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Balinese Jazz Guitar

Regarded as one of the fastest guitarist in Indonesia, I Wayan Balawan appears in a special concert performing his signature blend of traditional Balinese music with jazz. Well-known for his ability to play a double-neck guitar and his development of the touch-tapping technique, Balawan has released three albums and tours all over the world.

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

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Art Speak, Identity, and Place

Asian Art Museum Art Speak teaching artist, Adrienne Skye Roberts, discusses the inspiration behind her work with the Art Speak interns and her own art.

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

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Anju, from the Far World (after seven paintings by Fuyuko Matsui)

Mari L’Esperance reads a poem she wrote in response to seven paintings by Fuyuko Matsui in the exhibition Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past (on view at the Asian Art Museum from May 18–September 2, 2012). This presentation was part of MATCHA. Co-presented by Litquake.

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

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Large Painting Installation

A time-lapse video of the installation of a vast 10 x 20 foot oil painting of the “Delhi Durbar of 1903” by Roderick McKenzie at the Asian Art Museum. Part of the special exhibition, Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts (on view at the Asian Art Museum from October 21, 2011–April 8, 2012).

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

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Korea Day: Wooden Fish Ensemble

The Wooden Fish Ensemble plays the music of Hyo-shin Na, including the world premiere of a new work based on A Meadow by Czeslaw Milosz for piano solo. Program includes commentary by Hyo-shin.

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

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Kenneth Ikemoto on Home and Identity

Asian Art Museum education staff, Kenneth Ikemoto, discusses his perspectives on home and identity at the museum’s Art Speak AsiaAlive program.

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

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Exploring American Qu'ran with Artist Sandow Birk

“If the Qur’an is indeed a divine message to all peoples, what does it mean to an individual American in the 21st century?”

This is the question that artist Sandow Birk contemplated during his extensive travels through the Islamic world, which ultimately led to his nine-year project to transcribe and illustrate the entire Qur’an. Birk will present his project, American Qur’an, which finds connections between the universality of the messages in the sacred text and contemporary American life.

Birk will be joined by Bay Area artist Ala Ebtekar; Qamar Adamjee, Malavalli Family Foundation Associate Curator of Art of the Indian Subcontinent; and Jeffrey Durham, Associate Curator of Himalayan Art, to discuss the roles art has played in religious and political contexts.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond

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Extracted: A Trilogy by Ranu Mukherjee

Where is the line between history and mythology? In Extracted, artist Ranu Mukherjee eclipses the boundaries between the two, placing them in the same universe. Commissioned for the Asian Art Museum’s 50th anniversary, this exhibition drew inspiration from California’s Gold Rush, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the ancient text The Classic of Mountain and Seas, and the museum’s own collection.

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

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Filipino Community Voices: Bay Area

Members of the Bay Area Filipino community discuss the importance of collecting Philippine art at the Asian Art Museum.

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