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Tuesday, May 03, 2016
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New Celebrating the Arts of Japan The Mary Griggs Burke Collection
Place: The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, USA
Date: Oct 20, 2015 to Jul 31, 2016
Detail: This tribute to a great collector reveals the distinctive features of Japanese art as viewed through the lens of fifty years of collecting: the sublime spirituality of Buddhist and Shinto art; the boldness of Zen ink painting; the imaginary world conjured up by the Tale of Genji and classical Japanese literature; the sumptuous colors of bird-and-flower painting; the subtlety of poetry, calligraphy, and literati themes; the aestheticized accoutrements of the tea ceremony; and the charming portraiture of courtesans from the \"floating world\" (ukiyo-e).

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New Sacred Spaces with The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room
Place: The Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
Date: Oct 23, 2015 to Mar 27, 2017
Detail: This exhibition reflects on Sacred Spaces by focusing on devotional activities in awe-inspiring places. In particular, the exhibition presents three distinct but related environments shaped by acts of veneration. What spaces are sacred to you?

The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room provides an immersive experience inspired by a traditional shrine that would be used for offering, devotion, prayer, and contemplation. Art and ritual objects are presented as they would be in an elaborate private household shrine. The new fourth-floor installation of the Shrine Room will more than double the visitor capacity of its current location.

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New Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection
Place: The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, USA
Date: Oct 31, 2015 to Oct 11, 2016
Detail: Over the last forty years, the Metropolitan\'s collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy has grown to be one of the greatest in the world. Replete with masterpieces dating from the Tang dynasty (608–917) to the present, the collection encompasses the vast historical sweep of the brush arts of China, from serene Buddhist scriptures to bombastic court portraits to lyrical scholars\' paintings.

This exhibition, presented in two rotations, will highlight the gems of the permanent collection in a chronological display, with an emphasis on works from the Song (960–1279) and Yuan (1271–1368) dynasties.

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New Isamu Noguchi: Functional Ceramics
Place: The Noguchi Museum - Long Island City, 9-01 33rd Road, USA
Date: Jan 27, 2016 to Jul 24, 2016
Detail: In honor of Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, which will include a display of more than 300 of Sachs\' handmade porcelain chawan (tea bowls), the Museum will exhibit a selection of Noguchi\'s more “functional” ceramics: plates, bowls, trays, and other traditional forms—along with other pieces that play with the notion of use value.

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New Design into Art: Highlights from the Collection
Place: The Noguchi Museum - Long Island City, 9-01 33rd Road, USA
Date: Jan 27, 2016 to Jan 08, 2017
Detail: Long before it was widely accepted to do so, Noguchi ignored the distinction between \"art\" and \"design.\" This exhibition focuses on the permeable membrane between these categories in Noguchi\'s work.

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New Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan
Place: Asia Society - New York, 725 Park Avenue, New York, USA
Date: Feb 09, 2016 to May 08, 2016
Detail: With over thirty masterpieces from the Kamkura period (1185–1333) from private and museum collections in North America and Europe, “Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan” is the first exhibition to look beyond the aesthetics and technical achievements of these remarkable sculptures, and specifically examine the relationship between realism and the sacred empowerment of these objects. The exhibition explores how sculptures are “brought to life” or “enlivened” by the spiritual connection between exterior form, interior contents, and devotional practice, reflecting the complexity and pluralism of the period. \"Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan\" marks the first major loan show of Kamakura sculpture in the United States in more than thirty years.

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New Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place
Place: Newark Museum - Newark, 49 Washington Street, New Jersey, USA
Date: Feb 12, 2016 to May 15, 2016
Detail: Featuring more than 100 outstanding works of art from the Newark Museum\'s extraordinary collections, Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place will showcase the long history, vast geographic expanse and amazing diversity of works of art in the Islamic world.

Two factors distinguish this exhibition: first, the inclusion of works from Southeast Asia and East and West Africa, areas largely overlooked in most exhibitions of Islamic art; and second, modern and contemporary works are featured side-by-side with historic objects.

Works in the exhibition cover nearly all media, ranging from carpets to dress to jewelry, ceramics, glass, metal, paintings, prints, calligraphy and photographs. This exhibition will surprise viewers with dazzling works that span over 1,400 years of artistry.

Members Reception: Thursday, February 11, 6-8 pm

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New Birds and Flowers in Japanese Art
Place: Yale University Art Gallery - New Haven, 1111 Chapel Street, USA
Date: Feb 23, 2016 to Jun 01, 2016

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New Masterpieces of Ming and Qing Landscape Painting
Place: Yale University Art Gallery - New Haven, 1111 Chapel Street, USA
Date: Feb 25, 2016 to Jun 06, 2016

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New Indian Paintings from the Collection
Place: Yale University Art Gallery - New Haven, 1111 Chapel Street, USA
Date: Feb 25, 2016 to Jun 06, 2016

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New Encountering Vishnu: The Lion Avatar in Indian Temple Drama
Place: The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, USA
Date: Mar 01, 2016 to Jun 05, 2016

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New In and Out of Context: Asia Society Celebrates the Collections at 60
Place: Asia Society - New York, 725 Park Avenue, USA
Date: Mar 08, 2016 to Jan 08, 2017
Detail: This exhibition celebrates the legacy of collecting and exhibiting Asian art that John D. Rockefeller 3rd and Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller set in motion for Asia Society.

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New Monkeys & Mountains Landscapes in Asia
Place: Newark Museum - Newark, 49 Washington Street, New Jersey, USA
Date: Mar 09, 2016 to Feb 27, 2017
Detail: The Newark Museum will celebrate the year of the monkey with this special exhibition showcasing previously unknown works by Japanese artist Mori Sosen—famed for paintings of monkeys.

On view will be spectacular Hokusai and Hiroshige prints of Mt. Fuji sure to dazzle the eyes. Stately Tibetan paintings and sculptures reveal the specificity of Himalayan Mountains and the Tibetan plateau. Chinese Buddhist and Taoist landscapes of blue-green mountains (where the immortals dwell) complement intimate Indian manuscript paintings of musical modes (called Raga), episodes of the Ramayana epic (starring the magical monkey Hanuman), and Jain renunciants (like Rishibhadra). Majestic bamboo paintings by Kim Jin Woo and Watanabe Kiyoshi reveal Korean and Japanese abstracted landscapes. Enjoy scenic vistas and particular cultural views of real and ideal landscapes of Asia.

On view in the Asian Galleries, 3rd Floor, North Wing

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New Asian Art at 100: A History in Photographs
Place: The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, USA
Date: Mar 10, 2016 to May 22, 2016

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New Shiva Ahmadi: Spheres of Suspension
Place: Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery, Stony Brook University - New York, 100 Nicolls Road, USA
Date: Mar 10, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Detail: Opening Reception: Thursday, March 10, 5–7pm
Free but RSVP required

This exhibition features the contemporary Iranian-American artist Shiva Ahmadi’s lush and imaginative artworks of various mediums. Ahmadi’s work reflects on global subjects of social trauma and corruption through dexterous brush strokes.

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New Space Drawing by Sun K. Kwak
Place: Charles B. Wang Center Theatre Gallery, Stony Brook University - Stony Brook, 100 Nicolls Road, New York, USA
Date: Mar 10, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Detail: New York-based Korean American artist Sun K. Kwak’s canvas is architectural space and her primary medium is black masking tape. Kwak creates a site-specific installation at the Wang Center with her sprawling freehand strokes over surfaces to dramatic effect.

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New Webtoons: South Korean Digital Comics
Place: Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery, Stony Brook University - Stony Brook, 100 Nicolls Road, New York, USA
Date: Mar 10, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Detail: Internet-based digital comics, known as webtoons, are very popular in South Korea.Webtoons can be enjoyed anywhere and anytime by simply visiting websites or using a mobile app.

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New Chinese Textiles: Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection
Place: The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, USA
Date: Mar 10, 2016 to Jun 19, 2016

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New Chinese Lacquer: Treasures from the Irving Collection, 12th–18th Century
Place: The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, USA
Date: Mar 10, 2016 to Jun 19, 2016

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New Monkey Business: Celebrating the Year of the Monkey
Place: The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, USA
Date: Mar 10, 2016 to Jul 24, 2016
Detail: The traditional East Asian lunar calendar consists of a repeating twelve-year cycle, with each year corresponding to one of the twelve animals in the East Asian zodiac. This Lunar New Year, which begins on February 8, 2016, is the Year of the Monkey. In celebration, the Metropolitan Museum is pleased to present this small exhibition in the Charlotte C. Weber Galleries for the Arts of Ancient China, featuring depictions of monkeys in various media—including painting, ceramics, metalwork, and jade carving.

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New Arms and Armor from the Islamic World
Place: The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, USA
Date: Mar 10, 2016 to Jan 02, 2017
Detail: This exhibition features a selection of more than three dozen historical examples of Islamic arms and armor, which represent the breadth and depth of The Met\'s renowned holdings in this area. Focusing primarily on the courts of the Mamluk and Ottoman sultans, shahs of Iran, and Mughal emperors of India, the exhibition celebrates the publication of Islamic Arms and Armor in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum\'s first scholarly volume on the subject.

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New The Arts of Nepal and Tibet: Recent Gifts
Place: The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, 1000 Fifth Avenue, USA
Date: Mar 10, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017

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New Bridging Realms: Contemporary Tibetan Art
Place: Tibet House US - New York, 22 West 15th Street, USA
Date: Mar 11, 2016 to May 10, 2016
Detail: Opening Reception:
Friday, March 11, 6–8pm

This exhibit presents contemporary works connected by Tibetan cultural and philosophical thought embracing contradiction and reconciling polarities. Through paintings, mixed media and photography, the artists rely on provocative and paradoxical aspects of Madhyamaka Buddhist philosophy and the ideal of the “middle way between extremes.” Among these artists are Tashi Norbu and others.

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New In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11
Place: Japan Society - New York, 333 East 47th Street, USA
Date: Mar 11, 2016 to Jun 12, 2016
Detail: In the Wake focuses on the enormous response in the arts to the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011 and its aftermath. Featuring some 100 photographs, videos, projections, and large-scale installations by 16 leading contemporary Japanese photographers, the exhibition charts the new artistic paths that have emerged following the disaster.

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New Freed From the Vault: Buddhist Shrine from the Collection of Jacques Marchais
Place: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art - Staten Island, 338 Lighthouse Avenue, New York, USA
Date: Mar 11, 2016 to Jun 30, 2016
Detail: Wed–Sun 1–5pm

Admission $6
$4 Seniors (60+) & Students
Members and Children under 6 free

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New Historic Tibet: Tulkus and Reincarnated Lamas
Place: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art - Staten Island, 338 Lighthouse Avenue, New York, USA
Date: Mar 11, 2016 to Jun 30, 2016
Detail: Traditionally in Tibetan art, thangkas, sculptures of the Buddha and other deities were used to facilitate spiritual attainment. The Museum’s collection contains many sculptures of historic lamas and reincarnated lamas or “Tulkus.” Sculptures of Lama Jangkya Hutuku Rolpay Dorje (1717-1786), the Third (Sixth) Panchen Lama Lobzang Palden Yeshe, (1738-1781), and Tsong Khapa (1357-1419) will be included; so will portraits of the Dalai Lama and artifacts from his visit to the Museum in 1991 and a portrait of the 9th Panchen Lama (1883-1937) by Alfred Learned along with his fire ceremony implements. Historic photographs of Tibetan lamas and monasteries from a 1933 expedition into Tibet by British explorers John Hanbury Tracy and Ronald Kaulbeck, and a 1940s OSS expedition into Tibet by Ilya Tolstoy and Brooke Dolan will be on view.

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New Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China: 3rd–6th Centuries
Place: China Institute - New York, 100 Washington Street, USA
Date: Sep 30, 2016 to Mar 19, 2017
Detail: This inaugural exhibition will highlight recently excavated objects showing the artistic achievements of the Six Dynasties Period across the mediums of celadon, sculpture, calligraphy and painting.

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New Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit and Afterlife Objects from Xuzhou
Place: China Institute - New York, 100 Washington Street, USA
Date: May 01, 2017 to May 30, 2017
Detail: This exhibition will feature exquisite jade, including a rare jade burial suit and other afterlife objects from Han Dynasty tombs to explore these ancient kings' visions of life and death.

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