2022 Celebration Guide

Art & History

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Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum celebrates, preserves, and promotes Asian and Asian-American art and cultures for local and global audiences. The museum provides a dynamic forum for exchanging ideas, inviting collaboration, and fueling imagination to deepen understanding and empathy among people of all backgrounds.

Immerse Yourself in Asian Art History Culture

Asian Art Museum Exhibits

Weaving Stories

Weaving Stories

Through May 2, 2022
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. San Francisco, CA 94102
Seeing Gender

Seeing Gender

Through September 5, 2022
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. San Francisco, CA 94102
Memento: Jayashree Chakravarty and Lam Tung Pang

Memento: Jayashree Chakravarty and Lam Tung Pang

Through June 6, 2022
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. San Francisco, CA 94102

Online Resources

Art Escapes: Virtual Tours Through Asia

Asian Art Museum’s Virtual Tours Through Asia

Join us for a peek behind the screens — virtual tours led by Asian Art Museum curators showcase favorite objects, uncover hidden histories, and give you a taste of all we offer, from the oldest artworks in San Francisco to the city’s best new murals.

Online Collection

Asian Art Museum’s Online Collection

The museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art, boasting more than 18,000 awe-inspiring artworks ranging from ancient jades and ceramics to contemporary video installations.

Google Art & Culture

Google: Asian Pacific American Cultures

Google Arts & Culture: Explore the history, arts, and culture of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

From our establishment in 1997 as an initiative critical to the mission of the Smithsonian until today, the vision for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center has been to enrich the American Story with the voices of Asian Pacific Americans.

Community Exhibits

We Are Bruce Lee: Under the Sky, One Family

Exhibition: ‘We Are Bruce Lee: Under the Sky, One Family’

On Exhibit
CHSA, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
From Pineapple to Piña: A Philippine Textile Treasure

Exhibition: ‘From Pineapple to Piña: A Philippine Textile Treasure’

SFO Harvey Milk Terminal 1, Departures Level 2, Gallery 1D
Apr 14, 2022 – Nov 13, 2022
Grow Our Souls

Exhibition: ‘Grow Our Souls’

April 30 – May 22, 2022
SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103

https://youtube.com/shorts/k84OAnNSZKE

AAPI Community Heroes Mural

Unveiled on April 27, 2022
706 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Over the course of a year-long process, Chinese Culture Center (CCC) in collaboration with Wells Fargo Foundation welcomed students of all ages to submit inspirational figures from history or their personal lives to be depicted on an exciting and timely public mural. With a final selection from a community panel of experts, this project fills narratives missing from mainstream curriculum and public history. This project provided the community a platform to share, uplift, and celebrate important AAPI and community stories and voices.

Silent Spikes

Exhibition: ‘Silent Spikes’

January 19 – May 22, 2022
Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Herstory on View: The Legal History of Chinese American Women

Exhibition: ‘Herstory on View: The Legal History of Chinese American Women’

March 19 – June 30, 2022
Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Lighting the Darkness

Exhibition: ‘Lighting the Darkness’

May 1 – May 31, Angel Island Immigration Station

The history of the former US Immigration Station at Angel Island is directly linked to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. The passage of this law marked the first time in our nation’s history that a specific country was singled out. The law prohibited Chinese laborers from entering the US and barred the Chinese from becoming U.S. citizens. In the decades that followed, additional exclusionary immigration laws and policies were passed that impacted most countries from Asia and the Pacific.

May 6, 2022 marks 140 years since the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act. AIISF’s Lighting the Darkness exhibition is a solemn reminder of the many lives, families, and communities who were impacted by this and similar laws. It also pays tribute to the strengths and ongoing contributions of immigrants then and now.

Interior Gardens

Exhibition: ‘Interior Garden’

Jan 20 – Dec 17, Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St, 3rd FloorSan Francisco, California, 94108

Cathy Lu exhibition – Chinese American ceramic artist solo exhibition, as a part of Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco’s XianRui (Fresh and Sharp) series to uplift artists of Asian heritage.

Exhibition: ‘Leymusoom Sarangbang’

May 2022 (Thur. – Sat. 11-4 pm), 41 Ross Alley, San Francisco, CA 94108

41 Ross Residency artist Heesoo Kwon ​recognizes the neighborhood as a universe of converging connections and relationships.

City and County of San Francisco

Official Celebration

This is the official celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month for the City and County of San Francisco.