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ACAW 06: Melissa Chiu, Esa Epstein, and Shumita Bose

In advance of the 2006 Asian Contemporary Art Week, Melissa Chiu sat down in the Clocktower Studios with participating gallerists Esa Epstein and Shumita Bose (29 minutes).

Melissa Chiu: Museum Director, Asia Society and the Society's Curator for Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art

Esa Epstein: Executive Director, Sepia International Inc. and The Alkazi Collection of Photography uniquely combine a commercial gallery with a privately-owned archive and research center.

Shumita Bose: co-owner Bose Pacia, established in 1994, the first gallery in the West specializing in contemporary art from South Asia; internationally regarded for promoting the South Asian avant-garde.


Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art


In collaboration with Clocktower Radio (formerly, Leeza Ahmady, independent curator and director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), conducts interviews with artists, curators, critics, and experts working both inside and outside of Asia. The program will include Ahmady's reports from around town and will feature select recordings of conversations, talks, and panel discussions across venues in New York City.

Born in Afghanistan and based in New York, Ahmady is an independent art curator, educator, and noted specialist in art from Central Asia. As the director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) at Asia Society, Ahmady brings together leading New York City galleries and museums to participate in special exhibitions, receptions, lectures, and performances citywide.

Asian Contemporary Art Week connects leading New York City galleries and museums in a citywide event comprised of public exhibitions, receptions, lectures and performances. The Week focuses on the broad spectrum of artworks produced by Asian contemporary artists working in their home countries and abroad. Asian Contemporary Art Week is organized by Asian Contemporary Art Consortium. Clocktower Radio is a media sponsor for the events and the recordings collected over the years are available in this section of the archive.

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