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Asian Art Museum Special: Shanghai tour & Lunch with Jay Xu *08

Take a guided tour of the Asian Art Museum's special exhibition on the art and culture of Shanghai, and have lunch with museum director Dr. Jay Xu *93 *08. SORRY -- THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Thanks to a special arrangement with San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, on July 24 Princetonians will have an exceptional opportunity for a docent-led tour of the museum's current Shanghai exhibition, plus lunch and a talk by museum director Dr. Jay Xu *08.

The Asian Art Museum is generously waiving its usual admission fee for participants in this event. The museum is also allowing our group to use an exclusive private room that is ordinarily available only to upper-level donors.

Shanghai is a sister city of San Francisco, and it is becoming a world-class commercial and financial center on par with New York and London. The Shanghai exhibition is the cornerstone of a year-long "Shanghai Celebration," a festival presented by San Francisco Bay Area organizations to honor the region's unique and historic relationship with Shanghai.

This opportunity will be particularly unique because of Dr. Jay Xu's personal connection with both Shanghai and Princeton. He is a native of Shanghai and has strong connections with the city as well as the collector community associated with Shanghai. He came to Princeton from Shanghai as a young graduate student in art history in the early 1990s, receiving his M.A. in 1993 and his Ph.D. in 2008.

Besides displaying the art works themselves, the exhibition is also a tour through the last 150 years of Shanghai’s history. The exhibition rooms are organized according to historical periods, beginning with the late 19th century when Shanghai first opened to international trade, followed by the years before World War II when Shanghai was the most glamorous place in the Orient, then the trauma of the Cultural Revolution, and finally the city's present renaissance.

Our special tours will be guided by museum docents including Andrew Bogan '96 and Tony Pan *69.

Participants should arrive at the museum between 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Tour groups are limited to no more than 20. Lunch will begin at noon, and it will end at about 1:30 p.m.

This event is cosponsored by the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P) and by the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni (APGA).

We must keep the total size of our group to no more than 35, so we must limit participation to PCNC, A4P, and APGA members and guests. The cost is just $36 for PCNC and A4P members and guests.

ATTENTION GRADUATE ALUMNI: Register on the APGA website for special APGA member pricing! Click here to go to the APGA website.

For additional information, contact April Chou '96, achou@Newschools.org;
 or Bing Shen '71, bingshen2005 [at] yahoo.com.

Date: Saturday, July 24, 2010

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street in San Francisco, near the Civic Center BART station.


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