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Special Exhibitions

 
Seduction: Japan's Floating World | The John C. Weber Collection
ENDS MAY 10
#TheFloatingWorld


In the late 1600s, a creative surge exploded in the new entertainment districts of Edo (present-day Tokyo). Artworks of the "floating world" spread across Japan, seducing the masses with promises of intimacy and disguise to stimulate desire. Discover why the SF Examiner thinks the items on view in Seduction "...would please even those who think they have no interest in art, Japanese or otherwise" before the exhibition closes on May 10. See this and other shows for just $5 after 5 PM on Thursdays.

 
The Printer's Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection
ENDS MAY 10
#PrintersEye


Ukiyo-e, or "pictures of the floating world," is the term for woodblock prints made to celebrate the myriad pleasures and activities available to urban residents during Japan's Edo period (1615–1868). The exhibition considers the prints as fantasies, which overlook the harsh realities of life for most entertainment workers who endeavored to promote the floating world's allure.

 
Sanaz Mazinani: Threshold
ENDS MAY 3
#Threshold2015


Is there something beautiful about an explosion? This is one of many questions raised in a new and ambitious site-specific installation by San Francisco artist Sanaz Mazinani. Threshold presents a video created with explosion scenes from 11 recent Hollywood movies, mirrored and multiplied beyond recognition. View the exhibition before it closes on May 3.

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


More than just practical clothing and furnishings, textiles express personal and political influence. The 11 pieces provide a glimpse into the world of Iranian, Indian and Turkish silk velvets. For songs inspired by the exhibition, listen to our Spotify playlist here. A shorter version also exists on YouTube.

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

Exquisite Nature presents rare masterpieces from some of China’s most influential painters of the 14th–18th centuries. Varying in subject, style and geographical representation, each artwork offers a unique take on a shared theme: humankind’s celebration of the natural world.



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Programs and Events

 
Talk: Japanese Theatre
Sat, May 2, 1–2:30 PM
FREE with admission


Tanroh Ishida, the artistic director of San Francisco-based theater company Theatre of Yugen, presents an informal talk on the Japanese theater traditions of noh and kyogen.

 
Family Fun Days
Sun, May 3 & 17, 10:30 AM–2:30 PM
FREE with admission


May Family Fun Days are centered around the art and technique of Japanese woodblock printmaking as seen in Seduction and The Printer's Eye. Bring the entire family and create paper stickers, badges, buttons and more!

On May 3, in time for Asian American Pacific Heritage Month, see displays of the winning entries from the Growing Up Asian in America contest. Admission on the first Sunday of the month is free thanks to Target First Free Sundays.


 
First Thursday: Big Taste: Sake and "Lucky Chow"
Thurs, May 7, 6–9 PM
FREE with admission ($5 after 5 PM)


Explore the rich intersection of art, culture, food and spirits. Kick off this culinary night with Seduction-themed sake tastings. Then eat up an advance screening of "Lucky Chow," a new PBS television series hosted by Danielle Chang, who'll be in attendance along with other special guests. The show takes you on a journey across America exploring the Asian food landscape. DJ Marky Enriquez will be providing sweet beats for the night. For a detailed schedule, click here.

 
Asian Heritage Street Celebration
Sat, May 16, 11 AM–3:30 PM
FREE admission courtesy of Target


The annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration is like a neighborhood party with food, arts and crafts, rides and dance performances from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. While all that's outdoors in Civic Center, you can also head indoors and stroll our galleries for a whopping $0 courtesy of Target! Click here for the day's schedule. Oh, and one more thing: we'll also be celebrating International Museum Day––even more reason to partake in the festivities.

 
Artist Drawing Club: Gathering Among Stars with Ma Li
Thurs, May 28, 6:30–9 PM
FREE with admission ($5 after 5 PM)


Ma Li's "living sculpture" Gathering Among Stars draws inspiration from the centuries old Lantern Festival in China. Through the Artist-in-Residence program at Recology, Ma Li will use recycled materials to explore the museum's role as an important point of intersection and interaction. Audience members are encouraged to join in on the project and transform discarded materials into art. To learn more about Ma Li and the Artist-in-Residence program at Recology, check out this video.

 

Other Events in May:
Daily
FREE guided tours
5/3 – Yoga Flow
5/21 – The State of the State: Contemporary Filipino/American Art in the Bay Area




For Members

 
Last Chance! Free special-edition notebook

Join, renew, or upgrade through May 10 to receive a hardcover notebook featuring a stunning woodblock print by Suzuki Harunobu (regularly $15). Notebooks are available for pick up only at the Member Desk through the end of the exhibition (while supplies last).

 
Mother's Day Gift

Do you know a special lady who deserves to be recognized this Mother’s Day (May 10)? Show her you care with an Asian Art Museum membership. She’ll enjoy free admission, invitations to our monthly Tour, Talk & Tea series, sneak peeks of special exhibitions, and more!

To purchase your gift membership (which includes the special-edition notebook), go online, call 415.581.3740, or stop by the Member Desk.



Museum Store

 
Yasuko Trunk Show
Fri, May 8–Sat, May 9, 10 AM–5 PM
Education Classrooms, 1st Floor


Back by popular demand, celebrated designer Yasuko brings her unique one-of-a-kind women's garments and accessories to the Asian Art Museum for a two-day trunk show. Yasuko will be here both days to assist you in finding the perfect match. The trunk show will also feature vintage Japanese textiles such as kimonos, haori, and obis, including collectors' pieces.


Our Recommendations

 
Ma Li: Meet You at the Bird Bridge in the Milky Way
Fri, May 22 & Sat, May 23
503 Tunnel Ave, SF


During her Recology residency, Ma Li created this living installation that provides space for people to build relationships with materials, the environment and each other. The work is inspired by a Chinese legend in which a natural bridge joins separated lovers. Receptions are on Fri, May 22 and Sat, May 23. For more hours, click here.


Special Offers

 
58th San Francisco International Film Festival
Thurs, Apr 23–Thurs, May 7

The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival has begun! Keep your eyes peeled and calendars marked for the three contemporary Chinese films we're co-presenting. Peter Ho-sun Chan’s Dearest, Wang Xiaoshuai’s Red Amnesia and Tsui Hark’s The Taking of Tiger Mountain all touch on China’s cultural history and current condition in stunningly unique ways. Use promo code "AAMatSFIFF", receive discounted tickets to all films and events at SFIFF58. Explore the full program at festival.sffs.org.

 
Art Market San Francisco
Wed, Apr 29–Sun, May 3
Fort Mason Festival Pavillion, SF


Art Market San Francisco returns for its fifth edition as the Bay Area’s premier art event. It's a destination that gathers 70 galleries from around the world exhibiting the best in modern and contemporary art work.

The fair will feature presentations created in collaboration with participating galleries, artists, cultural partners and sponsors. Click here for your pass.


 
San Francisco International Arts Festival
Thurs, May 21–Sun, June 7
Fort Mason, SF


The San Francisco International Arts Festival presents 150 dance, music and theatre performances by more than 70 ensembles representing the Bay Area and 16 countries including Taiwan, Japan, India and China. There is a free shuttle bus to Fort Mason from Embarcadero and 24th Street BART stations. For a special discount on advance tickets, enter "AAM" when purchasing online at www.sfiaf.org.

 

 
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Seduction: Japan's Floating World | The John C. Weber Collection was organized by the Asian Art Museum. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of Hiro Ogawa, Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation, The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, Anne and Timothy Kahn, and Rhoda and Richard Mesker. Media sponsors: ABC7, SF Media Co., KQED, and San Francisco magazine. The Printer's Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection was organized by the Asian Art Museum. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of The Bernard Osher Foundation and The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations. Sanaz Mazinani: Threshold was organized by the Asian Art Museum. Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian, and Turkish Velvets from the Indictor Collection was organized by the Asian Art Museum. Exquisite Nature: 20 Masterpieces of Chinese Painting (14th–18th c.) was organized by the Asian Art Museum. Yoong Bae: Continuity and Pursuit was organized by the Asian Art Museum. Target First Free Sundays–free general admission on the first Sunday of every month and the family programs offered on that day–are made possible by Target. Lead funding for the Asian Art Museum's Thursday Night Programs is provided by Wells Fargo.


Installation view of Seduction: Japan's Floating World | The John C. Weber Collection (detail), 2015, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Courtesan playing with a cat (detail), approx. 1705–1715, by Kaigetsudo Dohan (Japanese, active 1704–1716). Woodblock print; ink on paper. Courtesy of Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Gift of the Grabhorn Ukiyo-e Collection, 2005.100.6. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Courtesan in her boudoir (detail), approx. 1818–1825, by Utagawa Toyokuni (Japanese, 1769–1825). Hanging scroll; ink and colors on silk. John C. Weber Collection. Photograph © John Bigelow Taylor. Still from Threshold, 2015, by Sanaz Mazinani (Iranian-Canadian, b. 1978). Digital video. Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Bulger Gallery. © Sanaz Mazinani. Installation view of Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian, and Turkish Textiles from the Indictor Collection (detail), 2015, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Landscape after old masters (detail), by Wang Yuanqi (Chinese, 1642–1715). Leaf from album; ink and colors on paper. Lent from the Tang Family Collection. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Nobuyuki Takahashi Drive 2, 2011 Acrylic, charcoal on canvas 51 x 38 in. Courtesy of Rena Bransten Projects.


 
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