The Moment for Ink: Shaking off tradition, February 23, 2013 – May 18, 2013

Chinese Culture Center

Coloring far outside the lines of traditional ink-wash painting, works by eight equally diverse contemporary artists explode the once- staid genre in The Moment for Ink, an exhibition opening on February 23 at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco.

China's Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor's Legacy, February 22, 2013 - May 27, 2013

Asian Art Museum

The exhibition features 120 rare objects from the great tomb complex of China’s First Emperor (259-210 BCE), including 10 life-size terracotta figures—the maximum number of figures permitted outside China in a single exhibition. Captivating the world since its discovery in 1974, the First Emperor’s tomb complex is one of the largest burial sites ever constructed. Estimated at nearly 250,000 square feet—or more than four American football fields—it includes a scale replica of the emperor’s imperial palace, complete with stables, offices, an armory and even a zoo. Ancient historians also described “flowing rivers” of mercury, of which trace amounts have recently been confirmed by scientists.

New Stories from the Edge of Asia: This/That, February 21, 2013 - September 15, 2013

San Jose Museum of Art

In video, film, multimedia works, photographs, and performance art, these artists conjure temporary identities that reflect the precarious balance between different worlds. Erica Cho, Mike Lai, Candice Lin, Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., and T. Kim-Trang Tran.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul / MATRIX 247: Emerald, February 15, 2013 - April 21, 2013

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As three ghostly voices share their stories, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2007 video installation Morakot (Emerald) lingers on dust, light, and memory in the empty rooms and hallways of a defunct Bangkok hotel. The Morakot Hotel was a haven for Cambodian refugees fleeing the Vietnamese invasion in the 1980s.

Fragments of Japanese Underground Cinema 1960-1974, February 14, 2013 - February 28, 2013

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

The programs assembled for “Fragments of Japanese Underground Cinema 1960-1974” are a selection of radical highlights with historical significance from Tokyo’s counterculture during a politically fervent and socially subversive period of its recent history. Tracing an entire decade of rarely screened works, the programs together examine early experiments in collective filmmaking with the Nihon University Cinema Club; home-movie formats adapted for the purposes of artistic expression with the Group of Three; the redefinition of collage-film with Motoharu Jonouchi’s and Michio Okabe’s film-documents; an expansion of cinematic vision with a multi-projection program; and all-out anarchy with poet Shuji Terayama’s foray into film expression.

Eye Level in Iraq: Photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson

de Young Museum

This exhibition presents the photographs of Kael Alford (American, b. 1971) and Thorne Anderson (American, b. 1966), two American-trained photo journalists who documented the impact and aftermath of the US-led allied invasion of Iraq in 2003. They made these photographs during a two-year span that began in the months leading up to the allied invasion in spring 2003 and covers the emergence of the armed militias that challenged the allied forces and later the new central Iraqi government.

Chronicles of Inferno: Japan’s Art Theater Guild, February 7, 2013 - February 27, 2013

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Originally created in 1961 to distribute European art films, Japan’s Art Theater Guild (or ATG) began producing their own independent films in 1967, and soon unleashed a string of experimental, innovative, and highly controversial works that would challenge not only postwar Japanese society, but cinema itself. ATG captured the pulse of Japan’s blistering underground movements and cultural schisms, tackling everything from queer pride to the after-effects of World War II, communist radicalism to Situationist theater, pornography to politics.

Takming Chuang: Body Blocked, February 3, 2013 – February 26, 2013

Right Window

The title of the exhibition, Body Blocked, refers to Chuang’s adaptation of block printing methods to produce a new series of prints and photographs. The artist applies the weight of his body onto an arrangement of brass fragments. After hours of pressure, an impression is left upon the skin. Subsequently, the impression is transferred onto paper with block printing ink to capture an image of the fleeting moment. In November 18 2012 Ass, the transfer process was repeated seven times until the markings faded. A documentation photograph, scaled to the artist’s body, completes the installation.

Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography, February 2, 2013 - June 30, 2013

San Jose Museum of Art

The first twelve years of the 21st century have seen astounding social and economic transformation in China. This exhibition showcases images by Chinese photographers working in their homeland during this period.

In Transit, February 2, 2013 - March 2, 2013

Maniliatown Center

In Transit investigates these multiple shifts and provides a space for understanding the nuances of these moments, contemporary and historical. These processed emotions and ideas allow us to form an unfamiliar vocabulary for these newly attained vision.

Facing Two Directions: A Japanese Painter Looks to China, January 30, 2013 - March 24, 2013

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A magnificent pair of screens painted in ink on an unusual background of silver and gold by Sakaki Hyakusen (1697–1752), the founding father of Nanga (Southern School) painting in Japan, presents a shimmering vision of a watery landscape. The screens display elements that are unusual at this early point in Nanga painting—precise brushwork, detailed treatment of foreground elements, and the incorporation of spatial effects to produce atmosphere—revealing Hyakusen’s surprising mastery of Chinese painting technique.

Hung Liu: Offerings, January 23, 2013 - March 17, 2013

Mills College Art Museum

Recognized as one of the most prominent Chinese-American painters working in the United States today, Hung Liu’s installations have played an important role in her work throughout her career. Hung Liu: Offerings examines the themes of memory, history, and cultural identity through works that navigate the complex journey of immigration and returning home. Accompanied by related paintings and prints, Jiu Jin Shan and Tai Cang serve as memorials to the past while acknowledging the rapidly changing cultural dynamics in contemporary China.

Bovey Lee: Conundrums, January 17 - March 16, 2013

Rena Bransten Gallery

In Bovey Lee’s new works for Conundrums, she continues to cut paper in narratives that explore the tension between man and the environment in the context of power, sacrifice, and survival. Where natural and man-made disasters, like the tsunami that ruptured the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, intermingled in past works, new works show examples of hopeful cooperation between technology and the landscape.

Himalayan Pilgrimage: Sacred Space, December 5, 2012 - May 26, 2013

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The third and final rotation of Himalayan Pilgrimage explores the theme of Sacred Space with a pair of magnificent large mandala paintings, two-dimensional representations of a three-dimensional architectural space where a specific deity resides. Dating to the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, these paintings represent, in vivid colors, a cosmology of the deity Hevajra. Several other paintings on view depict historic teachers of various Tibetan orders.

Batik: Spectacular Textiles of Java, November 2, 2012 - April 28, 2013

Asian Art Museum

Few art forms are so strongly associated with a particular region as batik is with Indonesia. Although the technique of patterning cloth through the application of wax is known in other parts of the world, in Indonesia—especially on the island of Java—this art form has reached the highest level of complexity.