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September at the Asian Art Museum

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September 7th is free museum day at the Asian Art Museum (courtesy of Target). There are still a couple weeks to experience "Gorgeous," an assortment of 72 unique artworks from the Asian Art Museum and SFMOMA. When you visit, don't miss the truly gorgeous Yamaha FROG 750 motorcycle in back of the admissions desk or, from the other side, at the bottom of the grand staircase. A one-of-a-kind prototype designed by Hartmut Esslinger who also designed for Apple, the model was too expensive to produce. But Yamaha liked the design so much that they incorporated elements into their own sports bikes.

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University with a display of award-winning paintings from the past ten years of Chinese Language Bridget Cup Contests for K-12 Students. Experience the art and activities that build a platform for young artists to demonstrate their cultural talent in Chinese painting and help connect children not only to the culture, but also to the language, history, and literature of China. Artist and calligrapher Aiqin Zhou also presents a demonstration.

First Thursdays: ChimaTek™: Hybridity Visualization Mandala: The Asian will be presenting a New York-based artist Saya Woolfalk’s ChimaTek™: Hybridity Visualization Mandala. It’s a multimedia performance exploring hybridity, utopia and technology, and it features the Empathics, a group of women who blend racial and ethnic identities and take on botanical characteristics.

The artist, whose heritage is a truly global - Caucasian, African-American and Japanese - creates multimedia works which summon viewers on a multicolored trip to a mystical utopia.

Scored by DJ Spooky, this new commission is presented in collaboration with Headlands Center for the Arts. Richly layered and deeply visual, this is the perfect program to accompany Enter the Mandala: Cosmic Centers and Mental Maps of Himalayan Buddhism.

"For Buddhist practitioners however," the Asian Art Museum explains, "mandalas are not just images to view, but worlds to enter -- after recreating the image in their mind’s eye, meditators imaginatively enter its realm."

Interview at the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/03/saya-woolfalk_n_5756102.html?&ir=San+Francisco&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000066

Thurs, Sept 4, 6-9 pm. FREE with admission ($5 after 5 pm)

Japanese Tea: Enjoy their magnificent galleries and drink a soothing bowl of freshly whisked green tea paired with Japanese sweets. Local tea school Chanoyu Omotesenke will pour and talk about the art of seasonality and display. This all happens in the Asian's functioning teahouse, which was originally constructed in Kyoto by a distinguished firm of artisan carpenters and craftsmen.

Seating is limited and first come, first served. Servings are at 1 pm and 2:30 pm, 45 minutes each.

Sat, Sept 27, 1-1:45 p.m. FREE with admission

Perspectives on Persian Art: The Old and New Testaments in Islamic Painting, with Dr. Robert Hillenbrand. Drawing from accounts in the Qur’an and other sources in Islamic literature, scholars, poets, historians and storytellers developed new texts on the lives of the prophets. These texts were often accompanied by paintings. Dr. Robert Hillenbrand will explore some of these literary and artistic traditions. He will present an additional lecture on Sept 26 as part of the Society for Asian Art’s lecture series Arts of the Islamic World. Click here for more details.

Sat, Sept 27, 1-2:30 p.m.

Divided Attentions: "The Worlds of Bernice Bing"Who was Bernice Bing? Artist, community activist, lesbian, Asian American. The Worlds of Bernice Bing is a documentary that illuminates the life and times of this fascinating visionary, and illustrates her place in American art history. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the award-winning filmmakers and collaborators. There'll also be a captivating panel discussion with a diverse panel of voices from Bing's communities. Engage in the conversation as we examine how and if artists are still pressured to compartmentalize their identities to maintain relevance in contemporary art.

Sun, Sept 28, 2-4 pm. FREE with admission

For more information, visit their website: http://www.asianart.org/visit/visit

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