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.

11/22/2019

Mystery Bags at the [email protected]! Come test your luck and take home a mystery bag full of surprises on Museum Store ‪Sunday, December 1st!

Based on the Japanese New Year tradition of Fukuburkuro or Lucky Bags. Prices range from $13-$35, retail value $25-$55.

Visit ‪Friday, November 29‬ and ‪Saturday, November 30‬ for member deals. Show your membership card and save during Membership Appreciation Days!

#fukuburkuro #museumstoresunday

Another amazing photograph by speaker, Sej Saraiya. Tomorrow night she will share her experiences as a cultural conserva...
11/20/2019

Another amazing photograph by speaker, Sej Saraiya.

Tomorrow night she will share her experiences as a cultural conservation photographer traveling in rural Asia. Thursday, November 21 at 7pm! RSVP recommended!

More information here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/605662669961689/?ti=icl

11/11/2019
11/11/2019

USC PAM is pleased to present "Dreams of a Sleeping World," a solo exhibition featuring an immersive mural and landscape paintings by New York-based artist Oscar Oiwa. The expansive site-specific mural, Dreams of a Sleeping World, commissioned by USC PAM, is described by the artist as a “360° dreamscape.” Created over two weeks in December, the mural will be completely hand-drawn by Oiwa, his assistant, and four USC Roski School of Fine Arts MFA students using approximately 120 Sharpie permanent markers. The intricate drawing will be rendered in black ink on the interior of a custom white nylon dome that spans nearly 800 square feet.

This is a first of its kind at USC PAM and we are so excited for the show to open on January 10, 2020! Stay tuned for more!

Shop@PAM 🛍 ~ Museum Store SundayWhat treasures will you discover in our mystery chest? 👀 🎁 Come to our special sale on M...
11/08/2019

[email protected] 🛍 ~ Museum Store Sunday
What treasures will you discover in our mystery chest? 👀 🎁
Come to our special sale on Museum Store ‪Sunday, December 1 (11-5pm‬)! @museumstoresunday
We invite you, your family, and your community, to “Be A Patron” at your favorite museums and cultural institutions on Museum Store Sunday, December 1, 2019.
So far, more than 1000 museums from fifteen countries on four continents are slated to partake in Museum Store Sunday on December 1, 2019 with special events, promotions, and other experiences that only their stores can offer.
While there is only one Museum Store Sunday each year, we encourage you to “Be A Patron” of Museum Stores all year round. ✨

#museumstoresunday, #beapatron #iamapatron, #patronofculture #shopmuseumstores

10/28/2019

“Letters to Rachel,” is a video installation piece in our special exhibition, “Following the Box.” It gives the anonymous WWII soldier a voice and imagines how letters to his sweetheart back home would read. On view now!

We are collaborating with Artworxla on our new exhibition, Following the Box. Come by at our December Free 2nd Sunday to...
10/25/2019

We are collaborating with Artworxla on our new exhibition, Following the Box. Come by at our December Free 2nd Sunday to hear the original soundscapes the students produced inspired by our exhibition!

A special thank you to USC Pacific Asia Museum Curator Rebecca Hall and Youth & Family Programs Specialist Valentina Quezada for giving a special tour to artworxLA Advanced Programs students of the exhibition "Following the Box" (on view until January 26, 2020). Through our Music Production residency, students are using Ableton software and hardware to produce soundscapes inspired by works of art from the exhibition. "Following the Box" is a conversation between Americans and Indians across space, time, and culture, a mystery tale of old photographs and a celebration of new interpretations.

Spotlight Tours, Weekends at 2:30 pm! Join the USC PAM Student Educators every Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 pm as they lead...
10/04/2019

Spotlight Tours, Weekends at 2:30 pm!
Join the USC PAM Student Educators every Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 pm as they lead in-depth conversations about one object of their choosing designed to deepen your understanding and appreciation of the many cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Say hello this weekend!

Throwback Thursday to our exhibition opening for Following the Box two weeks ago. Stop by and unravel the mystery of the...
09/26/2019

Throwback Thursday to our exhibition opening for Following the Box two weeks ago. Stop by and unravel the mystery of the found box of circa WWII era photographs from India!

One of our beautiful Korean screens is currently in the Bay Area with conservationist, Tomokatsu Kawaza of Studio Sogend...
09/23/2019

One of our beautiful Korean screens is currently in the Bay Area with conservationist, Tomokatsu Kawaza of Studio Sogendo. Funded by the National Museum of Korea, the screen will be on display in our Korean Gallery, along with a behind the scenes video early next year!

Excited to welcome University of Southern California new President, Carol Folt at her inauguration tomorrow! Yesterday #...
09/20/2019

Excited to welcome University of Southern California new President, Carol Folt at her inauguration tomorrow! Yesterday #USCPAM participated in the Arts Showcase working with artists, Nori Shirasu, and USC Roski School of Art and Design students to create a #USCMuseums painting! #trojanstogether

Curator Walk Through | Saturday, September 14 | 2pmLearn more about our exhibition, Following the Box, on its opening we...
09/14/2019

Curator Walk Through | Saturday, September 14 | 2pm
Learn more about our exhibition, Following the Box, on its opening weekend by joining our curators, Alan Teller & Jerri Zbiral and exhibiting artist, Sarbajit Sen tour of the exhibition!

USC Pacific Asia Museum's cover photo
09/12/2019

USC Pacific Asia Museum's cover photo

Almost seventy years ago, towards the end of World War II, a US soldier stationed in rural West Bengal grabbed his Speed...
09/04/2019

Almost seventy years ago, towards the end of World War II, a US soldier stationed in rural West Bengal grabbed his Speed Graphic 4x5” Press camera, hopped into a Jeep and went off into the countryside to photograph. Who was he? Why did he leave his airbase to do that? We have no idea. What we do know is that he created remarkable images. And how did a shoebox full of 127 of his beautiful negatives and prints made in India in 1945 end up at an estate sale in Chicago many years later? Curators Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral made that serendipitous find and have been “following the box” ever since.

Unravel the mystery of these photographs with USC Pacific Asia Museum in our new exhibition, "Following the Box," opening September 13, 2019.

Something new is happening in the galleries this weekend! We have Student Educators who will be helping to give tours an...
08/30/2019

Something new is happening in the galleries this weekend!
We have Student Educators who will be helping to give tours and help visitors engage with the galleries!

Stop by and meet our first two, Leah Perez and Flannery Seager-Strode. Here's a quick Q&A about them!

Did you know that USC PAM’s courtyard is free and open to the public? If you’re in the area stop by and have lunch, medi...
08/28/2019

Did you know that USC PAM’s courtyard is free and open to the public? If you’re in the area stop by and have lunch, meditate or enjoy a good book!

Installation for our new exhibition, Following the Box, going on now! An artistic exploration of an archive of anonymous...
08/22/2019

Installation for our new exhibition, Following the Box, going on now! An artistic exploration of an archive of anonymous photographs from India... you can view this contemporary, mixed media exhibition when it opens to the public on September 13th!

Arjuna Fights Shiva ⚔️This scene is from the epic Hindu story of the Mahabharata. It shows Arjuna and a disguised Shiva ...
08/16/2019

Arjuna Fights Shiva ⚔️
This scene is from the epic Hindu story of the Mahabharata. It shows Arjuna and a disguised Shiva fighting over a boar with which they both shot with an arrow. As they fought, the weapons thrown by Shiva were easily repelled by Arjuna. When all the weapons were exhausted, the two began to wrestle. After fighting for a while, Shiva gave up his disguise of a hunter and displayed his true form. Arjuna was ashamed that he fought with the very person to whom he had been praying and asked for forgiveness. Shiva explained it had been a test and offered a boon to Arjuna who asked for the Brahmastra, a most powerful weapon that could destroy anything in its path.

Arjuna Fights Shiva
India, Odisha, Puri District, early 20th Century
Opaque watercloth and lacquer on cotton cloth
Museum purchase
2003.10.8

#asian #india #shiva #history #art #usc #uscpam #artmuseum #museum #pasadena #losangeles #southerncalifornia #socal #tourism #love #photooftheday #summer #beautiful

Wenren & Sanjue 🖌During the Ming and Qing dynasties, Chinese literati (wenren) used the Three Perfections (sanjue)-poetr...
08/15/2019

Wenren & Sanjue 🖌
During the Ming and Qing dynasties, Chinese literati (wenren) used the Three Perfections (sanjue)-poetry, calligraphy, and painting- to express their erudition and refined cultural status. The Literati School of amateur scholar-painters’ utilization of the brush to express personal feelings was codified in the sixteenth century, and created a perpetuating bias against professional painters and their skills. This brush pot and brush was used by literati scholars to create the Three Perfections.

Ink Cake
China, 20th Century
Pine soot and organic glue
Gift of David Kamansy
2013.4.10C

#art #china #chinese #usc #history #historical #uscpam #artmuseum #museum #pasadena #losangeles #southerncalifornia #socal #tourism #love #photooftheday #summer #beautiful

Jade Bowl💚This bowl is particularly remarkable as it is carved from a single piece of nephrite, popularly called jade an...
08/14/2019

Jade Bowl💚
This bowl is particularly remarkable as it is carved from a single piece of nephrite, popularly called jade and the most beloved precious stone in China. Since the middle of the Neolithic period, around 4000 BCE, jade has been treasured for its pureness and hardness. During the Ming and Qing dynasties(1368-1911), jade was carved into jewelry and luxury ornaments.

#art #china #chinese #usc #love #uscpam #artmuseum #museum #pasadena #losangeles #southerncalifornia #socal #tourism #love #photooftheday #summer #beautiful

Hawaiian Jewelry 🌺This extraordinary necklace, made of bundles of braided human hair and a carved sperm whale tooth, fas...
08/13/2019

Hawaiian Jewelry 🌺
This extraordinary necklace, made of bundles of braided human hair and a carved sperm whale tooth, fastens with coconut-fiber ties and fabric. A necklace of such significance would have been worn by a member of the chiefly class.

“Necklace (Lei Niho Palaoa)”
Hawaiian Islands, 19th century
Human hair, sperm whale tooth, and coconut fiber
Gift of Carl S. Dentzel Estate
1984.54.175

#art #traditional #Hawaii #Hawaiian #usc #necklace #jewelry #historicaljewelry #uscpam #artmuseum #museum #pasadena #losangeles #southerncalifornia #socal #tourism #love #photooftheday #summer #beautiful

RSVP NOW!🗣 Baby & Me Tour🤱~ Saturday, August 17th @ 10:00am- 11:00amJoin other moms, dads, and caregivers for an engagin...
08/12/2019

RSVP NOW!🗣 Baby & Me Tour🤱~ Saturday, August 17th @ 10:00am- 11:00am
Join other moms, dads, and caregivers for an engaging docent-led tour of the museum! Tours start before public hours and fussy babies (0-2 years) are welcome! Parking is provided for larger strollers. Free with admission.
To RSVP, please visit our website at: uscpacificasiamuseum.usc.edu

Japanese Tea Culture 🌸🍵Tea drinking was initially introduced and spread among the Japanese Buddhist community for its me...
08/09/2019

Japanese Tea Culture 🌸🍵
Tea drinking was initially introduced and spread among the Japanese Buddhist community for its medicinal use and to keep monks awake during meditation. Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu or chado) as it is known today took shape in the Muromachi period (1336-1573) and was largely attributed to the tea master Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591) and his patron, the daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598). Two pillars of chanoyu aesthetics are the wabi sabi principles of restrained simplicity and weathered imperfection. Later, chado spread beyond the noble and samurai classes. Today, the three dominant tea ceremony schools are said to be direct descendants of that of Sen no Rikyu.

Tea Related Material Objects from the Edo Period (1603-1868)

Our highly anticipated pop-up exhibition debuts TODAY🗣⚠️~ Asian In America🥢In partnership with Studio ATAO, USC PAM pres...
08/07/2019

Our highly anticipated pop-up exhibition debuts TODAY🗣⚠️~ Asian In America🥢
In partnership with Studio ATAO, USC PAM presents a symbolic pop-up exhibition (August 7 through August 11) that explores the complex narrative of the Asian American identity through food and drink, virtual reality, spoken word, and poetry. Different ingredients, cooking techniques and plating styles are used to address specific topics per course, each pertaining to the Asian American narrative – from cultural hierarchies in the food system and the lack of the individualism granted to minorities to the internalization of the “white savior” complex. Poetry and brushstroke-by-brushstroke virtual reality recreations take guests on a multi-sensory journey both visually and viscerally, offering insight to the entire process from ideation and experimentation to final creation.

#art #food #culinary #virtualreality #usc #modern #asianinamerica #asian #uscpam #artmuseum #museum #pasadena #losangeles #southerncalifornia #socal #tourism #love #photooftheday #summer #beautiful

This Sunday🗣 : Free Second Sunday~ 🎨 Art & Food🥢Discover how food inspires art and cultural identity. Create your own fo...
08/05/2019

This Sunday🗣 : Free Second Sunday~ 🎨 Art & Food🥢
Discover how food inspires art and cultural identity. Create your own food inspired artwork, listen to stories about food in Asian cultures, go on a docent led tour, and participate in a special virtual reality experience that combines Asian cuisine and poetry!
Enjoy free admission all day!
#art #food #culinary #culture #eat #usc #modern #asian #uscpam #artmuseum #museum #pasadena #losangeles #southerncalifornia #socal #tourism #love #photooftheday #summer #beautiful

Asian in America🍴In partnership with Studio ATAO, USC PAM presents a symbolic pop-up exhibition (August 7 through August...
08/02/2019

Asian in America🍴
In partnership with Studio ATAO, USC PAM presents a symbolic pop-up exhibition (August 7 through August 11) that explores the complex narrative of the Asian American identity through food and drink, virtual reality, spoken word, and poetry. Different ingredients, cooking techniques and plating styles are used to address specific topics per course, each pertaining to the Asian American narrative – from cultural hierarchies in the food system and the lack of the individualism granted to minorities to the internalization of the “white savior” complex. Poetry and brushstroke-by-brushstroke virtual reality recreations take guests on a multi-sensory journey both visually and viscerally, offering insight to the entire process from ideation and experimentation to final creation.

Bronze Vase from the Qing Dynasty✨Some bronze vessels made in the Qing dynasty were modeled after the shape of those fro...
08/01/2019

Bronze Vase from the Qing Dynasty✨
Some bronze vessels made in the Qing dynasty were modeled after the shape of those from a much earlier time, particularly China’s first dynasties, the Shang and Zhou (circa 1600-256 BCE). The later vessels would have been utilized either during rituals and ceremonies in similar fashions to those of their ancestors or collected symbols of the continuity of history and culture. Come see this vase as part of USCPAM’s permanent collection!

Vase
China, Qing dynasty, Qinglong period (1736-95)
Gilt bronze
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Kinsey
1988.57.1

Buncheong 🌸 ~ Korean CeramicsThe creation of the contemporary ceramic artwork was inspired by Korean “buncheong” ware fr...
07/31/2019

Buncheong 🌸 ~ Korean Ceramics
The creation of the contemporary ceramic artwork was inspired by Korean “buncheong” ware from the early Joseon period. “Buncheong” is a kind of blue-grey stoneware decorated with white slip in a design that is either painted or stamped into the surface of the clay. The artist of this piece, Yoo Byung-ho, employed a stamping technique rooted in the “buncheong” tradition to create the piece’s organic floral design. Whereas a Joseon potter used stamping to fashion the main motif of his design, Yoo utilized this technique to form the background. He created asymmetrical floral patterns using a different stamp on the back of the plate. The stamping tools the artist used are on display here. Come see this Korean ceramic piece as part of USCPAM’s permanent collection!

“Yoo Byung-Ho” (Korea, B. 1947)
Flower II
2003
Stoneware with white slip inlay and glaze
Gift of the artist with assistance by international Art & Artists, the Korea Foundation, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
2009.13.1

Niō Guardian⚡️This “Niō” guardian figure strikes a frightening pose to protect Buddhist canons and beliefs against evil....
07/31/2019

Niō Guardian⚡️
This “Niō” guardian figure strikes a frightening pose to protect Buddhist canons and beliefs against evil. The wrathful face, bulging muscles, and widespread fingers and toes intensify his protective nature. This statue was originally the right of a pair, as indicated by his open mouth; for the left statue’s mouth would be closed. The two symbolize the beginning and end (birth and death). Large-scale Niō pairs are commonly found flanking the entrances of Buddhist temples.

A Behind The Scenes Look 📸 @usc_pam ~ Al Jazeera English 📺Today, Al Jazeera English conducted an informational interview...
07/29/2019

A Behind The Scenes Look 📸 @usc_pam ~ Al Jazeera English 📺
Today, Al Jazeera English conducted an informational interview with Dr. Rebecca Hall, our Assistant Curator, for a segment on the resilience of Chinese history and culture within their documentary style series titled “The Big Picture”. Within the interview, Dr. Hall discussed why China has the longest recorded continuous history of any country in the world and how Chinese culture assists in its preservation- despite invasion, trade, and Western influence.
Al Jazeera is one of the world’s most influential independent news organizations with a global reach of 310 million households in over 100 countries. Their goal as a media network is to challenge established narratives and to further cultural understanding on a global platform. USCPAM ‘s segment within “The Big Picture” will air in December on aljazeera.com and on YouTube!

Quan-am~ Buddhist Influence in Vietnam🌸In this esoteric representation, the deity Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (or “Quan-...
07/25/2019

Quan-am~ Buddhist Influence in Vietnam🌸
In this esoteric representation, the deity Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (or “Quan-am” in Vietnamese), is shown with twelve arms, which symbolizes his ability to aid the worshipper and expedite his or her path toward enlightenment. Although many Buddhists in mainland Southeast Asia are practitioners of Theravada Buddhism, this sculpture represents Vietnam’s vassalage under the Chinese, who largely introduced Mahayana Buddhism to the country. Among the most important Buddhist deities in the Mahayana pantheon is the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara.

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
Vietnam, 19th Century
Lacquered Wood with Gilt
Museum purchase with funds provided by Dorrie Braun Poole
1988.5.1

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