In 1955 John D Rockefeller the 3rd convened a committee to respond to post-World War II interest in developing improved understanding of and relations with countries in Asia. His family’s long-standing interest in Asia had led him to travel in China and Japan just after he graduated from Princeton in 1929. the Rockefeller’s deeply felt “passion for Asia” led to the founding of the Asia Society. As the Society’s 50th anniversary approaches, the need for better understanding of Asian cultures-political, economic, and artistic-is more urgent than ever. This beautifully produced volume will reflect in worlds and photographs the many-sided mission of the Asia Society. The text includes essays by Rockefeller family members’ former Asia Society presidents; Peter Johnson, the family historian; Cyntia Altman, curator of Kykuit, the Rockefeller family’s estate; and Vishakha Desai the current president of the Asia Society. Fascinating archival photographs bring the family’s travels, philanthropic activities, social occasions, and wonderful domestic interiors to life. Important objects-sculptures, paintings, prints, screens, ceramics-all collected by members of the Rockefeller family, many from the Society’s collection and others from Museums around the country, are reproduced in full color. 175 illustrations: 100 full color, 75 duotones.
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