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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

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USC Pacific Asia Museum is proud to present a variety of exhibitions throughout the year. The following are currently on view:

   
A New Way Forward

A New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century

April 25, 2014 through April 19, 2015
The last quarter of the 19th century brought profound changes in Japan as it transformed from a feudal society into a modern nation. Japanese artists went through equally fundamental changes as new theories were introduced from the other side of the world through books, magazines and increased travel by both Japanese and Westerners.

Insight

Insight: The Path of Bodhidharma

September 19, 2014 through February 15, 2015
Insight: The Path of Bodhidharma explores the portrayal of the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma (known as Daruma in Japan) and how this religious figure has become a popular icon through an array of objects from paintings and sculptures to decorative objects and toys.

Rent Collection

The Rent Collection Courtyard: Fifty Years

September 26, 2014 through February 22, 2015
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the revolutionary landmark Chinese installation work, The Rent Collection Courtyard. This special exhibition will recreate the original installation paired with a critical essay on the works and their legacy in setting the stage for later waves of Chinese contemporary art.

First Wave

The First Wave: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Paintings in the USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection

September 26, 2014 through February 22, 2015
The exhibition, together with The Rent Collection Courtyard, will examine Chinese art during a period when art was created to meet political demands and explore how the art of this period fits into the continuum of Chinese art history.

 

EXHIBITIONS IN THE PERMANENT GALLERIES

 

Art of Pacific Asia

The Art of Pacific Asia

In the new Orientation Gallery

USC Pacific Asia Museum is pleased to present a new permanent gallery featuring The Art of Pacific Asia. The Museum’s collection features Asian and Pacific Islander artworks spanning 5,000 years, which range from fine and decorative art to popular and folk arts. These objects reflect centuries of trade, creative endeavors, and cultural practices. Visitors to USC Pacific Asia Museum are invited to explore the collections, recognizing that societies develop as part of an interrelated world culture, and that each object in the collection has a story to tell. The Art of Pacific Asia introduces the geography, materials and meaning behind the art which visitors will enjoy throughout all the galleries at USC Pacific Asia Museum.

The Arts of Korea

In the new Gallery of Korean Art

The inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated Gallery of Korean Art, The Arts of Korea, introduces the history and techniques of Korean paintings, textiles, ceramics and other art forms through thematic displays, audio tours and interactive components. One section of the gallery will feature objects grouped according to three different belief systems—Buddhism, Confucianism and Shamanism. These objects will demonstrate their connections to those traditions as well as their broader historical significance. Additional contextual information for some of the works will be provided by various audio and visual aids. A second section of the gallery will examine how contemporary Korean artists draw inspiration from tradition and maintain dynamic connections with centuries of Korean artistic heritage.

The Arts of China

In the Ralph and Angelyn Riffenburgh Gallery

The five themes in the gallery are Philosophical and Religious Ideas, Art and Commerce, Tradition and Innovation, Status and Adornment and “Reading” Symbols. Within each of these sections, multiple objects in different media give the visitor a deeper understanding of the role art has played in Chinese society for centuries. For example, the Tradition and Innovation section will use a combination of contemporary and historic art to show how artists and artisans have responded to and reinterpreted traditions throughout history.