Posts Tagged ‘Siam’

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

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    Docent Conversations: Southeast Asian Galleries

    So, join the crowd.

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    See you there!

    New Today at the Asian Art Museum – Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam & Burma

    Friday, October 23rd, 2009

    San Francisco’s highly-rated Asian Art Museum launched a new special exhibit today – it’s called Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam & Burma.

    See?

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    Read all about this great show from Candace JacksonNancy Ewart, Carol Canter, and Janos Gereben. (Civic Center Mike? Hello-oooo?)

    So, let’s cue the monks and then check the Facebook:

    “The opening ceremony went well! Peaceful, calming chanting and praying culminating in a monk blessing everyone by lobbing water droplets on the audience. Emerald Cities is now officially open, the orchid display goes down after Sunday, and on Sunday we have our Fall Family Festival — daylong festivities for all ages, and families don’t have to pay the Emerald Cities surcharge!”

    And if you drop by the AAA in the next few days, you’ll get to see the orchids.

    And win some free tickets here!

    Check out this white elephant on Objet 136:

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    That’s got to be the angriest-looking olliphant ever:

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    (‘ll post some more shots when they get back from the Photomat.)

    A lot of work went into this exhibit so check it out, why don’t you?

    See you there!

    Orchids Everywhere at the Asian Art Musuem – Tribute to Doris Duke Runs Through Sunday

    Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

    In between downpours yesterday, made it over to the Asian Art Museum where they were getting ready for Orchids: A Tribute to Doris Duke, starting today and running through Sunday, October 25, 2009.

    Turns out that Doris Duke was heavy into orchids, she was “collector, cultivator, and preservationist” all in one. Plus, some of her pieces will be on display in the Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam & Burma, the new exhibit starting this Friday, October 23rd. So why not turn the AAM into a mini Conservatory of Flowers for a little while, huh?  

    Orchids: A Tribute to Doris Duke
    Tuesday, October 20 through Sunday, October 25
    Main Lobby, North and South courts
    FREE with museum admission

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    Roll credits:

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    “Orchids (Orchidaceae) are flowering plants commonly found in Southeast Asia and other tropical parts of the world. This is a botanic description of orchids, but for most of us orchids are the most exotic of plants with an enormous diversity of shape, size, color. Doris Duke, who collected many of the artworks presented in Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma, was an avid orchid collector, cultivator, and preservationist. As an homage to Doris Duke and her passion for collecting, for the first time and for five days only, the museum will present a striking display of orchids. The display features arrangements by members of Ikebana International and Ikebana Teachers Federation, San Francisco Orchid Society, San Francisco Garden Club, Asian Art Museum Flower Committee, de Young Flower Committee; floral designers, orchid aficionados, and others.”

    See you there!