The Asian art collection of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III forms the core of this museum's holdings, which include South Asian stone and bronze sculptures; art from India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Afghanistan; bronze vessels, ceramics, sculpture, and paintings from China; Korean ceramics; and paintings, wooden sculptures, and ceramics from Japan. Founded in 1956, the society has a regular program of lectures, films, and performances, in addition to changing exhibitions of traditional and contemporary art. Trees grow in the glass-enclosed, skylit Garden Court Café, which serves an eclectic Asian menu for lunch and dinner. Admission is free on Fridays from 6 to 9 (September to July).
Mar 1, 2009
A very worthwhile small museum that concentrates on Rockefeller's collected Asian art, mostly sculpture and ceramics. High quality stuff. Has had its material out on loan to other museums and wasn't a functioning gallery at one point, not a great thing to find out on a spur-of-the-moment visit. Check to make sure it has exhibits available before going -- but if it does, it's very much worth seeing.