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 ($7,190 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $4,500 ($3,690 is tax deductible)

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

Highlights of Past Events

  • Silk and Bamboo: Music and Art of China exhibition viewing followed by a live pipa concert. This event was held in conjunction with The Amati.
  • Nabeshima Ware: Jewels of Japanese Porcelain in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Guest lecture and examination of objects in the Museum's collection of Japanese art.
  • Discerning Tastes: Art and Patronage in Korea, 1400–1600. Curatorial seminar and viewing of the exhibition Art of the Korean Renaissance, 1400–1600.
  • Revealing the Buddha Message: Early Buddhist Palm-Leaf Manuscript Painting. Curatorial seminar and viewing of illuminated manuscripts in the Museum's South Asian collection.
  • Contemporary Chinese Photography. Curatorial seminar and viewing with Christopher Phillips, curator, International Center of Photography. This program was held in conjunction with the Alfred Stieglitz Society.

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)

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Young Members Summer Fridays
August 29, 2014 | [For Young Members of the Museum, ages 21–35] Free with Museum Membership
Monday at the Met with Elinor Richter: Holland in the Golden Age
September 15, 2014 | [For Supporting and Sustaining Members] Fee: $1,800 for the eight-session course
Saturday Evenings with Elinor Richter: The Landscape
September 20, 2014 | [For Supporting and Sustaining Members] Fee: $150 per person for each session

Last updated: Wednesday, July 30