Emerald. Elegant. Curious. Hidden. Unseen. Dragon. Treasures. Unbound.

The Asians Art Museum is a parody site bringing a cirtical lens to orientalist tropes in art museums, prompted particularly by rhetorical choices of the San Francisco Art Museum’s 2009 Lords of the Samurai exhibition. It highlights the tendency for museums showing Asian art to present their shows as a”a harmless trip to a fantasyland of romanticized premodern Otherness, a place where dreams of Manifest Destiny never have to die?”

It’s from 2009, but I’m not sure we’re at a new place yet. The Asian Art Museum recently held an opening party for its Seduction exhibiton, called Courtesans, Cooks, Samurai and Servants: the Seduction Opening Party (Facebook).

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