Talk: Dr. Jay Xu | Director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Dates: Fri May 29, 15

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

KIA Auditorium

Jay Zu v2 cropThe first Chinese-American director at a major US art museum, Dr. Jay Xu is director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. He will present on Treasures in San Francisco: History, Collection and Exhibitions at the Asian Art Museum

Dr. Xu will discuss the history of the Asian Art Museum, the highlights of its collection and exhibitions, and present the museum's new vision of "Awaken the Past, Inspire the Next" in exploring the Asian art's global connections and relevance.

Located in San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum is a premier institution in the United States that holds one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art in the world. Spanning 6,000 years, the collection's scope and breadth provides an introduction to all the major traditions of Asian art and culture.

A native of Shanghai, Xu became curator of Asian Art at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003, after heading the Seattle Museum's department of Asian art and serving as curator of Chinese art there for seven years. He also worked at the Shanghai Museum, and earned a master's degree in art history from Princeton and worked as a fellow in Asian art at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dr. Xu is a passionate champion of Asian art and culture, committed to sharing his extensive knowledge of Asian art with a wide audience, and to promoting art and culture as an essential platform for cross-cultural understanding, diplomacy, and political and business developments.

In Michigan for a convening of the Association of Art Museum Directors, he will honor us with a visit and talk. Coffee will be provided.

Included with museum admission: $5, free for members, youth 12 and under, and active military.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to or call 269-585-9279.

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