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.


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


Giving Thanks for our Ancestors

November 28, 2013

For Father’s Day, we shared wonderful remembrances of fathers recorded in our exhibition The Art of Continuity: Revering our Elders. Today, we’re thankful for all our friends and family, and have collected some very poignant stories from our visitors. Want to share your own? Leave a comment below or visit the exhibition before it closes on January 5 to share your story.

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Celebrate Korea at our Free Family Festival!

September 5, 2013

Korean dancers

Here at Pacific Asia Museum, we offer several opportunities throughout the year for the community to visit us for free. One of our bigger traditions is our Free Family Festival series, which features performances and crafts in addition to free admission. On September 15, 2013 from 12-4 p.m., we’ll be showcasing the arts and culture of Korea at our last Free Family Festival of the year!

Tae Kwon Do Don’t miss our great performance lineup, which ranges from traditional Korean dance to b-boy routines. Kids will love the high-flying tricks of Victory Tae Kwon Do, and audiophiles will appreciate the Haemil Music Group’s contemporary take on traditional Korean music. Check the schedule on our website to make sure you catch your favorite.

Atta Kim, On Air Project

Atta Kim, ON-AIR Project 160-13, from the Series “India”, 2007, Chromogenic print, Courtesy of the artist

While you’re here, visit some new additions to our galleries. Constructed Visions: New Media from Korea opened just a few weeks ago, and showcases the work of four contemporary Korean artists who manipulate reality in different ways. Our newly renovated Korean Gallery takes a thematic approach to Korean material culture, including works from Shamanist, Confucian, and Buddhist contexts. If you saw the gallery when it first opened last fall, you’ll be pleased with the recent rotation of objects– there are several new works to see!

After being inspired in the galleries, the Korean Cultural Center is generously providing several crafts in the museum courtyard that all ages will enjoy. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet author Joan Schoettler, who will be signing her book Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth in the museum store.

Can’t make this Free Family Festival? There are many other free opportunities to visit. Try our monthly Silk Road Storytime (next one is Saturday, September 5!) or our Free Fourth Friday. Subscribe to our email newsletter and you’ll also recieve notice of our other upcoming programs. Better yet, you can become a Pacific Asia Museum member, and visit for free anytime! ~CM

Looking Forward to 2013

January 4, 2013

Last week we looked back at the highlights of 2012, and this week we’re looking forward! There’s a lot to be excited about in the year ahead. Here’s what’s coming up:


eagleIn addition to the exhibitions currently on view, The Garden in Asia and The Art of Continuity: Revering our Elders, we’ll open four additional exhibitions featuring both traditional and contemporary Asian art. Beginning April 5, 2013, pieces from the famed Harari Collection will be featured in the exhibition Focus on the Subject: The Art of the Harari Collection in the Frank and Toshie Mosher Gallery of Japanese Art. Masterpieces from the collection will be featured alongside other objects from the Pacific Asia Museum collection for close study of themes in Japanese art, including landscape and writing. We’ll also present a series of exhibitions in the Focus Gallery of contemporary Asian art throughout 2013. Works by Japanese, Korean and South Asian artists will examine trends in contemporary Asian art and introduce lesser-known traditional art forms that are still practiced today. Check out the full exhibition schedule on our website, and check back here for previews of each show!


Lunar New YearThere’s always something to do at Pacific Asia Museum! Whether it’s one of our popular ongoing classes (we talked about our yoga class a while back) or one of our popular series like Authors on Asia or Free Family Festivals, we hold many programs throughout the year to deepen your understanding of Asian art and culture. In the immediate future, we’re looking forward to our annual Lunar New Year Festival on February 2 (schedule soon to be posted here) and the return of Art and Coffee on January 11 (check out a recap of a previous Art and Coffee events here). And of course, we’ll bring back Fusion Fridays and hold several Free Family Festivals throughout the year (mark your calendar for the first Free Family Festival of the year on March 17). Make sure you don’t miss any of our great upcoming events by checking out our online Events Calendar and signing up for our bi-weekly e-newsletters at the bottom of our home page.

More Renovations

statueIn addition to temporary exhibitions, Pacific Asia Museum will continue renovations of permanent galleries. In keeping with the successful installations in the Introduction Gallery and Gallery of Korean Art, both renovated within the past two years, the Chinese and South Asian-Himalayan Galleries will be renovated and re-installed with thematic permanent exhibitions intended to rotate periodically. We’ll be posting a lot more about these renovations in the coming year as well!

We’re certainly excited about 2013, and hope you are too. Keep checking back as we explore all these great exhibitions and events with special behind-the-scenes looks and deeper exploration of artworks. ~CM