The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989

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Senior Curator of Asian Art Alexandra Munroe introduces The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989, a landmark exhibition that explores the transformative influence of Asian art, philosophy, and aesthetics on the development of modern American art, illuminating how artists used Asian sources to create new forms of abstract, conceptual, and performative art. Artist Ann Hamilton discusses human carriage (2009), a site-specific Tibetan bell carriage she created for the Guggenheim’s rotunda that questions the nature of the transmission of ideas through text. Munroe highlights other key works in the exhibition, including James Lee Byars’s The Death of James Lee Byars (1982/94), Tom Marioni’s Out-of-Body Free-Hand Circles (2009), Paul Kos’s Sound of Ice Melting (1970), and Tehching Hsieh’s One Year Performance 1980–81 (April 11, 1980–April 11, 1981) and explains how the exhibition offers a journey through the history of modern and contemporary American art “through an entirely new lens.”

For more information, visit The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 18601989.