Upcoming Exhibitions

Crossroads: Exploring the Silk Road
Opens September 30, 2021


Join us in exploring the historic Silk Road in this newly renovated, interactive permanent gallery. Presented as a journey through Dunhuang, an ancient oasis connecting peoples and cultures, along the southern Silk Road route, this gallery engages an intergenerational audience through play and discovery. The sights and sounds of the ancient city come to life through stories and music, dress up, tactile objects, an interactive discovery map, and highlights from the museum’s collection. With enhanced accessibility and innovative design features, Crossroads aims to inspire curiosity, build empathy and catalyze connection by immersing visitors in the stories of intercultural exchange along the Silk Road.


INTERVENTION: Perspectives for a New PAM
November 12, 2021 – February 6, 2022


In 2021, the USC Pacific Asia Museum will celebrate our 50th anniversary with an exhibition that amplifies the voices of invited Asian American artists and scholars who will create artworks, essays, public lectures and performances that engage USC PAM’s collection and history. With this effort, USC PAM begins a new chapter of community engagement. Bringing contemporary art into conversation with historical work and lifting up community narratives, this exhibition aims to generate transformative dialog about developing new methodologies to better engage the past to discover meaning in the present. In creating this exhibition, we remind the public that museums function as a place to propel our thinking about who we are to one another and why representation matters.

Intervention provides a unique opportunity for members of a community to voice what they see as relevant; to ask questions about what historic collections can say about the present; and to forge a new exhibition model that engages communities of color in the development process, rather than speaking at them. This exhibition serves as an opportunity for institutional critique together with a celebration of all that USC PAM has achieved over the years. USC PAM was the first in North America to mount an exhibition on contemporary Chinese art and the first to assemble an exhibition of Aboriginal art in the United States. This exhibition expands USC PAM’s groundbreaking legacy.