- Ikko Style: The Graphic Art of Ikko Tanaka
- 05/06/2015 - 05/10/2015, 05/13/2015 - 05/17/2015, 05/20/2015 - 05/24/2015, 05/27/2015 - 05/31/2015, 06/03/2015 - 06/07/2015, 06/10/2015 - 06/14/2015, 06/17/2015 - 06/21/2015, 06/24/2015 - 06/28/2015, 07/01/2015 - 07/05/2015, 07/08/2015 - 07/12/2015, 07/15/2015 - 07/19/2015, 07/22/2015 - 07/26/2015, 07/29/2015 - 08/02/2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
- Off Campus USC Pacific Asia Museum The Changing Exhibition Galleries 46 North Los Robles Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101
Tanaka's style is provocative yet timeless, drawing visual idioms from his cultural background and redefining them with the collective imagination of the present time. Born in Nara, the cradle of Japanese civilization, educated in Kyoto, the imperial capital and the cultural hub of Japan, and starting his career in Osaka, the city of commerce and art patronage, Tanaka was well situated to be a successful graphic master in Tokyo, an international metropolis.
As a relentless promoter of visual expression, Tanaka strove to achieve universal aesthetic value beyond regional or cultural barriers, which can be seen in his countless designs of posters, logos, trademarks, books and packages. Through his vision, forms drawn from traditional ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world) were reduced into striking abstract designs to promote cultural events. Using his aptitude for understanding visual elements from any form, Japanese written characters were transformed into effective and innovative graphic tools. Through Tanaka's celebrated work with fashion designers and corporations including Hanae Mori and Issey Miyake and Mazda Corporation, Tanaka was able to bridge the gap between fine art and the commercial sector.read more
- Visualizing Enlightenment: Decoding the Buddhist Iconography
- 05/06/2015 - 05/10/2015, 05/13/2015 - 05/17/2015, 05/20/2015 - 05/24/2015, 05/27/2015 - 05/31/2015, 06/03/2015 - 06/07/2015, 06/10/2015 - 06/14/2015, 06/17/2015 - 06/21/2015, 06/24/2015 - 06/28/2015, 07/01/2015 - 07/05/2015, 07/08/2015 - 07/12/2015, 07/15/2015 - 07/19/2015, 07/22/2015 - 07/25/2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
- Off Campus USC Pacific Asia Museum The Focus Gallery 46 North Los Robles Avenue Pasadena, California 91101
Buddhist art comprises a tremendous range of objects from paintings to sculptures to ritual objects. Images such as Amitabha have served as powerful pedagogical tools to help visualize the teachings and philosophical ideas of the religion. The intricately carved body halo and elegant lotus pedestal where the Buddha gracefully stands give a glimpse of the purified Buddha-field of Amitabha. The calmness and compassion of the Buddha's facial expression gently affirms that all sentient beings can attain salvation through their faith in him. Every feature of the Buddha, from ushinisha (the bump of knowledge) to elongate earlobes and mudra (hand gesture), carefully follows the existing canon to illustrate him as an enlightened being, thereby encouraging the worshippers to follow his teachings. This small exhibition aims to explain some of the most commonly known iconography in Buddhist art with this prime example of Amitabha from the 13th century.read more
- Recent Acquisitions at the USC Pacific Asia Museum
- 05/06/2015 - 05/10/2015, 05/13/2015 - 05/17/2015, 05/20/2015 - 05/24/2015, 05/27/2015 - 05/31/2015, 06/03/2015 - 06/07/2015, 06/10/2015 - 06/14/2015, 06/17/2015 - 06/21/2015, 06/24/2015 - 06/28/2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
- Off Campus USC Pacific Asia Museum 46 North Los Robles Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101
This small exhibition displays remarkable new acquisitions by USC Pacific Asia Museum. Work by three influential contemporary Pakistani artists—Imran Qureshi, Ali Kazim and Muhammad Zeeshan—have recently been acquired by the museum thanks to generous funding from the museum’s Collectors’ Circle, Pasadena Art Alliance, and the Pakistan Art Council. Providing an interesting and valuable point of connection between the tradition of miniature paintings and contemporary practices, these works add great depth and historic continuity to our collection.read more
- Gyre: The Plastic Ocean
- 09/02/2015 - 11/21/2015 all day
- University Park Campus USC Fisher Museum of Art HAR 823 Exposition Blvd.
A flip-flop discarded in Thailand finds its way to Hawaii, and a bottle cast off from a tsunami in Japan becomes Alaska's beach litter. In a culture dependent upon the modern convenience of plastic, throwaway products of consumption are affecting oceans and shrinking our world as we all become connected through our trash.
A unique art and science exhibition, Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, brings the problem into perspective. On view September 2-November 21, 2015, the exhibition explores the complex relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption. For decades artists have created works that address the relationship between community and environment. In the later part of the 20th century, artists gave a voice to the environment. Artists such as Robert Smithson, Michael Heizer, Christo and Jeanne-Claude and others became interested in the social value of art.
Today, plastic packaging finds its way into the hands of artists via our ocean biosphere. Some, such as Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, take an almost archaeological approach to collecting and curating bits of plastic trash while fashioning it into works of art. Others, such as Anne Percoco, collect materials to create community-based work that is often tactile and playful. More than 25 artists from around the world explore these ideas from multiple perspectives in Gyre.
The result is a remarkable visual narrative and a provocative look at the impact we each have on our world.
Mandy Barker, England
Edward Burtynsky, Canada
Dianna Cohen, Los Angeles
Fran Crowe, England
Joan Wadleigh Curran, Philadelphia
John Dahlsen, Australia
Mark Dion, New York
Andrew Hughes, England
Chris Jordan, Seattle
Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Anchorage
Karen Larsen, Anchorage
Elizabeth Leader, Buffalo, N.Y.
Max Liboiron, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Pam Longobardi, Atlanta
Rebecca Lyon, Alaska
Steve McPherson, United Kingdom
Susan Middleton, San Francisco
Cynthia Minet, Los Angeles
Tuula Narhinen, Finland
Anne Percoco, Jersey City, N.J.
Tim Remick, Anchorage
Alexis Rockman, New York
Sue Ryan, Australia
Evelyn Rydz, Boston
Judith Selby/Richard Lang, California
This exhibitions is organized by the Anchorage Museumread more