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Asian Arts Council Calendar

Lectures and Study Group meet in the Museum Boardroom.

  1. Lectures, and More
  2. Thursday, Aug 30 - 1:00 p.m.

    Repentant Monk: The Art of Chen Hongshou (1599-1652 CE) - Details

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    The seventeenth century Chinese painter Chen Hongshou (1599-1652) is best known for his enigmatic paintings of personages from the distant past. Recent research reveals that these depictions reflected in part the artist's state of mind and the social conditions he endured as the Ming dynasty disintegrated around him. A close examination of his best known paintings opens a window onto a turbulent time as one artist confronts the challenges associated with dramatic dynastic upheaval.

    Julia M. White, Senior Curator for Asian Art at UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

  3. Thursday, Sep 27 - 1:00 p.m.

    The Fabled Silk Road: Travelers and Treasures - Details

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    The fabled Silk Road held vast treasures lying buried under the loess soil of the deserts  of China and central Eurasia until intrepid travelers from many lands, risking unheard of dangers, uncovered wonders.  During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, numerous international expeditions of archaeologists, art historians and adventurers found hidden cities, temples and caves holding manuscripts, sculptures, utensils of everyday life and wall paintings which told, to the delight of historians, of life in a time hundreds of years earlier.  The competition between these groups which included British, Germans, French, Japanese and Russians was fierce. Today museums around the world hold the treasures they discovered.

    Helen Anderson, independent scholar, intrepid traveler and former chairman of the Asian Arts Council will take us along the paths travelled by these men, outlining the treasures they found.

    Helen Anderson, Independent scholar, intrepid traveler and former chairman of the Asian Arts Council

  4. Thursday, Oct 25 - 1:00 p.m.

    Art in an Era of Globalization; The Tang Dynasty - Details

    Tang art has incomparable vigor, realism and dignity; it is the art of a people thoroughly at home in a world they knew to be secure. Optimism, energy and a frank acceptance of reality inform their painting, architecture and decorative arts. Within the Tang Dynasty there was an unusual hundred year (665 to 766) “golden era” where poetry, painting and architecture flourished. It was overseen by the only empress regnant in Chinese history, We Zhao and her son, the Emperor Xuanzong. This is a story of exceptional men and women and equally exceptional art.

    Tom Dillon, Ph.D., AAC Study Group, SAIC Executive, retired

  5. 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

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

    Interactions with Asian Art:

    Mutual Influences and Curious Connections

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  3. Presentations Begin!

    Monday, September 17 - 10 a.m.

    Can one identify Chinese and Japanese art by similarities and differences?

    Lily Birmingham 

    The Influence of Hinduism on Thailand

    Margaret Zoehrer 


  4. Monday, October 15 - 10 a.m.

    Pigments & Techniques used in Cave Paintings

    Joyce Johnson 

    Topics 2 TBD

  5. Monday, November 19 - 10 a.m.

    Topics 1 & 2 TBD

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

    Japanese Woodblock Prints & Van Gogh

    Hilda Yoder

    Topic 2 TBD

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

    Han Dynasty

    Marilyn Adams

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

    Barbara Hollowell

  8. 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 

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

    Qing Dynasty - Western Influence in Art

    Elaine Pierce

    Asian Symbols

    Chia-hui Shih 

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

    Topics 1 & 2 TBD