We’re wearing orange and sending good vibes to our SF Giants. Good luck in game 1 of the World Series boys!

Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia opens this Friday, Oct 24! Stand next to colossal statues and marvel at ancient artworks that trace historic trade routes and pilgrimage roads from the Arabian Peninsula. 

We are the final venue for the exhibition’s U.S. tour so mark your calendars and don’t miss it!

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What does installing a larger-than-life statue of a man look like? Check out this sweet time lapse video of our amazing prep crew hoisting up a sandstone colossal dating 400–200 BCE.

This piece, along with hundreds more are a part of our upcoming exhibit Roads of Arabia opening Oct 24.

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Scholar Britta Erickson writes that local ink artist Zheng Chongbin “simultaneously deconstructs the language of ink painting and plumbs the philosophical and practical depths of Western modernism.” Join Erickson this Sunday the 19th for a conversation with Zheng Chongbin followed by a book signing outside the museum store. 

This event is free with museum admission!

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"It’s a physical and spiritual journey. You’re trying to tread in the path of ancient prophets. So you’re trying to relive history, experience their experience in the presence of God and trying to create meaning out of all of that for yourself.." - Munira Shamim, Bay Area resident who has gone on hajj

The annual Hajj pilgrimage (happening right now!) is one of the largest gatherings of people from all over the world to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to participate in one of Islam’s five pillars of faith. Muslims convene for five days to pray as one community, celebrating their history and giving thanks for blessings. From the Masjid Al Haram complex to the hills of Mina, the rites include circling the Ka’ba seven times and visiting sites of historical and religious importance. Check out this video to hear stories from locals about their personal hajj journeys.

Speaking of the Ka’ba (a cube-shaped building at the centre of Islam’s most sacred mosque in Mecca), an actual 17th-century set of gilded doors that once graced the entrance to the Ka’ba will be on display as a part of our upcoming exhibition Roads of Arabia which opens Oct 24. Don’t miss your chance to experience over 200 artworks—many of which have been recently excavated.

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Today’s the day. It’s here…our 5th Annual Filipino American History Month Celebration! Discover how the Filipino American community has contributed to the Bay Area’s rich arts and culture.

Enjoy musical performances featuring Florante Aguilar, the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival and more.

Is dance your thing? No problem, there’ll be a Filipino folk dance performance by American Center of Philippine Arts.

How’s about somethin’ for the kiddies? There will be hands-on activities, tours and storytelling all day long.

And, thanks to Target, this event is totally FREE!

For more info, visit www.asianart.org/filam
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How insane is the weather in San Francisco right now?! Now’s the time to hang your coats up and explore the city in all its sunbathed glory.

This Sunday, October 5, put on your flip flops and sunblock and get to the museum for our Filipino American History Month celebration. It’s a FREE day (thanks to Target) filled with Filipino American art, dance, music and more. So you don’t feel like being indoors? Fine, we’ve got you covered with Filipino martial arts on our front steps. Once you get worked up from that demo, you’ll probably want to head inside for more festivities. Or at least just to cool off a bit with A/C?

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Only three more days ‘till Fil-Am Day! Join us as we celebrate the Filipino American community’s contributions to the Bay Area’s arts and culture. This Sunday, enjoy musical performances centered around this year’s theme “tulay” (bridge).

At noon, Florante Aguilar, Chus Alonso, Sage Baggott and Greg Kehret warm up your ear drums with “Latin-Filipino Musical Connections”. Next, check out “Musical Bridges: A Multi-Cultural, Multi-Generational Journey” presented by The San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival with Myrna Del Rio & Friends, Anna Maria Flechero, Socorro de Castro, Leon Joyce Jr., Nzinga Smith and Lilly Robinson. Round your day out with a cappella amazement “Unplugged Performances” with Quimberly Villamer, Tracy Sarmiento and Ukelenny.

They say “the best things in life are free” and they were right. Fil-Am Day is totally FREE.

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How about some some martial arts to strike your morning into shape? Filipino martial arts group Eskabo Daan will show off their wicked fast moves on the front steps for our FREE Filipino American History Month Celebration on Sunday, Oct 5.

Learn about the history of Filipino martial arts (did you know a woman created it?) while marveling at foot, stick, hand, and knife work.

You’ll inevitably work up some energy from watching Eskabo Daan, so head into the museum afterwards and burn it off with a day of fun festivities.

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Sunday, October 5th is the 5th Annual Filipino American History Month Celebration! This year’s theme “Tulay” (bridge), represents a link between multiple generations and two countries that bring a broader perspective to the Filipino American community’s contribution to the Bay Area’s arts and culture.

Enter Samsung Hall in style and grace by joining us for the Sacred Space Ceremony procession. From the front steps of the museum, the sounds and movements of the Philippines will guide you into Samsung Hall. Join other Filipino enthusiasts to bridge the ancient to the modern—all in the spirit of “tulay”.

Did you know every first Sunday of the month is a Target Free Day? Did you also know that October 5th is the first Sunday of the month? Score!

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