Then and Now

A large colorful print that takes up the entire wall on the right side, adjacent to it is a wall of wooden sculptures - Then and Now exhibition - Mnemonic Journey (Yong Soon Min) + Wooden sculptures (Eiko Fan)
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Then and Now:
Commemorating Asian Arts Initiative’s 25th Anniversary

ARTISTS: Jaishri Abichandani | Anida Yoeu Ali | Shelly Bahl | CYJO | Linh Dinh | Double A Projects (Athena Robles & Anna Stein) | Maria Dumlao | Eiko Fan | Laura Kina | Dinh Q. Le | Ken Lum | Yong Soon Min | Anula Shetty & Mike Kuetemeyer | Jean Shin | Catzie Vilayphonh | Saya Woolfalk
May 3 – August 17, 2018 | Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm


In celebration of Asian Arts Initiative’s 25th Anniversary, Then and Now includes an array of commissioned works by Asian American artists focused on exploring community-building and community-engaged arts with and within the Asian/American community in Philadelphia. The closing reception will feature live performances by Eiko Fan, and Saya Woolfalk with Annielille Gavino.

Guided group tours available for a suggested donation of $50. To schedule a tour, contact Melissa Chen at


Related Events

  • Opening Reception: First Friday, May 4, 5 – 8pm
  • The Future is Asia: Reading by Linh Dinh: First Friday, June 1, 7pm
  • Art is Food Lecture and Live Wood Sculpture Audience Participation with Eiko Fan: Saturday, June 23, 1pm
  • Artist Talk: Jean Shin: Saturday, July 14, 2pm
  • Maria Dumlao Interactive Workshop: First Friday, August 3, 7pm
  • Closing Reception: Friday, August 10, 6 – 8pm


Asian Arts Initiative is designed as a mobility accessible facility, with access to all public floors and spaces, and seating accommodations for programmed events. Both non-gendered and individually isolating restrooms are available on each floor, all equipped with changing stations. If contacted in advance, we will make every attempt to fulfill requests for reasonable accommodations such as vision/hearing auxiliary aids and cognitive disability guides. Please note: Due to most events being attended by the general public, we cannot guarantee accommodations for those with fragrance sensitivities. AAI is a family-friendly multigenerational space.