Asian Art Spotlight: Family Tree

How do words, images, and identity come together in art? To answer this questions, take a close look at Family Tree by Zhang Huan currently on view in Be/longing: Contemporary Asian Art at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Zoom in and notice the details, consider the work as a whole, or think about the other artworks on view in the exhibition and how they also relate to ideas of identity.

This video offers in-depth information on the artist and artwork to be used on your own or in a group, on site at the museum or remotely on your computer. Either way, questions throughout the video will prompt reflection on themes from the artwork and exhibition such as how place influences how we are perceived. Combine this video with an art making activity inspired by Family Tree that can be found in the Eyes on Asia Youtube playlist.

The Seattle Asian Art Museum is open again though school tours are not available at this time. We are working to connect art lovers of all ages to this rich collection of art through a variety of virtual experiences. In this series of videos we explore art from across the world’s largest continent that focus on diverse art objects and provide opportunity for creative response. Each video can be used in virtual classrooms, at home by parents and caregivers, and by friends hanging out online! These videos are aligned with Washington State learning standards in Visual Art and English Language Arts. We hope you will visit the museum and see this and other artworks featured in the Eyes on Asia series when you can!

Photo: Robert Wade