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In Conversation: Xu Bing and Jerry Yang with Jay Xu

This conversation celebrates the opening of the exhibition Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy (on view at the Asian Art Museum from October 5, 2012–January 13, 2013). It explores the overlapping interests of internationally recognized contemporary artist Xu Bing and Jerry Yang, a passionate collector and practitioner of Chinese calligraphy. The museum’s director, Dr. Jay Xu, moderates the discussion, focusing on the new artwork by Xu Bing commissioned for the exhibition, along with masterpiece artworks from Jerry Yang’s collection.

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

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Indonesian Rod Puppet with Art Speak

Asian Art Museum Art Speak interns discuss an Indonesian rod puppet in the museum’s collection.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), 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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Italian Red Velvet and Other European Luxuries in 17th Century Persia

If one had the money, one could acquire an ever-increasing quantity and variety of European goods and luxury wares in 17th-century Isfahan, including Italian velvet, London cloth and handbags, faux pearls and gold clocks. How were these European imports worn and displayed? What did they signify in the increasingly cosmopolitan city of Isfahan, a city referred to as “half the world” by its inhabitants? Dr. Amy Landau will delve into these questions about the social context of European luxury objects in 17 century Persia.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond

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Jakkai Siributr Interview

Dubbed “one of Southeast Asia’s leading contemporary artists,” Jakkai Siributr is noted for his detailed tapestries and installations that comment on the religious, social and political issues facing Thailand today. Asian Art Museum Art Speak interns sat down with Jakkai to discuss his three works in the exhibition Here/Not Here: Buddha Presence in Eight Recent Works (on view at the Asian Art Museum from April 1–October 23, 3011) and his perspectives on politics, art school, free time, and much more.

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

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Japanese Buddhism

Lewis Lancaster of UC Berkeley gives an overview of Japanese Buddhism.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond

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Japanese Gift Covers

Asian Art Museum Docent, Peter Sinton, gives a talk on his collection of Japanese gift covers. This talk was in conjunction with In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection, wherein speakers explored their passion behind collecting. This talk was part of a Thursday Night event.

GRADE LEVEL: 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