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The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe
Opens Oct 21

Bloody battles, heartfelt romance and a shape-shifting monkey warrior. This unprecedented exhibition explores how the Rama epic – one of the world’s greatest works of literature – has been portrayed and performed across southern Asia over the past 1,500 years.

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Mother of Pearl Lacquerware from Korea
Ends Oct 23

"The scene is of a crescent moon shining above a plum tree. I find it extremely poetic. It suggests transience, fleeting beauty, the delicacy of life and time and it does so in both medium and image,” remarks the exhibition's curator, Hyonjeong Kim Han.  Learn about luminous Korean mother-of-pearl lacquerware through 25 radiant objects. See the first U.S. exhibition devoted to this time-honored tradition, now in its FINAL weeks.

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Filipino American History Month Celebration
Sun, Oct 2, 10: 30 AM–4 PM
FREE, courtesy of Target

This year’s theme of MOVEMENT focuses on the traditions of dance, jazz, martial arts, spoken word and art of the Philippines. Highlights include a full day of powerful dance performances led by Jay Loyola, master artist of Philippine dance; martial arts workshops with Eskabo Daan; open mic poetry led by poet Karen Llagas of UC Berkeley; and a capella in our galleries by Isang Himig. This Thursday, the music of Sugar Pie Desanto will be highlighted by contemporary artist Aireene Espiritu

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Society for Asian Art Souk
Sat, Oct 29–Sun, Oct 30
FREE, Fort Mason Center Firehouse

Treat yourself (and give back too!) Head over to Fort Mason and join the Society for Asian Art and the Asian Art Museum for the Souk marketplace for art and artifacts. Sift through thousands of items donated by fellow Asian art and culture enthusiasts — from dramatic deities of the Himalayas, to intricate teawares from the Silk Road.


The San Francisco Fall Arts & Antiques Show
Sat, Oct 22–Tues, Oct 25

The museum is proud to be a cultural partner of the 35th annual show presenting 60 of the finest international art and antiques dealers exhibiting pieces from across the globe. Stop in for an evening filled with a renowned lecture series, book signings, cocktail hour panel discussions and loan exhibit Animalia: Animal Imagery in Art & Antiques.


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

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The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe is organized by the Asian Art Museum. Presentation at the Asian Art Museum is made possible with the generous support of Helen and Rajnikant Desai, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, Martha Sam Hertelendy, Vijay and Ram Shriram, Society for Asian Art, and Meena Vashee. Media sponsor: India West. Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea is organized by the Asian Art Museum. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of the Koret Foundation and Korea Foundation. "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 museum's Cultural Celebrations is generously provided by Kaiser Permanente. Major funding is provided by Bank of America. Additional support for is generously provided by AARP.

Hanuman, Angada, and Jambavan climb Mount Mahendra (detail), approx. 1720, attributed to the workshop of Pandit Seu of Guler (d. 1740). Opaque watercolors and gold on paper. Museum Rietberg Zurich, RVI 847. Photograph © Rainer Wolfsberger. Rama’s concerns for Sita, from Bhanudatta’s Rasamanjari (detail), approx. 1720. India; Jammu and Kashmir state, former kingdom of Jammu. Opaque watercolors on paper. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, IS.116‑1960. Photograph © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Dish with moon and plum blossoms motif, 1800–1900. Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). Lacquered paper with inlaid mother-of-pearl. Asian Art Museum, Museum purchase, 2016.44. Photograph © Asian Art Museum.



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