San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum houses the largest collection of Asian art in the Western world. But once the sun goes down tonight, the traditional art museum kicks off its amazing summer lineup with Phantoms Arise!, an after-hours art mash up of epic proportions. Poets, DJs, drag queen divas, and tattoo artists are on hand to celebrate Phantoms of Asia, the museum’s first large-scale contemporary art exhibit about spirituality and the supernatural in Asian culture. Determined to use the museum’s space not just to showcase artwork, organizers of the event aim to provide a place for artists in different disciplines to intermingle and experiment. Litquake poets, including Paul Hoover and Justin Chin, wander the galleries, reading work inspired by the 60 pieces in the Phantoms exhibit. Heklina, of the longest running drag show Trannyshack, leads a performance conjuring dead divas. A screening of the locally filmed episode of the tattoo artist web series, Gypsy Gentleman, plays in the background. And DJ Vin Sol, who has worked with acts like M.I.A., Die Antwood, and Too Short, provides a phantom-inspired soundtrack for dancing.
Thu., June 28, 5 p.m., 2012