Asian Art Council (AAC)




The Asian Art Council (AAC) supports the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South and Southeast Asian art departments at LACMA.

Chinese art was one of the first areas collected by the museum. LACMA’s collection spans more than 4,000 years and features extraordinary works ranging from ancient jade carvings to contemporary video and photography.

The museum’s collection of Japanese works of art dates from approximately 3000 B.C. to the present. Particular strengths include Buddhist and Shinto sculpture, painting and calligraphy from the 12th century, prints, ceramics, cloisonné, and a rich array of the miniature sculptures known as netsuke.

The Korean art collection began with the donation of a group of Korean ceramics in 1966 by the president of the Republic of Korea. In 2000 LACMA acquired over 200 additional artworks, dating from the Three Kingdoms, Goryeo, and Joseon periods, including paintings, ceramics, lacquers, and sculptures.

The South and Southeast Asian art collection consists of paintings, sculptures, and decorative art from India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. The collection is especially notable for its early Tibetan and Nepalese paintings, sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts.

AAC is led by Stephen Little, Florence & Harry Sloan Curator of Chinese Art and department head, Chinese, Korean, and South and Southeast Asian Art; and Robert T. Singer, curator and department head of Japanese Art.

Annual Dues: $1,000
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Image: Kamisaka Sekka, Autumn Maple (detail), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Camilla Chandler Frost, © 2015 Museum Associates/LACMA