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Asian Arts Council Calendar

Lectures and Study Group meet in the Museum Boardroom.

  1. Lectures, and More
  2. 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

  3. Saturday, Sep 14 - 8:00 a.m.

    Bus Trip - Exploring the Arts at Scripps College - Details

    Join us for a day of exploration at the charming Scripps college campus and a curator tour. We will enjoy two exhibitions: Treasures of Asian Arts at Scripps College in the Clark Humanities Museum and Amazing Images-Japanese Prints at Scripps College in the Williamson Gallery. As special guests, the curator will show us objects in storage and give us behind-the-scene stories. Lastly, we will have a private showing of the 100’ Ramos Martinez murals in the Margaret Fowler Memorial Garden.

    Printable Bus Trip Flyer - please wait for it

  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. Saturday, Oct 5 - 6

    Berkeley Trip - See Julia White's July lecture - Reserve now - Details

    Visit the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Both hotel reservations and airfare are to be made by individual participants, and those expenses will be the majority of the trip’s cost. The rate at the Berkeley City Club is $199 per night, but to get this rate you must call the hotel directly and identify yourself as an AAC member. Please contact Courtenay McGowen at 619-435-7165 before doing this so she can give you the correct contact information.

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

    “Every Living Thing”: An Exhibition at LACMA through Dec. 8th - Details

    Until December 8, 2019, LACMA is hosting an exhibition on the theme of animals in Japanese art, displaying works from the 6th to the 21st century on themes such as zodiac animals, animals from nature, religion, myth and folklore, work and leisure. In turn, this lecture will explore the broad application of animal themes to express ideas ranging from sacred power, geomantic direction, virtue, seasons and poetry, to empirical observation and contemporary expression.

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

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

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

    Asian tapas, wine and music - $50

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

    Jade: Stone of Heaven
    - Details

    Jade- Stone of Heaven will be an historic survey of the importance of jade in Asia, primarily in China, but also in other cultures including the Americas. The lecture will begin with 5000 BCE and end in the 20th century.

    Marsha Vargas Handley

  9. 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 & Chinese Han Dynasty (Terra Cotta Army?)


  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

    Susan Anderson 

    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