The Art of Continuity: Revering our Elders

Changing Exhibition Galleries

December 14, 2012 to January 5, 2014

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High-Ranking Manchu Nobleman China, c. 1700 Ink, color and gold on silk USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection Gift of Mrs. Sunny Stevenson 1995.8.1
High-Ranking Manchu Nobleman China, c. 1700 Ink, color and gold on silk USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection Gift of Mrs. Sunny Stevenson 1995.8.1

The Art of Continuity: Revering our Elders examines the impact of the veneration of ancestors and lineages on the arts of Asia. In cultures informed by Confucian values, worship of family ancestors has generated countless objects for use in prescribed rituals. In other areas of Asia and the Pacific Islands, elders of prior generations are revered for their accumulated wisdom and ability to guide us through life’s transitions. The exhibition includes paintings and sculpture from East Asia and the Pacific Islands, including China, Korea and Papua New Guinea. In addition to enjoying a variety of traditions through this exhibition, visitors can share their own memories of their ancestors, highlighting the richness of Southern California’s cultural diversity.

Related Programs

Art and Coffee
March 8, 3 p.m.
Curatorial staff introduce and lead discussion of selected items in this series of informal Friday afternoon get-togethers. Coffee provided by Starbucks.

Curator’s Tour
October 26, 2 p.m.
Enjoy a closer look at the art and imagery of The Art of Continuity: Revering our Elders as curatorial staff lead a tour of this exhibition.

Silk Road Storytime
November 2, 10:30 a.m.
Children and families of all ages are welcome to hear stories celebrating families and communities, followed by a fun craft and snacks. Free and open to the public.