Upcoming 3rd Saturday Lecture – December 20
TOPIC: Asian Pacific Islander Americans and the Formation of San Diego | Celebrate San Diego’s diversity or Asian Pacific Islander Month with a lecture about immigrants from Asia and the Pacific who have made contributions to San Diego history. From the pioneering spirit of William Heath Davis, to Ah Quin: the unofficial mayor of San Diego’s Chinatown, to the growth of Japanese agriculture, to the influx of Filipinos associated with the U.S. Navy, and the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees, learn how San Diego became a unique and diverse place to live.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension Current Exhibits:
This exhibit traces Chinese pottery from its humble, utilitarian beginnings to its culmination as an elite art form. Early specimens reveal ancient social structure, with Han Dynasty 漢朝 (206 bce-220 CE) roof tile ends that record the status of their owners in ancient Wadang 瓦當 script. Grave goods intended for use in the afterlife, like a Han Dynasty miniature house and Song Dynasty 宋朝 (960-1279 ce) funerary jars, shed light on daily life and death in a bygone era. Sculptures of horses and carriages capture the dominance of the equestrian mongol culture during the Yuan Dynasty 元朝 (1279-1368 CE). And porcelain vessels illustrate the expertise of Ming Dynasty 明朝 (1368-1644 ce) craftsmen who increased firing temperatures and used white kaolin clay to create fine china that was coveted worldwide. Kevin Stewart donated most of this marvelous collection, and Supervisor Ron Roberts and the county of San Diego funded the purchase of several pieces. A generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter foundation made research and production of this exhibition possible.
Featured image: pottery carriage, yuan dynasty 元朝 (1279-1368 CE)
Chuang Archive and Learning Center Current Exhibits:
Open from December 13, 2014 – February 28, 2015
Please begin your visit at the
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
404 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Liang will present a unique pioneering spirit in Asian art, while carrying on the long and illustrious tradition of Chinese painting in an exhibition of more than 30 recent works at the Chuang Archive and Learning Center.
Born in Shanghai in 1947, Jack was raised in a family of professional artists. From an early age he immersed himself in the study of calligraphy and watercolor, as well as western drawing. Trained in the Literati School of Chinese Painting, Jack learned to see painting as an extension of humanity, much like philosophy and poetry. He uses his training and knowledge of Western painting theories to reexamine traditional Chinese techniques that emphasize subjective expressions of natural forms through distinctive qualities of brush and ink. His contemporary vision and traditional style create a fine balance between inner self and outer objects as he forges a new frontier.
Want a tour of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum’s permanent collection and the featured rotating exhibit? Would you like to explore Old Chinatown and learn about San Diego’s old Stingaree Red Light District? The Gaslamp District was a very different place in the turn of century, learn how it got to be that way.
The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum offers museum tours on the first Saturday and an Asian Pacific Historic District Walking tour on the second Saturday of every month. Space is limited so make your reservations today. See Ongoing Events for more information.
NEW LECTURE SERIES: Explore intriguing aspects of Chinese art, culture and history with Senior Coordinator of Education & Exhibits Alex Stewart. New topics every month, many of which feature original research on museum artifacts or firsthand ethnographic accounts from China.