USC Pacific Asia Museum

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The Garden in Asia


Tray with stand
Japan, c. 1830 (Late Edo period)
Lacquer, metal, wood, mother-of-pearl
USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection
Gift of Elly Nordskog

November 23, 2012 to November 17, 2013
Changing Exhibition Galleries

Press Release [PDF:63KB]

The Garden in Asia features objects from across Asia that demonstrate the role of the garden as a source of inspiration throughout the centuries. The exhibition includes paintings, prints, lacquerware, sculpture and textiles from throughout East and South Asia. The exhibition focuses on the idea of the garden as a creative space, both intellectually and artistically, but also the respite that nature, encapsulated in gardens, offers in daily life. The included artworks allow visitors to experience the impact gardens have made on artists’ literal study of nature as well as its more abstract and emotional qualities. After their visit to this exhibition, visitors are encouraged to spend time in USC Pacific Asia Museum’s renowned courtyard garden for a complete experience.

Related Programs

Art and Coffee
January 11, 3 p.m.
Curatorial staff introduce and lead discussion of selected items in this exhibition in this series of informal Friday afternoon get-togethers. Coffee provided by Starbucks.

Curator's Tour
February 16, 2 p.m.
Enjoy a closer look at the art and imagery of The Garden in Asia as curatorial staff lead a tour of this exhibition.

Silk Road Storytime
May 4, 10:30 a.m.
Children and families of all ages are welcome to hear stories inspired by Asian gardens, followed by a fun craft and snacks. Free and open to the public.

Free Family Festival
May 12, 12-4 p.m.
A perfect Mother's Day afternoon! Enjoy a flower-filled day of performances, crafts and more as we celebrate the garden traditions of Asia. Free and open to the public.