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Lectures and Study Group meet in the Museum Boardroom.

  1. Lectures, and More
  2. Thursday, July 25

    Making Hinges: Developing an Exhibition of Japanese Art at BAMPFA Click for Details

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    “Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting” is the first U.S. exhibition to focus on the art of Sakaki Hyakusen (1697-1752), the founding father of the Nanga school of painting in Japan, and his relationship to Chinese painting of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The exhibition highlights the extensive conservation of Mountain Landscape, an eighteenth-century pair of six-fold screens by Hyakusen. A gift of the late Professor Emeritus James Cahill, one of the world’s leading authorities on Nanga painting, Mountain Landscape was recognized by Cahill as a masterpiece. Presenting the screens alongside traditional Chinese landscape paintings and works by Nanga school painters, the exhibition is designed to illuminate important cross-cultural and artistic connections between Japan and China. The project will demonstrate Hyakusen’s close observation of Chinese painting and his role in the transformation of Japanese painting of the eighteenth century—a hinge between two artistic traditions. Organized by BAMPFA’s Senior Curator for Asian Art Julia M. White, Hinges will be the capstone project in a series of exhibitions commemorating the 100th anniversary of BAMPFA’s Japanese art collection. The exhibition will include detailed photographs and documentation revealing the painstaking, two-year conservation effort to restore Hyakusen’s screens by renowned conservator Tomokatsu Kawazu, and highlighting the museum’s long commitment to preserving and presenting Japan’s cultural treasures.

    Julia M. White, BAMPFA’s Senior Curator for Asian Art (UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive)

  3. Thursday, Aug 29 - 1:00 p.m.

    Dragons: Myth and Reality - Details

    “Dragons, Myth and Reality” will explore the history of dragons worldwide, and challenge us to question how these creatures of great mythological strength came to be. The dragon is the prototype of all our most basic human fears, a universal archetype recognized by everyone, world wide. Variations of the basic theme reflect the beliefs of the cultures in which they functioned. Courtenay McGowen’s talk will explore this universal archetype throughout the ages. We are surrounded by dragons today, proof of their ongoing universal fascination. Courtenay is an Asian Arts Council Study group member and a long time member of AAC.

    Courtenay McGowen, AAC Study Group, past-Chair, Asian Arts Council

  4. Thursday, Sep 26 - 1:00 p.m.

    East and West, High and Low: Art of Kondo Koichiro (1884- 1962) - Details

    Kondō Kōichiro is known as one of the most accomplished ink painters of modern Japan. He began his career as an oil painter and worked as a popular illustrator/cartoonist before exploring nihonga (traditional-style modern Japanese painting) and establishing his reputation for his novel ink expression. This talk presents the evolution of Kōichiro’s art and his multifaceted contribution to the Japanese art world in the early twentieth century.

    Michiyo Morioka, author, independent scholar of Japanese art with expertise in Nihonga and gender issues in modern Japanese art

  5. Thursday, Oct 31 - 1:00 p.m.

    Life of Animals, future LACMA exhibition of Japanese art

    Hollis Goodall, Ph.D., Associate Curator of Japanese Art at LACMA

  6. Saturday, November 9th, 5 p.m.

    Come Party with ACC & SAAC (Asian Arts Council & South Asian Arts Council)

    Asian tapas, wine and music - $50

  7. Thursday, Jan 30 - 1:00 p.m.

    Jade: Stone of Heaven

    Marsha Vargas Handley

  8. Thursday, Feb 27 - 1:00 p.m.

    Textiles of Japan

    Tom Murray

  1. Study Group
  2. FY 20 Study Group Theme:

    An in-depth look at Asian ceramics from Ancient China to Modern Japan; as well as the influences on The Middle East and European manufacturing

    Click here to email to sign up to give a presentation, or for more information. Topics marked TBA are available, or suggest a topic.
  3. Presentations Begin!

    Monday, September 16 - 10 a.m.

    Introduction to Ceramics

    Margaret Eske Zoehrer 

    Material Workshop

  4. Monday, October 21 - 10 a.m.

    Chinese Pre-Historic Ceramics &/or Chinese Han Dynasty (Terra Cotta Army?)


    Sir Percival David's Extraordinary Chinese Ceramics Collection

    Marilyn Adams

  5. Monday, November 18 - 10 a.m.

    Chinese Tang Dynasty (Sancai glaze?)

    Betty Carr

    Chinese Song Dynasty

    Gingy Ferguson

  6. Monday, February 10 - 10 a.m.

    Chinese Ming Dynasty


    Chinese Qing Dynasty (Oh, those glazes!)

    Chia-hui Shih

    Second Monday due to Presidents Day holiday on the 3rd Monday

  7. Monday, March 16 - 10 a.m.

    Japanese Ceramics 

    Heather Simmerman

    Japanese Contemporary Ceramics - Exhibition Movie

    Gordon Brodfuehrer

  8. Monday, April 20 - 10 a.m.

    Korean Ceramics

    David Miles

    South/Southeast Asian Ceramics

    Sandi Calabough 

  9. Monday, May 18 - 10 a.m.

    Persian/Iranian/Iraqi Ceramics

    Elaine Pierce

    Influence of Asian Ceramics on European (Spanish, German, Dutch, English) 

    Courtenay McGowen

  10. Monday, June 15 - 10 a.m.

    Turkish Ceramics 

    Lily Birmingham