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Asian Arts Council Calendar

Lectures and Study Group meet in the Museum Boardroom.

  1. Lectures, and More
  2. Thursday, January 31 - 1:00 p.m.

    Asian Treasures from the Scripps College Collections - Details

    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.  

    Bruce Coats, Suzanne Ely Muchnic ’62 and Paul D. Muchnic Endowed Professor, Art History, Scripps College

  3. Thursday, February 21 - 1:00 p.m.
    Note: meeting a week early

    Onta and Koishiwara: Two Kyushu Folk Ceramic Traditions

    - Details

    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. 

    Meher McArthur, Asian art curator, author and educator

  4. Thursday, March 28 - 1:00 p.m.

    Vincent van Gogh: Making Paintings like Japanese Prints
    - Details

    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.

    Hilda Yoder, Docent

  5. Thursday, April 25 - 1:00 p.m.

    Stuffed Buddhas - Details

    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.

    Gregory Levine, Ph.D., Professor of Art and Architecture of Japan and Buddhist Visual Cultured UC Berkeley

  6. Thursday, May 30 - 1:00 p.m.

    Fragrant Visions: Painting Chinese Buddhist Ritual - Details

    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.

    Phillip E. Bloom, Ph.D., The Huntington Library, Center for East Asian Garden Studies, Director and Curator

  1. Study Group
  2. FY 19 Study Group Theme:

    Interactions with Asian Art:

    Mutual Influences and Curious Connections

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  3. Monday, February 11 - 10 a.m.

    Asian Symbols

    Chia-hui Shih 

    Researching Asia & Research Results

    Will Tuchrello & Anita Tuchrello

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

  4. Monday, March 18 - 10 a.m.

    Han Dynasty

    Marilyn Adams

    Chinoiserie: The Evolution of Chinese Motifs in Italian Furnishings, 14-19th Century 

    Barbara Hollowell

  5. Monday, April 15 - 10 a.m.

    Where Did Dragons Come From?

    Courtenay McGowen

    Chinese Art Influenced by the Yellow River (cradle of Chinese civilization)

    Lily Birmingham 

  6. Monday, May 20 - 10 a.m.

    Qing Dynasty - Western Influence in Art

    Elaine Pierce

    Topic 2 TBD 

  7. Monday, June 17 - 10 a.m.

    Topics 1 & 2 TBD