"It’s as if the sounds of a clan are blending together in a house, an abode where everyone is in their own corner before convening for dinner. As in any household, the connections are formed through individuals who reside together, their noises, their obsessions, and the idols they selectively uphold, like posters in a teenage bedroom, and the different emotional tenors they strike." – Proximities curator Glen Helfand
Proximities 2: Knowing Me, Knowing You closes this Sunday. See it while you can. “Proximities 3: Import/Export” opens Dec 30.
The Calm before the Storm, from the series The Jangs, 1973, by Michael Jang (American, b. 1951). Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Wirtz Gallery.
In May of this year, a group of South African designers came up with the idea of collecting 95 posters from around the world, honoring Mandela’s life. Over 700 posters were submitted from 70 different countries. This exquisite collection of posters reflects his life more viscerally than words could ever do.
King Jeongjo of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty ordered court officials to be extremely detailed in documenting the historic event of 1795, when he visited his father’s mausoleum in Hwaseong. It was also the year of his mother’s sixtieth birthday, amongst other significant moments.
The procession to Hwaseong was extremely momentous, almost a mile long, containing 1,779 people and 779 horses. The actual number of people involved was more than six thousand.
Seen here is just a small detail from the royal protocol, a dense book of text and illustrations that records every minute particularity of the visit, and all related events. Every word, every material used, roles, names, banquet scenes, dance, and so on. The procession itself took up sixty-three pages!
Imagine if you created a book that captured EVERY. SINGLE. THING that went into a very important event / celebration in your life?
Find out more in our special exhibition, In Grand Style, on view until January 12.
Take these little In Grand Style procession guys with you everywhere. They look great plastered on say, your notebook or water bottle or hand-written mail (props to you if you still write letters!). Get a whole packet from our store for just $7.50. We’ve got lots of great In Grand Style-related merchandise right now. All price ranges, all tastes.
Our hearts go out to those impacted by the horrific and devastating Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda). The reports are appalling enough to potentially stun and cripple some of us into saddened inaction. However, it’s now easier than ever to come together and lend a hand to our fellow brothers and sisters.
The New York Times has compiled a list with a link to GuideStar (an organization committed to nonprofit transparency), which outlines its “expert-recommended” agencies to assist with informed charitable decision making. These are merely suggestions for getting started, because at times like this, it’s all hands on deck.
The New York Times broke news today of a new solo superhero title launching from Marvel early next year — and this one comes as a welcome change of pace for readers who want to see more diversity in their super-books.
Ms Marvel #1, from writer G. Willow Wilson (Cairo) and artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways), introduces the world to the young Muslim woman who takes on the mantle of Ms. Marvel formerly held by Carol Danvers, the current Captain Marvel. The new Ms. Marvel will be the first Muslim character to get her own ongoing solo series at Marvel, one of a growing number of female solo leads, and the only person of color headlining a solo book.
The artist Raqib Shaw, recently at work on Paradise Lost. Photograph by James Mollison, W Magazine November 2013.
Remember this guy? He was in our Phantoms of Asia exhibition from awhile ago. Here’s one of our conservators working on a large Raqib Shaw piece. And here’s more on the piece.
Happy Halloween from the Asian Art Museum! There are far too many spooky works of art in our collection, we couldn’t choose! Try visiting our collection site and using search terms like “ghosts,” “spirits,” “witch,” etc — you’ll see. It’s great fun.
So here’s a timely book from our store. Where is this guy “head”ing? He sure does have a mouthful!