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  • Robert Armstrong
    Dear All, Please note that it is free day at the Asian Art Museum this Saturday. Enjoy! Thanks, Bob Bob Armstrong 926 Esmeralda Ave. San Francisco, CA 94110
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      Dear All,
      Please note that it is free day at the Asian Art Museum this Saturday. Enjoy!
      Thanks, Bob

      Bob Armstrong 926 Esmeralda Ave. San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 515-8815 (cell phone)

      Subject: Dec: FREE ADMISSION this Saturday, a popular New Year Bell Ringing tradition, & artist demonstrations...
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      Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 20:47:29 -0500

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      December 2007   Volume 3 Issue 5  
      What's New This Month

      * Enjoy FREE ADMISSION to the museum on Community Day this Saturday, Dec. 1. There'll be art activities, storytelling, a performance, and more!

      * Don't miss our annual Japanese New Year Bell Ringing Ceremony, the perfect end-of-the-year activity for family and friends.  

      * Observe demonstrations of Korean Buddhist art and Tuvan stone carving during AsiaAlive.

      All events are subject to change; visit our website or call (415) 581-3500 for the latest updates.

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      Special Exhibitions

      Stylized Sculpture: Contemporary Japanese Fashion from the Kyoto Costume Institute
      Through January 6 

      Conceived by renowned artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, this exhibition spotlights the sculptural essence of contemporary Japanese fashion through works by Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and other celebrated designers. Also debuting are four new photographs by Sugimoto that capture the garments' shadows, lines, and fullness of form. More.

      Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History

      Through January 6

      Hiroshi Sugimoto is best known for his photographic series of empty movie theaters and drive-ins, seascapes, dioramas, and wax museums.This exhibition juxtaposes Sugimoto's exquisitely minimalist works with his own collection of fossils, artworks, and religious artifacts in an exploration of life, time, and spirituality. More.

      Later Chinese Jades: Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century
      Through August 17

      View 73 superb examples of later Chinese jades, presented in a special installation to coincide with the publication of a major catalogue documenting the museum's collection.

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      ToiZounZ' & RiddimZ': A Performance Reading of The Eighth Promise: An American Son Pays Tribute to his Toisanese Mother
      Saturday, December 8, 2:00 pm
      FREE with museum admission


      William Poy Lee reads from his critically acclaimed book The Eighth Promise, a "remarkable remoir…unusual and wise…insightful and healing…" (--Alice Walker). Featuring dance, percussion, and flute, the reading is an exploration of the musicality and rhythms of the Pearl River Delta's Toisanese dialect. Booksigning to follow.

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      AsiaAlive: Tuvan Stone Carving and Linoleum Printing Demo

      Friday, December 7-Sunday, December 9, 12 noon-4:00 pm
      FREE with museum admission


      Born into a family of nomads in the Republic of Tyva, (the former Soviet Republic of Tuva in southern Siberia), Leonid Urjuk works in many different media-stone carving, painting, and printing. His art is a fascinating amalgam of his native culture and modern artistic techniques and styles.

      AsiaAlive: Korean Buddhist Art

      Daily except Mondays, December 22, 2007-January 19, 2008, 12 noon-4:00 pm
      FREE with museum admission


      Three gifted Korean monk/artists will offer painting demonstrations while visitors create their own woodblock prints of a Buddhist sutra. The program will culminate on January 20 with a sacred eye-opening ceremony of two hanging scrolls that the monks are donating to the museum.

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      Society for Asian Art-First Thursday Lecture Series: Museums and Cultural Property with Claudia Brose

      Thursday, Dec 6, 6:30-7:30 pm


      Registration required: saa@... or (415) 581-3701


      Join a conversation about the ethically complex and challenging world of collecting ancient cultural objects. 

      History of History & Stylized Sculpture: The Artistic Vision of Hiroshi Sugimoto

      Thursday, December 13, 7:00 pm

      $5 Asian Art Museum and Japan Society Members; $10 general (includes museum admission)

      Light refreshments will be served


      Assistant Curator of Japanese Art Melissa Rinne will give an illustrated talk about the artistic vision of Hiroshi Sugimoto as seen in the exhibitions, History of History and Stylized Sculpture.

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      Family Events

      Family Art Encounter: Art of the Parol

      Saturday, December 1, 12:30-1:30 pm (lecture), 1:00-4:00 pm (workshop)

      FREE admission** - this program is part of Community Day


      Discover the wonders of the Asian Art Museum collection during Family Art Encounter, a fun and engaging drop in art class for kids and their families. Learn about Pasko, the Filipino Christmas, and make your own parol, a decorative illuminated star and symbol of community which defines Filipino Christmas festivities. Attend a lecture on the art of parol with MC Canlas of the Bayanihan Community Center, and then make a parol of your own at a workshop led by members of the Bayanihan Community Center.



      Every Sunday at 1:00 pm and the first Saturday of the month at 11:45 am
      FREE with museum admission


      The Asian Art Museum Storytellers bring the galleries to life with the myths and folktales of Asia.

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      Membership Promotions

      Holiday Gift Memberships

      This holiday season, give the gift of membership to the Asian Art Museum. Click here for details.


      Membership Gift Packs

      Available for an additional $10, this gift includes Treasures (our members' magazine), note cards, and a special gift from the museum packaged in a rice paper zipper portfolio. Available onsite, by phone, or online. 

      Now Available Online!

      We now offer students, teachers, and out of region visitors the opportunity to purchase Asian Art Museum memberships on our website!  This is a discounted membership at $40 for one year, which includes unlimited admission, 10% off at the Museum store, discounts on ticketed events, a subscription to Treasures Magazine, and members' mailings.

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      Special Events

      Community Day

      Saturday, December 1, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

      We're celebrating in a big way! The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently awarded the Asian Art Museum a $1 million gift to underwrite The Bridge Program, a series of educational initiatives that will provide teaching materials about Asia to schools. To celebrate, the museum is offering a day filled with fun, engaging, and exciting activities for all ages:

      * Learn about Pasko, the Filipino Christmas, and make your own parol - a decorative, illuminated star

      * Experience the rhythmic pounding and mesmerizing movements of traditional Korean drumming and dance

      * Try your hand at Chinese brushpainting

      * Listen to captivating Asian myths and folktales

      * Get acquainted with our collection galleries by taking a guided tour

      * See the latest exhibitions, Stylized Sculpture
      and History of History
      * And more!

      22nd Annual Japanese New Year Bell Ringing Ceremony

      Sunday, December 30, 2007, 10:00 am-2:00 pm (Art Activities), 11:00 am-12:30 pm (Bell Ringing)
      FREE with museum admission - children 12 and under always admitted free!


      Everyone is invited to participate in this auspicious Japanese tradition of striking a temple bell to "ring in" the New Year. As in past observances, a 2100-lb., sixteenth-century Japanese bronze bell will be struck 108 times with a large custom-hewn log. According to Japanese custom, this symbolically welcomes the New Year and curbs the 108 bonno (mortal desires) which, according to Buddhist belief, torment humankind. It is hoped that with each reverberation the bad experiences, wrong deeds, and ill luck of the past year will be wiped away. Thus, tolling heralds the start of a joyous, fresh New Year. Click here for details on ticketing.

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      The Collection

      Man's head ornament (sanggori), perhaps 1800-1900
      On view in Gallery 11


      This serpentine ornament (sanggori) was used for various purposes among the people of central Sulawesi (an island of Indonesia). Most commonly it was attached to a textile wound around men's heads during ceremonial occasions. Sanggori were also attached to funerary masks during "secondary" burial. The practice of exhuming human bones and reinterring them, often in sarcophagi, was once widely practiced in Southeast Asia. The secondary burial was marked with elaborate ceremonies, and could signify the end of the period of mourning. Priests also wore sanggori when performing rituals to heal individuals or invoke rain.


      Display of the museum's collection is made possible by

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