USC Pacific Asia Museum/July 9-13, 2014

July 9, 2014

Bloody Autumn Cape Horn California 1867Bloody Autumn, Cape Horn, California, 1867. Building of the Central Pacific by Chinese Workers. Chinese Ink and color on Chinese paper, 2013. Courtesy of Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, California © Zhi Lin

Artist Talk – Sunday – July 13 – 2 pm

In recent works, internationally acclaimed artist Zhi Lin has explored the experiences of 19th century Chinese railway workers. In addition to the more abstract works currently on view in The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America, his deeply moving drawings documenting the individual workers and geography of the Transcontinental Railway were featured in USC Pacific Asia Museum’s exhibition Chinaman’s Chance in 2008.

Trained at the China National Academy of Fine Arts and London’s Slade School of Fine Art, Lin holds an Endowed Professorship at the University of Washington, teaching both in the Art Division and Jackson School of International Studies. His visit is made possible by the University of Washington.

The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America
Through August 17, 2014
The exhibition presents a series of visual narratives by five contemporary artists exploring recurring issues of immigration and border relations that have persisted throughout U.S. history

 

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June 17-22, 2014 USC PACIFIC ASIA MUSEUM

June 17, 2014

Please check out our website for updated information.027 WEB-Jamie Pham

FUSION FRIDAYS June 20, 7:30 – 10:30 pm Enjoy a Tibetan folk dance performance along with a lesson then say namaste to a high-energy Bollywood-style performance, blend your own Indian spice mix and get decorated with mendhi designs. Komodo and India Jones food trucks serve the chow this time around.Free for members, $15 general public.Photo/Jamie Pham Photography

  • A special enter-to-win giveaway for Hollywood Bowl tickets at June 20 Fusion Fridays only! We have two pairs of tickets to “An Evening of Chinese Splendor at the Hollywood Bowl” on July 5 at 7:30 pm. This must-see event for all fans of Chinese music brings together musical superstars Song Zuying and Wang Leehom, renowned pianist Rueibin Chen performing the Yellow River Piano Concerto, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the finest acrobats and fireworks. Winners must be present at June 20 Fusion Fridays to receive the tickets. Additional information at www.hollywoodbowl.com.

NightInShanghai Sunday, June 22, 2 pm Nicole Mones: presentation and book signing of Night in Shanghai In 1936, classical pianist Thomas Greene is recruited to Shanghai to lead a jazz orchestra of fellow African-American expats. From being flat broke in segregated Baltimore to living in a mansion with servants of his own, he becomes the toast of a city obsessed with music, money and power, even as it ignores the rising winds of war. Based on a true story. Books available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments. RSVP to tailing.wong@pam.usc.edu or call 626.449.2742, ext. 20.


ONGOING  EVENTS (With the exception of the Museum Tour, all events have additional fees. For details, call Visitor Services at (626) 449-2742 ext. 0. or visit our website)

Yoga Thursdays • 12:30 – 1:30 pm $10 per class or buy a series and save. Beginners welcome! Tai Chi Saturdays • 8 – 9:30 am $10 per class; free to first time students. Beginners welcome! Chinese Calligraphy Saturdays • 8:45 – 9:45 am Come in for a free observation of this six-week series class. $80 per person, $50 if also enrolled in Chinese Brush Painting. Chinese Brush Painting Saturdays • 10 am – Noon Come in for a free observation of this six-week series class. $120 per person. Free Museum Tour Saturdays • 1 – 1:30 pm Docent-led tour looks at the highlights of the museum’s collection. Silk Road Storytime First Saturday of the month • 10:30 am Haiku Third Saturday of the month • 2 pm


April 23 – April 27 USC Pacific Asia Museum

April 23, 2014

For a full listing of exhibitions and events, go to pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu

Inagaki Nenjiro Pagoda: Yasaka Japan, 1976 Woodblock print on paper Gift of an Anonymous Donor 2006.4.3

Friday, April 25, is FREE FOURTH FRIDAY so admission is free for everyone all day.


OPENING FRIDAY, APRIL 25
A New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century
This week at the museum, we are putting the finishing touches on the upcoming exhibition opening April 25. A New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century presents examples of shin hanga and sosaku hanga side-by-side to highlight their shared aspects as well as their distinguishing characteristics.


FUSION FRIDAYS RETURN MAY 16!!
Fusion Fridays at the museum take art + entertainment to a new level by keeping the museum doors open late and bringing together guest DJs spinning in the courtyard, a cash bar featuring Angel City Brewery beers, prizes, and L.A.’s best food trucks in the museum’s adjacent parking lot, with special performances and activities each evening. The 2014 season of Fusion Fridays begins May 16, and continues on  June 20, July 18 and August 15 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Each evening is free for museum members and $15 for nonmembers.

  • May 16 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. A night of dragon dancing and salsa lessons kicks off the season to highlight the exhibition The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America. The YoroKobi photo booth will be onsite, plus Don Chow and India Jones food trucks.

Tickets can be purchased at fusionfridays2014.eventbrite.com 


ONGOING  EVENTS (With the exception of the Museum Tour, all events have additional fees. For details, call Visitor Services at (626) 449-2742 ext. 0. or visit our website) 

Yoga Thursdays • 12:30 – 1:30 pm $10 per class or buy a series and save. Beginners welcome!

Tai Chi. Saturdays • 8 – 9:30 am $10 per class; free to first time students. Beginners welcome!

Chinese Calligraphy Saturdays • 8:45 – 9:45 am Come in for a free observation of this six-week series class. $80 per person, $50 if also enrolled in Chinese Brush Painting.

Chinese Brush Painting Saturdays • 10 am – Noon Come in for a free observation of this six-week series class. $120 per person.

Museum Tour Saturdays • 1 – 1:30 pm Docent-led tour looks at the highlights of the museum’s collection.

Haiku Third Saturday of the month • 2 pm

Hawaiian Music and More Sundays 10:30 am – Noon Learn how to play the ukulele or guitar and sing traditional songs in this 12-week series class open to musicians of all levels. Students must provide their own guitar or ukulele and those under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. $160 members, $180 non-members.


March 26 – 30 USC Pacific Asia Museum

February 25, 2014

For a full listing of exhibitions and events, go to pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu

March is going out like a lion at USC Pacific Asia Museum! This last week is filled with exhibitions and events to satisfy everyone.

FREE FOURTH FRIDAY AND

A NEW EXHIBITION OPENING AND

AN ARTIST’S TALK!

I Am Writing You: Penny Hes Yassour Friday, March 28

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Penny Hes Yassour, I Am Writing You Tomorrow (installation at Asian Art Biennial, Taiwan, 2011, Mixed media of elastic, soft materials. Courtesy of the artist.

This exhibition introduces Israel-based multimedia artist Penny Hes Yassour whose work pays homage to Chinese ink painting and calligraphy through polymorphous networks formed by the artist’s spontaneous hand gestures. Her work, embedded with unreadable words, explores the boundaries between word and image and challenges viewers to consider how meaning is constructed and conveyed in visual art. The vertically hung installation, with continuous shifting shadows, also evokes landscape, exploring the complex cultural issues of geography and our perception of topography.

ARTIST’S TALK
Sat. March 29 at 2 pm 

I Am Writing You Tomorrow artist Penny Hes Yassour will speak about her work and lead a guided walk through the exhibition. A light reception will follow, sponsored by the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities. Free for members, included with museum admission for non-members. Space is limited, RSVP to (626) 449-2742 ext. 31.

 

LAST WEEKEND:
Exhibition Closes Sunday, March 30Chinese Gallery
Focus on the Subject:
The Art of the Harari Collection 

Colonel Ralph Andrew Harari, OBE, collected art from across a range of cultures, time periods and media, reflecting his broad tastes and inveterate curiosity. These collections included metalwork from the Islamic world, European paintings and drawings, and Japanese art among others. The focus of this exhibition is Harari’s collection of Japanese paintings and drawings from the Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods, a large portion of which was purchased in 1984 as a gift to Pacific Asia Museum by a consortium of benefactors.

FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL SUNDAY, MARCH 30

Noon – 4 pm Admission is free!

Explore calligraphy and the art of words at USC Pacific Asia Museum’s Free Family Festival! Enjoy an afternoon of hands-on crafts and artist demonstrations in the beautiful courtyard garden – everything from traditional Chinese calligraphy to contemporary graffiti – plus fun storytelling performances, a scavenger hunt in the galleries and special exhibitions I Am Writing You Tomorrow and The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America. Free fun for all ages!

 


ONGOING  EVENTS (With the exception of the Museum Tour, all events have additional fees. For details, call Visitor Services at (626) 449-2742 ext. 0. or visit our website) 

Yoga Thursdays • 12:30 – 1:30 pm $10 per class or buy a series and save. Beginners welcome!

Tai Chi. Saturdays • 8 – 9:30 am $10 per class; free to first time students. Beginners welcome!

Chinese Calligraphy Saturdays • 8:45 – 9:45 am Come in for a free observation of the class. $80 per person, $50 if also enrolled in Chinese Brush Painting.

Chinese Brush Painting Saturdays • 10 am – Noon Come in for a free observation of the class. $120 per person.

Museum Tour Saturdays • 1 – 1:30 pm Docent-led tour looks at the highlights of the museum’s collection.

Haiku Third Saturday of the month • 2 pm

Hawaiian Music and More Sundays 10:30 am – Noon Learn how to play the ukulele or guitar and sing traditional songs. This class is taught in a 12-week series and is open to musicians of all levels. Students must provide their own guitar or ukulele. Students under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. $160 members, $180 non-members.


Feb. 19 – 23 USC Pacific Asia Museum

February 10, 2014

For a full listing of exhibitions and events, go to www.pacificasiamuseum.org.

ralli.ueRalli Quilts: Contemporary Textiles from Pakistan Closes March 2 This exhibition features quilts made by women in the areas of Sindh, Pakistan, western India, and surrounding areas. The exhibition expands the concept of ‘contemporary art’ by looking at their form, color and pattern rather than their use.
Related Program February 22 • 2 pm Curatorial Tour Get the inside story when curatorial staff lead a special tour of Ralli Quilts: Contemporary Textiles from Pakistan

SONY DSCThe Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America presents a collection of visual narratives about the Chinese and Mexican immigrant experiences.
Related Programs
March 8 • 2 pm Join guest curator Chip Tom for a closer look at these poignant and engaging works.

JUSONY DSCST FOR MEMBERS
February 22 through March 2
During these special sale days, USC Pacific Asia museum members receive 20 percent off all regular-priced merchandise in the museum store. Join now and come shopping!

HAWAIIAN MUSIC AND MORE IS BACK!
Sunday • Feb. 23 • 10:30 am – Noon Learn how to play the ukulele or guitar and sing traditional songs with Charles Kiaha and Ilima Lei Russell. This class is taught in a 12-week series and is open to musicians of all levels. Students must provide their own guitar or ukulele. Students under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Pre-register at the museum front desk or by calling Visitor Services at (626) 449-2742 ext. 10. $160 members, $180 non-members.

ONGOING  EVENTS
THURSDAYS 12:30-1:30 p.m. Yoga  Designed with a lunch-hour audience in mind, instructor Jill Zepezauer’s Hatha Yoga is uniquely accessible. $10 per class or buy a series and save. Beginners always welcome.

SATURDAYS
8-9:30 am Tai Chi  Held in the peaceful surroundings of the museum’s courtyard. $10. Beginners always welcome.
8:45-9:45 am Chinese Calligraphy  New six-week series began Feb. 15. Come in for a free observation of the class. $80 per person, $50 if also enrolled in Chinese Brush Painting. Call 626.449.2742 ext. 19 for details.18 yrs. and older suggested.
10 am-Noon Chinese Brush Painting Class  New six-week series began Feb. 15. Come in for a free observation of the class. $120 per person. Call 626.449.2742 ext. 19 for details. 18 yrs. and older suggested. See New Class Series above.
1 pm Weekly Tour  Our Highlights Tour gives a great overview of USC Pacific Asia Museum. Join our docents for this 30-minute  tour of our galleries. Free with paid admission.
2 pm Haiku  Third Saturday of every month. 18 yrs. and older.


Opening Tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 20: Ralli Quilts

December 19, 2013
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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!


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