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27/09/2010: FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION AT THE SAN FRANCISCO ASIAN ART MUSEUM

 

Asian Art Museum Hosts

Filipino American History Month Celebration 

Filipino Journeys through American History and Art
 

Sunday, October 3, 2010
 
11:00 am – 4 pm
 
FREE admission to all courtesy of Target
 

October is Filipino American History Month, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco will mark this important period by honoring the narratives and contributions of Filipinos in the United States with a museum-wide celebration on Sunday, October 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Museum visitors can explore Philippine art and Filipino American history in the Bay Area through an array of presentations and activities by local Filipino American artists, performers, writers, scholars, educators, and community groups. This year’s program, Filipino Journeys through American History and Art, celebrates the early sea trade connections between the Philippines and California, which gave root to our Filipino American communities, and shaped artistic production in Asia and the Americas.

Visitors will enjoy a live performance by Florante Aguilar Ensemble featuring excerpts from Lalawigan- A Contemporary Tagalog Song Cycle about the Philippine uprising against Spain; music by Ron Quesada & Kulintronica; and Jason Magabo Perez performing excerpts from The Passion of El Hulk Hogancito;

Festivities also include artist demonstrations by abstract painter Arvin Flores, Kulayan Live Painting with Christopher de Leon, James (gaNyan) Garcia, and Miguel ‘Bounce’ Perez; Baybayin (Philippine script art) by Christian Cabuay; Live Tattoo session led by Aleks Figueroa of Dream Jungle Tattoo with discussion by poet Joël Barraquiel Tan; talks by visiting Filipino scholars Dr. Corazon Alvina, former director of the National Museum of the Philippines and Rene Javellana, SJ, Ateneo de Manila University; author readings by Barbara Jane Reyes, Karen Llagas, Aimee Suzara, and Prof. Daniel Gonzales, commemorating Al Robles, Helen Toribio, and Carlos Bulosan.

There will also be short films by Filipino filmmakers, and displays by Filipino educational organizations. The day will conclude with bus transportation, donated by the Academy of Art University, to view the University of San Francisco’s exhibition Galleons and Globalization: California Missions and the Pacific Rim with tours by scholars Corazon Alvina, Rene Javellana, and Gallery Director, Thomas Lucas, SJ.

The museum also invites visitors to explore artworks from the Philippines on view in the museum’s Southeast Asian galleries with two Focus on the Philippines docents tours at 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. Families can also enjoy art activities inspired by Filipino culture, including listening to Filipino folktales presented in the museum’s galleries at 1:00 p.m.

“The museum strives to present the artistic heritage of all the cultures represented in our collection, and the addition of the Filipino American History Month Celebration to our ongoing programming is another step in that direction,” says Jay Xu, Director. “Through this annual event, the museum hopes to provide a venue for the Filipino community to celebrate their heritage, and to educate our audiences on the valuable contributions that they have made to American culture.”

As is the case with the first Sunday of every month, the museum will offer free admission on October 3, courtesy of Target. “The Asian Art Museum purposely scheduled Filipino American History Month Celebration for a Target First Free Sunday to provide the greatest access to families from all over the Bay Area,” says Deborah Clearwaters, Director of Education. “We hope that visitors will take advantage of the free admission and come to learn more about the contributions Filipinos have made to U.S. culture and history as we commemorate the 423rd anniversary of the landing of Filipino sailors at Morro Bay.”

Filipino American History Month Celebration at the Asian Art Museum is co-presented by Academy of Art University, COLET Special Vehicle Designs, Consulate General of the Philippines, Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), HanaZen, INQUIRER.net, Kularts, The Maria Elena Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program at University of San Francisco, Mission Hope/Nimfa Gamez, National Federation of Filipino American Associations, Philippine American Press Club, San Francisco Filipino American Chamber of Commerce, Thacher Gallery at University of San Francisco,West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, and Mr. Buck Kamphausen.

A complete schedule of events follows. Programs are subject to change. For updates, please visit the museum’s website http://www.asianart.org/filamhistory.htm or call 415-581-3500.

Asian Art Museum Filipino-American History Month Celebration

Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 4

10:30 am – 4 pm

Free admission to all courtesy of Target

Explore and Participate

Watch master tattoo artists, led by Aleks Figueroa of Dream Jungle Tattoo, in action creating tribal tattoos for the contemporary Filipino Diaspora. Joël Barraquiel Tan will discuss the symbolism in this art form from 1 pm-2 pm.

 

 

South Court

12 noon–3 pm

Meet AsiaAlive Artist Arvin Flores, view his abstract paintings, and discuss his creative process.

  North Court

12 noon–4 pm

Meet AsiaAlive Artist Christian Cabuay, view his artwork influenced by the ancient Philippine Baybayin, and create your own pin to take home with his designs.

  North Court

12 noon–2 pm

See Kulayan Painters, Christopher de Leon, James (gaNyan) Garcia, and Miguel “Bounce” Perez in action, creating new work before your eyes.

North Court

1 pm–4 pm

Hop on a FREE bus to Thacher Gallery at University of San Francisco to view the special exhibition, Galleons and Globalization: California Missions and the Pacific Rim, with tours by scholars Corazon Alvina, Rene Javellana, and Gallery Director, Thomas Lucas, SJ.

 

  Front curb of the              museum.

First bus leaves the museum at 3:30 pm and last bus returns from USF to Civic Center at around 5:00 pm

 

 

Listen and Discover

Watch short films by local Filipino artists

 

  Resource Room

Hear opening remarks for this exciting day from Consul General of the Philippines Marciano Paynor, Jr., Asian Art Museum Director Jay Xu, Asian Art Museum Commissioner Carmen Colet and others.

  Samsung Hall

  11 am-11:30 am

Groove to the sounds of Filipino electronic music artist Ron Quesada and Kulintronica.

  Samsung Hall

  11:30 am-12 noon

Enjoy Jason Magabo Perez performing excerpts from The Passion of El Hulk Hogancito.

  Samsung Hall

  12:30 pm-1 pm

Listen to contemporary poets and writers: Barbara Jane Reyes, Karen Llagas, Aimee Suzara, and Prof. Daniel Gonzales. They will read their own work and the writings of Filipino writers: Al Robles, Helen Toribio, and Carlos Bulosan.

 

  Education Studios

  1 pm-2 pm

  2 pm-3 pm

Listen to scholars Corazon Alvina and Rene Javellana.  Alvina will discuss the intersections of food and art while Javellana's topic is "Art Challenges the Status Quo: Philippine Art and Social Change."

  Samsung Hall

  1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Enjoy the beautiful music of The Florante Aguilar Music Ensemble as they perform excerpts from Lalawigan—A Contemporary Tagalog Song Cycle.

  Samsung Hall

  3 pm-3:30 pm

In the Galleries

View special displays from local Filipino community organizations.

 

Loggia

Focus on the Philippines Gallery Tours

Meet at the Info Desk

12 noon & 2 pm

Storytelling: Filipino Stories

 

Meet at the Info Desk

1 pm

     

 

Philippine Objects on view in the Southeast Asian galleries

In conjunction with the Celebration, the museum recently installed a new acquisition of Filipino art, the ceremonial food serving set, in the Southeast Asian galleries (galleries #8–#11) located on the third floor.

Filipino objects on view now include:

NEW ACQUISITION

   Ceremonial food serving set, approx. 1800-1900
   Philippines; Mindanao
   Brass

 Museum purchase, 2010.22.A-.N
 Currently on view in Gallery 11.


   Two burial urns, approx. 600
  Philippines, Mindinao
  Limestone
  Gift of Marin Greene, 1991.323.1 and 1991.323.2
  Currently on view in gallery 8.
   Dagger (kris), approx. 1850-1950
  Steel, wood, leather, copper, silver, gold, and whale tooth
  Philippines, probably Sulu island group
  Gift of the Christensen Fund, F1988.6.47
  Currently on view in Gallery 10.
 
   Saint Isadore the Farmer and worshipers in a field, approx. 1750–1800
  Philippines
  Oil on wood panel
  Gift of Consuelo H. McHugh, F2001.16
  Currently on view in Gallery 11.

 

Malate Parish Church (La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios), 1962
By Fernando Amorsolo (Filipino, 1892–1972)
Oil on canvas
Gift of the Estate of Matilda B. Wilbur, 2008.38
Currently on view in Gallery 11.

Farmers working and resting, 1955
By Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino, 1892-1972
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Calhoun, Jr., 2005.99

Currently on view in Gallery 11.

 About the Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum—Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture is a public institution whose mission is to lead a diverse global audience in discovering the unique material, aesthetic, and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture. Holding more than 17,000 Asian art treasures spanning 6,000 years of history, the Asian Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art.

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