals and treats (and where to find them in Houston), take our stage in a participatory drumming experience, and more!

For more information, click here.