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December 22, 2011
The Pacific Asia Museum welcomes the public to view its permanent collection of more than 15,000 works of art from across Asia and the Pacific region, from ancient times to today at Free Fourth Friday. Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri. Free. (626) 449-2742. http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org.
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November 20, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The board of the Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday appointed Maria Seferian, counsel to the museum since 2008, as interim director. In addition, the co-chairs of the board of trustees, TV writer and producer Maria Arena Bell and lawyer-producer David Johnson, will step down at the end of the year. Seferian, a partner in the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, has been involved with the museum for about five years, she said. Over the last year - a tumultuous time at the museum, with financial difficulties and former director Jeffrey Deitch's departure in September - she has worked on its fundraising campaign and the search for a new director.
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May 12, 2011
EVENTS The Pacific Asia Museum kicks off its new summertime evening series Fusion Fridays with a dance-themed night of belly dancing and Bollywood performances and lessons. Enjoy cocktails and cupcakes from Auntie Em's while checking out the new exhibit, "Visions of the Orient. " In addition to DJ sets, demos and cultural activities, food trucks the Frysmith and Sweets will dish out gourmet fare. Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Fri. $15. (626)
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November 19, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
USC is taking over the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, bringing more than 15,000 works of Asian art dating from ancient times to today under the university's control, along with the nearly 90-year-old replica of a Chinese palace that houses the museum. USC and museum officials described the new relationship as an “alliance” and a “partnership” in a written announcement Monday, but Robert Cooper, the university's vice provost, said in an interview that the existing independent nonprofit board that runs the museum will cede full control to the university starting next month.
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November 19, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
USC is taking over the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, bringing more than 15,000 works of Asian art dating from ancient times to today under the university's control, along with the nearly 90-year-old replica of a Chinese palace that houses the museum. USC and museum officials described the new relationship as an “alliance” and a “partnership” in a written announcement Monday, but Robert Cooper, the university's vice provost, said in an interview that the existing independent nonprofit board that runs the museum will cede full control to the university starting next month.
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July 19, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Sitting atop a low table draped in a geometric quilt, Pakistani textile artist Naina intently stitches a red-and-blue block. For the next hour, she works nonstop, finishing the intricately detailed appliqued square as a fascinated audience looks on.  The artist, who is in residency at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena through Sunday, uses no patterns, photos or drawings. "It's in her head," said her husband, Surendar Valasai, who serves as her interpreter and is chief executive of the Lila Handicrafts collective she represents.
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March 31, 2011
ART The Pacific Asia Museum opens "Meiji: Japan Rediscovered," a new mixed-media art exhibit that focuses on Japan's Meiji period (1868-1912), a dynamic era of international trade and tourism for the country. The exhibit includes prints, paintings, ceramics and textiles, and runs through Feb. 26. Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thur.- Sun. See website for ticket prices. (626) 449-2742. http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org.
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August 5, 2010
Divided into two parts, "Cosmopolitan Capitalism: Shanghai Under the Republic" and "A Revolution in Culture: Designing the People's Republic," the new exhibition "China Modern: Designing Popular Culture, 1910-1970" tracks the iconographic representation of political ideologies and cultural values on decades of everyday objects, household commodities, fashions, plays, operas, posters and advertisements, numbering 100 iconic pieces in total....
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April 2, 1989
I do not understand how Calendar could devote a section to "Arts and Culture in the Pacific Rim" (March 19) and not mention Pacific Asia Museum. Pacific Asia Museum was opened in 1970 and has over the years been recognized by professionals and collectors as a major showplace for Asian art and artifacts--the only museum in the Pacific Southwest devoted exclusively to furthering the understanding among all the people of Asia and the United States through the arts. Right now there is an extraordinary exhibit of contemporary woodblock prints by one of Japan's leading artists, Tsuruya Kokei, the official artist for the Grand Kabuki Theater.
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February 14, 2010 | By Karen Wada
Whimsy? Satire? Superheroes? An exhibit opening Thursday at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena looks at how Pakistani artists are vibrantly re-imagining the venerable genre of South Asian miniature painting. From roughly the 16th to 19th centuries, court painters crafted jewel-toned book and album illustrations that depicted hunts, battles and powerful people. In recent decades, a new miniature movement has flourished, one that uses past stylistic conventions and themes as a launch pad for modern commentary and flights of fancy.
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October 20, 2013
AFRICA Presentation Pierre Odier will discuss his recent journey to Gabon, visiting Dr. Albert Schweitzer Hospital, finding a remote pygmy tribe and being initiated into another (nonpygmy) tribe. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Workshop Experts will offer tips on planning a day hike to see fall colors, including local resources and places to go. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI stores in Rancho Cucamonga, 12218 Foothill Blvd., and Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real.
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August 17, 2013 | Charles Fleming, Charles Fleming is the author of "Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles" and "Secret Stairs East Bay: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Berkeley and Oakland."
This walk is easy on the legs but full of wonders for the eyes and mind -- beautiful buildings, weird history and more -- through the lesser-known side of Old Town Pasadena. 1. Begin near the corner of East Green Street and South Raymond Avenue, along Pasadena's Central Park. Walk north past the lovely Hotel Green and Castle Green Apartments -- a 1903 construction financed by Col. G.G. Green, who made his fortune in patent medicines. Continue north across Colorado Boulevard. 2. Turn right on East Holly Street, pausing to look left at Jensen's Raymond Theatre, which at the time of its 1921 debut was the West Coast's premier vaudeville theater, containing 2,000 seats, sweeping spiral staircases and interior fountains.
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July 19, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Sitting atop a low table draped in a geometric quilt, Pakistani textile artist Naina intently stitches a red-and-blue block. For the next hour, she works nonstop, finishing the intricately detailed appliqued square as a fascinated audience looks on.  The artist, who is in residency at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena through Sunday, uses no patterns, photos or drawings. "It's in her head," said her husband, Surendar Valasai, who serves as her interpreter and is chief executive of the Lila Handicrafts collective she represents.
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June 23, 2013
ALASKA Slide show Artist Roderick Smith will give a slide presentation of his trip by ferry through the Inside Passage to Fox Island in Resurrection Bay. Smith, who painted and wrote along the way, will describe the inner journey of an artist in pursuit of finding creative solace in the Alaskan wilderness. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Workshop Experts will share tips and tricks on all aspects of hiking, such as trip planning, safety, local resources and places to go. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real, and 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave. Admission, info: Free.
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June 5, 2012
Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals (once the Emma Bangs' boardinghouse and later Vista del Arroyo Hotel), 125 S. Grand Ave, Pasadena; www.gsa.gov/portal/ext/html/site/hb/category/25431/actionParameter/exploreByBuilding/buildingId/825  Gamble House, 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena; (626) 793-3334, www.gamblehouse.org .   Historic homes to see near Gamble House: 1901 Charles Sumner Greene House at 368 Arroyo Terrace; the 1906 Cole House at 2 Westmoreland Place; the 1909 Hindry House at 781 Prospect Blvd.; and Frank Lloyd Wright's Alice Millard House (a.k.a.
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May 24, 2012 | By David Ng
Starting Monday, Memorial Day, select museums around the country will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, Sept. 3. The program is a partnership between the Department of Defense, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, a nonprofit group providing support for military families. The museum program was started in 2010 and is now in its third year. To obtain free admission, visitors must present a valid piece of identification showing active duty in the military or National Guard and Reserves.
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April 7, 2010 | By Sharon Mizota
When Picasso incorporated motifs from African art into his paintings, it was seen as a step forward for modern art. No one thought about what it might mean for African traditions. After all, they were "primitive" and therefore frozen in time. Something similar might be said for our understanding of South Asian miniature painting. Although references to its diminutive, highly stylized depictions of aristocratic life or mythic stories have appeared in contemporary art -- Shahzia Sikander's work being the most prominent example -- there has been little discussion about how the miniature tradition itself has evolved.
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May 6, 2012 | By Karen Wada, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Dragons, graffiti, cartoon heroes. Gajin Fujita is known for mixing Japanese art with L.A. street and pop culture in paintings fueled by his eclectic imagination and experiences as a Japanese American from Boyle Heights. The Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena is spotlighting a major influence on these East-meets-Eastside creations: Fujita's passion for ukiyo-e , the woodblock prints that flourished in 17th- to 19th-century Japan. "Gajin Fujita: Ukiyo-e in Contemporary Painting," which opened in April, is what curator Bridget Bray calls "a focused solo exhibition of five pieces in which you see parallels to the print tradition such as dynamic compositions, martial figures, attention to surface detail and dramatization of the natural and supernatural worlds.
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May 6, 2012 | By Karen Wada, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Dragons, graffiti, cartoon heroes. Gajin Fujita is known for mixing Japanese art with L.A. street and pop culture in paintings fueled by his eclectic imagination and experiences as a Japanese American from Boyle Heights. The Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena is spotlighting a major influence on these East-meets-Eastside creations: Fujita's passion for ukiyo-e , the woodblock prints that flourished in 17th- to 19th-century Japan. "Gajin Fujita: Ukiyo-e in Contemporary Painting," which opened in April, is what curator Bridget Bray calls "a focused solo exhibition of five pieces in which you see parallels to the print tradition such as dynamic compositions, martial figures, attention to surface detail and dramatization of the natural and supernatural worlds.
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