Asian Art Museum
Bay Area artist Ala Ebtekar is having a moment. His work is currently on view in two regional shows: part one (What Time Is It There?) of the three-part "Proximities" series at the Asian Art Museum and "Migrating Identities" at YBCA, a group show in which he's the only local artist. He's been garnering attention on both the national and international art scenes, and his work has most recently been added to the collections of an SFMOMA board member and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Talk about street cred.
On July 26, artist led project, Space Bi, brought together 28 local artists for the "Taking Up Space" exhibition in a friendly takeover of the Asian Art Museum for one night only. Works were inspired by and sometimes critical of the museum's Phantoms of Asia contemporary art exhibition. Guests were also treated to solo shows in the store, pop up karaoke, fruit costumes, printed tortillas, alternative tours of the collection galleries, participatory activities, and more. All while sipping on yummy drinks and boogying down to music by DJ-in-residence Vin Sol.
On Thursday, June 28, Phantoms arose at MATCHA's Phantom's of Asia event. Guests entered the lively atmosphere with tunes flowing from DJ Vin Sol. Drag performances and contemporary art filled the fantastic night. Gypsy Gentleman, a web-based documentary series exploring the history and art of tattoos, kicked off the night. Following that was Litquake, where poets such as Justin Chin and Paul Hoover drifted through the museum channeling spiritual and supernatural forces of Phantoms of Asia.
On Thursday, May 17 doors opened at the Asian Art Museum for the Phantoms of Asia Preview Party. Guests celebrated the new contemporary art exhibition that explored spirituality, the cosmos and the afterlife in Asia. Artists were present to show off their hard work and greet guests as they walked through.
Every September we look forward to Macy's Glamorama, an annual, rockstar-meets-runway benefit show with huge headlining acts. Each summer, Glamorama tours four major cities -- Minneapolis, Chicago, and Los Angeles, with a finale in Macy's home-base, San Francisco.
Surprisingly enough, a few tickets are still available for this Friday's event at the Orpheum Theater, with the mad musical skills of Bruno Mars and Far East Movement, and the high-fashion prowess of Tracy Reese. Tickets also get you access to an exclusive after-party with the performers, at the Asian Art Museum.
With several new exhibits, and various free admission days*, it's a great week for museum hopping. This Sunday, take a free historical tour of Bali, at the Asian Art Museum. On Tuesday, double-up with free entrance to the Fine Arts Museums of SF. The de Young has already drawn a celebrity audience with Balenciaga and Spain, while the Legion of Honor continues with Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave.
San Francisco's city center is going to get a temporary facelift on May 12 in the form of a gargantuan three-headed, six-armed Buddhist statue entitled, err, Three Heads Six Arms by the international art phenom Zhang Huan. For the massive work of art's world premiere as an outdoor adornment to the Joseph L. Alioto Performing Arts Piazza (across the street from City Hall), the city and good old Gavin Newsom are rolling out the welcome mat with a public ceremony at 10 a.m.
Get ready to take on the Year of the Tiger in style at Blanc de Chine's trunk show this weekend at the Asian Art Museum.
The Chinese fashion label will be showcasing their latest collections for men and women alongside the launch of the Rosalina for Blanc de Chine jewelry collection by local jeweler-to-the-stars Roslina Lydster. Those who aren't familiar with Blanc de Chine can expect to find minimalist designs that put a futuristic spin on traditional Chinese fashion. The result? Timeless pieces that work seamlessly in any urban wardrobe.
When did June become such a busy month of blockbusters? Aren’t we all supposed to be toe-deep in the sand, reveling in the bliss of summer sloth?
Apparently not. As the culturati dished out endless dollops of tantalizing invites last month: Samurai at the Asian Art Museum, Tut at the de Young, Gordon Getty at the SF Conservatory of Music. And the indefatigable and stylish Charlotte Mailliard Shultz hosting a round of private parties with great panache.
First up? The opening-night gala for the Lords of the Samurai: The Legacy of a Daimyo Family exhibition (through Sept. 12) at the Asian Art Museum.