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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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Healing Arts

MATCHA kicks off its third season with multi-sensorial offerings of healing arts from all over Asia: acupuncture, cupping, Japanese shiatsu, Thai foot massage, and more. Sample tea, check out medicinal herbs from China, Japan, India and Tibet, have your pulse diagnosed, tour the galleries, or unwind with cocktails and live music. Organized and presented in partnership with the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley.

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Imen Yeh on Woodblock Printmaking

Asian Art Museum Art Speak teaching Artist, Imen Yeh, discusses her woodblock printmaking workshop with Art Speak interns and its connection with the Shanghai: Art of the City exhibition.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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In Conversation: Hiroshi Sugimoto with Mami Kataoka

Artist Hiroshi Sugimoto recently expanded his work to include traditional Japanese performing arts such as bunraku, or puppet theater, through film. Most recently, Sugimoto lent his vision to the arrangement, direction, and stage design of an adaptation of famed bunraku play The Love Suicide at Sonezaki (Sonezaki Shinju), a 1703 work by Chikamatsu Monzaemon. The program begins with a screening of this monumental project, followed by a conversation between the artist and Phantoms of Asia (on view at the Asian Art Museum from May 18–September 2, 2012) guest curator Mami Kataoka.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond

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Indian Dance: Bharatanatyam and Odissi

Yoga is traditionally associated with ancient schools of Hindu philosophy, in which one attains peace and salvation as the mind, body and spirit unite. Indian classical dance has its own journey that defines a unique path for individuals to attain liberation. The dancers Navia Natarajan (Bharatanatyam) and Niharika Mohanty (Odissi) will demonstrate the benefits of dance and yoga practice, bringing their individualistic styles together while incorporating yoga postures (asanas) and the extension of breath (pranayama).

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Indian Dance: Kathak Yoga

Witness the revolutionary dance technique of Kathak yoga created by Pandit Chitresh Das. Kathak yoga combines innovation within tradition. The dancers (Antara Bhardwaj and Rachna Nivas) perform rhythmic composition through footwork and other movement while simultaneously reciting the underlying rhythmic structure (theka), singing the corresponding melody (lehara), and playing the tabla, harmonium or finger cymbals (manjira).

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Insider's Guide to San Francisco

Asian Art Museumn’s Art Speak interns collaborate and create guides to the San Francisco Bay Area.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Installation of a Maharaja's Silver Carriage

A Maharaja’s magnificent silver and enamel carriage is hoisted into the Asian Art Museum through the large rear windows of the building via crane, and then carefully uncrated and installed for the upcoming Maharaja exhibition. Time lapse video compresses approximately two full days of work into less than two minutes. This carriage was on view during the exhibition, Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts (October 21, 2011–April 8, 2012).

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Installing a Colossal Statue of a Man

Sneak a peek behind the scenes of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco as staff and Ship Art employees install a colossal statue of a man in the museum for the Roads of Arabia exhibition.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Installing a Japanese Temple Bell

Preparators at the Asian Art Museum install a 2100-pound bronze bell for the Bell Ringing Ceremony on December 31. In this annual tradition at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, visitors, led by a Buddhist priest, mark New Year by ringing a 2100-lb., sixteenth-century Japanese bronze bell originally from a temple in Tajima Province in Japan. Now part of the museum’s collection, the bell will be struck 108 times with a large custom-hewn log. According to custom in several Buddhist cultures, this symbolically welcomes the New Year and curbs the 108 mortal desires (bonno) which, according to Buddhist belief, torment humankind.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond