Our neighbor, the Asian Art Museum, has hit the New Year running with an amazing assortment of current and upcoming exhibits for you to enjoy. Due to Covid restrictions, the museum currently has online exhibits (#MuseumFromHome) and a number of “Explore Outside” exhibits.

Here is a list of current online and outside exhibits:

Zheng Chongbin: I Look for the Sky (Online) - Bay Area artist Zheng Chongbin’s site-specific installations use transparency and light to explore how ephemeral changes can alter our perception of place.

Chanel Miller: I was, I am, I will be (Outside - Viewable from Hyde Street) - The inaugural work in the Wilbur Gallery introduces artist Chanel Miller, who represents healing as a three-part process: reflecting on the past, being mindful in the present, and envisioning the future.

Jenifer K Wofford: Pattern Recognition (Outside - Viewable from Hyde Street) - A mural inspired by traditional Asian decorative motifs and the bold, colorful graphics of the 1980s, Pattern Recognition celebrates Asian American artists and immigrant communities.

East West Bank Art Terrace (Outside – East West Bank Art Terrace) - The East West Bank Art Terrace will be open for visitors in 2021. Until then, you can view Don't Mess With Me from the corner of McAllister and Hyde Streets, outside the museum.

There are also a number of upcoming exhibits in the works.

"76 Days": A Vital Look Into the COVID-19 Lockdown in Wuhan (Online) - "As the virus resurges across the world, '76 Days' suggests a way to face the future, with tears but perhaps also hope." — The New York Times

Lunar New Year Storytelling and Art to Celebrate the Year of the Ox (Online) - Welcome the Year of the Ox with stories of animals and beasts and close looking at artworks from the museum collection.

Lunar New Year Poetry and Calligraphy with Poets Michael Warr, Chun Yu, and Calligrapher Aiqin Zhou (Online) - Celebrate the Year of the Ox with us! Poets Michael Warr and Chun Yu read works in English and Chinese (Mandarin) that reflect the essence of the New Year — vanquishing the past, embracing new beginnings, and venerating ancestors — while Aiqin Zhou demonstrates her skillful calligraphy by illustrating some of the poems.

San Francisco Zen Center Meditation Session (Online) - Learn how to meditate with a teacher from the San Francisco Zen Center. This virtual session for beginners will introduce you to the benefits of meditation, which can help settle the body and mind amid the swirl of daily life.

After Hope: Videos of Resistance (Online) - How does hope drive us to imagine new worlds? An eclectic selection of more than 50 short videos explores the role of hope in contemporary art and activism.

2021 looks to be shaping up as a great year at the Asian Art Museum. Follow along at their website, Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter feeds.

Image Credit: Asian Art Museum Facebook Page

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