Pacific Asia Museum to Reopen Dec. 8

USC Pacific Asia Museum is opening once again on Friday, Dec. 8, with a special exhibition, “Winds From Fusang: Mexico and China in the Twentieth Century” as part of the Getty’s “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.”
In addition, the building will reopen with a refreshed 21st century look, featuring an updated gallery flow and a new visitor center and gift shop. The museum’s temporary closure for the seismic retrofit of its 1924 Chinese Qing Dynasty-inspired home strengthened the building’s foundation and added additional gallery space for special exhibitions.
“I’m thrilled to welcome visitors back to the refreshed museum this December with the dynamic exhibition “Winds From Fusang” and a full schedule of engaging public programs for our community,” said Director and exhibition co-curator Christina Yu Yu. A new selection from the museum’s collection of 17,000 objects from across Asia and the Pacific Islands, spanning more than 5,000 years, will also be on view for the grand reopening.
The new exhibition deals with the heretofore unexamined influence of Mexican art and artists on the development of art in China in the 20th century. The exhibition, its accompanying publication and public programs will present the trans-Pacific ties between the creative communities of Mexico and China in the last century.
“Many believe the Western influence since the opening of China in the late 1980s is the motivating force of Chinese contemporary art. Very few acknowledge other influences occurring before the Cultural Revolution, especially during the mid-20th century when China was isolated from the outside world,” said exhibition co-curator Shengtian Zheng.
The exhibition includes artwork, documentation, video interviews and research records.
The museum is located at 46 N. Robles Ave. in Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 449-2754 or visit pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu.

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