Dr. Jay Xu

Director, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Director, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
May 10, 2012 3:28:30 PM PDT
Dr. Jay Xu is a passionate champion of Asian art and culture, committed to sharing his extensive knowledge of Asian art with a wide audience, and to promoting art and culture as an essential platform for cross-cultural understanding, business development, political awareness and diplomacy.Appointed in 2008 as director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Dr. Xu brings a dynamic, ambitious new vision to the museum, with an emphasis on interconnectivity across cultures and through time. Under Dr. Xu's leadership, exhibitions and programs have introduced more contemporary elements, underscoring the museum's focus on making connections across diverse cultures, Asian and non-Asian, from the past and present. In September 2011, the museum launched a new brand that embodies the commitment to "awaken the past and inspire the next."

A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, Dr. Xu brings rich, in-depth international museum experience. Prior to his current role, Dr. Xu served as Chairman of the Department of Asian and Ancient Art (2006-2008) and Head of the Department of Asian Art (2003-2006) at The Art Institute of Chicago; Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum (1996-2003); and Research Fellow at the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1995-1996). He began his curatorial career at the Shanghai Museum (curatorial assistant and assistant curator, 1983-1990), and received his graduate training in early Chinese art and archaeology at Princeton University (MA and PhD). Dr. Xu has organized a wide range of exhibitions and made significant art acquisitions as a curator.

A dedicated scholar of Chinese art, he is well published, particularly on ancient Chinese bronzes and archaeology. His other publications cover diverse areas of Chinese art and museum practice, and he lectures extensively on Asian art, including contemporary art. He's a co-founder and co-chairman of the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium, San Francisco; international advisory board member of Arts Asiatiques; board member of the China Art Foundation; member of the Committee of 100, and The Asia Society, Northern California, Arts Asia, among others.His professional awards include the prestigious Shimada Prize for Outstanding Publication in East Asian Art in 1997 for Art of the Houma Foundry (Princeton University Press, 1996; co-author), and a George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award of the Art Libraries Society of North America in 2001 for Ancient Sichuan: Treasures of a Lost Civilization (Seattle Art Museum, 2001; principal author), a landmark exhibition that he curated.

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