This Week at USC Pacific Asia Museum: Dec. 30-Jan. 5

December 30, 2013

This Week at USC Pacific Asia MuseumThere’s something fun to do every week at USC Pacific Asia Museum! Below are some highlights for this week, and you can always see a full schedule of events on our website.

Happy New Year: We’ll be closed on New Year’s Day, but afterwards regular operating hours apply. Bring the whole family!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4
8:45-9:45 a.m. Chinese Calligraphy A new six-week series of Chinese Calligraphy begins. $80 per person, $50 if also enrolled in Brush Painting. Call (626) 449-2742 ext. 19 for more information.

10 a.m.-Noon Chinese Brush Painting Class A new six-week series of Chinese Brush Painting begins. $120 per person. Call (626) 449-2742 ext. 19 for more information.

10:30 a.m. Silk Road Storytime Ring in the new year with stories from around the world on Saturday, January 4 at 10:30 am. Includes a fun craft and snack, all free and open to the public.

Coming Up: Our annual Lunar New Year Festival is Saturday, January 18! A full schedule will be available on our website.


2013 In Review

December 26, 2013

The Year of the Snake brought fantastic exhibits, colorful events and a partnership for the future. In November, the announcement was made that University of Southern California was partnering with Pacific Asia Museum to create USC Pacific Asia Museum. The alliance between the museum and the university presented a wealth of collaborative opportunities for both institutions. The new partnership will preserve and support the museum’s building and collections and enhance the scholarship of creative faculty and students at USC involved with the arts, museum studies, diverse cultures, religions and archeology.

Exhibitions

The Garden in Asia

The Garden in Asia

It’s been a busy year of exhibitions! The Garden in Asia included not only traditional art from China, Japan and South Asia but also some wonderful contemporary art, demonstrating how nature continues to inspire artists today. In the adjoining gallery, The Art of Continuity: Revering our Elders shared how different cultures have remembered their ancestors– and so did our visitors! Our third year-long exhibition was Focus on the Subject: The Art of the Harari Collection, examining the various objects found in Japanese painting. And some of these paintings were more than just depictions– double meanings and puns make them even more enjoyable.

In our Focus Gallery, we began a series of contemporary Asian art exhibitions. In April, Takashi Tomo-oka astounded visitors with his juxtaposition of contemporary photography and traditional formats. Then, Constructed Visions: New Media from Korea presented the work of four Korean artists who examine the idea of reality in their work. And the newly opened Ralli Quilts: Contemporary Textiles from Pakistan takes this long-standing art form and examines it as contemporary art.

Programs

Korean dancers

Korean dancers at our Free Family Festival

Our Education team has also been hard at work. They began by kicking off the Year of the Snake at our annual Lunar New Year Festival. Three Free Family Festivals followed, celebrating everything from Korea to Indonesia, and a Mid-Autumn Moon Festival wrapped up the major programs of the year. For the grown-ups, our Fusion Friday series continued to excite visitors with Maori warriors, shadow puppets, Thai dance and much more.

An artist-in-residence brought the traditional art of ralli to life this year. Naina travelled all the way from Pakistan to share this patchwork quilting art. If you missed her over the summer, don’t worry! See above for our newly opened exhibition on ralli, and browse Naina’s work in our museum store.

Behind The Scenes

Collections Management Assistant Cesar in the newly reinstalled Snukal Gallery

Collections Management Assistant Cesar Santander in the newly reinstalled Snukal Gallery

Our curatorial team was hard at work with renovations to the Snukal Family Ceramics Study Gallery and the Chinese Gallery, which also includes contemporary art generously supported by our Collectors’ Circle.

Our curatorial and education departments also teamed up to expand our Audio Tour, which now features details on objects throughout the entire museum in English, Chinese and Korean. The best part is, you don’t even have to be here to experience it! Learn more about listening to the Audio Tour from anywhere on our website.

There’s more excitement to come in 2014, so make sure you always have the latest– follow us on Facebook and Twitter, sign up for our email list, and of course, keep visiting our blog!

 


This Week at USC Pacific Asia Museum: Dec. 23-29

December 23, 2013

This Week at USC Pacific Asia MuseumThere’s something fun to do every week at USC Pacific Asia Museum! Below are some highlights for this week, and you can always see a full schedule of events on our website.

Holiday Hours: Please note that we’ll be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Otherwise, we’re open during our regularly scheduled hours.

Weekly Tour: Our Highlights Tour is a great way to learn more about USC Pacific Asia Museum! Walk off that holiday meal in the galleries on Saturday at 1 p.m. with our docents during this 30-minute tour.

Coming Up: Save the date for Saturday, January 18– we’ll be ringing in the Year of the Horse at our annual Lunar New Year Festival! More details to come.


Gift shop at USC Pacific Asia Museum

December 19, 2013

Gift shop at USC Pacific Asia Museum

HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPING IN A SOOTHING ENVIRONMENT Unique hand-woven grass backpacks and silk handbags and wallets from Cambodia, along with Asian-themed silk scarves, are just a few of the unusual and delightful items for sale at USC Pacific Asia Museum. The selection includes jewelry, clothing, books and decorative pieces influenced by the museum’s astonishing collection of art. The shop is opened this Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is free and located next to the museum. 626.449.2742


Opening Tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 20: Ralli Quilts

December 19, 2013
ralli by Naina

Ralli quilts and patterns by artist Naina.

Earlier this year, we hosted ralli artist Naina, who for four days demonstrated the process of making intricate patchwork quilts called ralli made by women in the areas of Sindh, Pakistan, western India, and surrounding areas. Tomorrow in the Focus Gallery, we open a new exhibition exploring the forms and techniques of this centuries-old tradition. 

Ralli Quilts: Contemporary Textiles from Pakistan expands the concept of contemporary Asian art by looking at their form, color and pattern rather than solely how they are made and how they are used. Ralli quilts are made in Pakistan and western India by women artisans, many of whom do not travel out of their own village without male accompaniment. Requiring almost 200 hours to create, these ralli quilts are richly patterned textiles made of cloth from discarded fabrics. The cloth is torn or cut into geometric shapes, then stitched together on a palm mat using a large needle and cotton thread with patchwork, applique and embroidery techniques. Traditionally, ralli quilts were used as a form of currency, and would be included in a woman’s dowry. Today, they have become increasingly popular on the commercial market as their striking color juxtapositions and graphic compositions speak to larger trends in textile arts.

This exhibition is only on view through March 2, 2014, so make sure to catch it before it’s gone. And if you come before January 5, you can enjoy the final days of The Art of Continuity: Revering our Elders and The Garden in Asia, too!


This Week at USC Pacific Asia Museum: Dec. 16-22

December 16, 2013

This Week at USC Pacific Asia Museum

There’s something fun to do every week at USC Pacific Asia Museum! Below are some highlights for this week, and you can always see a full schedule of events on our website.

New Exhibition: Ralli Quilts: Contemporary Textiles from Pakistan opens Friday, December 20 in the Focus Gallery. Learn more about these quilts made by women in the areas of Sindh, Pakistan, western India, and surrounding areas.

Coming Up:  Please note that the museum will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Otherwise, we’ll be open during our regular hours, so bring those out-of-town guests!


Last Chance for The Garden in Asia and The Art of Continuity

December 12, 2013

On January 5, we’ll close our two 2013 exhibitions The Garden in Asia and The Art of Continuity. Make sure to visit your favorite pieces in these exhibitions before they’re gone, and brush up on your background with these previous posts.

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The Garden in Asia

Contemporary Art in “The Garden in Asia”

It’s the little things in “The Garden in Asia”

Ancestor Painting

The Art of Continuity: Revering our Elders

“Revering our Elders” in the Pacific Islands

Remembering our Fathers