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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 scholarly programs throughout the year, including curatorial seminars, exhibition viewings, guest talks, and close examination of artworks and techniques represented in the Asian Art collection. Acquisitions supported by the Friends of Asian Art funds are presented at the Friends annual meeting and dinner.

Annual dues: $8,000 ($6,800 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $4,500 ($3,300 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 exhibitions Masterpieces of Chinese Painting; Encountering Vishnu: The Lion Avatar in Indian Temple Drama; and Global by Design: Chinese Ceramics from the R. Albuquerque Collection
  • "Reinterpreting Antiquity: Chinese Bronzes from the 13th to the 18th Century"—a curatorial discussion and private viewing of recent bronze acquisitions
  • Musical performance and discussion with pipa master Wu Man in a joint event with the Friends of Musical Instruments: The Amati
  • Special viewing and champagne reception for Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection
  • "Portraiture in East Asian Art"—a curatorial discussion and private viewing exploring cross cultural themes
  • "An Inside Look at Textiles: Conservation and Care," featuring conservators from the Department of Textile Conservation and the Antonio Ratti Textile Center

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)