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Skepticism: There are now more than 300 biennial and triennial exhibitions of contemporary art worldwide.

Twenty-odd years later, when digital networks have dissolved distances and novelty seems an artistic nonstarter, the format is feeling increasingly tired.

“We Do Not Dream Alone,” the inaugural Asia Society Triennial, was meant to spill out of the institution’s Park Avenue headquarters, with major commissions on Governors Island and participatory installations in partnership with the New York Philharmonic.

What is left is a scattershot, unadventurous assortment of new and not-so-new art, which barely reflects the ambitions espoused in those initial announcements.

It feels less like a calamity than a missed opportunity, and might have benefited from a longer postponement and rethink.

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