Friday, February 8, 2013

Pacific Asia Museum events through March

Pacific Asia Museum presents a wide variety of public programming in February and March. All programs below are included with museum admission unless otherwise stated. Contact Chelsea Mason at for more information and images.

Saturday, February 16, 2 p.m. 
Curator's Tour
Enjoy a closer look at the art and imagery of The Garden in Asia as curatorial staff lead a special tour of the exhibition. 
Sunday, February 17, 1-4 p.m.
Screening: Invitation to World Literature
The award-winning series Invitation to World Literature brings together artists, actors, writers and scholars to go beneath the surface of classic literature to reveal ideas, emotions and themes that are relevant today. The resulting half-hour segments are a fun way to get familiar with, or strengthen your understanding of, classic works. 
Screening Schedule: 
Journey to the West 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 
The Tale of Genji 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. 
The Bhagavad Gita 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 
Friday, February 22, 12:30-3 p.m. (session begins)
New Class: Chinese Flower Arranging
Learn the art of Chinese flower arranging with master Rosa Zee, founder of the Chinese Floral Arts Foundation-USA Charter. No prior experience required. Students should supply own garden scissors, all other materials provided. All ages welcome; students under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For each 5-week session: $125 members, $150 non-members. Class size is limited. Sign up at the front desk or call 626-449-2742 ext. 30.
Sunday, February 24, 2 p.m.
Authors on Asia: Pierre Odier
The Silk Road was once one of the world's most significant commercial arteries spanning the entire length of Asia. Explorer and photographer Pierre Odier will speak on his re-tracing of Marco Polo's route, using modern Land Rovers instead of camels, on an adventure that covered 20,000 kilometers in 85 days. Odier's Some Last People: Vanishing Tribes of Bhutan, China, Mexico, Mongolia and Siberia and Cambodia Angkor: A Lasting Legacy available for purchase and signing. RSVP to 626-449-2742 ext. 20.
Saturday, March 2, 10:30 a.m.
Silk Road Story Time
Enjoy stories from Indonesia, plus make a fun craft and enjoy some Asian snacks. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Trends in Modern Design
The innovative designers of the textiles of Kimono in the 20th Century drew inspiration from non-traditional sources; American and European films, fashion, textiles, and interior design provided new motifs and sensibilities. Two accomplished speakers will explore the mid-century modern design trends that were so influential. FIDM instructor, knitwear and commercial interior designer Sharon Cohen will be joined by art historian and educator Dr. Teresa Morales, who focuses on historic domestic interiors and material culture.
Friday, March 8, 3 p.m.
Art & Coffee
Curatorial staff introduce and lead discussion of selected items in The Art of Continuity: Revering our Elders in this series of informal Friday afternoon get-togethers. Coffee provided by Starbucks.
Sunday, March 10, 12-2 p.m.
Korean Culture
Enjoy a short film overview of Korea's ancient artistic traditions and contemporary industrial culture followed by a live reenactment of a Korean wedding ceremony and the serving of a traditional meal for all to enjoy. After the event, explore our new Gallery of Korean Art. Presented in conjunction with the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project.  
Sunday, March 17, 12-4 p.m.
Free Family Festival
Celebrate the beauty, art and culture of Indonesia! Enjoy the special exhibition Marking Transitions: Ceremonial Art in Indonesia plus demonstrations, hands-on crafts, food samples, plus traditional dances from across the nation's more than 17,000 islands, livegamelan music and shadow puppetry. Presented in conjunction with the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m.
Join the Chinese Arts Council for a presentation by Ms. Julia Grimes, a doctoral candidate in Chinese Art at UCLA, speaking  on "The Elements of Style: The 1950's Art of Zao Wou-Ki." 
Top images, from left: 
Tray with stand, Japan, c. 1830 (Late Edo period), Lacquer, metal, wood, mother-of-pearl, 
Pacific Asia Museum Collection, Gift of Elly Nordskog, 1998.30.1 
Sunny Stevenson at Silk Road Storytime
Detail, Some Last People by Pierre Odier
Still from The Bhagavad Gita, Invitation to World Literature

About Pacific Asia Museum
Pacific Asia Museum is among the few institutions in the United States dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The museum's mission is to further intercultural understanding through the arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Since 1971, Pacific Asia Museum has served a broad audience of students, families, adults, and scholars through its exhibitions and programs.

Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 general, $7 students/seniors, and free for museum members and children under 12. Admission is free every 4th Friday of the month. For more information visit or call (626) 449-2742.

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