The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (AAM) is one of the premier fine arts museums in the San Francisco Bay Area, and one of the largest in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. With a collection of over 18,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years, it offers one of the world’s most striking and complete presentations of Asian art. As Asia’s prominence on the global stage continues to grow, the AAM’s mission, collections, and geographic location uniquely position it to spark connections across cultures and through time, igniting curiosity, conversation, and creativity.
The AAM has embarked on a major multi-year effort to transform the Museum and will invest significantly over the coming decade in a new portfolio of programs, exhibitions, and visitor experience enhancements, as well as expanded facilities that increase its ability to achieve its brand promise – awaken the past, inspire the next. Construction is wrapping up on the centerpiece of this transformation: a new, 13,000-square-foot exhibition Pavilion and Art Terrace. Designed by architect Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture, the Pavilion will allow the Museum to increase the number of temporary exhibitions offered each year and create dedicated spaces for contemporary art experiences. The Art Terrace will provide 7,300 square feet of outdoor space for art, live performances, and other special events throughout the day and evening. The transformation will also facilitate new approaches to displaying masterpieces in the Museum’s collection galleries, upgrade education classrooms, and employ new digital technologies for enhanced interpretation.
The Pavilion opening is planned for early 2020 and represents a critical and opportune moment to reintroduce the public to the Asian Art Museum. Delivering a rich and exciting visitor experience that fully enlivens the brand will solidify the platform for future engagement and audience diversity. The Chief Financial Officer is a key leader in supporting all efforts across the Museum to ensure the successful opening and set the stage for future growth.