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Special Exhibitions

28 Chinese

Our Summer of Contemporary Art begins with the opening on 28 Chinese on June 5. The exhibition explodes narrow concepts of contemporary art in China, presenting 48 artworks from 28 of the most notable Chinese artists working today—from internationally acclaimed stars like Ai Weiwei to the newest generation of game changers like Liu Wei and Xu Zhen. These artists embody a multiplicity of perspectives and practices, including painting, photography, new media and breathtaking installation, like Zhu Jinshi’s Boat—a colossal 40-foot creation you’re invited to walk through.

Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian, and Turkish Textiles from the Indictor Collection
Through Nov 1

More than simply practical clothing and furnishings, textiles express personal and political influence. The pieces on view in Woven Luxuries epitomize the way that velvets were widely admired, traded, and exchanged in elite circles, where they were symbols of sophisticated taste and cultural power.

Exquisite Nature: 20 Masterpieces of Chinese Paintings (14th—18th c.)
Through Nov 1

These rarely seen paintings include variations on popular subjects such as landscape, birds-and-flowers, country life and historical stories. Though differing in style and geographical representation, each artwork offers a unique take on a shared theme: humankind’s celebration of the natural world.

Yoong Bae: Continutiy and Pursuit
Through Dec 13

Eight representative pieces introduce the late artist Yoong Bae's hybridized approach to a new generation of visitors. Bae was known for blending Korean artistic traditions with modern Western art while reflecting the calmness and harmony of someone at peace in this in-between space. Those inspired by 28 Chinese should swing by the second floor to view Bae’s work and learn more about the museum’s contemporary art legacy.

Picturing Sound, Creating Mood
Through Nov 22

Twelve paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries reveal the multisensory worlds depicted in Indian paintings. Looking closely, you’ll notice elements of sound hidden in the details: a cocked hunting rifle, dangling jewelry, falling rain or a bird in flight. These create a mood that draws the sensitive viewer (rasika) into the artwork emotionally, allowing you to feel its essence (rasa).

Programs and Events

First Thursday: Lessons on the Far East
Thurs, June 4, 7–8:30 PM
Free with museum admission ($5 after 5 PM)

Lessons on the Far East is a new project by artist Yan Xing presented in conjunction with the exhibition 28 Chinese. In the hopes of opening up a new mode of debate, Yan Xing has staged a compelling academic lecture that blurs the lines of reality and performance. The night will provide new avenues for deciphering and framing an emerging regionalism, and for presenting the insights thus gained to a global audience.

Family Fun Days
Sun, June 7 & 21
Free with museum admission

What can you do with a box full of stuff? This summer, make a found object sculpture using materials headed for the trash and explore themes of reusing, repurposing and recycling in the special exhibition 28 Chinese. Bonus: every first Sunday is admission free thanks to Target First Free Sundays.

Japanese Tea
Sat, June 13, 1–1:45 PM
Free with museum admission

Have you seen the functioning teahouse in our Japan gallery? It's complete with an alcove for the display of a scroll and flowers, an electric-powered sunken hearth used in winter for the hot water kettle, and a functioning preparation area (mizuya) with fresh running water and drain. Take a step inside with Omotesenke Domonkai Northern California Region for a bowl of whisked green tea with traditional sweets. Seating is limited. First come, first served.

No World
Thurs, June 18, 7–9 PM
Free with museum admission ($5 after 5 PM)

In her latest film, No World, 28 Chinese artist Fang Lu presents six young protagonists residing in an empty house. Their daily activity is to rehearse the act of protest and to perform violent behavior without actual conflict. The image of struggle seamlessly transforms into an image of youth: free, rebellious and beautiful. The question remains — what is an image? How is it produced, mediated and consumed? The screening will be followed by a conversation with the artist and Herb Tam, curator and director of exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America.

The Testimony Project Kickoff: A Night of Interactive, Audience-Led Research with Eliza Gregory
Thurs, June 25, 6:30–9 PM
Free with museum admission ($5 after 5 PM)

Testimony is a long-term project by artist and educator Eliza Gregory that explores the experiences of recently arrived refugees or immigrants to San Francisco. It will search for innovative ways to raise awareness without re-enacting storytelling tropes and social norms that continue to marginalize vulnerable communities.The kickoff event will highlight service providers and professionals who work with immigrants and refugees. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and gather information about the contemporary experience for newcomers to this city.

For Members

Travel with your Asian Art Museum membership

We are thrilled to announce an exciting new benefit for all Asian Art Museum members—you now receive free admission at our three partner Asian art museums: the Seattle Art Museum, Japan Society in New York and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Simply flash your membership card for free admission for two!

What’s more, Members at the Premium ($179), Friend ($500) and Patron ($1,000) levels enjoy free general admission to over 800 museums nationwide through our reciprocal programs with NARM and ROAM.

Celebrating Dads & Grads

June is a time to celebrate proud graduates and terrific dads (Father’s Day is June 21). Looking for a great gift? Surprise them with an Asian Art Museum membership. Act fast—for a limited time only, gift memberships include two free tickets to the San Francisco Zoo! This summer, your family can get to know two famous rhinos: Reina at the Asian Art Museum and Gauhati at the Zoo.

To purchase your gift membership, go online, call 415.581.3740 or stop by the Member Desk.

Our Recommendations

Pizza Party!
Wed, June 17
Patxi's Pizza, 511 Hayes St, SF, 415.558.9991

You know what really hits the spot? Sinking your teeth into hot, gooey deep dish pizza. That first layer of tangy tomato goodness gives way to molten cheese and other goodies, and then there's the doughy-but-crisp crust that has just the right bite. You know what's tastier? Eating delicious pie for a good cause. On Wednesday, June 17, Patxi's Pizza in Hayes Valley will donate 10% of the entire day's proceeds to the Asian Art Museum. Our K-12 education programs will directly benefit from…that's right…simply. Eating. Pizza. Dine in, get it delivered, have it catered—however you eat it, we get a "slice" of the sales. Everyone wins.

Don't like deep dish? They have thin crust options. Don't like pizza? They've got an array of salads (burrata, anyone?). Gluten-free? Vegan? There's no extra charge to make it your way. Happy hour is 3-6 pm, so there's that too.


Asian Art Museum
Chong-Moon Lee Center
for Asian Art & Culture
200 Larkin Street
SF, CA  94102

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