Your Asian Art Museum: Free “Phantoms” This Sunday! Korean Culture Day Sept 23! Origami Graffiti!

OMG, your world-class Asian Art Museum is busy busy busy these days.

First up is the origami paper-crane pop-up graffiti bombing of the McAllister wall.

Get all the deets from the Uptown Almanac, the San Francisco Chronicle and KGO-ABC.

Here’s how it’s holding up, last night…

…and the day before:

It’s persevering, huh?

Next up is the closing of the Big Show, check it:

Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past


Just as this exhibition has touched upon the fleeting nature of life, it too must come to an end. An expansive exploration of spirituality, cosmic order, and the afterlife, it’s a provocative presentation of both contemporary art and older objects from our collection. The result is a one-of-a-kind journey transcending time and place. Phantoms will go out with a bang: everyone can see it for FREE this Sunday, as part of our Target First Free Sunday.”

I’d recommend showing up early or late on Sept 2, 2012.  Feel free to practice your Gangnam Style while waiting in line. Speaking of which, don’t forget about:

Korean Culture Day 2012

Sunday, September 23
11 am–4 pm

Free admission”

All the deets on that after the jump.

Korean Culture Day 2012

Sunday, September 23
11 am–4 pm

Free admission

Join us for a feast of art activities, food, music, and dance at this all-day festival of Korean Culture. The 4th annual Korean Culture Day observes Chuseok, a Korean harvest festival and holiday. In celebration of a bountiful harvest during an autumn full moon, people visit their hometowns and share traditional food and games with family and friends. Food will be abundant at our party, with food truck Street Food Namu serving up Korean tacos and more outside while Cafe Asia keeps the crowds happy inside. Popular Korean band wHOOL will get you dancing, and a Family Gallery Guide includes games to play as you explore Korean art.

This program is generously supported by the Korea Foundation.

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K pop video screening
Resource Room, first floor
All day
Get on the dance floor with the latest Korean pop songs.

Hands-on Art Activity
North Court
11:00 am–4:00 pm
Get inspired by art in the galleries and make an artwork to take home.

Storytelling tours
Korean Galleries
11:00 am and 1:30 pm (30 minutes)
Asian Art Museum storytellers share myths and folktales from Korea. Special tour at 11:00 am for families with kids aged 3 to 6.

Family Tours (30 minutes)
Korean Galleries
11:30 am and 2 pm

Gallery Talk: Staff Picks
Korean Galleries
Members of the museum staff share their love of artworks from the Korean collection.

Armchair Tours: Spirit of the Humble Clay
Education Studios
2:30 pm–3:15 pm

Presented by docent David Buchanan, this 45-minute talk discusses Korean pottery from the Asian Art Museum’s extensive collection.

AsiaAlive Demo and art activity: Korean lacquer
North Court
12:00 noon–4:00 pm
Jung Myung-che, who is Master Lacquer Artist (najeon-jang) Intangible Cultural Property No. 14 of Seoul, demonstrates the past and future of this art form, especially shell inlay lacquer wares (najeon chilgi). Originating in the Chinese Tang dynasty and spreading as far as Japan, najeon developed into a major art form in Korea, where it remains popular today.

Music Performance for Families
Samsung Hall
12:30 and 3:00 pm
Korean pop group wHOOL performs a fusion of traditional Korean rhythms and modern digital musical instruments.

Food Tasting
South Court
2:00–3:00 pm
Enjoy traditional Korean festival food.


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