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The Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas

Though the Asian Art Museum is closed for renovation through fall 2019, the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas has been out and about hosting a dynamic array of public programs in Seattle and beyond. Until the museum’s reopening, Gardner Center events, including the popular Saturday University Series, will be held primarily at the Seattle Art Museum. We will continue to host our summer World Music Series in Volunteer Park.

Gardner Center events explore the vast diversity of Asia and its presence in the world. From history and culture to global development and urban design, we exchange ideas that include dialogue on challenging contemporary issues. We also invite you to experience a range of artistic expression related to Asia.

The Gardner Center has long-term partnerships with the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and the Elliott Bay Book Company.

Learn more about the renovation and expansion of the Asian Art Museum.


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206.442.8480
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Office Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday
10 am – 5 pm

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SCHEDULE

Visit SAM’s calendar for a detailed schedule of Gardner Center programs.

Calendar​​​​

Asia Talks

The Gardner Center invites scholars, writers, artists, global development experts, and others engaged with Asia to share their ideas, projects, and experiences. Using a multidisciplinary approach, our inquiry is dedicated to encounters across cultures—within Asia, between Asia and the rest of the world, and within the museum.

Asia Talks range from authors producing great writing from and about Asia, to local women from South Asia discussing family jewelry traditions, to a daylong session on an Asian art form.

    Saturday University Lecture Series

    A pair of phoenixes cut out of gold metal

    Silk Roads Past and Present: From Ancient Afghan Treasure to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

    October 12, 2019 – January 18, 2020
    Seattle Art Museum

    Camel caravans on the network of Eurasian trade routes known as the Silk Road are a somewhat misleading cliché, and now a preferred term is Silk Roads. But the mixing of different cultures, religions, and languages through multiple networks of both overland and maritime trade still fascinates and inspires. Join us for this series on new understandings of the Silk Roads.

    Presented in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, the Elliott Bay Book Company, and the Dunhuang Foundation.

    Tickets available online in September.

    Asia Films

    Asia Films

    From classic masterpieces to new popular cinema, Asian films are screened outdoors in the Volunteer Park Amphitheater on Friday nights in the summer, and in the Asian Art Museum auditorium during other seasons.​​​

      Asia Arts in Action

      Photo of a man working with textiles for an ikat dyeing workshop

      The Gardner Center presents occasional Asia-related performances and visual artists' demonstrations. From contemporary Korean music to Bollywood dance styles to traditional textile techniques, these are special opportunities to engage with artists in action.

      World Music Series

      photo of the BKO Quintent: five west african men with their native instruments

      Join us for free outdoor concerts at the Volunteer Amphitheater each summer featuring musical acts from near and far!​

        IMAGES: Photo: Catherine Anstett. Photo: Munem Wasif. Pair of phoenixes, late 7th–8th century, Chinese, Cut gold sheets with incised decoration, 4 3/4 x 4 1/8 in. (12.07 x 10.48 cm), Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection, 33.622.1-.2. Osaka Elegy (Naniwa erejî), 1936, Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. Photo: courtesy of Shoji Yamamura. Photo: courtesy of BKO Quintet.


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