Bejeweled and begrimed. Seductive yet repulsive. Marilyn Minter’s Strut, a dirty heel wearing a Dior stiletto, is enamel painted on metal.

Allison Harding, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Asian Art Museum, writes:

Despite the excesses of Minter’s work, I cannot stop staring at one small speck of grime on the larger-than-life heel. It is just under the fleshy, swollen fold of the skin right about where the ankle meets the heel. It looks wet, three-dimensional, and for reasons I cannot quite express, outright disgusting. I feel this filthy speck and it sends shivers down my spine, undoing the façade of glamorous. It is just too close to real life. Of course, this is exactly the point. Minter’s subject reminds us that, in the end even the most glamorous figure will be covered in dirt.

How do you respond to Strut? Is it beautiful? Revolting? Glamorous? Gorgeous? Or something else?

Gorgeous brings together the collections of the Asian Art Museum and SFMOMA. The exhibition, on view at the Asian Art Museum, explores the extremes and ambiguities of beauty, inviting viewers to draw their own conclusions.

Eid Mubarak! Today is Eid al-Fitr, a major holiday celebrated by Muslims all over the world. It marks the end of Ramadan (the Islamic holy month of fasting). “Eid Mubarak” is a common greeting that means “Blessed Eid.”

From our collection, here’s a photograph showing a congregational prayer in Delhi, India on Eid al-Fitr, 1903. Both women and men are present. The variety of the male worshippers’ headgear and costumes indicates the diversity of India’ s large Muslim population.

QuestionIt'd be SO cool to see an exhibit of Chinese propaganda posters that illustrate mundane activities! Also, whoever runs this Tumblr, you're doing a great job. I used to play at the Asian Art Museum with Gamelan Sekar Jaya and it was one of my favorite museums in town. Answer

We’ll be sure to pass your comment onto your curators, and well, from a personal perspective, I think it’s a swell exhibition idea. 

Thanks a ton for the positive feedback about the Tumblr. Can’t really tell you how much it makes my / our day! Hope you can make it back to the museum one of these days. Cheers…<3

Wow, all these jazz luminaries were right here in our very own neighborhood. Incredible.

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Youthful Dance Steps (青春舞步)Wang Bing Kun (王炳坤) 1986
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Everything seems on point here


Youthful Dance Steps (青春舞步)
Wang Bing Kun (王炳坤) 1986

Everything seems on point here

Love, love, love when our world collides with sci-fi. Here is Giger’s iconic Alien (RIP, Giger) depicted in traditional brush painting style, supposedly by Qi Baishi. Baishi was an acclaimed artist credited with transforming the brush art of China’s educated elite into a more universal art form embraced by all social backgrounds. In fact, we recently just wrapped up The Carved Brush, an exhibition of Baishi’s artworks!

Anyway, here’s some backstory on this fantastic painting.

We are still buzzing over the Grit &amp; Glamour Gorgeous opening party!  Pics from the party are up on Facebook&#8212;go tag your gorgeous self! We are still buzzing over the Grit &amp; Glamour Gorgeous opening party!  Pics from the party are up on Facebook&#8212;go tag your gorgeous self!

We are still buzzing over the Grit & Glamour Gorgeous opening party!  Pics from the party are up on Facebook—go tag your gorgeous self!

This Thurs night, just $5: performance-art band Nicole Kidman Is F***ing Gorgeous (NKIFG) plays into/destroys your notions of gorgeousness with DANCE and MUSIC. NKIFG is joined by Phatima Rude, La Chica Boom, Fauxnique (Monique Jenkinson) and DJ Hoku Mama Swamp.

Cool down and step into the Gorgeous exhibition galleries for a talk, “Hips Don’t Lie” with Nicole Archer from San Francisco Art Institute. 

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May your fireworks be safe and dazzling this weekend, with extra oomph and sparkle. Here are some ladies enjoying them in a North Indian painting from our collection.

Don’t forget to dazzle your eyes some more with our Gorgeous exhibition on Target First Free Sunday, our monthly free day! That’s right, take in the exhibition and all our other galleries for FREEEEEEEEEEE.

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Michael Jackson, his companion chimp Bubbles, and our golden Chinese scrolls are ready to party with you. Our Gorgeous  exhibition kicks off this Friday with a massive party, Grit & Glamour. DJs (including those from Honey Soundsystem and Double Duchess), voguing, art, photo booth, dancing, milk tea sips courtesy of Boba Guys, and a lot more. After party at The Stud.

The Flavorpill ticket giveaway contest to Grit & Glamour ends tomorrow, so try your luck there. 
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