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  • May 10, 2021

Asia Art Archive Names New Executive Director

Portrait of CHRISTOPHER K. HO. Photo by Mark Poucher. Image via Facebook.

The research center and cultural organization Asia Art Archive (AAA), located in Hong Kong, announced artist and educator Christopher K. Ho as its new executive director. He will take up his full-time role starting in September, succeeding the co-founder and outgoing executive director Claire Hsu, who will take on a new position as co-chair of the board along with Benjamin Cha. The current co-chair Jane DeBevoise will remain a board member of AAA and board chair of the New York-based Asia Art Archive in America.

Christopher K. Ho has been on the boards of Asia Art Archive in America and Asia Art Archive since 2015 and 2018, respectively, through 2021. He previously was a faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design from 2000 to 2018, and has taught at art schools including the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Pratt Institute in New York.

As an artist Ho first exhibited in Hong Kong in 2013 and has shown with increasing frequency in recent years in presentations at Para Site, de Sarthe gallery, the Tomorrow Maybe space at Eaton Hotel, and Asia Society Hong Kong. In New York, where he has been based for many years, he has held solo exhibitions at Winkleman Gallery, Forever & Today, Inc., the Bronx Museum, and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Recently he was featured in group exhibitions at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing and the Guangdong Times Museum in Guangzhou.

In an email to supporters of AAA, retiring executive director Claire Hsu remarked: “I couldn’t be more delighted to be handing over the [executive director] baton to Chris who embodies the values that we hold dear at AAA—that of generosity, openness, intellectual curiosity and professional integrity.” Ho commented that he "relish[es] the opportunity to work alongside the team, and to collaborate with its communities and constituents, in Hong Kong and beyond."

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