The Pacific Asia Museum is one of only four U.S. institutions dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands, serving Los Angeles and the greater Southern California region. The museum’s historic building has served as a center for art, culture and learning in Pasadena since its construction in 1924 by pioneering collector and entrepreneur Grace Nicholson as her residence, galleries, and Treasure House/emporium. Ms. Nicholson’s championing of Asian art early in the century set the tone for much of the Pasadena community’s arts-related activities during the ensuing decades. The building also served as the site of the Pasadena Art Museum, which was renowned for its groundbreaking exhibitions of contemporary art, and the institution for whom the Pasadena Art Alliance was founded.
The grant will be used for exhibition support for Reshaping the Tradition: Contemporary Ceramics from East Asia which will be the first major international survey exhibition of contemporary Asian ceramics organized by the museum. The show will include 30-40 artists, including work by this artist Ah Xian, who explores the relationship between artistic tradition and cultural context by combining the two most common media – sculpture and painting with ceramics. The exhibition will be on view from September 11, 2015 through January 31, 2016.