Scripps is fortunate to have a large teaching collection of artworks from Asia, including over 2500 Japanese prints, more than 150 Ming and Qing Dynasty Chinese paintings, an extensive Asian textile collection, an East Asian cloisonné collection, and more than 100 Chinese bronze mirrors. These works are regularly shown in classes and used in student curated exhibitions on campus. An exhibition in September-October 2019 at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery will highlight some of the best examples, including 7th-8th century Tang Dynasty mirrors, 14th-16th century Chinese paintings, and 19th-20th c. Japanese cloisonné. For the AAC Lecture Series at SDMA Professor Bruce Coats will be surveying and commenting on the selections.
The ceramic centers of Onta and Koishiwara in Kyushu have a colorful and closely connected history that began with kidnapped Korean potters in the early 17th century. Both types of wares were considered supreme examples of folk ceramics during Japan's Mingei movement and are appreciated today for their understated charm. Meher McArthur explores the history and distinguishing characteristics of these wares.
During the last years of his life, Vincent van Gogh became obsessed with Japanese woodblock prints. Museum Docent and AAC member Hilda Yoder presents her research on how his study of these prints radicalized his painting style and contributed to his remarkable artistic development.
What do we see when we look at works of Buddhist sculpture? Do we focus only on the exterior appearance? There are indeed hidden, interior worlds to Buddhist statues, reliquaries of visible and non-visible things.
The Huntington's Phillip E. Bloom, Ph.D., provides a glimpse into the multisensory experience of Chyinese Buddhist rituals - the fragrance of incense, the sounds of rhythmic chanting and clattering cymbols - through close reading of a series of 12th century paintings.