Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech Now Open

The Mandarin Oriental is delighted to introduce the Group’s legendary hospitality to Morocco with the opening of Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech.

Mandarin Oriental Marrakech Pool Villa Living Room

Mandarin Oriental Marrakech Pool Villa Living Room

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, an elegant and contemporary resort , is set among nearly 50 acres of landscaped gardens filled with the scent of 100,000 roses, with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains providing a stunning backdrop. Located just 10 minutes’ drive from the heart of the city and the historic Medina, the hotel offers 54 private villas inspired by Berber and Andalusian-Arabic influences, all with secluded walled gardens, swimming pools and hot tubs, extensive areas for sunbathing and shaded alfresco dining. A further nine spectacular suites, seven with their own rooftop plunge pool, feature panoramic vistas of the gardens and the surrounding countryside. There are a variety of exceptional restaurants and bars, and a world-class spa offering the Group’s renowned signature treatments as well as treatments inspired by Moroccan traditions. The luxury experience is completed by the group’s unparalleled service, allied to the best traditions and hospitality of the Moroccan Kingdom.Mandarin Oriental Marrakech exterior

The architect of the project is Pascal Desprez while the design of Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, rustic yet sophisticated, was created by renowned French architects, Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier. With its Berber and Andalusian-Arabic influences, the resort provides re-laxed and stylish luxury for the cosmopolitan traveler. Featuring natural, local materials, the interior and exterior spaces co-exist and benefit from the extraordinary light for which Marrakech is well known.marrakech-dining-1

Guests at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech will enjoy a variety of restaurants and bars featuring a diverse range of global cuisines (Mes’Lalla, Le Salon Berbère, Pool Garden). Le Salon Berbère offers an exceptional view over both the resort’s blue and green pools and the Atlas Mountains, opens as a breakfast venue before evolving into a delightful tea lounge serving drinks and light bites throughout the day and then a chic champagne bar serving a range of champagnes after dark.

Le Salon Berbère

Le Salon Berbère

Le Salon Berbère

Le Salon Berbère

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Education Works: Free Educational Resources Site Launched By The Newseum

NewseumED Provides Free Access To Hundreds Of Educational Resources, Including Historic Pamphlets, Front Pages And Newsreels

The Newseum has launched a new online educational resources site called NewseumED, which gives teachers and students free access to curated, standards-aligned content from the Newseum’s vast collection of more than 35,000 newspapers, magazines and other artifacts.

NEWSEUM ON PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE Credit: Maria Bryk/Newseum

NEWSEUM ON PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE (Credit: Maria Bryk/Newseum)

The mission of the Newseum is to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through exhibits, public programs and education. One of the top attractions in Washington, D.C., the dynamic, engaging and interactive museum allows visitors to experience the stories of yesterday and today through the eyes of the media while celebrating the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans by the First Amendment.

The website offers lesson plans that use primary sources and historic artifacts to make history relevant today and to help educators shed new light on current debates about the First Amendment and media ethics. The resource is designed to meet the needs of elementary, middle and high school classrooms, as well as college students and lifelong learners.

THE NEW YORK TIMES–OCHS-SULZBERGER FAMILY GREAT HALL OF NEWS (Credit: Maria Bryk/Newseum)

THE NEW YORK TIMES–OCHS-SULZBERGER FAMILY GREAT HALL OF NEWS (Credit: Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Each year, students make up half of all Newseum visitors,” said Barbara McCormack, vice president of education at the Newseum. “NewseumED represents our commitment to reaching students and teachers beyond our four walls and at all levels to provide them with the wealth of resources the Newseum has to offer.”

The site is launching with two EDCollections that provide curated in-depth interactive explorations of key topics built around historic print, newsreel and other artifacts in the Newseum collection. The EDCollections “Making a Change” and “Women, Their Rights and Nothing Lessexplore how civil rights advocates and suffragists used the powers guaranteed by the First Amendment to make their voices heard and enact change. Both “Making a Change” and “Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less are endorsed by the National Council for the Social Studies.

NewseumED includes more than 500 historic documents, 115 worksheets and 86 lesson plans that are easily searchable by type, topic and time period. The educational content is framed by the freedoms and ideals protected by the First Amendment, which acts as a springboard to explore more about the opportunities and challenges of our democracy. Full access to the site requires free, secure registration, but a unique “share” function allows teachers to offer their students a custom URL that provides access to the site’s content without a login.

The new website enhances the Newseum’s already robust on-site offerings, including free classes for visiting school groups, professional development workshops and adult team-building experiences. Since the Newseum opened in 2008, more than 1.5 million students have taken advantage of the museum’s free classes on media literacy, ethics, civics and more.

The Newseum Institute serves as a forum for First Amendment study, exploration and education. The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including the Freedom Forum. The Freedom Forum, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit foundation, conceived and built the Newseum, which first opened in Arlington, Va., in 1997. Over the past 20 years, the Freedom Forum has contributed more than $250 million to the Newseum, the largest philanthropic gift ever made to support First Amendment freedoms.

Wellness Innovator Canyon Ranch® Debuts First International Resort In Kaplankaya, Turkey

The Brand that Transformed how we Experience Wellness Chooses a Setting of Unrivaled Natural Beauty for its First Launch Overseas

As a founding voice in the world of holistic wellness, Canyon Ranch® has the wisdom and expertise of spending nearly 40 years helping its guests achieve well-being. Now, the life-enhancement brand that’s built a devoted global following is going global itself. Canyon Ranch is proud to bring its holistic and integrative approach to wellness to the global stage with its international destination resort Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya near Bodrum, Turkey, slated to open in 2016, on a spectacular peninsula of the sun-kissed Aegean coast. The initial phase of the Canyon Ranch development, which will open in July 2016, will include a strikingly modern resort and luxury real estate offerings. The property will integrate the signature wellness and lifestyle programming that has earned Canyon Ranch a famously loyal clientele worldwide.

Image by: DBOX. +. Hotels / In progress / Kaplankaya Canyon Ranch

Image by: DBOX. +. Hotels / In progress / Kaplankaya Canyon Ranch

Canyon Ranch® has been a pioneer and an industry-leading proponent of the wellness lifestyle for nearly 40 years, operating the world’s most celebrated collection of life-enhancement properties. Canyon Ranch has wellness destination resorts in Tucson, Ariz., and Lenox, Mass. In addition, Canyon Ranch also operates a SpaClub® day spa at The Venetian® & The Palazzo® hotels in Las Vegas, Nev., Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Sea® facilities onboard Cunard‘s Queen Mary 2® luxury ocean liner, Oceania® and Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, and on Celebrity Cruises®. The company is a 13-time winner of Travel + Leisure‘s Best Spa Award and an 11-time recipient of the Condé Nast Traveler Best Destination Spa Award.

Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya - Interior Rendering

Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya – Interior Rendering (Images provided by Gizem Ozcelik/Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations)

Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya - Presidential Suite Rendering

Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya – Presidential Suite Rendering (Images provided by Gizem Ozcelik/Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations)

Canyon Ranch is proud to be the anchor brand of the Kaplankaya development, an exclusive waterfront enclave on the Turkish Riviera, near the city of Bodrum. A rarefied mix of natural beauty and contemporary design, Kaplankaya is destined to emerge as a new, progressive destination on the Aegean coast, which is poised to become one of the world’s most sought-after year-round getaways, presenting a refined, contemporary Turkish coastal living destination in touch with its surrounding environment and combine the natural elements of clear sea, crisp light and clean air with graceful architecture that integrates harmoniously with the area’s local people and their cultural heritage.

The region is not only breathtaking in its natural beauty, surrounded by significant ruins and archeological sites, but has also been a center of healing since ancient times. This confluence of stunning landscape, rich Mediterranean history and thousands of years of healing tradition, make Kaplankaya an ideal setting for the inaugural international destination of Canyon Ranch.

The wellness resort and real estate offerings were meticulously designed by the world-renowned Barcelona-based architectural firm OAB (Office of Architecture in Barcelona) and principal architect Carlos Ferrater, the team behind the award-winning Barcelona Botanical Gardens and other landmark projects.

Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya - Wellness Resort

Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya – Wellness Resort (Images provided by Gizem Ozcelik/Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations)

Honoring and embracing the natural beauty, tradition and landscape of the region, the dazzling plan includes a complex of brilliant guest quarters respectfully integrated into the topography. Geometric shapes, sustainable materials, and superb finishes will harmonize into a blissfully luxurious environment that also stimulates feelings of well-being and pure pleasure. The unique and environmentally conscious buildings will integrate seamlessly with the landscape.

Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya - Scenic View

Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya – Scenic View

Luxurious Resort Features 107,500 Square Foot Spa, Fitness And Wellness Center

Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya will have a total of 141 rooms –75 hotel rooms and suites as well as 66 exquisite enclave rooms and suites, all of which will have views of the Aegean Sea. Guests will have exclusive access to the 107,500 square foot, approximately 10,000 square meters, Canyon Ranch Spa, Fitness and Wellness Center. The property will feature 40 treatment rooms where guests will be able to enjoy rejuvenating treatments combining traditional and Eastern medicine practices for the complete integrative wellness experience Canyon Ranch is known for.

Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya - Scenic View

Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya – Scenic View (Images provided by Gizem Ozcelik/Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations)

The resort will also include two restaurants, one in the hotel and another more casual option located adjacent to a pool and beach, which will offer a wide array of healthy and flavorful gourmet Mediterranean dishes showcasing the best local ingredients.

Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya - Scenic View

Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya – Scenic View (Images provided by Gizem Ozcelik/Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations)

Canyon Ranch is launching onto the global stage with Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya in Turkey,” says Susan Docherty, Chief Executive Officer, Canyon Ranch. “With its breathtakingly beautiful natural landscape and ancient, healing lands, it is the idyllic location for our first international immersion destination and will redefine the concept of a luxury wellness experience.”

BiVi Sicilian Vodka Sponsors 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By Food & Wine

Share an olive. Share the tradition. Drink BiVi.

BiVi Sicilian Vodka, a subsidiary of Iconic Brands, has announced its upcoming sponsorship of the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE. The eighth annual event, which attracts food and beverage enthusiasts, industry professionals, and influencers, will be taking place in New York City from October 15-18.

Launched in the summer of 2015, BiVi Sicilian Vodka is produced in an “Old World” artisan distillery in Messina Sicily and is hand-crafted with Sicily’s local pristine waters and the finest semolina wheat. The stills are fired using the finest Sicilian fruitwoods from Blood Orange and Lemon trees. The brand, along with its celebrity spokesperson, legendary actor Chazz Palminteri, have joined forces to raise awareness for the product as it becomes available across the U.S.BIVI_Bifold-Wholesale-2

As part of its partner-level sponsorship at the event, BiVi Sicilian Vodka will have a prominent presence at Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian Feast presented by Ronzoni sponsored by the New York Post taking place at Pier 92 on Thursday, October 15. That evening, BiVi will offer attendees an option to taste one of two very special cocktails that will be crafted exclusively for the event: A Bronx CockTale, a recipe dedicated to the brand’s spokesperson, legendary actor and celebrity, Chazz Palminteri, and The BiVi “Share An Olive” Martini.

The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE takes place October 15 - 18, 2015. (PRNewsFoto/Food Network & Cooking Channel..)

The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE takes place October 15 – 18, 2015. (PRNewsFoto/Food Network & Cooking Channel..)

We are excited to be part of this year’s Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival,” shared Rich DeCicco, CEO of Iconic Brands. “It is an honor to be among such great company and our presence, in particular, at Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian Feast will serve as a great alignment for our brand, further emphasizing BiVi’s Italian roots, heritage, and tradition.”LOGO

Tickets to experience BiVi Sicilian Vodka at Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian Feast are available online at www.nycwff.org. All proceeds from the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival benefit the hunger-relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry®. To learn more about BiVi Sicilian Vodka, please visit: www.bivivodka.com.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Launches New Brand Voice, With New Logo Design

Timeless Legacy Demands Attention To Build Relevance For The Next Generation Of Luxury Consumers

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. recently today a newly designed brand logo and brand voice that will be implemented across all guest touch points over the next year. The move to clarify, simplify and amplify the luxury brand’s identity comes after a decade of brand evolution and has been created to purposefully maintain the iconic luxury hotel company’s position with a new generation of guests globally. This is the first time in the 32 year history of The Ritz-Carlton that any changes have been made to the revered lion and crown.

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The new Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company logo (Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.)

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For iconic global brands, one of the best ways to signal continued relevance is to evolve the inherited symbols of their past, in the case of The Ritz-Carlton, the lion, the crown and the color blue.

In 1920s Boston, affluent homeowners imported the glass for their windows from Europe. Something special happened when that glass met the Boston air, changing it from clear to blue. Because of this happy accident blue became a status symbol in 1920s Boston. When the first Ritz-Carlton in Boston made the decision to install a blue chandelier in its ballroom, the rare color became an instant status symbol. As such, blue has always been interwoven into the fabric of The Ritz-Carlton story. But the color, as well as the story of its origin, remained in the background, serving the brand quietly. In the process of refreshing the brand voice by updating the color alongside the logo, what emerged was a new color for the brand. The new ‘memorable’ blue reinforces the promise of consistent quality, excellence and the promise of beautiful memories.TRC_KEYCARD_Layout-v2

Today we celebrate a defining moment in the legacy of The Ritz-Carlton with an updated brand logo, and a new blue” said Hervé Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and one of the brand founders.

The Ritz-Carlton has continually assessed the need to evolve and over the last ten years, and significant changes made have seen positive corresponding shifts in key brand metrics. Everything from the brands design strategy, the locations selected to open new hotels, the service style, grooming standards and the removal of the formal dining experience have all been re-designed, re-invented or replaced. There is evidence to suggest that by identifying shifts and leading change, the brand had, and has, the potential to continue to benefit today just like it has in the past. “We believe as an iconic brand that it is our responsibility to provide thought-leadership to drive change in the luxury and hospitality arena,” continued Humler.

Instead of viewing legacy as something that brands inherit, The Ritz-Carlton believes the more powerful form of legacy is one that is written by brands in the present; the ones writing history, not just reading from it every day. The purpose and the values of the brand have not changed; it still strives to create precious memories and to meet the tastes of a new generation of consumers. The new brand voice represents a more modern understanding of legacy. While rooted and inspired by the past, it has purpose and meaning in the present.

At its inception, The Ritz-Carlton was known exclusively as a hotel company. Today, the organization has developed several very successful brand extensions which include Residences, Destination Clubs, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, a Leadership Center, Retail, Golf Clubs and a philanthropic foundation, Community Footprints. They are not only the largest provider of luxury spas in the United States, but one of the largest providers of luxury meeting and conference space around the world.

Reflecting on the brand evolution, Ed French, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for The Ritz-Carlton added “as a brand that aims to lead the way for luxury, we didn’t wait for emphatic data to tell us there was a problem to fix. Instead, we took a leadership point of view and conducted global studies, not on where luxury has been, but where it is going – to shine a light for the others to follow.

 

 

 

Magnolia Pictures and Duplass Brothers to Launch Oscar Campaign for TANGERINE Trans Actresses Kitana Kiki Rodriguez & Mya Taylor

Variety announced that Magnolia Pictures and the Duplass Brothers are launching an Oscar campaign for TANGERINE stars Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor — the first awards season push for transgender actress by a movie distributor in Hollywood history. Rodriguez will be pushed as Lead Actress and Taylor as Supporting. They plan on bids for screenwriting and cinematography for the film as well.background-twitter

It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone, STARLET, “Generation Kill”) hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.tangerine.0.0

Director Sean Baker’s prior films (STARLET, PRINCE OF BROADWAY) brought rich texture and intimate detail to worlds seldom seen on film. Shot on an iPhone 5s, TANGERINE follows suit, bursting off the screen with energy and style. A decidedly modern Christmas tale told on the streets of L.A., TANGERINE defies expectation at every turn. TANGERINE is Released via Magnolia Pictures

Mark Duplass points out that AMPAS is a behind the various TV academies in terms of recognizing trans actors; he tells Variety, “Jay and I are new to the Academy, so we’re just figuring this whole thing out. One thing that has become apparent to us as we look at this stuff, it seems that the TV Academy has embraced what’s happening in the trans movement with ‘Transparent’ and ‘Orange is the New Black.’ We feel that the film Academy is a little behind on that front.Tangerine

This TANGERINE campaign offers a vital counterpoint to “Oscar bait” campaigns in which straight, cisgender, white actors portray trans characters. Mark Duplass tells Variety of this counterpoint, “This is the time for it. We’re in the middle of a civil rights movement.”

The Asian Art Museum-Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, San Francisco Announces List of Exhibitions For Its 50th Anniversary Year In 2016

Centerpiece Exhibition is Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art From The National Palace Museum, Taipei Featuring Rare Imperial Masterpieces, Including Celebrated “Meat-shaped Stone,” Make Their U.S. Debut at the Asian Art Museum-Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, San Francisco.

On Sept. 29, The Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, San Francisco (200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102) announced that it will mount an unprecedented exhibition of imperial Chinese masterworks from The National Palace Museum, Taipeimarking the first time that many of these historical treasures, including the iconic jasper stone carved into the shape of a pork belly, will be exhibited in North America. Opening on June 17, 2016, Emperor’s Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei is the flagship exhibition of the Museums 50th anniversary year, which launches in 2016 with a robust series of exhibitions and programs that will advance the Museums mission of cross-cultural education and exchange.

 The Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, San Francisco  (New) Logo

The Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, San Francisco (New) Logo

On Feb. 26, the museum will open Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts, an exhibition of 74 striking artworks from the Islamic world, which tells the stories of a writer in 16th-century Mughal India, a painter in 17th-century Safavid Iran and a patron in 18th-century Ottoman Turkey.

The museum’s second spring exhibition is China at the Center: Rare Ricci and Verbiest World Maps. The exhibition will showcases two rare and monumental 17th-century maps, including A Complete Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the World, created by Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci and his Chinese colleagues at the Ming court in 1602.

In celebration of the museum’s 50th anniversary, the museum exhibit 50 artworks that together reveal the unique physical and symbolic aspects of gold in Hidden Gold: Mining Its Meaning in Asian Art.

Top image: The water lily pond (detail), 1900, by Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Given in memory of Governor Alvan T. Fuller by the Fuller Foundation, 61.959. Photograph © 2015, MFA, Boston.

The water lily pond (detail), 1900, by Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Given in memory of Governor Alvan T. Fuller by the Fuller Foundation, 61.959. Photograph © 2015, MFA, Boston.

Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists
Oct. 30, 2015–Feb. 7, 2016
Japan’s opening to international trade in the 1850s after centuries of self-imposed isolation set off a craze for all things Japanese among European and North American collectors, artists and designers. The phenomenon, dubbed japonisme by French writers, radically altered the course of Western art in the modern era. The Asian Art Museum delves into this sweeping development in the traveling exhibition Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists. The exhibition features more than 170 works of paintings, prints, furniture and decorative arts drawn from the acclaimed collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It traces the West’s growing interest in Japan, the collecting of Japanese objects, and the exploration of Japanese subject matter and styles. The works shown represent most of the major artistic movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries with masterpieces by the great impressionist and post-impressionist painters Vincent van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Paul Gaugin and Claude Monet, among others. Western paintings, prints and other objects are juxtaposed throughout the exhibition with artworks by celebrated Japanese masters including Kitagawa Utamaro, Utagawa Hiroshige, and Katsushika Hokusai. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Accompanied by a catalogue.

Extracted
Nov. 6, 2015–Aug. 14, 2016

Where is the line between history and mythology? In Extracted, artist Ranu Mukherjee eclipses the boundaries between the two, placing them in the same universe through colorful, collage-like video, textiles and works on paper. Drawing inspiration from California’s Gold Rush, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the museum’s expansive collection, Mukherjee invites you into otherworldly landscapes inhabited by miners, a Chinese goddess with a leopard tail and tiger teeth, and other fantastical beings. Through its countless layers—image over image, fact mingled with fiction—Extracted creates tension between history and myth. Organized by the Asian Art Museum.

Govardhan (attrib.), Abu al-Fazl Presenting the Akbarnama to Akbar, from the Akbarnama (detail), Mughal India, ca. 1600–1603. (C) The Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (In 03.176b).

Govardhan (attrib.), Abu al-Fazl Presenting the Akbarnama to Akbar, from the Akbarnama (detail), Mughal India, ca. 1600–1603. (C) The Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (In 03.176b).

Artists in the Court Atelier From the Akhlaq-i-Nasiri (Ethics of Nasir) Inscribed Kahim Karan Mughal India, ca. 1590–95 Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper 23.9 × 14.2 cm Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (AKM288.12). - See more at: http://www.icjs.org/upcoming-courses/pearls-string#sthash.ceZXlPkV.dpuf

Artists in the Court Atelier From the Akhlaq-i-Nasiri (Ethics of Nasir) Inscribed Kahim Karan Mughal India, ca. 1590–95 Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper 23.9 × 14.2 cm Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (AKM288.12). – See more at: http://www.icjs.org/upcoming-courses/pearls-string#sthash.ceZXlPkV.dpuf

Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts
Feb. 26–May 8, 2016

An international loan exhibition of Islamic art organized in collaboration with the
Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts emphasizes the role of human relationships in inspiring and sustaining artistic creativity at imperial courts. The exhibition spans a geographic range from the Bay of Bengal to the Mediterranean Sea and dates from the 16th to the 18th century—a period marked by the global movement of ideas and technologies and increased interaction among various cultural and religious communities. Pearls on a String is organized into three vignettes, each pivoting around a main protagonist in three different centuries and in three empires of the Islamic world. Through 74 exquisite artworks, Pearls on String tells the stories of a writer in 16th-century Mughal India, a painter in 17th-century Safavid Iran, and a patron in 18th-century Ottoman Turkey. Organized by the Walters Art Museum and the Asian Art Museum. Accompanied by a catalogue.

China at the Center: Rare Ricci and Verbiest World Maps
March 4May 8, 2016

China at the Center showcases two rare 17th-century maps, including A Complete Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the World, created by Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci and his Chinese colleagues at the Ming court in 1602. Monumental in size (roughly 5 feet by 12 feet), and called the “impossible black tulip” because of its rarity, the map will be presented in China at the Center: Rare Ricci and Verbiest World Maps. On loan from the James Ford Bell Trust, the Ricci map is one of six complete copies in the world today and the oldest known Chinese map to depict the Americas. Ferdinand Verbiest, another Jesuit, made his 1674 A Complete Map of the World for the Chinese court. On loan from the Library of Congress, this copy of the Verbiest map has never been exhibited. These two maps are among the earliest, rarest and largest woodblock-printed maps to survive from the period. Both maps tell captivating stories about the world of the 17th century and illustrate how Europe and Asia exchanged new ideas about geography, astronomy and the natural sciences. Organized by the Asian Art Museum in partnership with the University of San Francisco. Accompanied by a catalogue.

Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea
April 29–Oct. 23, 2016

Featuring nearly 20 objects, most from the museum’s collection, Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea showcases the significance of Korean mother-of-pearl lacquer wares, highlighting aspects of their aesthetics, creation, use and conservation. It will be the first in-depth exhibition in the United States to explore this remarkable subject matter. Organized by the Asian Art Museum.

Liu Jianhua
Spring 2016

As a 50th anniversary gift to the museum, the Society for Asian Art has commissioned a major work by Liu Jianhua, one of China’s best-known contemporary ceramic sculpture artists. The work comprises approximately 2,500 pieces of white porcelain formed into letters of the English alphabet and components of Chinese characters, suspended from the ceiling of the second-floor Loggia. The artist provides only the building blocks of words, leaving it to viewers to create meaning. The artwork’s location is especially apropos: the space offers an opportunity for dialogue with the original engraved literary quotations on the Loggia’s walls, dating to the building’s previous incarnation as San Francisco’s Main Library. Organized by the Asian Art Museum.

Hidden Gold: Mining Its Meaning in Asian Art
March 4May 8, 2016

In 2016 the Asian Art Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary, a “golden” milestone. Hidden Gold: Mining Its Meaning in Asian Art is an exhibition of 50 artworks that together reveal the unique physical and symbolic aspects of gold—qualities that make this precious metal so important in the history of both Asian art and California. Ranging from a Qur’an manuscript to a Daoist ceremonial robe to a Mongolian Buddha bronze sculpture, the artworks reveal specific aspects of gold production and usage across Asia. In addition, an innovative installation including both California gold nuggets and Asian coinage explores how gold is extracted and transformed into money. San Francisco’s position on the world stage—as well as the prominence of Asia and Asian culture in California—stems from the area’s Gold Rush legacy. It’s a history that continues to inform today’s culture in the Golden State. Organized by the Asian Art Museum.
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