USC Pacific Asia Museum

USC Pacific Asia Museum USC Pacific Asia Museum's mission is to further intercultural understanding through the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
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USC Pacific Asia Museum is one of only four institutions in the United States dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The museum’s mission is to further cultural awareness and understanding through the arts.

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we honor I.M. Pei, architect of some of the world's most iconic struc...
05/17/2019

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we honor I.M. Pei, architect of some of the world's most iconic structures, died today at 102.
His designs cross the globe; in Paris, the Louvre's Pyramid entrance. In Cleveland, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And in Hong Kong, the soaring Bank of China Tower.
Born in Suzhou, China, in 1917, he came to the U.S. as a teenager in 1935, went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was influenced by the work of pioneering modernists Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright.

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month we are exploring our Pacific Islands gallery.Pictured is a headdress f...
05/14/2019

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month we are exploring our Pacific Islands gallery.

Pictured is a headdress from Papua New Guinea. Woven from bush string and attached with a pair of earrings made from large shells, these headdresses were worn by brides entering their new husbands' houses for the first time, or by men impersonating female ancestors during ceremonial occasians, such as weddings.

#uscpam #asianpacificamericanheritagemonth

Starting today Members receive 20% off at our Shop@PAM through Mother’s Day weekend! Stop by and pick something up for...
05/10/2019

Starting today Members receive 20% off at our [email protected] through Mother’s Day weekend! Stop by and pick something up for mom!

Celebrating the end of the semester and perfect partnership with the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences ...
05/02/2019

Celebrating the end of the semester and perfect partnership with the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Applied Psychology graduate students who worked with the museum on their capstone research projects.

Join us tomorrow, Monday April 29, at 3:30pm for our monthly meet up, PAM@ the Library! We’ll be reading a story and t...
04/28/2019

Join us tomorrow, Monday April 29, at 3:30pm for our monthly meet up, [email protected] the Library! We’ll be reading a story and then creating an activity inspired by the story.
Free and open to all elementary school children and families! In partnership with the Pasadena Public Library

Thank you to Dr. Asad Majeed Khan, the Pakistan Ambassador to the U.S. for visiting USC PAM today, courtesy of our wonde...
04/26/2019

Thank you to Dr. Asad Majeed Khan, the Pakistan Ambassador to the U.S. for visiting USC PAM today, courtesy of our wonderful Pakistan Arts Council of USC Pacific Asia Museum.

Our curator, Dr. Rebecca Hall, gave him a tour of our galleries and showed him the Pakistani work we have in our collection.

USC PAM is on the front cover of the Los Angeles Times Calendar section today! Christopher Knight recommends you check o...
04/26/2019

USC PAM is on the front cover of the Los Angeles Times Calendar section today! Christopher Knight recommends you check out special exhibition, Tsuruya Kokei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited, this weekend! 😉

Join us at the Shop@PAM on May 12, Mother’s Day, for a free Tea Forte Hanami tasting and members will receive 20% off ...
04/25/2019

Join us at the [email protected] on May 12, Mother’s Day, for a free Tea Forte Hanami tasting and members will receive 20% off all weekend long!

Thi‪s Saturday, April 27th at 2pm‬ join us for a conversation around selfies.Popular discussions of selfies tend to ...
04/23/2019

Thi‪s Saturday, April 27th at 2pm‬ join us for a conversation around selfies.

Popular discussions of selfies tend to revolve around celebrity life or moral anxieties about narcissism in contemporary culture. But by placing the selfie on a continuum of visual self-representation, we examine its significance of articulating identity in a digital era!

Free with museum admission, rsvp encouraged! Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversationpam-faces-identities-and-the-visual-culture-of-the-selfie-tickets-53840167390

Happy Songkran! Thanks to our awesome volunteers for helping make today’s Free Second Sunday extra special! Check out ...
04/15/2019

Happy Songkran! Thanks to our awesome volunteers for helping make today’s Free Second Sunday extra special! Check out our collaborative water balloon painting inspired by the Thai water festival 🐘#southeastasiannewyear #pasadena #volubteers #freesecondsunday

AAP Readings: New Plays by Lina Patel & Preston Choi, returns with This is Not a True Story by Preston Choi! Here are th...
04/09/2019

AAP Readings: New Plays by Lina Patel & Preston Choi, returns with This is Not a True Story by Preston Choi! Here are the actors rehearsing for the reading this Thursday, 4/11 @7pm!

THURSDAY (April 11), AAP Readings: New Plays by Lina Patel & Preston Choi come to a close with THIS IS NOT A TRUE STORY at USC Pacific Asia Museum. Admission to the 7pm reading as well as the museum (after 5pm) is FREE. Here are actors Lisa Dring, VyVy Nguyen, and Rob Nagle in rehearsal with director Reena Dutt. (Jennifer Soo, not pictured.)

About the play: The heroine of Madame Butterfly completes her tragic suicide, only to wake up trapped in a never-ending loop of her story. Then Miss Saigon is born thrusting another heroine into the deadly cycle, until a mysterious office woman throws the world out of balance. THIS IS NOT A TRUE STORY unravels the history of Orientalist art, theatre, and the danger of fiction becoming reality. #LAthtr #AAPReadings

Just arrived at the Shop@PAM, bright and beautiful parasols from Thailand! Come visit the store this weekend and check t...
04/05/2019

Just arrived at the [email protected], bright and beautiful parasols from Thailand! Come visit the store this weekend and check them out!

USC Pacific Asia Museum is delighted to welcome Dr. Bethany Montagano as our new Museum Director! Following an internati...
03/28/2019

USC Pacific Asia Museum is delighted to welcome Dr. Bethany Montagano as our new Museum Director! Following an international search, USC PAM and the USC Provost's Office announced today the appointment of this dynamic and innovative cultural historian.

Dr. Montagano comes to USC PAM from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where she served as senior curator. For the past three years, she originated major art, photography and fashion exhibitions that aim to create a more just society. She curated "Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A.", "Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite" and most recently "Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich," where she worked with Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony and Kenzo to bring this values driven fashion exhibition to life.

Dr. Montagano said, "I hope to bring a strong sense of inclusivity and access to the USC Pacific Asia Museum and ensure that all feel honored and welcome at the Museum."

https://pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu/usc-pacific-asia-museum-appoints-dr-bethany-montagano-as-new-director/

Join us tomorrow for our monthly program, PAM@theLibrary! From 3:30pm, #uscpam is at the Pasadena Central library for st...
03/25/2019

Join us tomorrow for our monthly program, [email protected]! From 3:30pm, #uscpam is at the Pasadena Central library for storytime and an art workshop!

Shop@PAM for #kabuki inspired magnets from our special exhibition and beautiful new stationary!  Open all weekend, 11-5p...
03/22/2019

[email protected] for #kabuki inspired magnets from our special exhibition and beautiful new stationary! Open all weekend, 11-5pm.
#uscpam #tsuruyakokei #stationary #paperlove #asianart @ USC Pacific Asia Museum

Thank you to all our friends and supporters for joining us in honoring Mei-Lee Ney & Vivienne Hu tonight! We hope you en...
03/17/2019

Thank you to all our friends and supporters for joining us in honoring Mei-Lee Ney & Vivienne Hu tonight! We hope you enjoyed evening and silent auction. Vivienne Hu @ The Langham Huntington, Pasadena

USPAM Gala tonight honoring Mei-Lee Ney and @viviennehustudio
03/17/2019

USPAM Gala tonight honoring Mei-Lee Ney and @viviennehustudio

03/17/2019

#USCPAM Gala in full swing!

Join Moms, Dads, grandparents and caretakers this Saturday for our monthly Baby & Me Tour! Starting at 10am have the mus...
03/15/2019

Join Moms, Dads, grandparents and caretakers this Saturday for our monthly Baby & Me Tour! Starting at 10am have the museum all to yourselves! Fussy babies welcome!

03/14/2019
Foothill Transit

Thanks to Foothill Transit for visiting us a couple of weeks ago. Line 187 takes you to USCPAM!

“Art Wheelers” Matt and Destiny are touring some totally cool museums and galleries – watch now! USC Pacific Asia Museum Downtown Pomona AMOCA Ceramics Studio

Holi, or the Festival of Colors, signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for ...
03/14/2019

Holi, or the Festival of Colors, signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.

Learn more about Holi at our [email protected]!

Grace Nicholson, a pioneer and globe trotting art collector, commissioned the construction of a Chinese Emperor style bu...
03/09/2019

Grace Nicholson, a pioneer and globe trotting art collector, commissioned the construction of a Chinese Emperor style building on Los Robles Ave in 1924. Originally intended to display her art collection, it is now the home of the USC Pacific Asia Museum.
#internationalwomensday

Our permanent collection galleries include our miniature Indian paintings. They are so small and rich in detail that we ...
03/01/2019

Our permanent collection galleries include our miniature Indian paintings. They are so small and rich in detail that we provide magnifying glasses to experience them up close!

Indian paintings often illustrate narratives and themes dedicated to the gods of Hinduism. Presenting divine figures in contexts of the human world, delighting in their heroism, romantic love and adventures.

#indianart #hinduism #uscpam #asianart

Our new exhibition #TsuruyaKokei features contemporary artists that reinvent the use of kabuki theater and woodblock pri...
02/22/2019

Our new exhibition #TsuruyaKokei features contemporary artists that reinvent the use of kabuki theater and woodblock printing in their art.

Featured here is Andrew Archer who merges his two interests, woodblock printing and professional sports culture! This piece is called, “The Black Mamba (Kobe Bryant)”

#kobebryant #blackmamba #nba #woodblockprint #kabuki

Looking for something to do this evening? Enjoy this FREE artist talk given USC Roski School of Art and Design. Of Samoa...
02/12/2019
Roski Talk with Yuki Kihara

Looking for something to do this evening?
Enjoy this FREE artist talk given USC Roski School of Art and Design. Of Samoan and Japanese heritage, Yuki Kihara is one of New Zealand's leading interdisciplinary artists whose work engages in a variety of social, political and cultural issues. Often referencing Pacific history, her work explores the varying relationships between gender, race, culture and politics. She will introduce and screen a 13-minute episode from ‘First Impressions: Paul Gauguin’ (2018) as part of her presentation followed by Q & A.\

Roski Talk: Yuki Kihara Talk is open to the public and free; reservations required Interdisciplinary artist Kihara will introduce and screen a 13-minute episode from ‘First Impressions: Paul Gauguin’ (2018) as part of her presentation followed by Q & A. ‘First Impressions: Paul Gauguin’ (201...

Opening today, Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited. Come see these exquisite wood block printed por...
02/08/2019

Opening today, Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited. Come see these exquisite wood block printed portraits of Kabuki actors by the genres master.

#japanesewoodblock #kabuki #kokei #uscpam

02/03/2019

In Chinese culture rain or flowing water is good luck! Rain on Lunar New Year promises for this Year of the Pig to be a fortuitous year! Celebrate with #uscpam

Our Shop@PAM is ready for the busy weekend at #uscpam: Stop by today for the @socalmuseums Free For All and tomorrow for...
02/02/2019

Our [email protected] is ready for the busy weekend at #uscpam: Stop by today for the @socalmuseums Free For All and tomorrow for our free Lunar New Year Festival!

Our Annual Lunar New Year Festival takes place this Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 10-4pm. Rain or Shine! Stop by for per...
01/31/2019

Our Annual Lunar New Year Festival takes place this Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 10-4pm. Rain or Shine! Stop by for performances, art activities and art!

PAM@the Library Is tomorrow January 28th @ 3:30pm in the Pasadena Central Library!Join USC PAM educators as we explore A...
01/27/2019

[email protected] Library Is tomorrow January 28th @ 3:30pm in the Pasadena Central Library!
Join USC PAM educators as we explore Asian cultures, arts, and practices through storytelling and hands-on art making!
Discover stories told through the eyes of children and engage in creating a work of art inspired by one of the many cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Free for elementary aged children and their families!

Sand Mandala is finished. Stop by before 5 pm to see the completed Mandala or tomorrow for the dissolution ceremony at n...
01/26/2019

Sand Mandala is finished. Stop by before 5 pm to see the completed Mandala or tomorrow for the dissolution ceremony at noon.

New exhibition opening February 8, 2019
01/23/2019

New exhibition opening February 8, 2019

Join us today at noon as our guests, Buddhists Monks from Tibet lead a prayer for world peace!
01/23/2019

Join us today at noon as our guests, Buddhists Monks from Tibet lead a prayer for world peace!

Our first event of the year starts this Sunday, January 20th at 12pm! Join USCPAM is proud to host Tibetan monks from th...
01/17/2019

Our first event of the year starts this Sunday, January 20th at 12pm! Join USCPAM is proud to host Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery. They will spend one week creating a Sand Mandala, a Tibetan Buddhist tradition that involves the creation and destruction of paintings made from colored sand.

Open to the public to observe as they create this masterpiece!

#sandmandala #buddistmonks #uscpam #mandala

01/06/2019

Last day to view Ceremonies & Celebrations! Come view the amazing textiles from across Asia, like this Japanese fireman’s jacket from Meiji Era.
#textiles #textilesofasia #meiji #firemanjacket

Our beautiful textile exhibition, Ceremonies & Celebrations, closes this weekend (1/6/2019)! Don't miss your chance to s...
01/04/2019

Our beautiful textile exhibition, Ceremonies & Celebrations, closes this weekend (1/6/2019)! Don't miss your chance to see these exquisite textiles from the USC PAM collection, before they are stored away for a period of rest!

Seasons Greetings from our #PAMily to your!Reminder, we will have regular hours tomorrow through Sunday!
12/25/2018

Seasons Greetings from our #PAMily to your!

Reminder, we will have regular hours tomorrow through Sunday!

Shop@PAM for the holidays and take advantage of 40-50% off on select merchandise! Including home goods, calendars and ac...
12/14/2018

[email protected] for the holidays and take advantage of 40-50% off on select merchandise!

Including home goods, calendars and accessories!

K-12 teachers, join us next Thursday for Educator Night@PAM! Explore the special exhibit about ceremonial textiles, lear...
11/28/2018
Educator [email protected]: Ceremonies and Celebrations

K-12 teachers, join us next Thursday for Educator [email protected]! Explore the special exhibit about ceremonial textiles, learn how to integrate art into your curriculum, mingle with colleagues, and receive a discount at our newly opened shop! This event is Free. RSVP required. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/educator-nightpam-ceremonies-and-celebrations-tickets-48577838623

K-12 educators are invited to explore the role of textiles in different cultures and learn to engage students through art. The evening will include a tour of the special exhibit, gallery activity, an artist led workshop, curriculum packet, and refreshments. Free to educators including museum admissi...

#TBT | The museum building was originally home to the extraordinary Grace Nicholson and her impressive collection. The u...
11/15/2018

#TBT | The museum building was originally home to the extraordinary Grace Nicholson and her impressive collection. The upper floor was her living quarters while the lower level consisted of six large art galleries, eight specialized galleries, and a lecture hall! 🖼️

Thank you to Classical KUSC for visiting us today and catching up with our Interim Director, Selma Holo and our Curator,...
11/10/2018

Thank you to Classical KUSC for visiting us today and catching up with our Interim Director, Selma Holo and our Curator, Rebecca Hall. Stay tuned to listen in the coming weeks!

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46 N Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA
91101

Metro Gold Line (Memorial Park Station)

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 20:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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(626) 449-2742

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