Originally an imported fashion from China made popular by courtesans (who wore their under clothing as fashion, just like Madonna!), kimono have evolved to become the iconic dress of Japan.
Follow the development of design, uses, style, and decorative techniques in kimono with Dr. Hiroko Johnson, Professor Emeritus and Lecturer in Japanese Art History, San Diego State University.
Doors open at 11:30 am. More
Join Chinese medicine practitioners/artists Daniel Hudson, Dr. Henry Wu, Isshaela Ingham, Albert Stern, and Spencer Ames for an exploration of topics on Asian medicine and the Asian art on display at the DAM. More
What are the connections between ancient and contemporary Japanese ceramics? Robert Yellin will present the sources of inspirations for many contemporary Japanese ceramic artists. More
Dr. Huan Xiong, associate professor at Sun Yat-sen University, will lead us through the four stages of Sino-Japanese porcelain relationships to better recognize the similarities and differences to be found in their beauty. More
This exhibition features 65 examples of contemporary Japanese ceramic arts, created by 35 Japanese artists, from the celebrated collection of Robert and Lisa Kessler. More
Renowned collector of Chinese arts Humphrey H.K. Hui will lead us in a discussion of the painting styles found on contemporary Chinese porcelain from early Republic (1912-1949) works to the recognized masters of present day, including the popular faking of Qing dynasty pieces. More
Join Interpretive Specialist Sarah Magnatta for a meditative viewing experience of three Japanese landscape scroll paintings from the Asian collection. More
The history of Japan’s warring-states period, which lasted from 1467 to 1600, is filled with stories of famous battles and brilliant samurai warriors. Leading armies of tens of thousands, three stood out as the most successful warriors of their time, becoming known as the three unifiers of Japan. More
Dr. Hiroko Johnson will explore the early origins of geisha, the difference between geisha and courtesans, and the profession’s rise and decline reflecting the growth and fall of the samurai warrior class. More
Various forms of Buddhism played a major role in the life of the samurai, and we find this influence throughout several pieces on display. More
A discussion of design styles and material changes in Japanese armor from 250 CE to 1867. Reception follows. More
Central to the identity of the Japanese samurai was the distinctive sword and its elaborate mounts. This talk will explore the history of the Japanese sword and its associated furniture. More
Art & About tours are designed for visitors with early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia and their care partners. In April, come explore animals as recurring symbols in Asian art. More
The content and intrinsic meaning of landscape painting changed abruptly in the Yuan dynasty of China. How do art historians reconcile a period style described as both classic and revolutionary? More
Get hands on with art! Tactile Tables are regularly scheduled, bimonthly opportunities to experience art in a hands-on way, facilitated by specially trained docents. More
Members see the exhibition first! Purchase timed-entry tickets now for the Member Preview of Samurai.
Plus, members save 20% on purchases at The Shops on March 4 and 5. More
Japanese suits of armor stand out among the armor of other world cultures because of their flashy, colorful appearance and exquisite design. The armor most often seen in exhibitions or auctions ranges in date from the 16th to the 19th centuries. During this time a large industry of samurai-oriented crafts catered to a significant part of Japanese society. More
Contemporary Tibetan artist Gonkar Gyatso will discuss his work as it has evolved from his formal training in brush painting in China to the influence of pop culture and street art in the West. More
Hung Liu is known for paintings based on historical Chinese photographs. Her work challenges the authority of documentary images by subjecting them to the more reflective process of painting. She will present a brief survey of her art work over the last four decades, from China to the U.S., from Socialist Realism to Social Realism. More
Focusing on the commemorative function of Japanese portraits, this lecture explores the great warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-98). Yuki Morishima, Assistant Curator at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, leads us into this fascinating world. More