Brace Yourselves: “Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance” is Coming to Our Asian Art Museum – Runs Feb. 25 to Sept 2011

Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance is the Big Show of the Year at our Asian Art Museum. It will run from February 25th to September 11th, 2011.

And here’s the Matcha schedule for 2011:

THURSDAYS - 2011: February 24, April 21, May 12, June 30, August 18 5-9 pm | $10 Admission

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“Bali has long held a special place in the Western imagination, not only for its reputation as a tropical paradise, but for its artistic culture. Here, art, performance, and ritual are a part of the everyday.

While Bali is widely appreciated as a vibrant center of visual and performing arts, there has never been an in-depth exploration of its artistic traditions in the United States until now. Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance brings the art and artists of this special Indonesian island to San Francisco so that you can experience firsthand its culture, beliefs, and practices. See not only artworks but explore the context in which they were made and used, as the museum comes alive with the kinds of music and performance that fill Balinese ritual life.

The 131 artworks on view—many borrowed from international collections and never before seen in the U.S.—range from simple, yet deftly woven images of the rice goddess to elaborately carved and gilded chairs. There will be puppetry, gamelan performances, masked dances, and more to provide a museum experience as unique and mesmerizing as Bali itself. The Asian Art Museum is the exclusive venue for this exhibition.

Read more about the exhibition.

See you there!

And you can read some stuff about debt, if you want, after the jump

Asian Art Museum Finalizes Plan to Restructure Debt
Plan Approved by All Parties-Implementation to Begin Immediately

San Francisco, California, February 17, 2011: The Asian Art Museum Foundation, the private fundraising arm of the Asian Art Museum, today announced that the plan conceived over the last twelve weeks to restructure the Foundation’s $120 million bond debt has now officially been approved by all parties, and its implementation will begin immediately.

The five-party agreement, coordinated by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, City Controller Ben Rosenfield, and City Public Finance Director Nadia Sesay with participation from the Foundation and its creditors, JP Morgan Chase and MBIA, Inc., provides long term stable financing to the Foundation, allowing the organization to continue to raise the funds necessary to support the Museum’s dynamic range of exhibitions and programs. The full outline of the proposed restructuring was publicly announced on January 6. Details can be found at this link:http://www.asianart.org/pressroom/debtrestructure.htm

The plan met with approval from the Asian Art Commission and the Asian Art Museum Foundation-the Museum’s dual governing boards-at their meeting on January 25, followed by a unanimous vote in favor by the City of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors at their meeting on February 1. The final documents detailing the plan’s structure and requirements were signed by all of the participating parties on February 11.

“On behalf of the Museum’s governing boards, its staff, volunteers, and supporters, I express my deep gratitude to all of the parties for their support and speedy approval of this plan,” stated Anthony Sun, chair of the Asian ArtCommission and Asian Art Museum Foundation. “With the plan now firmly in place, the Museum can once again focus its energies on continuing to successfully fulfill our mission of leading a diverse global audience in discovering the unique material, aesthetic, and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture.”

The plan’s approval comes two weeks before the Museum presents Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance, the first large scale exhibition of Balinese art ever presented in the United States.

“Not only will Bali provide our visitors a unique glimpse of the cultural vibrancy that springs from that Indonesian island,” stated Dr. Jay Xu, director of the Asian Art Museum, “but the exhibition will also remind our public of the vigorous nature of the Asian Art Museum’s public offerings. With the challenge of our long term debt effectively addressed, visitors can rest assured more programs like Bali are sure to come.”

About the Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum is a public institution whose mission is to lead a diverse global audience in discovering the unique material, aesthetic, and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture. Holding more than 17,000 Asianart treasures spanning 6,000 years of history, the Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art.

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