Dr. V.S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and Distinguished Professor with the Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program at the University of California, San Diego at the San Francisco Asian Art Forum for Museum Directors at the Asian Art Museum (November 8-9, 2011).
Elementary School (4-5),Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12)
The Art/Lit Living Innovation Zone is a new work of public sculpture developed as part of the Living Innovation Zone (LIZ) program. The installation was designed by a team of youth in the Architecture Program at Youth Art Exchange, who were inspired by dragons—a mythological creature found in the art and literature of many different cultures and time periods. Their dragon is decorated with a myriad of patterns found on artwork in the collections of the Asian Art Museum. Over the next two years, the intended life of the project, the sculpture and area around it will be programmed with activities, decorated with new murals, and celebrated with art openings.
Students gain an appreciation and understanding of art and culture, and build language skills by reading; developing scripts; making choices about gesture, voice, and expression; and performing traditional stories alongside art objects in the Asian Art Museum’s collection galleries.
Adrian Wong's background in research-based psychology is reflected in the way he prepares months before beginning a project. He delves into historical archives, combs through photographs and memorabilia, and conducts interviews. Watch his interview with Classical Feng Shui Practitioner Sasha Yungju Lee in preparation for his installation in the exhibition Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past on view at the Asian Art Museum from May 18–September 2, 2012.
Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
A behind-the-scenes look at art conservation at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. This video also includes brief information about Southeast Asian arts and about the collection of the late Doris Duke.
A series of lectures in two parts (about 45 min. per part)
The lectures in this series have been structured to provide a broad overview of both pre-Islamic and Islamic art. The subjects include pre-Islamic art in Iran, Central Asia, Arabia and Byzantium, painting, architecture, ceramics, textiles, calligraphy, Islam in India, attitudes towards images, and contemporary art. A distinguished roster of prominent scholars and curators has been assembled, several of whom will be coming from famous UK institutions such as Oxford and the British Museum.