American Alliance of Museums Conference 2015

May 14, 2015

Michael FritzenThe Social Value of Museums: Inspiring Change

When I was a child, my mother teased me about having so many interests: spiders, Japan, puppets, and the list goes on. I have always been a person who enjoyed learning new things. Just last month, I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for the annual American Alliance of Museums conference. The event attracts museum professionals from all over the country, as well as Canada, Mexico, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The conference is four days of workshops, networking, social events, lectures, and information gathering. For me, it is a time to discover about the latest trends in museums, reconnect with colleagues, make new connections, find solutions to pressing questions, and learn lots of new information. At the end, your brain feels full because it is packed with rich knowledge.

The conference was about diversity and inspiring change. Many of the workshops explored new ways that museums can reach out to audiences through public programs, exhibitions and community engagement. Multiple presentations stressed the importance of celebrating the people around us, so that no matter who is coming to our museums they could find themselves within the walls. I felt proud to work at the USC Pacific Asia Museum, because I know how hard we all work to celebrate the diverse cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands through our exhibitions and programming. We strive to create authentic experiences for our audiences and to make connections across cultures.

I could easily go on about all that was learned at the American Alliance of Museums conference, but be sure to keep checking our website and newsletters because my new found ideas will start popping up in the Museum’s future public programs.

– Michael Fritzen, Head of Education and Public Programs, USC Pacific Asia Museum


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.


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.