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Jay Xu – Asia Now: A New Focus on Contemporary Art
March 3, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Speaker: Jay Xu, Director and CEO, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Ever since its doors opened in 1966, the Asian Art Museum has dedicated itself to inspiring new ways of thinking. Through its world-class collection, exhibitions, and programs, the AAM connects diverse communities to various aspects of Asian art and culture. To further its commitment to make Asian art and culture an essential part of American life in the 21st century, the AAM has launched a major contemporary art initiative. The overarching goal is to spark the audience’s curiosity, foster connection of art to life, and to contributes to a paradigm shift and canon building in the field of contemporary Asian art. The newly renovated and expanded museum facilities and art presentation, which are to open to public in May 2020, include the first manifestation of the contemporary art initiative. This lecture will discuss the thought process, strategy, resources, and programs of the AAM’s initiative, and encourage critical feedback for its effort.