Friends of Asian Art


The Friends of Asian Art brings together individuals from around the world who have a serious interest in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, and South and Southeast Asia in order to support the acquisitions and activities of the Department of Asian Art and to foster a wider appreciation and understanding of Asian cultures. The Friends enjoy seven or more scholarly programs a year, including curatorial seminars, exhibition viewings, guest lectures, and close examination of artworks and techniques represented in the Asian Art collection. Acquisitions supported by Friends of Asian Art funds are presented at the Friends annual meeting and dinner.

Annual dues: $8,000 ($6,848 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $4,500 ($3,348 is tax deductible)

For more information please contact the Department of Asian Art at 212-570-3838.

Highlights of Past Events

  • Private curatorial tours of the special exhibitions Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800; Silla: Korea's Golden Kingdom; and Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century
  • Presentation and examination of Chinese snuff bottles with curators from the Departments of Asian Art and European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
  • "What's Chinese about Contemporary Chinese Art?" A public lecture followed by a private viewing of the exhibition Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China
  • "An Inside Look at Textiles: Conservation and Care," featuring conservators from the Department of Textile Conservation and the Antonio Ratti Textile Center
  • "Art and the Artist: A Conversation," with Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich and viewing of the exhibition Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich

Above: Xie Huan (Chinese, ca. 1370–ca. 1450). Elegant Gathering in the Apricot Garden (detail). China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), ca. 1437. Handscroll; ink and color on silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1989 (1989.141.3)

Members Holiday Reception
December 1, 2015 | [For Museum Members only] Sold Out
Cultural Discoveries with Olivier Bernier: Inventing the Modern, 1900 to 1940
December 2, 2015 | [For Supporting and Sustaining Members] Sold Out
Art Up Close—German Paintings
December 3, 2015 | [For Supporting and Sustaining Members] Fee: $150 per person

Last updated: Tuesday, December 1