Looking back at 2012

As the year comes to an end, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the highlights of the year. It’s been a great one! Here are some of the most popular posts of 2012:

Exhibitions

Gajin Fujita's "Golden Boy After Kuniyoshi"

Our summer of Japanese exhibitions proved very popular. We explored how woodblock prints are made in Yoshitoshi and Woodblock Printing, and shared the Kintaro tale (one of the many traditional stories featured) in Gajin Fujita and a Ukiyo-e Legend. These exhibitions were a great opportunity to see fascinating connections between the traditional woodblock prints of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and the contemporary work of L.A. artist Gajin Fujita.

Mask of the Depraved Monk

Shamanism in the new Gallery of Korean Art looked at one of the four sections in this newly renovated gallery focuses on indigenous shamanistic practices in Korea shortly after the new space opened. A more recent post focused on the Confucianism section, and details how objects were used and how design reflected those uses, in addition to common practices in Korean society during Confucianism’s heyday.

Events

mandalaWe celebrated the arrival of the Gaden Jangtse monks with a beautiful picture slideshow in The Monks Are Here!, and in an earlier post, we talked about Tibetan Buddhist practices.

Before our big Lunar New Year Festival in January, we looked at traditions in Lunar New Year Around the World. As we get ready for the Year of the Snake in 2013, this post is a great refresher.

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Our special workshops also proved popular. Visitors learned about The Art of Korean Lacquer in a day-long workshop that included the history of the art form and the time-consuming technique required. We also welcomed Pakistani artist Malik Abdul Rehman, who over several days demonstrated traditional naqashi art, and gave a lecture and workshop.

Behind-the-Scenes

HangingIt’s always fun to see what goes on behind the scenes. At the beginning of the Korean Gallery renovations, we talked about what was happening to the objects that previously were on view in Changes Coming to the Galleries. As we planned for our beautiful exhibition of kimono (still on view!), we looked at how our exhibition designer finds the best way to display the objects in Making of an Exhibition: Kimono in the 20th Century. And finally, sometimes objects need more care than we can give them on-site. In those cases, we send them to professional conservators, as we did in The Return of the Roundel.

Thank you for helping make 2012 a wonderful year at Pacific Asia Museum. We look forward to bringing you more in 2013! ~CM

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