"Gorgeous presented 72 uniquely stunning artworks drawn from the collections of the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Spanning over 2,200 years and dozens of cultures, these artworks were organized in an attempt to shift the focus from historical and cultural contexts, emphasizing instead the unique ways each work announces itself or solicits a viewer’s attention. Left to their own devices, visitors were able to gravitate toward the strange or the familiar. Some artworks are objectively beautiful; others, bizarre and challenging. Some may be all three. Whatever they are, reactions to the show were unique. As Allison Harding, co-curator of Gorgeous, puts it, 'This isn’t about what the museum thinks. This is about what you think.'
The show blended paintings, sculptures, objects of high design, decoration and photographs. Artists like Marcel Duchamp and Marilyn Minter mingled with works that span the extent of Asia, including a 1,000 year-old Indian sculpture of the Hindu deity Durga victorious over a buffalo demon. Across from a Picasso, you may have spotted a decorated Qur’an from 16th-century Persia or an arresting photograph by Sally Mann."
- Asian Art Museum