Eastern Traditions | Western Expressions

In the exhibition Eastern Traditions | Western Expressions, traditional Asian artworks are contrasted with contemporary works by American and Asian-American artists.  By displaying these works together, the exhibition encourages us to consider the ways historic Asian art and culture have influenced Western forms of artistic expression.

The audience is invited to appreciate the subtle beauty of Asian artworks and their contemporary counterparts in a new way through interactive experiences.  In the galleries they will find touch-screen computer stations with art games.  Also available are art films, audio clips or visitors can take a self-guided audio tour with their cell phones.

Asian art represents an important component of BAM’s permanent collection with objects ranging from the 16th century to modern day.  This exhibition will present BAM’s collection of historic and contemporary East Asian and Asian-American artworks along with works loaned from the community in an effort to increase involvement and strengthen relationships with local collectors of Asian, Asian-American and ethnographic art.

Supported in part by a grant from


with additional support from the Wells Fargo Foundation


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