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Guardians of the Earth and Sky

July 13, Calumet Park | July 29, Palmisano Park |

August 17, Garden of the Phoenix


Come on an adventure with the Four Celestial Guardians: the White Tiger of the West, the Black Tortoise of the North, the Azure Dragon of the East, and the Vermilion Bird of the South!

Explore seasons, elements, colors, and constellations through storytelling, music, and dance in this interactive performance directed by Heritage Museum of Asian Art Resident Artist Irene Hsiao in collaboration with tai chi master Peter Wong, dancers Amanda Maraist and Darling Shear, musicians Paige Brown and Hunter Diamond, visual artist Young Kim, and storyteller Penny Li. 

Altogether, this multicultural cast is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, French, English, Japanese, Korean, and Swahili – and the performance is created in collaboration with participants of all ages, who will be invited to speak, sing, dance, and create artwork with us.

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If the Sky Could Dream

February 9th, 2024 & Additional Performances/Workshops

Join the Heritage Museum of Asian Art's Artist in Residence Irene Hsiao to experience her new interactive and performance series. If The Sky Could Dream focuses on the Chinese dragon as a powerful being that fosters harmony. Representing the Chinese Dragon as a water deity, the installation series will feature images and projects of weather and local bodies of water in Chicago.


February 10th 2024- June 17th 2024

The dragon has captivated the Asian continent for thousands of years. Once revered as the bearer of rain, the dragon has been held in high esteem by commoners and nobility alike.  In China, the dragon was an imperial image that was reserved for the emperor. A symbol of strength and power, the emperor was at one time referred to as “The Dragon.” Similarly, the dragon was the emblem of the kings of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. While it has remained a symbol of power, its significance has evolved over time.


This exhibition explores the representation of the dragon over the span of a millenia and three Asian countries. It demonstrates how the form and function of dragon imagery has drastically evolved over the centuries. An imperial dragon robe is juxtaposed with a 20th century dragon belt buckle, a Qing Dynasty imperial throne cover with a LEGO dragon. 


Although the dragon is no longer revered as a bringer of rain or associated with imperial authority, the image of the dragon still evokes the same sense of power and mysticism that established it as a multi-cultural wonder thousands of years ago.

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December 28, 2023 - January 28, 2024

Join the Heritage Museum of Asian Art in celebrating the 2024 new year with a special exhibit entitled ICON. This exhibit explores a multi-cultural figure, the Buddha, and its representation as an icon.

Carved Chalcedony Agate Snuff Bottles

With much appreciation to our donor Bill Burd, our latest display features a collection of snuff bottles depicting various images of man, immortals, flora, and fauna, giving the illusion of painted designs through the expert manipulation of the mineral’s different colored surface layers.


Although the fall of the Qing dynasty marked the gradual decline of snuff bottle usage and production, these miniature artifacts continue to represent the beauty of traditional Chinese art in a historical context.


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Dragons Revisited: In Memory of Charles Kinsey

"Dragons Revisited" shines a light on magnificent East Asian treasures that represent the famed mythological creature, the dragon; featured pieces include robes and porcelain from the Qing dynasty as well as bronzes and iron sculptures from Japan. It is a great honor to once again showcase this concept in our galleries after our inaugural dragon-themed exhibition in 2017, this time in memory of our dearly departed friend, Charles Kinsey.

Back in Time: Life of a Qing Dynasty Scholar

Our temporary exhibition, The Scholar’s Gallery, will run through the end of the year and gives a glimpse into the lifestyle of a typical Chinese scholar in the Qing dynasty: their furniture, tools, and objects of contemplation.


The Conley Collection: Chinese Art from Han and Beyond

Heritage Museum of Asian Art is pleased to announce the generous long-term loan of Chinese art from James E. Conley Jr. As a lifelong admirer of the arts, Mr. Conley has amassed a wonderful collection, most notably, a large amount of Han and Tang dynasty funerary sculptures. Archaic bronzes as well as Ming dynasty sculpture round out the collection, offering visitors a marvelous survey of Chinese art.

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