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Highlights from Korean Culture Day

The Asian Art Museum presented Korea Foundation Korean Culture Day on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 for the fifth consecutive year. This feast of Korean culture featured food, music and other performances as well as hands-on art activities for all ages. The festival was presented in conjunction with the museum’s special exhibition, In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art during the Joseon Dynasty.

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

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Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art

Learn more about hidden meanings in Chinese art from Asian Art Museum docent, Linda Lei. This talk was given to teachers from the Chinese American International School (CAIS) for their professional development day at the Asian Art Museum on August 23, 2011.

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

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Hexagonal vase with phoenixes, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Hexagonal vase with phoenixes, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Reign of the Longqing Emperor (1567–1572). China; Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt and overglaze monochrome decoration. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P2349.

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

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Guardian king of the west (Gwangmok cheonwang)

Guardian king of the west (Gwangmok cheonwang), 2002-2003, by Jae-u (Korean, born 1966). Ink and mineral colors on cotton. Gift of Jae-u, 2004.10.

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

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Great Wild Goose Pagoda

The stone pagoda structure is called the Great Wild Goose Pagoda enclosed within the Ci’en (Temple of Mercy) monastery in present-day Xi’an. It was erected in 652 to commemorate the return of the temple’s abbott, the celebrated monk Xuanzang. This heroic figure to Chinese Buddhist history traveled west across the Silk Road and throughout India for sixteen years, exploring the homeland of Buddhism before returning with hundreds of sutras (Buddhist texts).

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

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Ghatotkacha (Gatotkaca), son of Bhima (Bima), approx. 1970

Ghatotkacha (Gatotkaca), son of Bhima (Bima), approx. 1970, by M. Ahim. Indonesia; Ciampea, West Java. Wood, cloth, and mixed media. From the Mimi and John Herbert Collection, F2000.86.78.

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

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Fuyuko Matsui on Her Work and the Supernatural

Japanese artist and pop icon Fuyuko Matsui explores the haunted, interconnected realms of traditional and modern aesthetics. As one of the few women to have attained top training and mastery of traditional Japanese painting (nihonga) techniques in Japan, Matsui also cites centuries-old artistic influences, such as the iconoclastic eighteenth-century painter Soga Shohhaku and the fifteenth-century painter Soga Jasoku.

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

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Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Three Treasures, Four Levels, Five Elements

The First Emperor of China (Qin Shihuang) famously consumed mercury because it was thought to preserve his youth. The search for eternal youth leads us to myriad modern-day creams, balms, tonics, lifts, and tucks–but can they really help us age gracefully? Join Bay Area Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner Amy Petrarca, MS, RN, Lac. in an exploration of the fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond

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From the Fire: Contemporary Korean Ceramics

Contemporary Korean ceramic artists Sung Min, Kwon Shin, Kim jin Kyoung, and Park Nae Heon discuss their works.

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