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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Installing Zhu Jinshi's "Boat"

Watch a timelapse video of Asian Art Museum and the Rubell Family Collection staff installing Boat by artist Zhu Jinshi. Experience Boat at the Asian Art Museum during the exhibition, 28 Chinese (June 5–August 16, 2015).

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

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It Often Begins with a Smile with Art Speak

Hear Art Speak Interns discuss a work of art in the Shanghai exhibition on view at the Asian Art Museum (February 12-September 5, 2010).

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

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Japan and an Interconnected World with Andrea Horbinski

Dr. Andrea Horbinski of the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, discusses Japan and an interconnected world at the Medieval Japan Teacher Institute, held at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

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

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Japanese Dance and Samisen Music

The interdisciplinary performance features artists Tatsu Aoki, Kioko Aoki, Francis Wong, Megan Lee, Wesley Hitomo Yee and Melody Takata, as well as master artists Chizuru Kineya and Michikaoru Hanayagi.

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

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Japanese New Year Bell-Ringing Ceremony: Finding Harmony

The annual Bell-Ringing Ceremony follows the Japanese custom in which the end-of-the-year bell (joya no kane) is struck 108 times before midnight on New Year’s Eve, symbolically welcoming the New Year and curbing the 108 mortal desires (bonno), which according to Buddhist belief torment humankind.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Jeweled gun of Sultan Mahmud I

Along with the more traditional jeweled sword and scabbard, this impressive gun served as a ceremonial object, held by one of Sultan Mahmud I’s attendants during state ceremonies. While the flamboyant decoration of the gun lent itself to public spectacle, the experience of extracting its treasures from the gun’s stock is a more personal act. This video reveals the various components of this ornate gun. View this gun in the exhibition, Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts (on view at the Asian Art Museum from Feb. 26 to May 8, 2016).

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

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Joanna Swan on India and Her Work

Artist Joanna Swan discusses India and her work during the during the PechaKucha Night at the Asian Art Museum.

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

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Jagannath Panda on "The Cult of Survival II"

New Delhi-based artist Jagannath Panda lives in the burgeoning city of Gurgaon, which is one of India’s major outsourcing hubs and bases of operation for global corporations. His works illustrate the city’s tensions, as overdevelopment threatens natural habitats and infrastructures collapse before they are completed. Panda’s mix of mythology and realism points to the evolving nature of Indian identity and experience today.

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

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Gathering Goods for the Marketplace

Students will research objects from the Asian Art Museum’s collection and choose one that they think will earn the most money in the marketplace. Then, they will create a commercial to try to sell their object to the class using evidence as to why the object/idea was considered valuable at the time.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)
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