The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is a public institution whose mission is to connect art to life. The museum inspires new ways of thinking by connecting diverse communities to historical and contemporary asian art and culture through our world-class collection, exhibitions and programs.
$20.3m annual program spend • The museum is one of San Francisco's premier arts institutions and home to a world-renowned collection of more than 18,000 asian art treasures spanning 6,000 years of history and representing countries and cultures throughout asia. The collection's scope and breadth enable the museum to introduce all the major traditions of asian art and culture. More than 2,500 artworks from the collection are generally on view in the museum's thirty-three collection galleries, with another 500 objects removed and refreshed with works from storage each year. Exit surveys suggest that the museum has strong and global reach - approximately 54% of the visitors came from the bay area and 17% originated from outside the us, 29% of visitors are from other parts of the united states. Echoing the regions ethnic make-up.
$1.2m annual program spend • The museum provides a broad range of program that explore all the cultures presented in the museum's collection and exhibitions, and are designed to reach all levels of education (k-12, college, and adult) and awareness of art (novice through expert), free docent led tours of the collection galleries and special exhibitions are conducted throughout the day. The museum's storytelling corps offer entertaining and educational programs for children and adults relating to artworks on view. School programs include a variety of industry-based activities: all class tours are interactive and emphasize observation skills, critical thinking, group work, and peer presentations. More than 28,000 of the museum's 215,000 annual visitors participated in one of the hundreds of public programs presented from july 1 2017 to june 30, 2018.
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$1.0m annual program spend • Oct 1, 2017during the summer of love, flowers became powerful symbols of peace, a concept plucked from buddhist art. More than merely decorative, floral imagery has helped convey ideas from the refined to the revolutionary for thousands of years. In asian art, flowers speak a language all their own. Where a lotus blooms, a rosebud is clasped, or cherry blossoms flutter to the ground, a story is told if you know how to read it. -- this summer, uncover the hidden meanings of flowers in asian art. Delve into the symbolism of six significant blooms: the lotus, plum blossom, cherry blossom, chrysanthemum, tulip, and rose. The enduring importance of these flowers is shared through gloriously gilded screens, sleek lacquers, rare porcelains, striking sculptures, pop art, and sensory-igniting, participatory contemporary installations that speak to today's issues, from climate change to social activism. Philippine art: collecting art, collecting memories july 14, 2017 - march 11, 2018philippine art: collecting art, collecting memories reveals the philippines' role as a center of artistic exchange and innovation, where artists with their own indigenous religions and traditions were exposed to new ideas from the trade between china and india. The expansion of islam to the archipelago, and later the long periods of spanish and American colonialism, have made the arts of the philippines unlike any in asia. Contemporary artists continue to draw and reflect upon these subjects and the legacy of their country's tumultuous past.this unprecedented exhibition one of the first in the united states to present philippine art from the precolonial period to the present is the result of more than a decade of study and collecting by the museum's curatorial team. The museum is pleased to share these new acquisitions, many on view for the first time, with our bay area community, which has been so enriched by its residents of filipino ancestry. Couture koreanov 3, 2017 - feb 4, 2018discover the past, present and future of korea in this first U.S. exhibition to consider korean fashion as an expression of social and cultural values. Couture korea showcases historical korean fashion and its modern reinterpretations at a moment when young seoul-based designers are making the leap to the global stage and international haute couture is finding inspiration in korean art and culture. With more than 120 works, the exhibition considers fashion as an enduring expression of social and cultural values.couture korea opens with an introduction to the exquisite craftsmanship, signature silhouettes and bold aesthetics of clothing from the joseon dynasty (13921910), presented in precise reconstructions based on archival records. Learn how details of design cut, materials, colors and accessories communicated moral codes and customs, the wearer's age and position in society, and the occasion and season for which a garment was crafted. Then observe the works of contemporary korean designers and see how they are reimagining and repurposing those historical details of design for today's high fashion world.divine bodies march 9 - july 29, 2018how can we see the human in the divine and the divine in the human?. Historical sculptures and paintings from hindu and buddhist traditions in conversation with contemporary photo-based work spark questions about the links between physical and metaphysical, earthly and ethereal, body and cosmos. Images of gods, buddhas, and humans invite you to ponder the power of transformation, the possibility of transcendence and how to find meaning in an impermanent world.a guided tour of hellapril 20 - august 12, 2018take a guided tour of the underworld with the buddha of hell as guide. More than 20 vivid paintings by pema namdol thaye draw on both tibetan tradition and the art of graphic novels to portray a harrowing descent into the realms of hell as experienced by buddhist teacher sam bercholz. There we witness the suffering of hell-beings set in fantastical landscapes, both fiery and crystalline, prompting us to contemplate the karmic consequences of negative actions. A guided tour of one man's harrowing descent into the tibetan buddhist realms of hell encourages us to contemplate the meaning of life and the consequences of negative action. The artworks encourage us to contemplate suffering in order to inspire us toward greater good in life. To this end, the final painting in the series, samsara, reminds us that hell is only one of six possible destinations on the karmic wheel of life.testimony april 6 - june 10, 2018resource roomwhat does it mean to belong?. As part of her testimony project, artist eliza gregory introduces us to more than a dozen immigrants to San Francisco. They relate their experiences through photographic portraits, interviews touching on family history and adapting to a new culture, and selected materials such as scrapbooks and family photographs. Complex, multifaceted and sometimes unexpected, these accounts hint at thousands of other untold tales. Young-hae chang heavy industries presents: so you made it. What do you know. Congratulations and welcome!jul 7 - oct 1, 2017seoul-based young-hae chang heavy industries (yhchi) a collaboration between young-hae chang and marc voge makes web-based work that exists somewhere between art, literature and cinema. Using the minimalist aesthetic of the early internet, yhchi's text-based flash animations hold nothing back. Through biting wit, linguistic precision and humor, the seven artworks featured in this exhibition offer a timely perspective on themes of power, freedom, equality, racism and xenophobia. Black text flashes on a white screen. The words get bigger, then smaller. The tempo accelerates, then slows, as if propelled by the jazzy soundtrack. Your heart begins to race as you realize you are the protagonist in the story being told. You are rooted to the spot, waiting in suspense to read the rest of the story. Is this a warning?. Distress signal?. Message from the past, or the future?.