Korean ceramics called buncheong have a unique beauty, simplicity and ageless quality. It’s difficult to distinguish these amazing 15th- and 16th-century works of art from modern creations.Sixty-four masterworks from the Leeum Collection of the Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, along with several vases owned by the Asian Art Museum, are part of “Poetry in Clay,” an exhibition opening Friday at the museum. Read More
Who’s in townBrazilian jazz singer, composer and guitarist Milton Nascimento performs at the Stanford Jazz Festival. [8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford University] LecturesAnne Hamersky: The photographer shares portraits from the book “Farm Together Now” and talks about how the sustainable agriculture revolution is sweeping the country. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Showcasing art works such as a phantasmagorical winged figure from a temple door, a carved offering shrine and coin images of deities, the Asian Art Museum’s upcoming Bali exhibition seems to be all in motion — different from the static feel that sometimes characterizes museums.In Bali, there is no separation between visual and performing arts, making the title of the show, “Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance,” both descriptive and complete. Read More
In an unprecedented move to shore up a private nonprofit, The City will guarantee a $99 million loan to keep the Asian Art Museum Foundation afloat.
The museum, which lays claim to one of the largest collections of Asian art outside the Far East, had been in jeopardy of shutting down because of the foundation’s troubles.
At a news conference announcing the deal Thursday, Mayor Gavin Newsom described the foundation’s financial problems as "a bum Read More
San Francisco is in final negotiations to keep the financially troubled Asian Art Museum in business, Mayor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday.While nothing is being said about the agreement, Newsom did have some interesting comments about the museum itself. He praised the collection as the finest in America, but all but criticized its location in the San Francisco Civic Center Read More
Amid one of the nation’s worst recessions, an unsuspecting group has helped prop up local businesses as they struggle to recover from the weak economy — artists.While San Francisco’s jobless rate has hovered at 10 percent and storefront vacancies have turned into an epidemic, the arts community has managed to thrive, giving The City a much-needed economic boost. Read More
The financially troubled Asian Art Museum secured legal protection on Tuesday after the city attorney fired off a terse letter to lender JP Morgan Chase threatening legal action if the bank moved ahead on its “unreasonable path” forcing the museum into bankruptcy. Read More
The Bay Area’s 300,000-plus Filipino-Americans are celebrating their culture and historic connections with the U.S. in October.
Filipino American History Month festivities began with last weekend’s Cal Performances season opener featuring the Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company, and continue with special programming at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Read More
Carlos showcase: Expanding beyond the realm of music, guitarist Carlos Santana presented Carlos, his fall collection of footwear and handbags, on Friday at Macy’s Union Square. The event was part of Fashion’s Night Out, a city-, region- and nationwide shopping party sponsored by local and national retailers. Read More
It’s not a new proposal and it’s not one members of the Board of Supervisors are likely to approve. Yet, Mayor Gavin Newsom’s proposed $6.5 billion city and county budget includes savings from a number of proposals that would contract out services at a lesser cost than having the services done by city and county workers. Read More