January 20, 2012
One of the unexpected dividends of the Getty's far-reaching “Pacific Standard Time” series is the cross-pollination of audiences and institutions; another is focused historic perspective. The Pacific Asia Museum, not known for modern-art exhibitions, is playing host to a modest retrospective of the influential Pasadena Art Museum. The former was initially housed in the Pacific Asia's building, hence the title of the show: “46 N. Robles: A History of the Pasadena Art Museum.” It's a nifty piece of site-specific heritage in the form of a mixed media art survey.
December 23, 2011
Pacific Asia Museum, celebrating its 40th anniversary in Pasadena, may be one of the most overlooked cultural resources in Southern California. “People call it a 'hidden gem,'" said Executive Director Charles Mason. Yet this Chinese-style building, designed around a gracious garden courtyard, houses a treasure trove of Asian and Pacific Island art - and has a notable, if improbable history. Built in 1924 by renowned art collector and entrepreneur Grace Nicholson, it served as her residence, gallery space and Treasure House of Oriental and Western Art until 1943, when Nicholson deeded the property to the city of Pasadena as a cultural center.
August 19, 2011
Looking for fun events in your area? Here's a few options. Music Each Friday night in August and September, Scissors Paper Rock Salon celebrates beauty, art and music at 7 p.m., 1864-66 N. Allen Ave., Pasadena. Admission is free. Call (626) 825-1846. Food The Pasadena Farmers Market is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at Victory Park, 2575 Paloma St., Pasadena. There are fruits, vegetables, cheese, flowers, honey, breads, herbs and more for sale. Call (626)
August 18, 2011
If you're ever looking to find a little culture in Pasadena, you won't have to look far. Pasadena is brimming with so many great museums that both adults and children can enjoy. And on these hot summer days, I can't think of anything better to do than spend the day in a cool air-conditioned museum. Here are some of the best museums that Pasadena has to offer: Norton Simon Museum: This museum houses a large collection of works from South Asian sculptures to works by some of Europe's greatest artists.
June 1, 2007
Pacific Asia Museum is proud to present an afternoon event on June 9, that will feature the work of Lubna Agha, a leading Pakistani artist who has lived, exhibited and worked in the United States since 1981, but has also returned regularly to Pakistan to exhibit her work. Her paintings draw creative inspiration from Muslim cultures as geographically disparate as Southern Asia (India, Pakistan and Iran), Asia Minor (Turkey) and northern Africa (Morocco). Dr. Marcella Sirhandi, author of the book "Lubna Agha: Points of Reference," will present a lecture and slide presentation of the artist's paintings.
March 2, 2007
Pacific Asia Museum presents translucent porcelain bowls, lustrous silk robes, dazzling jade bangles; the beauty and value of the arts of Asia begins with natural materials. Jade, Silk and Porcelain: the Materials of Asian Art, opening March 9, introduces many of the primary substances?silk, porcelain, lacquer, ivory, bamboo, paper, gold, wood, jade, and stone?from which Asian art is made. Using video and still photographs, it will also explain some techniques used to craft the materials into works of art and feature outstanding examples of such works of art from different parts of Asia.
January 6, 2006
Jan. 14- 15, acclaimed author, Meditation Master and visiting Harvard Scholar Toluku Thondup Rinpoche will host workshops.The American Foundation for Tibetan Cultural Preservation (Ari Bhod) and Pacific Asia Museum's Himalayan Arts Council will co-host a weekend of guided meditation, reflection and healing with Tulku Thondup Rinpoch on Saturday, Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 15 in Pasadena. In 1980, Tulku Thondup came to the United States as a visiting scholar at Harvard University.
September 3, 2004
Best selling author Lisa See returns to Pacific Asia Museum on Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. to discuss and sign her third international thriller "Dragon Bones," a fast-driving narrative set against the backdrop of the building of the Three Gorges Dam, the largest and most expensive project undertaken in China since the Great Wall and the subject of great interriational debate. When the body of an American archaeologist is found floating in the Yangzi River, Ministry of Public Security agent Liu Hulan.
March 19, 2002
Tim Willert His work portrays sophisticated and complex Tibetan Buddhist religious symbolism. Pema Namdol Thaye is one of the world's few master Thanka painters, and his work is on display through May 12 at Fores Lawn, Glendale. The exhibit is called "Mysticism Demystified: Appreciating Buddhist Art and Meaning." More than 30 of Thaye's works of art are on display. According to Thaye, his work -- paintings on scrolls -- serve as objects of reverence and reminders for all people to tap into their spiritual potential.