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Asian Arts Council 2016-2017 General Meeting Lectures

Each month the Asian Arts Council presents a program featuring a distinguished scholar, curator, collector or Asian arts enthusiast of note. We meet the last Thursday of the month in the Museum’s Boardroom at 1:00 p.m. and begin with a brief business meeting before the lecture. Meetings are free for AAC members, only $10 for Museum members, $12 for non-members and $8 for students.

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May 26 - 1:00 p.m. Exploration and Discovery: The Drumrights & their Chinese Painting Collection at The Museum Ping-Hui Ku, Asian Arts Council Study Group

AAC Newsletter – June 2016, p 2       Lecture Flyer

Ping-Hui Ku
Ping-Hui Ku
AAC member Ping-Hui Ku has been conducting extensive research into the Museum’s Chinese landscape paintings, including translating the inscriptions on them, traveling to Taiwan to do research at the Academia Historica, and publishing the results in We Chinese in America.
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In this presentation, The Drumrights and Their Painting Collection at the San Diego Museum of Art, she focused on the 70 items donated by Ambassador and Mrs. Everett F. Drumright, the largest donor. Ambassador Drumright was born in Drumright, OK (founded by an ancestor) in 1906, graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and became a career foreign service officer. Fluent in Chinese, he was the U.S. Ambassador to R.O.C. Taiwan from 1958 to 1962. After retiring, he and his wife, Florence, lived in Poway until his death in 1993 and hers in 2003. Not only were they active with the Museum, she was Chair of the AAC, 1987-1989. Many of the paintings and calligraphies they gave were gifts to Ambassador Drumright from appreciative high ranking government and private officials, including an album of 31 paintings by 29 artists (1994.26.1-31).  An album of 20 different examples of calligraphy (1995.1.0-19) was written especially for Mrs. Drumright for her to use as models for learning calligraphy. Other paintings that were collected by the Drumrights, such as Lotus by Zhang, Daqien (1986.44), adorned their walls before being gifted to the Museum, and many are now on display in the current exhibit, Brush and Ink: Chinese Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art Selected by Pan Gongkai.

Jun 30 - 1:00 p.m. UFOs, Peace Scrolls and Vertical Ponds: New Expressions in Contemporary Origami Meher McArthur, Asian art curator, author and educator

AAC Newsletter – July 2016, p 2       Lecture Flyer

  

Richard Sweeney - paper sculpture
Who knew that origami could be so much more than peace cranes and paper hats? Meher McArthur’s engrossing presentation, UFOs, Peace Scrolls and Vertical Ponds: New Expressions in Contemporary Origami, illustrated how origami has expanded from creating small animal figures folded from a single piece of paper into abstract, sculptural forms that can fill a room. These new forms are being explored by artists expressing social commentary and scientists employing laser scoring and mathematical principles. New techniques include tessellation (or tiling) resembling the geometric patterning of mosaic work; modular objects combining separate interlocking pieces; and crumpled, inflated, hanging forms (Unidentified Flying Origami).
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Suggesting both the benefits and harm inherent in money, Sipho Mabona created a vaguely threatening swarm of locusts using uncut sheets of $1 bills. An installation piece called Vertical Pond by scientist-turned-origami artist Robert Lang, arrays 60 gravity-defying koi swimming on a wall. The exhibition Meher McArther curated, Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami, featuring these and other cutting-edge artists, is now on display through August 21 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Jul. 28 - 1:00 p.m. Going to the Theater in Early Modern Japan: Kabuki on Stage and in Print Satoko Shimazaki, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Japanese theater and literature, University of Southern California

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Aug. 25 - 1:00 p.m. The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe Forrest McGill, Wattis Senior Curator of South & Southeast Asian Art and Director of the Research Institute for Asian Art

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Sep. 29 - 1:00 p.m. Visualizing War in Modern Japan: Highlights from the Lowenhaupt Collection at Saint Louis Art Museum Rhiannon Paget, Ph.D., Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art, Saint Louis Art Museum

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Oct. 27 - 1:00 p.m. The Pottery Wars: the Transmission of Korean Ceramic Culture to Japan in the late 16th century Allie Arnell, JD, Docent

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Jan 26 - 1:00 p.m. Ren Renfa’s (1254-1327) Bird-and-Flower Painting in the Context of the Yuan Era (1297-1368) and Beyond Diana Chou, Ph.D., Associate Curator of East Asian Art

AAC Newsletter – February 2017, p 2 & 3      Lecture Flyer

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Feb 23 - 1:00 p.m.    

AAC Newsletter – March 2017, p 2       Lecture Flyer

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Mar 30 - 1:00 p.m.    

AAC Newsletter – April 2017, p 2      Lecture Flyer

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Apr 27 - 1:00 p.m.    

AAC Newsletter – May 2017, p 2      Lecture Flyer

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May 25 - 1:00 p.m.    

AAC Newsletter – June 2017, p 2       Lecture Flyer

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Jun 29 - 1:00 p.m.    

AAC Newsletter – July 2017, p 2       Lecture Flyer

A summary of this lecture will be posted here the month after the lecture is given.

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