Brayton Wilbur Jr. Memorial Fellowship in Asian Art

Asia Foundation Trustee Judith Wilbur has generously established the Brayton Wilbur Jr. Memorial Fellowship in Asian Art in honor of her late husband and former Trustee Brayton Wilbur, Jr. The fellowship stems from the Wilburs’ deep interest in Asian art, nurtured by their residence and travel in the region, and their commitment to the work of The Asia Foundation and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (AAM). The two institutions are collaborating in the program’s execution, with AAM identifying qualified fellowship recipients, and The Asia Foundation’s Asian American Exchange unit responsible for overall administration. The program’s purpose is to contribute to the professional enhancement of specialists in Asian curatorial art within AAM and other selected art institutions in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.
 

The Museum as Keeper of Memory – a Conversation with Pierre Baptiste

June 10, 2015

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Pierre Baptiste, a well-known specialist in ancient Khmer and Cham art, visited San Francisco this spring as The Asia Foundation’s Brayton Wilbur Jr. Fellow in Asian Art. A senior curator at the Musée Guimet in Paris, Mr. Baptiste has also taught at the Faculty of Archaeology of the Royal University of Cambodia in Phnom…

 

Pierre Baptiste named Brayton Wilbur Jr. Memorial Fellow

May 1, 2015

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A renowned specialist on ancient Khmer and Cham art, Mr. Pierre Baptiste, Senior Curator at Musee Guimet, examined and critiqued the Asian Art Museum’s collection of Southeast Asian art.  Affiliated with the Musee Guimet since 1996, he has also taught at the Faculty of Archaeology at the Royal University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, and has published… Read more

 

The Second Asian Art Forum for Museum Directors: “Classical to Contemporary/Local to Global”

July 1, 2014

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The Margaret F. Williams Memorial fellowship in Asian Art, along with Brayton Wilbur, Jr. Memorial Fellowships in Asian Art, supported the participation of eight museum directors from Asia and the U.S. in the second biennial forum.  Organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the discussions focused on ways of making museums more relevant t… Read more

Curator Kong Vireak at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco 

In Cambodia, Culture Shapes Identity, Spurs Economic Growth

February 12, 2014

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Last year, the United Nations called for culture to be given top priority in the post-2015 global development agenda, citing its importance to economic growth, social inclusion, equality, and sustainable development. It is difficult to quantify the impact culture has on a nation…

 

Kong Vireak named Brayton Wilbur Jr. Memorial Fellow

January 1, 2014

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Mr. Kong Vireak, Director of the Department of Museums at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in Cambodia, examined and identified artifacts in the Asian Art Museum’s collection of Cambodian art and studied the curatorial approaches to several exhibitions in Bay Area arts institutions. A specialist in archaeology, Mr. Kong worked with the Japanes… Read more

 

Nyunt Han named Brayton Wilbur Jr. Memorial Fellow

December 1, 2013

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Formerly the Director-General of the Department of Archaeology under the Ministry of Culture in Myanmar, Mr. Nyunt Han, Senior Researcher, Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts at the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization, conducted research and identified artifacts in the Asian Art Museum’s collection of Burmese art during his… Read more

 

Qudsia Zohab named Brayton Wilbur Jr. Memorial Fellow

November 1, 2013

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As a follow-on to the program for Mr. Omara Masoudi, Director of the National Museum in 2012, the Asia Foundation arranged a one-week internship for Ms. Qudsia Zohab, Head of the Ethnography Department, at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum (CSMVS) in Mumbai, India, where she studied textile conservation and restoration pract… Read more

 

In Conversation with Afghan Museum Director Omara Khan Masoudi

January 23, 2013

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One of the world’s most prominent experts in Afghan art, Mr. Omara Khan Masoudi, director of the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul, was in San Francisco recently on a two-week exchange at the Asian Art Museum as an Asia Foundation Brayton Wilbur, Jr. Fellow in Asian Art.

 

Afghan Museum Director Leads Charge to Protect Nation’s Cultural Heritage

December 19, 2012

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Stone sculptures of headless torsos, huge niches stripped of priceless Buddhist statues, rubble scattered on the floor of empty galleries lined with classical columns – these are the images of carnage inflicted on the art and artifacts of Afghanistan in the last three decades.

 

Director of the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul in San Francisco

December 5, 2012

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One of the world’s most prominent experts in Afghan art, Mr. Omara Khan Masoudi, director of the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul, is in San Francisco this week on a two-week exchange at the Asian Art Museum. Masoudi is The Asia Foundation’s Brayton Wilbur, Jr. Fellow in Asian Art. Affiliated with the National Museum for more than 3 decades,… Read more

 

Omara Masoudi named Brayton Wilbur Jr. Memorial Fellow

December 1, 2012

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Director Omara Masoudi of the National Museum of Afghanistan completed a two-week professional affiliation at the Asian Art Museum where he examined museum management with an emphasis on public education and outreach programs, and the conservation and registration of artifacts. He also visited other museums in the Bay Area to further address these… Read more

 

Vandana Prapanna named Brayton Wilbur Jr. Memorial Fellow

June 1, 2012

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Ms. Vandana Prapanna, Senior Curator at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, conducted comparative research on manuscript folios of Indian miniature paintings in the collection of the AAM and CSMVS. As a result of her visit, the Laur Chandran manuscript will be shown online for the first time in its entirety. While the CSMVS owns most of… Read more

 

Richard Blurton named Brayton Wilbur Jr. Memorial Fellow

March 1, 2012

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Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the British Museum Mr. Richard Blurton’s research at the Asian Art Museum focused on the visual representations of narrative traditions in Indian and Southeast Asian art in the Museum’s significant collection. He examined the depictions of religious and narrative concepts in the paintings, textiles and sc… Read more

 

Asian Museum Leaders Arrive for Directors Forum in San Francisco

November 9, 2011

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This week, representatives from renowned museums of Asian art from across Asia and the United States met from November 8-10 in a pioneering conference organized by theAsian Art Museum of San Francisco. The Asia Foundation’s Margaret F. Williams Memorial Fellows in Asian Art Program…

 

Fellows in the First Asian Art Forum for Museum Directors

November 1, 2011

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In November, 2011, representatives of important museums of Asian art from Asia and the U.S. met in San Francisco for a pioneering Directors Forum organized by The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. The Margaret F. Williams Memorial Fellows in Asian Art Program supported the participation of East Asian museum directors in the Forum, where they share… Read more

 

Inaugural Brayton Wilbur Jr. Memorial Fellows

December 1, 2009

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In December, 2009, Dr. Forrest McGill, the Asian Art Museum’s Chief Curator and Wattis Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, and Dr. Qamar Adamjee, Associate Curator, visited India to re-connect with directors of that nation’s most prominent museums. They also identified subsequent recipients of the Brayton Wilbur, Jr. fellowship from India to… Read more