After attending two Japanese tea ceremonies at the Asian Art Museum last year, I was left in complete and utter awe. I was overcome with a feeling of incredible grounding and overall peace of mind. I became immersed in this wonderful, meticulous, and traditional process of presenting through the art of tea. Yes, the art of tea. I have always been in love with tea, especially Asian teas, the beauty of the tea bowls and the general aesthetic of teas in general. However, after seeing these ceremonies I truly began to see tea, and especially tea ceremonies, as an amazing, complex, and almost hypnotic process. I started to feel as if I was back in ancient Japan, a long white beard tickling my chest while I discuss the potency of the latest matcha pick…
- Kyla, Art Speak intern
At our August 23 after-hours MATCHA event, Dohee Lee illuminated Korean shamanism (interacting with spirits) through her own particular multi-disciplinary framework.
The first photo was a true wow moment. During a mini-performance, Lee sat down next to this fellow, a gent with a visitor guide in his lap, and what ensued was some great visitor participation. He went along with whatever she threw his way, and did not flinch when she got extremely close to his face, noses touching. The tension and suspense was great. When she opened her hat contraption, he took off his hat.
Photos by Quincy Stamper.
Tonight’s MATCHA event is all about shamanism: a form of interacting with the spirit world. Our haunting exhibition Phantoms of Asia explores this a bit, so it only makes sense that we would have an after-hours event that delves deeper into the topic.
Dohee Lee will be performing a richly layered piece that weaves together installation, animation, music with traditional Korean art and shamanism. There’ll also be mask making for everyone, and an opportunity to learn more about shamanism.
Photo by Pak Han.
More photos from last week’s MATCHA evening arts party. Michael Namkung is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the sensory experiences of drawing under physical strain. He even became a certified trainer as part of his explorations. We like how the perfect circle remained after the performance, and merged into being a part of the atmosphere. Was neat watching people walk through it.
Ensō by Michael Namkung
An interdisciplinary artist drawing from the language of sports training and athletic performance, Michael Namkung will perform a physical drawing of an Ensō. For this Matcha, the work aws performed twice in two different locations and under different conditions, once outside in the front of the museum and once inside the museum until the performer succumbed to physical exhaustion.
So this happened at the museum last Thursday night. Love the incredible intensity that the two dancers share. You really feel it.
Found and Lost by Jose Navarrete, Debby Kajiyama, and Adria Otte
Lost and Found is a dance performance created and performed by Navarrete and Kajiyama and is composed within the confines of a sculptural costume by Liz Harvey. Live musical accompaniment performed by Adria Otte.
Local artists Charlene Tan and SpaceBi made these 4-ft tall maneki neko cats out of the Asian Art Museum’s old letterhead (which were rendered obsolete by our new brand identity). Very clever recycling of something that otherwise would’ve gone straight to the recycling bin.
After the paper cats were created, they were “unofficially” staged on our entrance during one of our free days. What a massive hit, especially for many of the families who wait in line to get into the museum.
Here, the cats are holding brewskies because tonight at MATCHA (our art carnival-esque event with SpaceBi). the first 200 people who enter our doors get a drink ticket for a free Sapporo beer.
Beautiful soy sauce dog paintings. Brainy mischievous artists. Low rider pigs feet. Custom made cigarette packs. Printed tortillas. Karaoke. Portraits on the spot. And breaking news: an upside down A sculpture by Imin Yeh because she wouldn’t take no for an answer.
SpaceBi has cooked up quite a feast for tomorrow night’s MATCHA event. Have you RSVP’d yet? http://on.fb.me/MqRVvo
SpaceBi is a project by local artist superstar Imin Yeh. She’s bringing together a bunch of local artists to take over the museum for one night only. Their art is as inspired by the museum as it is critical of the museum. Expect clever sharp commentary. This is their party.
Check it out on Facebook.
Our summer line-up of MATCHA events (our after-hours program for folks who want to spice up their museum experiences) is lookin’ real good.
We’re excited about tomorrow night’s MATCHA, with Trannyshack, Litquake poetry crawl, Gypsy Gentleman tattoo documentary pioneers, DJ-in-residence Vin Sol, and of course, our beautiful contemporary art exhibition Phantoms of Asia. Cash bars, too.
And yes, it’s true, it only costs $10 for all that and more. If we’re lucky enough to have you tomorrow night, please show us on Facebook.