Weekend Feb. 7-9 USC Pacific Asia Museum

February 6, 2014

FenceOPENING FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7  The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America is a collection of visual narratives about the Chinese and Mexican immigrant experiences. Through the works of five contemporary artists, the exhibition explores the recurring issues of immigration, border relations and labor practices that have persisted throughout U.S. history and remain timely today. Artists featured are Andrea Bowers, Margarita Cabrera, Tony de los Reyes, Zhi Lin and Hung Liu.

Image shown: Andrea Bowers, No Olvidado (Not Forgotten), no. 16, 2010, Graphite on paper, Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles Projects, Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer

LunaLee3Special Performance by YouTube sensation Luna Lee  Sunday, February 9 • 2 pm Visiting from Korea, gayageum virtuoso Luna Lee will perform at USC Pacific Asia Museum. Lee has captured the public’s imagination with her unique blend of music, using a traditional Korean stringed instrument to give beautiful and surprising renditions of decidedly modern songs. Her version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile” has been viewed more than 2.5 million times on her YouTube site. Performance included with museum admission. Limited seating!

ONGOING EXHIBITONS

Through March 2 Ralli Quilts: Contemporary Textiles from Pakistan features handmade quilts by women in the areas of Sindh, Pakistan, western India, and surrounding areas.

Through March 30 Focus on the Subject: The Art of the Harari Collection presenting the renowned Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) era paintings and drawings collected by Ralph Harari.

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 begins 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 begins 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.

1 p.m. 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.

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Opening Exhibition February 7

February 4, 2014

OtherSideMetro(22) OtherSIdeCookie2CropSeeing photos of a track and a pyramid of fortune cookies at USC Pacific Asia Museum, you might think that the Gold Line is coming through or that our assistant curator Yeonsoo Chee is building a playground for the Cookie Monster. This is just a glimpse of the exciting contemporary exhibition The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America opening Friday, Feb. 7. See you there!

P.S. A big shout out to Metro for loaning the railroad and installing it for the exhibition!


USC Pacific Asia Museum Jan. 27 – Feb. 2

January 27, 2014

Here are some upcoming exhibitions and events or go to www.pacificasiamuseum.org for the full list.

SILK ROAD STORYTIME Saturday, Feb. 1, 10:30 It’s all about dragons this month! Enjoy stories with storyteller Sunny Stevenson, plus make a fun dragon craft, and try a traditional snack. Free and open to the public.

TitusAUTHORS ON ASIA Feb. 2, 2 pm Felicitas Titus will discuss and show images from her book, Old Beijing: Postcards from the Imperial City Camel trains arriving at a city gate; the distinctive architecture of the Forbidden City, its pagodas, imperial buildings and temples; Manchu fashion, the Empress Dowager and the child emperor Puyi; street performers and foreign tourists—all come to life again in this extraordinary collection of rare and vintage postcards. This delightful offers a unique look at a vanished China and its storied capital. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments. RSVP to Museum Store 626.449.272742 ext. 20.

Border

UPCOMING EXHIBITION: OPENING FEBRUARY 7 
The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America presents a collection of visual narratives about the Chinese and Mexican immigrant experiences. Through the works of five contemporary artists, the exhibition explores the recurring issues of immigration, border relations andlabor practices that have persisted throughout U.S. history and remain timely today. Artists featured are Andrea Bowers, Margarita Cabrera, Tony de los Reyes, Zhi Lin and Hung Liu.

Image shown: Tony de los Reyes, Border Theory (indeterminate zone/ black), 2013, Dye and oil on linen, Courtesy of the artist © Tony de los Reyes

RELATED PROGRAMS TO UPCOMING EXHIBITION
March 8, 2 pm Join guest curator Chip Tom for a closer look at the poignant and engaging works featured in The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America.
April 6, 2-4 pm Shelley Fishkin, co-director of Stanford University’s Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project presents “Re-imagining America: Sites of Trauma and Possibility in Cultural Memory.” How have Chinese American and Mexican American artists and writers re-imagined places and chapters of the past that are sites of haunting absence and ghostly presence in the cultural memory of their communities? This talk will examine how contemporary artists and writers have transformed the U.S.-Mexico Border and the landscape of the Transcontinental Railroad—iconic sites of violence, erasure and invisibility—into sites of creativity.
April 11, 4 pm Art and Coffee is a series of informal Friday afternoon get-togethers when curatorial staff discuss selected items in The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America. Coffee provided by Starbucks.

ONGOING EXHIBITONS

Through March 2 Ralli Quilts: Contemporary Textiles from Pakistan features handmade quilts by women in the areas of Sindh, Pakistan, western India, and surrounding areas.

Through March 30 Focus on the Subject: The Art of the Harari Collection presenting the renowned Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) era paintings and drawings collected by Ralph Harari.

ONGOING  EVENTS

THURSDAY, Jan. 30 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.

SATURDAY, Feb. 1

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 Call (626) 449-2742 ext. 19 for more information.

10 am-Noon Chinese Brush Painting Class Call (626) 449-2742 ext. 19 for more information.

10:30 am Silk Road Storytime

1 p.m. Weekly Tour: Our Highlights Tour gives a great overview of USC Pacific Asia Museum. Join our docents for this 30-minute free tour of our galleries.


USC Pacific Asia Museum: Jan. 21-26

January 13, 2014

Here are some highlights for this week at USC Pacific Asia Museum or view a full schedule of events www.pacificasiamuseum.org

DOUBLE Free Admission Days!
Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25  Our regular Fourth Friday of the month and L.A. Museums Free-For-All

GardenOPENING FEBRUARY 7

The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America presents a collection of visual narratives about the Chinese and Mexican immigrant experiences. Through the works of five contemporary artists, the exhibition explores the recurring issues of immigration, border relations and labor practices that have persisted throughout U.S. history and remain timely today. Artists featured are Andrea Bowers, Margarita Cabrera, Tony de los Reyes, Zhi Lin and Hung Liu.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Detail of Ralli quilt embroideryRalli Quilts: Contemporary Textiles from Pakistan Through March 2
This exhibition features quilts made by women in the areas of Sindh, Pakistan, western India, and surrounding areas. This exhibition helps expand the conception of ‘contemporary art’ by looking at their form, color and pattern rather than solely how they are made, what they are for and the meaning of each color and pattern.

Through March 30 Focus on the Subject: The Art of the Harari Collection presenting the renowned Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) era paintings and drawings collected by Ralph Harari.

AUTHORS ON ASIA EVENT

A Tale book cover

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 BOOKER PRIZE

Authors on Asia: Ruth Ozeki Sunday, January 26, 2 p.m. New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ozeki will discuss A Tale for the Time Being. In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her unhappy life. But before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun. Across the Pacific is Ruth, a novelist who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a lunchbox—possibly debris from the 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and pushed forward into her own future. Books available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments. RSVP to the Museum Store 626.449.2742 ext. 20.

 

EVENTS

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 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.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

8-9:30 a.m. Tai Chi Held in the peaceful surroundings of the museum’s courtyard. $10. Beginners always welcome.

8:45-9:45 a.m. Chinese Calligraphy Call (626) 449-2742 ext. 19 for more information.

10 a.m.-Noon Chinese Brush Painting Class Call (626) 449-2742 ext. 19 for more information.

1 p.m. Weekly Tour: Our Highlights Tour gives a great overview of USC Pacific Asia Museum. Join our docents for this 30-minute free tour of our galleries.


This Week at USC Pacific Asia Museum: Jan. 6-12

January 6, 2014

Here are some highlights for this week at USC Pacific Asia Museum or view a full schedule of events on our website.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller  Reza Aslan will discuss his book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth on Sunday, January 12 at 2 p.m. From the author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man known as Jesus of Nazareth. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments. RSVP to 626.449.2742 ext. 20. This program is generously supported by the museum’s Pakistan Arts Council.

Current Exhibitions
 Through March 2 Ralli Quilts: Contemporary Textiles from Pakistan in the Focus Gallery. These incredible quilts, made by women in the areas of Sindh, Pakistan, western India and surrounding areas, will delight you with their intricate embroidery and outstanding craftsmanship.

Through March 30 Focus on the Subject: The Art of the Harari Collection presenting the renowned Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) era paintings and drawings collected by Ralph Harari.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9
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.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
8-9:30 a.m. Tai Chi Held in the peaceful surroundings of the museum’s courtyard. $10. Beginners always welcome.

8:45-9:45 a.m. Chinese Calligraphy Call (626) 449-2742 ext. 19 for more information.

10 a.m.-Noon Chinese Brush Painting Class Call (626) 449-2742 ext. 19 for more information.

1 p.m. Weekly Tour: Our Highlights Tour gives a great overview of USC Pacific Asia Museum. Join our docents for this 30-minute free tour of our galleries.

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


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!