THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
The Asian Art Museum: Full of Art With a Past, Not of the Past
Featured on THE WALL STREET JOURNAL., August 6, 2021
Approaching the Asian Art Museum’s beaux-arts building from Civic Center Plaza across the street, one might assume nothing has changed despite an almost six-year, $100 million-plus expansion and upgrading project. Completed in 2020, it is only now inaugurating its new exhibition spaces. But make your way to the entrance from neighborhood shops behind the museum and three murals proclaim otherwise. Visible through floor-to-ceiling windows are the line drawings of “Know My Name: A Memoir” by Chanel Miller; Jenifer K. Wofford’s color-rich “Pattern Recognition” fills a wall at street level; and, when you round the corner, the woman in Jas Charanjiva’s blue and pink “Don’t Mess With Me” looks down from a terrace, one hand raised in a brass-knuckled thumbs up. For a museum whose collection spans some 6,000 years to greet us with contemporary works from Asia and the Asian diaspora is tantamount to its shouting “Asian art is a phenomenon with a past, not of the past!”(Excerpt from the text)THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.