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Presented by the Asian Art Museum in partnership with the USF Ricci Institute

Exhibition: China at the Center: Rare Ricci and Verbiest World Maps

March 4, 2016 - May 8, 2016

Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tues—Sun • 10:00AM—5:00PM
Closed Mondays. Check website for more information of the exhibit.

A major exhibition showcasing two rare and famous world maps produced in 17th century China by Jesuit missionaries. The first is Matteo Ricci’s 1602 Kunyu wanguo quantu (“Map of the Myriad Countries” or “Mappamondo”), a map so rare that it is called “The Impossible Black Tulip” (on loan from the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota). The second is the Kunyu quantu (“The Complete Map of the World”), Ferdinand Verbiest’s world map of 1674 (on loan from the Library of Congress). These are the first Chinese maps to show the Americas, the polar regions, and the western shores of Europe and Africa, and include explanations of natural and astronomical phenomena. This is the first time that both of these seminal maps have been displayed together. Also on display are rare books and atlases associated with these maps and the 16th-18th century Jesuit mission to China.

Rev. M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J., Director, USF Ricci Institute and Natasha Reichle, Associate Curator of Southeast Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Free Admission for USF students, faculty, and staff with USF ID. Special membership rate also available during the exhibit for USF students, faculty, and staff.

For more information, please contact the USF Ricci Institute at 415-422-6401 or by email

Major funding for programs at the University of San Francisco are provided by the EDS-Stewart Endowment for the Study of Chinese-Western Cultural History, Asian Scholars’ Endowment, and Thomas J. Klitgaard Endowment at the USF Ricci Institute; Manresa Gallery of St. Ignatius Church, Thacher Gallery, and the Department of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco.

Presented by the USF Thacher Gallery in collaboration with the USF Ricci Institute

Exhibition: Adjacent Shores: Hughen/Starkweather

March 7 – April 24, 2016
12:00 – 6:00 PM, Daily
Thacher Gallery in the USF Gleeson Library /Geschke Center

March 10, 2 - 3:30 PM: Conversation with the Artists

McLaren Conference Center 251
Followed by an opening reception in Thacher Gallery

Artist team Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather present new mixed media works that map the Pacific Ocean and its shores. Included is the artists’ response to an 18th century Japanese interpretation of Matteo Ricci’s 1602 world map, as well as a new body of work based on interviews with members of the USF community.

Curator: Nell Herbert (USF MA in Museum Studies, '16)

Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the USF Ricci Institute at 415-422-6401 or by email.

Presented by the USF Ricci Institute, the Art History/Arts Management Program, and the MA Program in Museum Studies at USF

Mapping “The East”: Envisioning Asia in the Age of Exploration

March 30 – May 22, 2016
Exhibit hours: Tues – Fri
and Sun • 1:00PM– 5:00PM
Manresa Gallery in the St. Ignatius Church

March 30 • 5:00 PM:
Introductory lecture by Prof. Laura Hostetler,
EDS-Stewart Endowed Chair, Ricci Institute
in Xavier Auditorium, Fromm Hall (USF)
followed by an opening reception in Manresa Gallery, St. Ignatius Church

An exhibition of 20 early maps and books of Asia produced by European cartographers during the 16th-18th centuries. Drawn from the collections of Sophia University, Tokyo, and the Ricci Institute, these works reflect expanding knowledge of East Asia during the Age of Exploration, and their makers’ European religious and philosophical perspectives.


Curators: Prof. Catherine Lusheck (Art History/Arts Management & Museum Studies) and Madeline Warner (USF Art History/Arts Management '15).

Free admission.

The USF Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History presents

An International Symposium: Reimagining the Globe and Cultural Exchange: From the World Maps of Ricci and Verbiest to Google Earth

April 22 – 24, 2016
McLaren Center, University of San Francisco

An international symposium on the history of East-West scientific exchange through the medium of cartography beginning with ancient maps and continuing to the present with the latest technological innovations. Internationally known specialists in cartography and East-West cultural exchange will be invited to share their research, while experts from Google and NASA will discuss the latest technological developments in enriching our knowledge of the world and the cosmos.

Download a registration form.

Download the symposium program (updated on April , 2016).

Download the abstracts from a special program. Presented by:Ralph Ehrenberg, Chief of the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress, Laura Hostetler, EDS-Stewart Endowed Chair at the USF Ricci Institute, Stephen Sandford, formerly the NASA Langley Director for Space Technology and Exploration and now Director of Systems Engineering at Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, and Ed Parsons,  Geospatial Technologist of Googl and co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group.

Prof. Laura Hostetler, EDS-Stewart Endowed Chair at USF Ricci Institute and Rev. M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J., Director of the USF Ricci Institute

Free Admission for USF students, faculty, and staff.

For more information, please contact the USF Ricci Institute at 415-422-6401 or by email

Concert: Matteo Ricci: His Map and Music
Presented by ¡Sacabuche! Ensemble and the USF Ricci Institute

April 22 • 7:15 PM: Pre-concert lecture by
Dr. Linda Pearse, Artistic Director, ¡Sacabuche! Ensemble

April 22 • 7:30 PM: Concert I
St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco

April 25 • 7:00 PM: Concert II
Santa Clara Mission Church, Santa Clara

This special music performance is inspired by Matteo Ricci’s 1602 world map and will be performed by ¡Sacabuche!, an ensemble directed by Dr. Linda Pearse at Mount Allison University in Canada. The program combines Italian music of Ricci's time with Chinese folk music, forming a multi-layered dialogue between the Italian Renaissance and Ming Dynasty China through the media of music, text, and images.

Click here to learn more about ¡Sacabuche!.

Free admission.

For more information, please contact the USF Ricci Institute at 415-422-6401 or by email.

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