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Asian Art Council

The Asian Art Council supports the Department of Asian Art of the Art Institute of Chicago, which houses one of the major U.S. collections of Asian art from Japan, China, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, and the Islamic world.

The Asian Art Council (AAC) acts as a forum for education and discussion about Asian art—from ancient to modern—through lectures, demonstrations, gallery walks, and visits to private collections. In addition, the AAC provides financial support to the Department of Asian Art for the acquisition and preservation of Asian art.

Past events hosted by the AAC include lectures on such diverse topics as Iconoclasm in Afghanistan, Digitizing Chinese Art, Japanese Shrines, Korean Ceramics, and South Indian Murals; Bamboo Basket Making, and Ikebana and Chinese Ink Painting. Patron-level members receive exclusive access to small curator-led tours, conversations, and travel.


Contact Us
For more information, please contact Elyse Strand, coordinator of programs and events, at aac@artic.edu or (312) 443-7282.

Join the Asian Art Council now. Please note that you must be a member of the Art Institute of Chicago to join the Asian Art Council. 

Membership

The Asian Art Council cordially invites you to join at one of the following membership levels:

Patron Levels

Gold ($5,000)
Gold-level patrons of the Asian Art Council provide the highest level of philanthropy to the AAC. This contribution provides critical financial support for the purchase of Asian art. Gold patrons enjoy:

  • All Silver-level benefits
  • Select opportunities to travel with curators to international destinations, such as Asia Week in London
  • Invitations for exclusive engagement with the museum director
  • Special opportunities to view and understand the permanent collection, interact with visiting scholars and artists, and visit exhibitions and private collections

Silver ($2,500)
Silver-level patrons enjoy:

  • All Bronze-level benefits
  • Special opportunities to engage with the chair and curators of the Department of Asian Art
  • Access to exclusive domestic travel opportunities with curators, such as Asia Week in New York City and trips to museum exhibitions
  • Special access to local private collections and exhibitions

Bronze ($750)
Bronze-level patrons enjoy:

  • All Family-level benefits
  • Special access to curators of select Asian art exhibitions at the Art Institute
  • Opportunities to gather with other patrons for special occasions
  • Curator-led excursions to Chicago-area Asian art exhibitions
  • Patron-level listing in theAsian Art Council Newsletter

Standard Membership Levels
Family ($300)
Family-level members enjoy:

  • All individual-level benefits
  • Special access to select Art Institute exhibitions of Asian art
  • Opportunities to bring a guest/spouse to any program at the discounted member price

Individual ($150)
Individual-level members enjoy:

  • Invitation to the Asian Art Council’s annual meeting in May and annual member-appreciation program in September
  • Invitation to member lectures, special exhibition events, and Asian Art Council programs, including Encounters with Asia, the annual lecture series focused on in-depth explorations of Asian art and culture
  • Complimentary subscription to the Asian Art Council Newsletter

Contact Us
For more information, please contact Elyse Strand, coordinator of programs and events, at aac@artic.edu or (312) 443-7282.

Join the Asian Art Council now. Please note that you must be a member of the Art Institute of Chicago to join the Asian Art Council.

Upcoming AAC programs include:

Annual Kickoff Program

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

6:00–8:00

All AAC members
Enjoy a walkthrough of the recently reinstalled Alsdorf Galleries with Madhuvanti Ghose, Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, and Islamic Art.



Lecture on Korean Art (topic TBA) 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

2:00

Open to the public

Stephen Little, Florence and Harry Sloan Curator of Chinese Art and Department Head, Chinese and Korean Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Dinner and Collection Viewing

Wednesday, October 24

Time TBA

Gold-level patrons

Barbara Levy Kipper hosts a special dinner for Gold-level patrons at her home.



Exhibition Preview: Painting the Floating World—Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Weston Collection

Friday, November 2, 2018

6:00–8:00

All AAC members

Annual Trapp Japanese Art Lecture Series: Ukiyo-e, a State of the Field 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

6:00
Open to the public

Timothy Clark, head of Japanese Section, British Museum, presents the keynote for a one-day symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Painting the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Weston Collection.



Walk-Through of Painting the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Weston Collection

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 

10:00
All Patron-level AAC members

Janice Katz, Roger L. Weston Associate Curator of Japanese Art


Art of Asian Cuisine

January 2018

All AAC members



Lecture: China’s Song Dynasty—The World’s First Renaissance? 

Thursday, January 24, 2019 

6:00

All AAC members

Colin Mackenzie, curator of Chinese Art


Lecture: Southeast Asian Art 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

6:00
Forrest McGill, Wattis Senior Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art and Director of the Research Institute for Asian Art, Asian Art Musuem of San Francisco

Storage Visit
Thursday, March 14

5:30–7:00

Silver- and Gold-level patrons 



Lecture: Textiles from Bukhara, Uzbekistan 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

All AAC and/or Textile Society members

Sumru Krody, senior curator, George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum



Lecture-Luncheon Series: Encounters with Asia 

Wednesdays in April 2019 

11:00–1:00 

AAC members and tickets available to the public

AAC Travel: Washington, DC

May 2019

Patron-level members, in order of membership level

Journey to Washington, DC, to view special exhibitions of Asian art, including Empresses of China’s Forbidden City at the Smithsonian’s Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler Galleries. 



Annual Meeting

June 2018

All AAC members


The AAC calendar is always evolving. For the most up-to-date list of events, please contact our office.


Contact Us
For more information, please contact Elyse Strand, coordinator of programs and events, at aac@artic.edu or (312) 443-7282.

Join the Asian Art Council now. Please note that you must be a member of the Art Institute of Chicago to join the Asian Art Council. 

President

Ann Grube

Vice Presidents

Heather Black
Gay-Young Cho
Patricia Erens
Charles Harper
Diane Levy
Casey Maciasz

Secretary

Anu Aggarwal

Treasurer 

Jim Roche

Directors

Arjun Aggarwal

Jack Beem

Lisa Cavanaugh

Marion Covey

Merle Gordon

Susan Higinbotham

Edmund Lewis

George Mann

Charles Mottier

Betty Seid

Kay Torshen

James Trapp

Yvonne Wang

Diane Weinberg

Honorary Directors

Marilynn Alsdorf
Barbara Kipper
Thomas and Margot Pritzker
Roger Weston

Coordinator 

Elyse Strand


Contact Us
For more information, please contact Elyse Strand, coordinator of programs and events, at aac@artic.edu or (312) 443-7282.

Join the Asian Art Council now. Please note that you must be a member of the Art Institute of Chicago to join the Asian Art Council.