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Fall 2008

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Renewing the Jade Gallery

Mythical Stag (lu) Holding a Magical Fungus
Mythical Stag (lu) Holding a Magical Fungus. China, early 20th century.
Nephrite with staining. Pacific Asia Museum Collection.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Barry H. Taper. 1995.51.58 Photo by Julian Bermudez.

Pacific Asia Museum is pleased to introduce its renovated Chinese Jade Gallery. This reinterpretation features a concise and coherent presentation of jade in China and its export to America. In order to enhance the viewer’s experience, the museum now shows selected highlights of the collection displayed in thematic groupings. Informational panels explain a variety of themes as well as the materials, techniques and functions. A new case showcases “American Jade,” the kind of export pieces sold by Grace Nicholson. A new color scheme and lighting brings out the beauty of these striking works. This reinstallation, emphasizing an intimate appreciation of art in tune with the scale of the building, is the first step in the planned redesign of the permanent galleries.

It has been made possible by the support of Maria McClay and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Campaign for the future: Goal Reached!
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the museum surpassed the Campaign’s $4.2 million goal this summer. Nearly 100 of our major contributors joined us on August 19th to celebrate this achievement and to have the first look at the most recent accomplishment of the Campaign, Journeys: The Silk Road, the new interactive family gallery.

$500,000 and above
Ahmanson Foundation

$250,00 to $499,999
The James Irvine Foundation
Kresge Foundation
Toshie and Frank Mosher

$100,000 to $249,999
Ayrshire Foundation
Margaret Leong Checca
Georgianna and Paul Erskine
Patricia Ayers Gallucci
Institute of Museum and
   Library Services
Louisa Martineau Trust
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Tracy A. Pulvers
Joan and Arnold Travis
Pearl Wang Trust
$50,000 to $99,999
Sofia Adamson, in memory
   of George Adamson
George and Marilyn Brumder
E. Rhodes and Leona B.
   Carpenter Foundation
Getty Foundation
Priscilla and Nelson Gibbs
George and Marcia Good
National Endowment for
   the Arts
Violet Ouyang
Maiya Penberthy
Robert Sunghyuk Sheen
Anonymous (2)

$25,000 to $49,999
Neta and John Armagost
Margaret and David Barry
Anna and Dana Bresnahan
The Confidence Foundation
Sally Daily
Stephen A. Kanter, MD
Pasadena Community
Joan Payden
Tadashi Shoji
Maria Low Way
Weingart Foundation

$10,000 to $24,999
Edgardo and Lucy Arcinue
Peter and Elaine Adams
Ann and Olin Barrett
Catherine Benkaim
Susan and Robert Bishop
Bruce and Anne Blomstrom
Bill and Claire Bogaard
Lynn and Carl Cooper
Camilla C. Frost
Catherine Heron and
   Al Schneider
Sam and Muffy Hunt
Sally and Bill Hurt
Mr. and Mrs. William Lim
Alan Long/Sotheby’s
   International Realty
Joan Marshall
Maria McClay
Molly Munger
Setsuko Oka
Everett and Peg Palmer
City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs
   Division and Arts and Culture
Angelyn and Ralph Riffenburgh
Erika and Ken Riley
Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center
   for Japanese Studies
Wallis Foundation
Katharine Audrey Webb
$25,000 to $49,999
Temo and Dogdoe Arjani
Anita Brandow
Stephen Lesser, in honor of Margo
   and Hans Ries
Alice Lo
Sally and Ron McKay
Kathleen C. Peck
Mr. and Mrs. Winn Schey
Lisa See and Richard Kendall
Martha and Roy Tolles
Washington Mutual Foundation
Wells Fargo
Western Asset Management

$1,000 to $4,999
John and Suzanne Adams
Manuel Alonzo
Elaine Barchan
Susan Bienkowski and Wang
Chung Lee
George Byrne and Barbara Barrett-
Byrne, in memory of Betty Gassman
Capital Group Companies, Inc.
Laureen Chang and Peter Brockett
Dr. Albert and Yvonne Chang
Chinese Arts Council of Pacific
Asia Museum
Consulate General of Japan in
Los Angeles
Lisa and Elton Davis
Nancy Neal Davis
Docent Council of Pacific Asia Museum
Constance and Stewart Edwards
Norman and Nan Flette
Victoria Floyd
Cathleen Godzik, M.D. and Jack Ito
Japanese Arts Council of Pacific
Asia Museum
Sid Jordan
Glenn Keller
Carol and Richard King
Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Elizabeth Lent
Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation
June and Simon Li
Keith J. Mautino
Kurt Meyer and Pamela Deuel Meyer
Prof. Milton Meyer
Katherine Murray Morse
Drs. Ananth and Margaret Natarajan
Nichi Bei Fujin Kai
Peggy Phelps
Service Council of Pacific Asia Museum
Dorothy Shephard
Elizabeth Short, M.D.
and Michael Friedman, M.D.
Billie Spinat and William Gass
David Spiro and Richard Ramos
Andrew Stevenson
Sunny Stevenson
Richard and Adoree Suran
Louise and Kenneth Tang
Hsiao-Ling Ting and Patrick Perry
Josie Tong
Sue Tsao
Jeanne Ward Foundation
Tracy and James Winkler
Tana Wong


Capital Group Companies
Deutsche Bank
Exxon Mobil Foundation
Millipore Foundation



Rank and Style

New Online Exhibit! Rank and Style
Now you can explore how the Chinese elite in the Ming and Qing dynasties expressed status through insignia of rank and the robes and accessories that went with them. Rank and Style: Power Dressing in Imperial China is the museum’s latest online exhibit. Based on the exhibit of the same name and produced by the award-winning team that created Visions of Enlightenment, this interactive module provides teaching ideas and resources for educators.

Rank and Style: Power Dressing in Imperial China was supported in part by a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Washington Mutual. Digital images of the museum’s permanent collection were made possible in part by a grant funded by the Getty Foundation’s Los Angeles Electronic Cataloguing Initiative.