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Tonight, Tonight, Tonight, Come to Our Asian Art Museum: MATCHA – The Shanghai Dress

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Our Asian Art Museum has another MATCHA discounted after-hours program going on tonight.

Why don’t you drop by Civic Center after work?

5–9
See Qipao by Jane creations on models throughout the museum
DJ Quantum
Cash Bars
Art activity: Make your own traditional or pinback buttons

6:30, 8:30
Docent Conversations: Shanghai

7-7:45
Talk by Jane Zhu + Cat Walk

Look for Jane Zhu (with her qipao on display) in South Court throughout the evening

Come dressed in your finest qipao!

Inspired by the stylish, sophisticated form-fitting qipao dress that emerged in 1920s Shanghai, this MATCHA showcases the work of designer and entrepreneur Jane Zhu. Born in Shanghai and uprooted to Palo Alto, Cambridge, New York, Paris, Singapore, and finally back to Shanghai again, Zhu has studied the ever-rarer art of qipao patternmaking and construction from various master tailors.

Celebrated in Shanghai and New York for her contemporary, made-to-order luxury qipao, Zhu hasbeen featured in Vogue, Elle China, Harper’s Bazaar China, Newsweek, and more. She will share her designs and give a talk on the history and craftsmanship of these iconic, surprisingly versatile dresses. You’ll be able to see some of her elegant creations in action on models, as well as see some of her more prized dresses up close and personal on display.

Make your own traditional Chinese button, design a ready-to-wear pinback button, engage a docent in Shanghai, hang out over cocktails and music by the energizing DJ Quantum, and revel in the pleasure of fashion, design, and art!

MATCHA guests are highly encouraged to don their own qipao for their evening!

The New York Times’ Chloe Veltman vs. After-Hours Programs at San Francisco Museums

Monday, April 19th, 2010

The New York Timeseses‘ Chloe Veltman is thinking that maybe “Fun is Trumping Art” at the bay area’s cultural institutions. Check it out, if you’d like.

Leave us begin:

“It’s hard to talk about museums’ after-hours programs without getting confused.”

I don’t know, maybe. I mean, our Asian Art Museum has Matcha and our CalAcademy has Penguins and Pajamas. But, it’s not a bad idea to have the word ”night” (or “nite”) in there somewhere, just to get the point across. Is that a bad thing?

“To stand out, the programming should make the art on display come to life in ways that are not necessarily possible when visitors are walking through exhibition halls during normal hours.”

All right, I’ll bite. Museums should try “to stand out” for the benefit of big newspaper art critics, to satisfy them, because, because why? And what, for example, should the CalAcademy do – take the Morrison Plane’arium audience outside for a look at real stars?

That’s one big fish, but is it Art?

Leave us continue:

“Generally, the evening events that provide the instant gratification of a lively social atmosphere are not ultimately the most memorable.”

I don’t know, if you meet your life partner at one of these events, that could be considered memorable…

“The events might bring in more young people, but…”

I’ll have to interupt to say, “Sold!” This is all you need to say to sell the idea of having a night program at a cultural institution. I mean, our museums shouldn’t have night programs because that kind of thing’s has been done already? How does it benefit San Francisco to concern ourselves with what they think in New Yawk? Maybe they do things differently on the floors of Tokyo or down in London town’s a go-go, but that’s O.K., right?

“D.J.’s, henna tattoo artists and artisanal cheese makers add atmosphere, but…”

This is pure gold - let’s get Arizmendi on the horn, stat!

“…unless more is done to distinguish these programs from one another, visitors may soon opt to spend their free evenings not at the museums, but at actual parties.”

Read the whole thing, there’s no support cited for this conclusion. I don’t know, maybe, as another possiblility, visitors will soon opt to spend all their free evenings at the museums? There’s a chance of that too, right?

And the CalAcademy’s perennially crowded nightLife program is not on a sustainable journey? Actually, it looks to be able to go on forever. And it’s too much like a party so people would rather go to a party? Does that make sense? Perhaps the throngs of young people will soon start cocking their Glocks to go to Club Suede instead?

If there ever comes a point when bay area youth get confused due to their attendence at a bunch of similar night-time programs, well, that would be like a dream come true to workers at our museums, particularly the smaller ones having trouble during this Great Recession.

Just saying.

Tonight’s MATCHA at The Asian: Shaolin Temple Tiger-Style Kung Fu. Tiger-Style, Baby!

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

These days, if you don’t have young people and DJs mingling about your museum on Thursday or Friday nights, you isn’t a museum. So, just as the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park has NightLife and the de Young has Friday Nights at the de Young, our Asian Art Museum has nighttime MATCHA. And, bonus, if you go tonight, February 18th, 2010, you can also see Shanghai.

“2010 is the Year of the Tiger! MATCHA kicks off the Lunar New Year and special exhibition Shanghai with dynamic tiger-style kung fu (martial art) demonstrated by Shaolin Temple USA monks. Each mode of Shaolin kung fu is associated with an animal, and in Chinese culture, the tiger is king and symbolizes bravery. Its kung fu style involves footwork, acrobatic kicks, and unique fist positions, relying solely on internal power, simplicity, and explosive force. The evening also includes art activities (make your own good luck poster), Shanghai dumplings available for purchase in the museum cafe, cash bars, music by DJ Friendly Traveler, docent conversations, gallery tours of SHANGHAI, and mingling and merriment with friends!”

See you there.

The “fourth room” of the Shanghai exhibit:

“See SHANGHAI in its opening week. This epic exhibition explores, through the mirror of its art, the tumultuous history that has resulted in one of the world’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities.

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4:30-7 An Evening for Educators at MATCHA

5–9 DJ Friendly Traveler, Artmarking: Create a Good Luck Poster, Shanghai Dumplings (available for purchase in museum cafe), Cash Bars

6-6:30, 7-7:30 Docent Conversations: SHANGHAI

6:30 & 7:30 Shaolin Temple USA Monks: Tiger-style Kung Fu

8:00 Docent Conversations: Lunar New Year

Yearlong Shanghai Celebration Starts Today – San Francisco Goes All Out For Our Sister City

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Why did Shanghai, the largest city in China, become one of our 16 Sister Cities in 1979? Well, we should all thank former Mayor and current U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein:

It was sort of a race between Los Angeles and San Francisco to establish a Sister City relationship with Shanghai and of course San Francisco won – and it was the first such Sister City relationship between an American city and a Chinese city.”

(Once again L.A. loses, of course(?) - thanks DiFi.) Now it turns out that our Big Sis is hosting a big party this year – it’s World Expo 2010. So, that’s a good excuse for a bunch of  the Bay Area’s cultural organizations to represent, via the Shanghai Celebration featuring Honorary Chair and San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

Jay Xu, Director of the Asian Art Museum, confronting a media scrum after today’s announcement:

Check out the calendar of upcoming events all related to the Paris of the East - it’s packed, baby. Swan Lake featuring San Francsico Ballet Principal Dancer and Shanghai native Yuan Yuan Tan will kick things off from January 23-31 and then on February 12th comes the debut of the cornerstone of the Shanghai Celebration, a big exhibit at our Asian Art Museum simply called Shanghai. It’s going to be mega.

Just ask Jay Xu:

“The 2010 World Expo that opens in May is Shanghai’s coming-out party, the official debut as the city reclaims its position as a global powerhouse. The Asian Art Museum’s Shanghai exhibition was timed to coincide with this prominent international event. Only through understanding its tumultuous history, can one truly understand the progressive and stylish Shanghai of today.”

 O.K. then.

Our jet-setting mayor was on hand to cheerlead for San Francisco, a part of his job which I think everybody would agree he does well. He was dressed for rain today, with blue jeans, and a pair of brown shoes that he claimed were “ruined” by the wet:   

More deets from the AAA:

“The Shanghai Celebration is an unprecedented, year-long festival presented by more than thirty San Francisco Bay Area organizations commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the sister city relationship between San Francisco and Shanghai.

Spearheaded by the Asian Art Museum, the Celebration runs throughout 2010, coinciding with the World Expo presented in Shanghai from May to October. The more than 50 Shanghai-related programs feature exhibitions, concerts, performances, films, lectures, book readings, artist demonstrations and other special events and cover topics such as Shanghai’s architecture, jazz, historic Jewish communities, Art Deco design, filmmaking industry, contemporary art, cuisine, high-rise urban planning and fashion.

The cornerstone of the Celebration is the Asian Art Museum’s presentation of Shanghai, a major exhibition examining the visual culture of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, scheduled for February 12-September 5, 2010.

For the Shanghai Celebration program calendar of events, and a list of participating organizations, please visit www.shanghaicelebration.com.”

Check the lengthy, lengthy sked, after the jump. 

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Matcha: Thai River Festival at the Asian Art Museum a Huge Success

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Just look at what ten bones got you down at the Asian Art Museum’s Matcha last night – it was the Thai River Festival 2009.

Lot’s of people upstairs…

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…to the see the dancers….

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…but also downstairs….

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…to make river offerings:

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That’s it for Matchas for 2009, but Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam & Burma continues…

And the reviews for EC:ASB are in:

  • The San Francisco Chronicle says that the Doris Duke gift has provided the museum with “a trove of Southeast Asian artifacts that has given the institution a depth in this collection area unique among American museums,” and it notes that “the exhibition, and the glorious catalog that accompanies it, mark the completion of that marathon of remedial work.”
  • Continuing the conservation storyline, the Wall Street Journal tells the story of how “Some of the Buddha paintings and gilded bronze sculptures that are part of a major upcoming exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco took an unusual detour en route to the museum: They spent decades in storage in a shooting gallery at tobacco heiress Doris Duke’s New Jersey mansion.”
  • The New York Times reports that “in galleries painted smoky lilac, charcoal or bright green, inlaid glass chips gleam on upholstered benches, shadow puppets of monkeys fight demons and princes ride elephants on cloth paintings.”
  • The San Francisco Examiner praises“fascinatingly detailed paintings of royal hunts, historical tableaux, legends and Buddhist images. A particularly haunting work is the Burmese gilded wood statue of the monk Shariputra, the body leaning at a strange angle, every detail of it and the robe signifying something.”
  • Bay Area ArtQuake says that Emerald Cities is “another beautifully organized, elegantly presented exhibit with a catalogue that’s a ‘must buy.’”
  • See you there!

    Thai River Festival is the Last Matcha of 2009 – See it at the Asian Art Museum Tomorrow

    Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

    Just look at what ten bones will get you down at the Asian Art Museum‘s Matcha that’s coming up tomorrow, Thursday, October 29th, 2009 starting at 5:00 PM. Your Night at the Museum will include:

    Thai Music and Dance, Burmese puppet masters, Emerald Cities plus tasty Burmese Tea Leaf Salad

    You simply can’t afford not to go.

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    The sked:

    5–9
    Tasty Sample: Burmese Tea Leaf Salad
    Art Activity: Create Your Own River Offering
    Live Thai Ensemble Music
    Cash Bars

    5:30
    Talk on Mythical Thai Bird-Women (kinnari)

    6:00

    Burmese Marionette Introduction & Demonstration

    6:30, 8:30
    Docent Conversations:
    Emerald Cities

    7:30
    Classical Thai Dance Performance

    8
    Docent Conversations: Southeast Asian Galleries

    So, join the crowd.

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    See you there!

    Know Your Asian Art Museum Japanese Samurai Exhibit: Bamboo Gunpowder Container

    Friday, September 4th, 2009

    The Asian Art Museum sends a reminder about how the Lords of the Samurai exhibit is heading out on September 20th. Why not get on over to Civic Center and see what the fuss is all about. (And should we look forward to a King Tut parody website chiding us about how many people died building pyramids? We Can Only Hope).

    In the meantime, look at this bad ass gunpowder container from the 16th century. It was the perfect accessory for your matchlock gun that couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn. But check it – metal, horn and bamboo:

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    Eisei Bunko Museum, #7324. Click to expand.

    And let’s hear from the AAA itself:

    “Don’t wait until the last minute — beat the crowds and see Samurai now! Drawn from the collection of the Hosokawafamily in Japan – a clan with a 600-year-old lineage – Lords of the Samurai features superb armor, swords, paintings, tea wares, and more. Discover how some samurai strove to master artistic, cultural, and spiritual pursuits. The Asian Art Museum is the exclusive U.S. venue. Click here to see what the press has been saying.”

    See you there!

    Don’t Miss Your Chance to See Lords of the Samurai at the Asian Art Musuem

    Friday, August 28th, 2009

    All right, the summer crowds are starting to dissipate, so now’s your chance to see the fantastic Lords of the Samurai exhibit at the Asian Art Museum. And if you saw it already, well then come on back for the new stuff that just got put up why don’t you?

    Read all about it via Kenneth Baker and SF Art Examiner Marisa Nakasone, and take a look at the pieces present at the opening of the exhibit here, here, and here at the Civic Center blog. And check out the Asian Art Museum Blog here.

    Speaking of which, learn about the mystery behind a new collaborative parody website here. ( Boy, looking at that site, geez, somebody paid attention at college, huh?) If people did research into this scandal… the woman is the culprit.”

     Anyway,… God Bless the Armored Cav:

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    Tosei gusoku-type armor.

    Unlike a certain culprit, I missed the press preview to this show, which is too bad. But I’m going to try to make it back to the AAM before Lords of the Samurai goes dark on September 20th, 2009

    See you there!

    “The samurai culture and code of conduct, bushido, have long captivated the imaginations and aspirations of young and old in the Western world. More than just professional warriors, Japanese samurai of the highest rank were also visionaries who strove to master artistic, cultural, and spiritual pursuits.

    Lords of the Samurai takes an intimate look at the daimyo, or provincial lords of the warrior class in feudal Japan. The Hosokawaclan, powerful military nobles with a 600-year-old lineage, embodied this duality of fierce warrior and refined gentleman.

    The exhibition features more than 160 works from the Hosokawa family collection housed in the Eisei-Bunko Museum in Tokyo, and from Kumamoto Castle and the Kumamoto Municipal Museum in Kyushu. Objects on view include suits of armor, armaments (including swords and guns), formal attire, calligraphy, paintings, tea wares, lacquerware, masks, and musical instruments.

    The Asian Art Museum is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition.”