The Asian Art Council (AAC) is a support organization for the Department of Asian Art of the Art Institute of Chicago, which houses one of the major US 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. The AAC biannual newsletter provides information about events and Asian art across the country. Through dues and fundraising functions, the AAC provides financial support to the department for acquisitions of Asian art objects. Additionally, members are able to give their voices to the selection of these objects at the Annual Meeting.
Events hosted by the AAC have included lectures on such topics as Indian Art in the Era of Globalization, Great Shrines of Iran, American Collectors of Asian Art, Kangxi Porcelain; demonstrations of the Japanese arts of bamboo basket making and ikebana; visits to private collections of Asian objects such as Southeast Asian ceramics and bronzes, Chinese jades, and Japanese paintings; and curator-led travel to museums and collections in other cities.
The Asian Art Council invites you to join our group, though you must be a member of the museum. If you are already a member of the museum, simply send in our AAC membership form. If you're not a member of the museum, you can join online.
Student $10 Individual $125 Family $180 Lapis Circle $375* Lacquer Circle $600* Jade Circle $1250* Gold Circle $3000*
*These levels provide access to an additional, curator-designated event.
Arjun Aggarwal Heather Black Gay-Young Cho Patricia Erens Charles Harper
James C. Roche
Arjun Aggarwal Heather Black
Arjun Aggarwal Jack Beem Heather Black Frances Blair Lisa Cavanaugh Gay-Young Cho Marion Wood Covey Nancie Dunn Patricia Erens Ann Grube Charles Harper Susan Higinbotham Edward Horner Richard Horwood Barbara Kipper Diane Levy Edmund J. Lewis Casey Maciasz H. George Mann Charles H. Mottier Richard Pegg James C. Roche Betty Seid James M. Trapp Katherine Tsiang Keven Wilder Tao Wang, ex officio
3 days 1 hour ago The Art Institute of Chicago OPENING TOMORROW—Jacques-Louis David’s "Napoleon"
French painter Jacques-Louis David created the quintessential image of Napoleon in 1812 and this rare loan provides occasion to highlight related works in the Art Institute's own collection as well as an interactive digital reconstruction of the artist's sketchbook
3 days 22 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT 1924: An old favorite—The Art Institute included German Shepherds as part of our crackerjack security team from the 1920s until the 1940s. Here we see guard dogs Billo and Bella posing with their handler, along with a few paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.