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Stealing Our Rama: Appropriation And Privilege In The Asian Art Museum's Ramayana Exhibit

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 12.16.2016 | Arts
Vamsee Juluri

First, A Salutation to Hanuman Hanuman, the "monkey grammarian" of Octavio Paz's book by the same name, stands beautifully in the Asian Art Museum in...

28 Chinese Cavort Amid the Treasures of the Asian Art Museum

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.07.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The placement of these artworks is disconcerting and, for the most part, brilliant. Viewing the modern work next to ancient artifacts from China and from neighboring countries with which it has had a volatile history, instantly rewires our brains.

8 Under-The-Radar Museums Worth Visiting

U.S. News Travel | Posted 05.13.2016 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

When most travelers set out to explore a destination's museums, they usually don't stray from the most popular (packed Smithsonians come to mind).

Adrift in the Floating World at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 04.28.2015 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

I'm glad to say the exhibitions do not overlook the sordid side of the lives of the some 4,000 women -- both courtesans and street prostitutes -- who lived and worked and usually never escaped the Yoshiwara. The context is everything. But by now, so is the art. I say don't miss it.

The Brilliant Marketing Of Japan's Ancient Red-Light District

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts

It was a stroke of marketing genius on the part of the madams and pimps of Japan's 17th century red light district to call their digs the Floating Wor...

New Exhibit Features Rarely Seen Objects From Mecca

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion

Muslim pilgrims will descend on the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia for Hajj in October, participating in a ritual that dates back hundreds of years....

Sci-Fi Artist Creates A Human Mandala From Dancers

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.03.2014 | Arts

Saya Woolfalk doesn't create artworks, she creates worlds. The artist, whose father is African American and white and whose mother is Japanese...

LOOK: Immerse Yourself In These Intricate Mandalas

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion

"Enter the Mandala: Cosmic Centers and Mental Maps of Himalayan Buddhism," explores the intricate world of Himalayan Buddhist art in a unique format. ...

Forget the America's Cup, Larry Ellison's Art Is at the Asian Art Museum

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 10.28.2013 | San Francisco
Pamela Feinsilber

Ellison is wealthy enough not only to have a collection of very good Japanese works (sculpture, paintings, folding screens, hanging scrolls, lacquer and metal work), but to have the former director of the Asian as his private curator.

Terracotta Warriors Animate Asian Art Museum

Jennifer Raiser | Posted 05.06.2013 | San Francisco
Jennifer Raiser

Interspersed between courses were performances meant to evoke ancient warriors, traditional Chinese instrumental music, and a spirited auction of two original recent artworks by Zheng Chongbin and Arnold Chang, along with a dinner for ten at the restaurant du jour, Benu.

PHOTOS: Asian Art Museum's New Exhibit Draws Crowds, History Buffs

Robin Wilkey | Posted 02.21.2013 | San Francisco

It started with a lost warrior. While en route from China to San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, one of eight ancient terracotta warriors--arguably ...

PHOTOS: Sikh Art: Reflections Of A Unique Spiritual, Secular Identity

Asian Art Museum | Posted 08.12.2012 | Religion

While Sikh art largely celebrates the unique spiritual and secular identity of the Sikh people, it also reflects the artistic diversity of the Punjab ...

Sarah Medina

PHOTOS: Bay Area Children Invent Their Own Versions of Hell | Sarah Medina | Posted 05.21.2012 | San Francisco

What happens when the wild imagination of Bay Area kids is set to the task of inventing new versions of Hell? "Phantoms of Asia," a new exhibit at...

Asian Art Museum's "Maharaja" Overlooks Crucial Cultural Questions in India (PHOTOS)

Larissa Archer | Posted 01.09.2012 | Arts
Larissa Archer

Any exhibition on the wealth of a nation's royal class is an exhibition of the inflated amour-propre of men with money. Add to the club the princes on display in Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts.