TAG: Asian art

Kosode with waterfall, chrysanthemums, and footed tray, Early Edo period, 17th century.

The History of the Kimono

with Dr. Hiroko Johnson
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

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

Tattoos on Cambodian monk

Medicine as Art/Art as Medicine: An Exploration of Healing with Asian Art and Medicine

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am4:00pm.

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

Kohyama Yasuhisa, Vase, Japan

Shifting Forms: Ancient Inspirations in Contemporary Japanese Ceramic Art

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 6:30pm7:30pm.

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

Blue and white vase, 17th century, Jingdezhen Porcelain

Jingdezhen and Hizen: A Comparison of Sino-Japanese Porcelain from the Early 17th to Mid-19th Centuries

with Dr. Huan Xiong
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

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

Fujioka Shūhei (b. 1947), Vase, Japan. Ceramic.

From the Fire

Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection
Opens September 25, 2016

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

Curator's Circle: Pictorial Ceramics—Contemporary Porcelain

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

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

Mindful Looking

Mindful Looking

Japanese Landscape Scrolls
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 1:00pm1:45pm.

Join Interpretive Specialist Sarah Magnatta for a meditative viewing experience of three Japanese landscape scroll paintings from the Asian collection. More

Oda Nobunaga

The 3 Unifiers of Japan

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

Hosoda Eishi, The Oiran Kasugano of the Sumidamaya and Her Retinue, c.1790.

Geisha and Courtesans

with Dr. Hiroko Johnson
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

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

Full face mask of Agyo

Buddhism & the Samurai

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

Haruta Katsumitsu and Juryo Mitsumasa, Suit of Armor and Helmet, Japan, Edo period, 1700s.

Curator’s Circle: The Evolution of Japanese Armor from the Kofun to Edo Periods

with Douglas Wagner
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 6:30pm8:00pm.

A discussion of design styles and material changes in Japanese armor from 250 CE to 1867. Reception follows. More

Yamazaki Choun, Young Man of the Genroku Era, ca. 1900.  Photo courtesy of the Walters Art Museum.

Curator’s Circle: Japanese Sword Fittings and the Samurai Tradition

with Robert Mintz
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 6:30pm8:00pm.

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

Falconer on Horseback, China, late 600s-early 700s, Tang dynasty.
Event: Access

Art & About Tour

Animals in Asia
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 1:30pm2:30pm.

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

Ni Zan, Wind Among Trees on Riverbank, 1363.

Rethinking Yuan Ink Painting and Calligraphy

with Kealy Boyd
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

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

Tactile Tables: Art of Asia
Event: Access

Tactile Tables: Art of Asia

Occurs every day through April 9, 2016. Next Occurs on

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

Samurai: Armor from The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection
Event: Members

Samurai Member Preview

Friday, March 4, 2016Saturday, March 5, 2016.

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

Helmet in dragonfly shape, 17th century, Japan.

Curator’s Circle: Lethal Beauty—Design Elements in Samurai Suits of Armor

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 6:30pm7:30pm.

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

Gonkar Gyatso, Shamble of Modern Times, 2008

From Ink to Stickers: Contemporary Tibetan Artist Gonkar Gyatso

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

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, We Have Been Naught We Shall Be All (triptych detail), 2007

Logan Lecture: Hung Liu

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 6:30pm8:00pm.

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

Portrait of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, 1599. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Curator's Circle: Portrait of Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 6:30pm8:00pm.

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