AAPI Heritage Collection

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, a time when we honor AAPI heritage and pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history.

Isabella Stewart Gardner had a great appreciation for Asian art that grew over her lifetime as she began to travel more and expand her collection. Consulting Curator Nancy Berliner writes "She, like all of us, was always learning and evolving, noticing new sites and having new insights." Museum of Fine Arts Curator of Japanese and Chinese art Okakura Kakuzo further enriched Gardner’s understanding of Asian culture, religion and art.

Curated in celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage and the influence of AAPI art on the Museum's past and present, Gift at the Gardner presents the AAPI Heritage Collection. Our collection includes book offerings for all ages that explore the lives of Asian and Pacific Islanders. The AAPI Heritage collection features artwork from two of the Gardner's Artists-in Residence: Taiwanese-American contemporary artist Lee Mingwei and Chinese-American choreographer, painter, and director Shen Wei.

Usable graphite objects handcrafted by featured artist Agelio Batle and bespoke bronze and porcelain home décor from Danny's Fine Porcelain round out our collection.