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Asian Art Museum
Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art & Culture
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 581 3500

Thurs 10 am–5pm, Fri-Mon 10 am–5pm, Tue–Wed Closed
Adults $20, Ages 65+ $17, Ages 13-17 $14, Members Free

Into View: Bernice Bing

October 7, 2022 – June 26, 2023

Discover the life, career, and community of modern artist Bernice “Bingo” Bing (1936–1998), a San Francisco original. Into View: Bernice Bing celebrates the museum’s acquisition pf 20 paintings and works on paper that shine a light on an important local Asian American artist who has only recently gained broad recognition for her achievements. These works reveal the evolution of Ning’s remarkable practice, from paintings of the 1950s and 1960s that straddle Abstract Expressionism and figuration to work from the 1980s and 1990s that explores a synthesis of Zen calligraphy and Western abstraction.

Delightful Luxury: The Art of Chinese Lacquer

November 17, 2022 – June 6, 2023

Explore highlights from the museum’s superb collection of Chinese lacquer, including court accessories, scholars’ objects, luxury items, and household furniture. Known for its elegant forms and lustrous surfaces, Chinese lacquer has developed into a popular category of decorative arts with a wealth of motifs and symbols, designed to delight and decorate everyday life. This gorgeous array of objects includes treasures from the imperial court, scholars’ objects, luxurious merchandise, and even household furniture, all encompassing the rich history of traditional Chinese lacquer. The diverse range of styles showcases the variety and influence that have inspired lacquer-making through today.

Past Continuous Tense

December 16, 2022 – September 10, 2023

In a gallery-spanning installation, Hong Kong–based artist Lam Tung Pang synthesizes a millennium of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese nature scenes scaled up from the picture page to near life size. Exclusively at the Asian Art Museum, Past Continuous Tense (2011) gives audiences a chance to connect important works from historical masters, many in the museum’s collection, with an exploration of contemporary themes of global significance.

Color Trip: Yoshida Hodaka’s Modern Prints

December 16, 2022 – May 1, 2023

The Asian Art Museum brings together almost 50 of influential Japanese artist Yoshida Hodaka’s works in his first ever solo exhibition in the United States. Yoshida Hodaka (1926–1995) was born into the Yoshida line of Japanese artists famed for their travel and nature prints that blended Japanese and Western artistic styles. A rebel from the start, Hodaka embraced traditional woodblock print technique while forging his own unique style of fantastic, imagined landscapes inspired by his globe-spanning journeys, photography, poetry, astrology and ancient art. Producing colorful images with modern print processes like photoetching, Hodaka created a new aesthetic that transformed Japanese printmaking and paved the way for the next generation of his artistic family.

Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art

March 31, 2022 – July 10, 2023

From larger-than-life temple sculpture to paintings crafted for intimate viewing to immersive video works by contemporary artists, artworks from across South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayas have for millennia illuminated vital connections between movement, life, and the spirit. This exhibition will, for the first time in an American museum, invite audiences to experience the critical interplay between visual arts and dance in the Indian cultural sphere, from ancient rituals to the glamour of Bollywood.

Programs at AAM, SF

"The Worlds of Bernice Bing”: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
In person program, February 11, 2pm
An exploration of Bernice Bing’s art, life, and enduring legacy, featuring some of the Bay Area’s most accomplished Asian American women artists and activists.

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Takeout Tuesdays: Lunchtime Conversations About Art
Weekly online programs, every Tuesday at 12pm (PST):
January 31: Yatra by Anjolie Ela Menon with docent Lydia Zane
February 7: The Elegance of Korean Silla Earrings with docent Myoung-ja Kwon
February 14: Compassion and Mercy with docent Mary Mead
February 21: The Terrible and Seductive Bhairava with docent Kathleen Meagher

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