Having browsed the website suggested I think that I will probably have to apply for a grant in order to visit Manzanar. From the looks of it the Museum appears to be teacher friendly and the only concern would be lodging for one overnight stay. There are no fees to the park and visits are recommended in winter, however the annual pilgramage the last week in April sounds much more filled with activities. The Website has the application to the museum and is informative but is not for research necessarily. http://www.nps.gov/manz/
I just got back from the exhibit on the Terra Cotta Warriors. This was a very wonderful exhibit. I have known and talked about these warriors for many years and it was pleasing to be viewing the actual real thing in person. The exhibit itself was also very informative about China's first emperor. What some people might not realize is that they actually had to put all of the warriors back together again because they were in pieces. Chairman Mao also was behind the push to have the site promoted. Not being a fan of Confucius himself he wanted to help promote his new agenda through the discovery of the great Qin Dynasty that united the ancient people. I was also amazed at the palaces that the emperor had, of which one could hold up to 10,000 people in an upper floor. He also had all his courtiers killed in order to root out a spy he could not find. Wow, too bad for the honest ones. The museum also had some interesting exhibits on Meso-America which fits well into the 7th grade curriculum. Great place to get information and resources for students. It would be great for any students to see the Terra Cotta Warriors before the exhibit ends.
For anyone visiting San Francisco the Asian Art Museum would be the place to stop to see the one of the largest museums in the Western world that is dedicated to Asian art. If you can't make it to the museum, you can visit the website.http://www.asianart.org/The website is easy to use and very well organized. The educator resources and programs listed under the "education" section on the website will be particularly helpful.
My exhibition at LACMA on the Japanese art was interesting. Titled:The Age of Imagination: Japanese Art, 1615–1868 I was hoping to find a deep selection with prints the size of walls for some reason. It would be a great field trip for those who plan early in the year as it closes next month.
Since I missed one of the Saturday sessions, I visited the Japanese Art Museum that is part of LACMA. The first thing I noticed was the incredibly interesting architecture of the building. It soaring design was very modern, but referenced Japanese pagodas. The Bridge to the museum was framed with bamboo and vegetation that mimiced entering a garden. The interior of the museum is also visually arresting. it is designed like a spiral that gradually rises. The art is displayed along tables and short walls as the viewer travels up the sloping floor. It reminded me of an opening flower.Although I visited this museum before, this time I understood a little better what the artwork was trying to depict. Having taken this seminar and done some of the readings, I had a better understanding of Japanese history and its timeline.I found the exhibit on Japanese Prints: Word/Poem/Picture especially interesting. There was a section on the 100 poems by 100 poets which showed the illustrated scrolls with each poem. Unfortunately, the poems were not all translated. I read online later that these poems were made into a game that is still used to teach children about the imperial poets.The other display that caught my attention was Poetry on Your Sleeve, an exhibit of cloth with poems or symbols on them. The one with chrysanthmums was beautiful.This museum is truly a jewel in the Los Angeles landscape. Its unique collection and spectacular design make it a must-see for nyone interested in Eastern art.Susan Dubin
For those interested in exploring Japanese samurai through art and imagery, the Pacific Asia Museum's new exhibition, "The Samurai Re-Imagined: From Ukiyo-e to Anime," will open on February 19."The Samurai Re-Imagined: From Ukiyo-e to Anime" (February 19 through August 9, 2009) uses the image of the iconic samurai warrior to explore the roots of the popular Japanese art forms of manga (graphic novels) and anime (animation). By juxtaposing traditional and contemporary works of art -- woodblock prints with animation cels, for example -- the exhibition creates a visual history demonstrating the links between fine art and popular culture.The exhibit includes woodblock prints and paintings along with samurai swords and accoutrements from Pacific Asia Museums collection; plus animation productions cels and drawings, motion picture stills, posters, toys, and comic books and manga on loan from private collections.For additional information, contact Julian Bermudez at (213) 219-9508 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.For a listing of events related to this exhibition, visit the exhibition webpage at http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/calendar/exhibitions/Samurai.htm.
From the Museum (one of the best anywhere and especially teacher friendly):The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, as part of a major grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to expand its K-12 educational materials and programs, is gathering information from teachers about the use of visual arts in the classroom. Your valuable feedback will serve thousands of teachers and students in California and across the U.S. The goal of this initiative, titled the “Bridge Project,” is to expand and update our existing teacher materials for use statewide, and ultimately, across the United States. Our first step is to gather feedback to ensure that we have an understanding of your current needs and preferences. To begin, please go to the following link:https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/6ea8g3b215 The survey will take 15-20 minutes.
The Getty has a lovely exhibit on Japanese lacquer boxes that is well worth seeing.Susan Dubin
Susan's recommended this exhibition:http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/japanese_lacquer/"Tales in Sprinkled Gold: Japanese Lacquer for European Collectors" The exhibition just opened last week and runs through May 24, 2009. The website features a slide show of one box, details about the work to restore a particular chest, and information about the Tale of Genji images on the chest. It also has a terrific primer on the making of lacquerware. The site is terrific and I'm looking forward to the exhibition. [Note: please be sure to put your subject in the subject line. The system automatically inserts "re:..." but it's often helpful to put the name of the museum or exhibition in. THANKS ]
Located in Little Tokyo:Japanese American National Museum369 East First StreetLA, CA 90012The museum has a bunch of different programs for educators and student visits. You can pick up a free brochure that outlines them all at the museum. The heart of the museum is an exhibit that traces Japanese immigration to the US and the internment experience. The museum also has an educational facility, the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, that offers teachers and students tools for exploring the meaning of citizenship. In addition, the museum has a variety of cultural workshops, including origami, story time, and taiko drum. Reservations open in July for the following school year. Bus expenses may be provided for Title One schools.For families, the musem has free monthly programs (one Saturday per month). I've been to the last 2: photography and cooking. They had costumes for the kids and gave out photos. My daughters brought home about 5 photos each of them dressed in all types of garb. On the other visit, they got to cook stir fry vegetables and see mochi and sushi-making demonstrations (free samples too). The next one is scheduled for May 9 and is entitled "Aloha". Come and check it out. Free admission to all the museum exhibits that day too. Look at their website under "Target Free Family Saturday" for more information.Here's their website:http:/http://www.janm.org//[Edit by="mlloyd on May 7, 7:20:55 AM"][/Edit]
I have taken students to the Asia Pacific Museum in Pasadena. The highlight of the tour was a cultural art class my students took from a professional Chinese calligrapher. My students learned how to write in Chinese characters and were able to take their projects with them. They loved the calligraphy class! My students talked about this field-trip for the rest of the year!When you call for a tour for your students, you have the option of signing your class up for a cultural art class. There are a variety of choices: calligraphy, wood blocking, etc. The time spent at the Asia Pacific Museum will only take half a day.
I visited the "Samurai Art" exhibit at the Bowers Museum on Sunday, May 24, 2009.Although the term "art" is not a word that I would normally use to describeany part of the Samurai uniform, the compelling displays revealed otherwise.The Samurai Art exhibit covered the highlights and evolution of the Samuraiwar regalia from: Nanbockuche (1336-1386), Edo (18th century), Muromachi period (Onin War), Kamakura, and Tokugawa Shogunate in 1603. Thus,the exhibit showed military equipage to showcase Samurai life as a whole.One particular garment that was of interest to me was the "kosode"which was worn by all societal classes albeit with varied levelsof construction and adornment during the Muromachi period (Onin War).By contrast, the "kosode" in the the Kamakura period was when the changeof power shifted from the nobles to the Samurai political elites.Then, in the Edo period of the 18th century the "kosode" was usedas an elaborate undergarment for the Heinan court nobles.Although clothing and battle armor were the main features of this collection,what would a Samurai be without his sword and his sword mount?Sword mounting and the sword which is placed upon it are just as ceremonialas their attire. Eventually, sword mounting became more elaborate throughout thehistory of Japan.The process by which the sword was quenched (i.e., immerse the hot objectin cold water) apparently gave it a quality of being: "hard to break, hard to bend,and cuts well."I can use this in the class room by comparing the "kosode" to various levelsof clothing that one can buy. For instance, I would ask students,"How does clothing reveal status?" Their answers will vary, but the overalltheme would be for them to understand that what you wear revealshow much money you have (i.e., status) or your political or social position.My method of using Samurai clothing to relay the life of the Samurai, is a simplistic way of teaching what could be a somewhat complicated subjectfor students.
Up in my neck of the woods, Sunland-Tujunga, Mc Groarty Art Center is presenting their annul Puppetry Festival on June 6th. I have gone to this event for years now and it is a very special experience. It provides fun for kids of all ages. The highlight of the festival happens when the sun goes down. There is a troupe of puppeteers who perform with traditional Balinese Shadow Puppets. The puppets are all handmade and the artistry of the performers is magical. I would encourage all to attend. Here is the info: http://www.balibeyond.com/cp.html
This week I attended an exhibit at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Japanese Anime and Manga. The exhibit was mostly made up of cell art from Anime movies. There was however some memorabilia and descriptions of the evolution of the media. I am a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki, and the exhibit featured much of his work. That was the highlight of the show. A warning to viewers: if you attend this show there is an adult anime section behind a pink curtain on the fourth floor. It was interesting for adults but don’t let your kids follow you in, or they’ll never see Pokemon the same way ever again!
Treasures through Six Generations: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Weng CollectionDates: April 11–July 13, 2009Location: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108, Boone GalleryHours, admission and contact information: Click hereAssembled primarily during the 19th century, the Weng Collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy has survived more than a century of dynastic changes and warfare to remain unscathed in the care of one family. Weng Tonghe (1830–1904), who formed the collection, was a preeminent figure in China, holding some of the highest positions at the imperial court. His collection was passed down through six generations, finally coming to his great great grandson Wango H. C. Weng. “Treasures through Six Generations” presents 42 masterworks of Chinese painting and calligraphy created over a period of 900 years. Among them is a hand scroll by the Southern Song artist Liang Kai (13th century), the only known example of his courtly style. Also on view will be the monumental hand scroll painting Ten Thousand Li up the Yangzi River by Wang Hui (1632–1717), in which the artist traces China’s greatest river in more than 50 feet of imaginatively layered brushwork.
The Folger Library is located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and on the web at the address below. It has a fascinating exhibition running through January 9, 2010. Entitled "Imagining China," the exhibition looks at what Europeans knew/thought about China during the period 1550-1700. The exhibition includes illustrated books, maps, woodblock prints, ceramics, and much more. The website is well-done and a help for those unable to get to DC to see the actual materials. http://www.folger.edu/Content/Whats-On/Folger-Exhibitions/Current-Exhibitions-Imagining-China/?CFID=9405557&CFTOKEN=2e8def009b8b31c1-3BC5E8F1-A08D-0F7C-CFD37D3DF11ABD52
Japanese American National Museumhttp://www.janm.org/Target Free Family Day Merry Melodies!Saturday, November 14, 200911:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Japanese American National Museum369 East First StreetLos Angeles CA 90012(213) 625-0414FREE ALL DAYDelight in a day of family fun at the National Museum. November’s theme is music. All Day Craft Activities: • Make some jolly jingles by creating your own colorful and fun tambourine. • Shake Shake! Time to be creative and design your own maraca using a variety of materials. • Origami Corner: Make an Origami turkey, Gobble Gobble! *Special Toy Drive: Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the National Museum and we’ll donate it to the Children’s Hospital of L.A. Schedule: • 12 PM: Learn how to play giant Taiko drums. • 1–4 PM: Kidding Around the Kitchen will help you make a veggie soup that will be music to everyone’s taste buds. This recipe is in honor of Vivaldi’s, Four Seasons. • 1–3:30 PM: Have a great time singing your favorite songs with friends and family at the Rock Star Recording Workshop. (Limited to 20 children; first come, first serve) • 2 PM: Taiko Performance • December 5: Winter Family Breakfast Feast Cooking Workshop • • • December 12: Target Free Family Saturday • • • January 3: Oshogatsu Family Festival The museum also has a toy drive to benefit the Children's Museum, click here for more info.
I just got back from visiting the Japanese American National museum this weekend. One of their major exhibits included: Giant Robot Biennale 2: 15 yearsThe exhibit included installations by David Choe, James Jean, and Souther Salazar, in addition to works by Theo Ellsworth, kozyndan, Stella Lai, Jack Long, Albert Reyes, Jeff Soto, Rob Sato, and Deth P. Sun.I must admit that I was not aware of Giant Robot which is a bi-monthly magazine of Asian and Asian American popular culture founded by Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong in 1994. I honestly thought the exhibit was going to be about robots in Japanese cutlure.I must also confess that although I found the exhibit to be interesting I am not really an admirer of Modern Art. I prefer Goya over Warhol any day; please give me metaphor and symbolism over abstracts. I must ask you to forgive my ignorance. I did learn a great deal during my walk through the museum however.[Edit by="jgonzalez on Nov 29, 9:49:20 PM"][/Edit]
See a Film | Weekend Series | Everything is a Mystery: Four Films by Bong Joon-hoDecember 11-12 | Bing Theater LACMA is proud to host the first-ever Los Angeles retrospective of Korea's purveyor of the lyrical blockbuster, Bong Joon-ho. In the course of just four features—his third film, The Host, remains the highest-grossing Korean film of all time—Bong has established himself as a masterful manipulator of genre tropes who maintains a jaundiced eye and a penchant for slapstick absurdity. From rom-com (Barking Dogs Never Bite) to CGI creature feature (The Host) with two procedurals along the way, Bong skewers authority while depicting the webs of intrigue that gum up the mechanisms of modern life. His characters are ruthless detectives who end up down one rabbit hole or another.Note: Bong will be on hand for a preview screening of his latest film, Mother, this year's foreign-language Oscar submission from South Korea.Tickets: $7 members; $10 non-members```````````````````````ALSO:Hear a Talk | Conversations on the Culture of Korean BuddhismDecember 12 | 2 pm | Bing TheaterVenerable Hyon Gak, an American-born Buddhist monk, joins curator Hyonjeong Kim Han in conversation about the use of icons in Korean Buddhism. Following the conversation, Hyon Gak will sign copies of the book Wanting Enlightenment Is a Big Mistake: Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn.Free, no reservations.
I recently went to LACMA on a Target Holiday Monday (its free). I had never been to the Pavilion for Japanese Art or the Korean Pavillion, which I never knew was there. I really enjoyed both, although they were vastly different. To add to the admosphere there was music on every floor, on these special Target days at the museum. I really enjoyed the minatures on the ground floor. I once took a Chinese painting class in college, and I was amazed at the similarities in those paintings and the ones I studied. The following lines and the sense of low-tone color. In the Korean gallery I enjoyed the religious sculpture and clothes (especially the bridal gown).
I have visited The Bowers Museum a few times.As part of their 2008 "Terra Cotta Warriors" exhibit, the museum hashad extended exhibitions about the indigenous Maio people of China.The Maio people have used oils to "rainproof" outerwear such as coats.It must have been a painstaking process since these articles of clothingshow little wear.In addition, The Bowers Museum has extended their collection on Asiawith celebratory headpieces of gold, which weremade using hand tools.The workmanship is exquisite!It is worth a field trip or a teacher visit!
Felice Beato was a pioneer of photography and trained his camera on East Asia. The Getty Museum is currently featuring an exhibition of his amazing work. Check it out for stunning middle of the 19th century images of China, Japan, Burma, and many other destinations. The exhibition opened last week, 12/7 and runs through 4/27. 2010. Don't miss it. http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/beato/index.html[Edit by="Clay Dube on Dec 15, 8:05:01 PM"][/Edit]
Los Angles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) is currently holding a special exhibit of Korean furniture and ceramics of Yi Dynasty, now through September 12, 2011. If you are interested in traditional Korean furniture, there is a special demonstration session by a Korean artist on May 8, 2011 at Los Angels Times Central Court as well. Admission is free and no reservation is required for this one day event at LATCC. LACMA is also hosting the Conservation of Korean Buddhist Painting until August 2011 in the Korean Art Galleries (Hammer Building, Level 2). It is open to the public to observe the rebuilding process performed by painting conservation experts from Korea. The demonstration will be on Monday through Friday, except Wednesday, at 8AM to 5PM (Lunch break around 1PM). For more information, please visit the museum website. http://www.lacma.org/art/ExhibInstallations.aspx http://www.lacma.org/programs/lectures.aspx#1301333121917