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Korean Contemporary Exhibition Coming October 28th, 2023

Korean Exhibition Tiger 2023
Seongpa, "Fierce Tiger Woke Up," 2012.
Lacquer on panel. Courtesy of the artist.

  For all those who love Contemporary art and Korean art, this exhibition is for you! Save these dates!
  Sign up NOW to attend the Museum's Art Party, the special opening for members on October 26th. See the exhibition, and enjoy an evening with appetizers and drinks!
  Come to the member only opening from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 26th. KOREA IN COLOR: A Legacy of Auspicious Images, is an exhibition brought from South Korea, curated by Rachel Jans, Ph.D., Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and initially in Korea by Kihye Shin, Associate Curator at MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea). It will be a large exhibition so tell friends and family! There will be 130 artworks located in galleries 1-5.
  There will also be a special lecture panel on January 12th with our Rachel Jans, Ph.D., and Eleanor Soo-ah Hyun, Assoc Curator for Korean Art, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition will close on March 3rd, 2024. More information - Printable Flyer

Asian Insights, Bodhi leaf painting from AAC Newsletter, September 2020
Paintings on Bodhi Leaves

by Heather Simmerman, Ph.D., Docent,
first printed for members in the AAC Newsletter, September, 2020

Folio from Album of Ten Paintings, 18th c. China, Acc. No. 1975.49.1-10 Shown here is one of a set of ten paintings mounted within brocade covers. Each painting is ink and color on a bodhi leaf attached to a blue paper sheet measuring 11 x 7 in. (28 x 18 cm) and depicts one or more luohans, or followers of Buddha who have achieved enlightenment. Painting images of luohans on bodhi leaves was fashionable during the Qing dynasty ... (continued)

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The Museum’s Asian Art Collection

Of the holdings of the Museum’s permanent collection, almost 50% consists of Asian objects spanning many cultures, historical periods and media. The ongoing gallery rotations from the permanent collection, coupled with periodic special exhibitions, offer a rich, stimulating and diverse visual experience for members, visitors and guests.

Art of East Asia: The Galleries

Proudly opened in February, 2012. The Art of East Asia features works from Japan, China and Korea arranged in five distinctive gallery settings.

Art of East Asia found in docent tours.
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South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Persian Art

Paintings from the esteemed Edwin Binney 3rd Collection were featured in a new gallery that opened in January, 2017, in the back of the Museum's West Wing. While the small gallery is called the Binney Gallery, South Asian art art is resting for a few years. The South Asian Arts Council (SAAC) is very active. The SAAC website can be reached by clicking here.

AAC General Meetings
& Lectures

Chair:  Chad Patton
Secretary:  Joanne Meredith & Mary Dilligan
Treasurer: Mary Witztum 
Past-Chair: Tom Dillon, nominations

Meetings feature distinguished speakers with expertise on a wide range of topics related to Asian art. We meet on the last Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom, with the exception of November and December when there are no meetings. Non-members may register for meetings for FREE by clicking here, scrolling down and selecting this month's lecture. It's a real deal, and donations are welcome! (In-person meetings were free for AAC members and only $10 for Museum members and $12 for non-Museum members. Students attended for $8).


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Giving Back

A chance to give to support the Asian Galleries! See the Membership and Giving Back pages for more information.

The Asian Arts Council has played a significant role in the history of the Museum by providing funding in support of research, education and conservation. We support curatorial efforts by bringing scholars to the Museum who share their expertise with museum staff and with us at our monthly meetings. In addition to research and  education, ensuring the safety and the future of objects in the collection through conservation and restoration is a special focus of our annual membership renewal appeal and our conservation fund. 



As one of the oldest support councils of The San Diego Museum of Art the Asian Arts Council (AAC) has played a significant role in the history of the Museum. It exists to foster interest in the Museum’s Asian art collection and to support curatorial efforts. Our monthly meetings feature programs by visiting scholars chosen to expand our knowledge of our rich and varied Asian collection, an exhibition, artist, medium or historical period. We have an active study group promoting in depth study on a variety of topics. Organized trips include bus trips to other Southern California museums and travel to other cities to enjoy exhibitions of Asian interest. The Asian Arts Council affords members a rich experience of Asian art and a deeper appreciation of the objects in our permanent collection. Please join us!

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AAC Board

The Board meets on the third Monday of each month via Zoom. There is no meeting in December. If you would like to visit the Board meeting, and you are a member, while there are Zoom meetings, please visit and get involved. Click here to send an email to request a Zoom invitation to a board meeting. The all-volunteer Board serves a two year term with Committee Chairs serving, hopefully, forever.  Meetings are open to members. For a list of current officers and committee chairs (and Bylaws), click here. For more information, please contact us. To see a calendar, click the link.

Study Group

All Things Korean is the theme for FY24. The Study Group's research will work well with the Korean exhibition coming on October 28th, 2023! AAC members and Museum docents have an opportunity for in depth research on a theme chosen each year by the group. The Study Group meets on the third Monday of the month on Zoom at 10:00 a.m. to hear presentations by its members and Docents. There are no Study Group meetings in December, January or August). Check the Calendar page for the next meeting, or the Study Group web page for the schedule.