Posts Tagged ‘Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens’

OMG, Our Asian Art Museum’s “Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens” is Leaving Us on Sunday

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Our Asian Art Museum‘s Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens is leaving us on Sunday, January 16, 2011.

It’s all kinds of awesome.

See?

Via Civic Center Mike

What’s this look like?

Zooming out:

Does it sort of look like a person, in a boat, in a skiff?

The mise-en-scene, or half of it, anyway.

AAM BGC Cat. 2 Landscape, approx. 1602, right screen. By Kaiho Yusho (approx. 1533-1615). Pair of six-panel screens; ink and gold on paper. Saint Louis Art Museum, Friends Fund (59:1962.1-2)

That’s what they call a “great efficiency of ink,” huh?

And best of all, there’s no glass or nothing to get in your way – there’ll be nada betwixt you and a 409-year-old masterpiece.

Now, that’s old bidness, that’s what’s going away after this weekend.

Here’s the new bidness, coming up in February 2011.

Arts of Pacific Asia Show Preview Opening Gala

See you there!

Word From the Asian Art Museum in Civic Center: “We Will Keep Our Doors Open and Maintain Operations”

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Well, I guess there’ll be no bailout from local billionaire and Asian Art Nut Larry Ellison anytime soon, but, no matter, it will carry on despite recent financial issues.

Now, for some reason, San Francisco went all out this year for the City of Shanghai and its World Expo. So, the AAA deserves credit for that when the City considers related matters in the future. (I mean, your World Expos, your America’s Cups, your Olympics, they mostly lose money right? They’re mostly a bad thing for the hosting cities and regions but mostly a good think for the politicians who make the deals and “win” the right to host whatever. Of course, I’m generally skeptical of those who want to take The People’s land, money, opportunities, whatever to pay for some extended party for the greater glory of a few electeds. Anyway…)

A nice ambiance just off Larkin Street, non?

Here’s the news:

“Asian Art Museum Open for Business

SAN FRANCISCO, November 18, 2010- San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum will keep its doors open and maintain operations despite financial challenges faced by the Asian Art Museum’s Foundation, which is the private fundraising arm of the Museum.

“The Museum is fortunate to have the support of donors from around the world. Donations from individuals, the Museum’s board, and our corporate and Foundation partners remain strong” said Jay Xu, director of the Asian Art Museum. “I want to assure the Museum’s visitors, our 17,000 members, and all of our donors and hundreds of volunteers that the Museum will continue to be a leading center for Asian learning in the future.”

While the City solely owns the Museum’s building and its collections, the City and the Foundation jointly fund the Museum’s staff, facilities, and operations.

The Museum continues to maintain its role as a vital source of Asian art and culture, averaging nearly 300,000 visitors per year. Like many other cultural organizations in California and across the United States, the Foundation is facing challenges stemming from the economic downturn and related market disruptions. The Foundation is attempting to renegotiate its debt financing with its principal creditors.  As a measure of prudent management of fiscal responsibility, the Foundation has engaged outside professionals, and, with City officials, has begun to work on these negotiations.

“While this has been a difficult situation, it will have no impact on the Museum’s core operations,” said Tony Sun, chair of the Asian Art Commission and Asian Art Museum Foundation, the Museum’s dual governing boards.

The Museum looks forward to welcoming visitors to its current critically acclaimed exhibition, Beyond Golden Clouds; Five Centuries of Japanese Screens, on view through January 16, 2011, as well as the upcoming major exhibitions Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance, on view February 25 through September 11, 2011, and Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts, on view Oct 21, 2011, through April 8, 2012.

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 Asian art treasures spanning 6,000 years of history, the Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art.

Information: (415) 581-3500
or www.asianart.org
Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102″

Awesome: Asian Art Museum’s Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens – Opens Friday

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Our Asian Art Museum‘s Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens will run from Friday, October 15, 2010 to January 16, 2011.

It’s all kinds of awesome.

Here’s a few shots – consider them a sneak peek of the sneak peek.

What’s this look like?

Zooming out:

Does it sort of look like a person, in a boat, in a skiff?

The mise-en-scene, or half of it, anyway.

 AAM BGC Cat. 2 Landscape, approx. 1602, right screen. By Kaiho Yusho (approx. 1533-1615). Pair of six-panel screens; ink and gold on paper. Saint Louis Art Museum, Friends Fund (59:1962.1-2)

That’s what they call a “great efficiency of ink,” huh?

And best of all, there’s no glass or nothing to get in your way – there’ll be nada betwixt you and this 408-year-old masterpiece.

Stay tooned, more tomorrow.

Opens Friday