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Special Exhibitions

 
Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Final Weeks
CLOSES JAN 18

Take a stroll with us along the Roads of Arabia and discover the little-known history of the Arabian Peninsula. Marvel at colossal statues, gold jewelry and ancient stone tools in this stunning exhibition of over 200 objects—some dating back more than a million years. January 18 is your final chance to see Roads in the United States.

 
Tetsuya Ishida: Saving the World with a Brushstroke
Through Feb 22

A melancholy man opens his shirt to reveal a detailed map drawn or tattooed upon his torso. Behind him, a line of bright fire stretches across a blue stream. This is the world of Tetsuya Ishida. Eight curious and intricate paintings provide a glimpse into the artist's complex mind.

 
From Two Arises Three: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney
Through Mar 1, 2015

Bridge the gap between the traditions of Chinese ink painting and the concerns of contemporary art in From Two Arises Three.

 
Tradition on Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Paul and Kathy Bissinger Collection
Through Apr 5, 2015

Varying in shape, size and technique, 22 stunning pieces demonstrate how some Japanese contemporary artists are pushing the boundaries of clay while respecting the long tradition of ceramics in Tradition on Fire.

 




Programs and Events

 
Roads of Arabia Kids' Tour for Ages 7–10
Saturdays and Sundays, 2:30 pm
FREE with museum admission


Kids' Tours provide children and parents the tools and vocabulary to look at and talk about art. Explore the special exhibition Roads of Arabia with a docent on a search for artwork with amazing animals, creepy creatures and beautiful beings. BONUS: the first Sunday of each month is a Target Free Sunday and admission is completely FREE!

 
Family Fun Days
Jan 4 and 18, 10:30 am–2 pm
FREE with museum admission


Each first and third Sunday of the month are Family Fun Days where kids and adults alike can explore art and ideas through immersive storytelling, fun gallery activities, art making and more. Through January, themes and projects are centered around Roads of Arabia

 
Omochitsuki! Mochi-Pounding Ceremony
Sat, Jan 10, 12–1 pm
FREE with museum admission


Celebrate the Japanese New Year with Kagami Kai, an acclaimed mochi group, as it presents the colorful and exciting New Year tradition of mochi pounding to make delectably sweet rice cakes, with lively music, energetic dance and traditional costumes.

 
Film Screening: Buddhist Art: A Fragile Inheritance
Sat, Jan 24, 1–2:30 pm
FREE with museum admission


This new film by the award-winning Mark Stewart Productions tells the story of ancient Buddhist art and the attempt to save vulnerable wall paintings from the threat of fire, flood, tourists and devotional practice. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with David Park, director of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Center for Buddhist Art and Conservation at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. View the trailer here.

 

 
Asian Art Museum
Chong-Moon Lee Center
for Asian Art & Culture
 
200 Larkin Street
SF, CA  94102
415.581.3500

 
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