The Asian Arts Council organizes bus trips to other Southern California institutions as well as other travel opportunities to places featuring Asian Art.
Saturday, March 8, 2014: We visited Long Beach and Los Angeles. We enjoyed a tour of the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, at Long Beach State, shown off by its Senior Director, Jeanette Schelin, with additional help from Professor Kendall Brown. Professor Brown then guided us to the CSULB University Art Museum, where we saw Traditions Transfigured: the Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi, a fascinating exhibit curated by Dr. Brown and several students. The history of Noh Theatre was explained in text and video. A seventeenth century Noh mask from LACMA’s collection was on view, and then the extraordinary contemporary Noh masks by Bidou Yamaguchi ranging from the Mona Lisa to Angelina Jolie.
From there we went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA, to hear Yukio Lippit of Harvard University lecture on The Art of the Future: Itō Jakuchū’s Colorful Realm. This related directly to the current exhibit of the Price Collection being shown in the Japanese Pavilion, which we visited after the lecture. Kendall Brown was kind enough to join us at LACMA and gave us a very informative tour of the Price Collection.
Monday, June 30, 2014: Three great art exhibits in L.A. First a visit LACMA, where there were two terrific exhibitions of Asian art interest: Chinese Paintings in Japanese Collections, part II, and Treasures from Korea - Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910. Then, we were off to the Norton Simon Museum to see In the Land of Snow: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas.
We visited San Francisco where we saw the Asian Art Museum’s exhibition called In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection. In addition, members attended a symposium on Ellison’s collection. This trip sold out, and was a highlight of the year!
Kathleen Suros and Gordon Brodfuehrer planned the itinerary, and transportation was provided by mini-bus. Each night there were Bites and Beverages provided before wonderful non-hosted group dinners at recommended restaurants.
Thursday: Arrive in San Francisco, settle in and visit a jeweler in her home studio. She is an artist who specializes in crafting beautiful contemporary art pieces utilizing ancient jades and contemporary hand-dyed silk cords.
Friday: Guided tour of the exhibition In the Moment: Japanese Art of the Larry Ellison Collection at the Asian Art Museum, and free time to enjoy the museum’s art works and gift shop. At the April lecture meeting we heard about the exhibition from Laura Allen, curator of the exhibition, which shows the inspiration for his home decor and collection. Visit a private Japanese collection. We visited the Xanadu Gallery, specializing in Asian antiques. The owner of Xanadu spoke at the June AAC meeting on Chinese snuff bottles, and the gallery was spectacular.
Saturday: Attend the In the Moment symposium at the Asian Art Museum with an Ikebana Workshop available during the lunch break. There was a visit to a private Japanese art collection and a fascinating visit with the collectors.