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Tue–Wed: Closed
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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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Jar, approx. 1600

Jar, approx. 1600. Korea. Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Porcelain with transparent glaze. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P110+.

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

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Japanese Tattoo

See demonstrations of employing both traditional (no electric needles!) and modern techniques. Joining Horitaka’s diverse, talented crew of tattooists are special guests from Japan — Shige, a powerhouse tattoo artist who has been showcased all over the world; Mutsuo, who’s designed for Bathing Ape and Hysteric Glamour; and Kazunobu Nagashima, a client of Shige who will proudly display his backpiece, which won a 2007 Milano Tattoo Convention award.

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

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Japanese Painting: Nanga and Bunjinga School

During the Edo period, Nanga (southern painting) or Bunjinga (scholar or literati painting) artists took a form of Chinese painting as their model. Learn more.

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

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Japanese Painting: Kano School

The Kano school, established by Kano Masanobu (1434–1530), primarily served the samurai class. Their bold designs of powerful animals and symbolic plants and trees, blending aspects of native Japanese with Chinese styles, were the perfect decoration for screens and sliding doors in the large official audience halls in samurai residences. Learn more.

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

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Japanese Floral Arrangement (Ikebana)

Learn about Japan’s refined form of floral arrangement, known as ikebana (“to arrange and give life to flowers”).

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

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Indonesian Rod Puppets

Learn about Indonesian rod puppets (wayang golek) with puppet master Kathy Foley.

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

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Indian Storytelling and Dance

Dancer and storyteller Pranita Jain from Kalapriya Center for the Indian Performing Arts leads a special interactive storytelling demonstration animating tales of King Vikramaditya with mudras (gestures) and facial expressions at the Asian Art Museum.

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

Artwork

Incense Container with Design of Plovers

Incense Container with design of plovers, 1500–1600. Japan. Muromachi period (1392–1573). Lacquered wood and sea shell. Gift by transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, B85M14.

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

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In the Snow at Tsukahara on Sado Island

In the Snow at Tsukahara on Sado Island (Sashu Tsukahara setchu) from The Illustrated and Abridged Biography of the Founder [Nichiren] (Koso goichidai ryakuzu), by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861). Japan. Woodblock print; ink and colors on paper. Gift of the Grabhorn Ukiyo-e Collection, 2005.100.118.

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

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In Conversation with Philippine National Artist BenCab

Benedicto Reyes Cabrera (or BenCab, as he is more popularly known) is widely hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art. Hear a conversation between him and Filipino American author Luis Francia at the 2011 Filipino American History Month Celebration at the Asian Art Museum.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond