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Lectures and Study Group meet in the Museum Boardroom.

  1. Lectures, and More
  2. Thursday, January 25 - 1:00 p.m.

    Telling the Tale of Contemporary Japanese Prints - Details

    Allison Tolman, a second generation dealer of contemporary Japanese works of paper, grew up in Tokyo where her parents have owned and operated a gallery, The Tolman Collection of Tokyo, since 1971.The Tolman Collection is the largest publisher of contemporary Japanese prints. She will discuss the print world in Japan from after the Second World War to the present, with emphasis on printmakers active today. 

    Allison Tolman, The Tolman Collection, Tokyo & New York

  3. Thursday, February 22 - 1:00 p.m.

    Familiar Images Forgotten Messages: Protest Art in East Asia - Details

    From Chinese, Japanese, and Korean monks to Ai Weiwei and the Gao Brothers, protest has often been the motivation for the production of exceptional works of art. We all know art to be an outlet for personal expression, a catalyst inspiring heated discussion, and a powerful tool for realizing social change, yet after its moment has passed or the artist's desired change has been achieved, the art remains. Over time its message becomes obscure and its ability to communicate becomes strained. With further time works of art that once served as powerful calls to action can become quaint expressions of nostalgia. This talk examines several familiar themes and iconic images in the arts of East Asia that originated as protest art or that have been taken up as symbols of resistance. Exploring how these works shifted in their roles from symbols of challenge and of change to become quiet markers of forgotten struggles offers an object lesson that we can use in understanding the historical position of the protest art we see being made today. 

    Robert Mintz, Deputy Director, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

  4. Thursday, March 29 - 1:00 p.m.

    Temples and Gardens of Japan - Details

    Susan Anderson, a retired Foreign Service Officer, served at the US Embassy in Tokyo from 2000-2003. She will take us on a journey through many of the temples and gardens of Japan. Susan regularly visited temples in Tokyo and Kamakura and made a memorable trip to Nikko where she walked through majestic cryptomeria forests surrounding the Meigetsu-in and and the Hasedera temples. See Japan through the wonderstruck eyes of an American diplomat who was learning the meaning of the Japanese word "shibui" - restrained elegance - through her sojourns through the gardens and temples of Japan. 

    Susan Read Anderson, Foreign Service Officer, retired

  5. Thursday, April 19 - 1:00 p.m.
    Note: NOT the last Thursday of the month!

    Fashion and Anxiety in Tang Dynasty China (618 – 907 CE) - Details

    Systems of fashion reflect social norms. This lecture will discuss what Tang dynasty historical documents say about clothing, and explain what these texts imply about the beliefs and values of the authors. Next the lecture will investigate conflicts about clothing revealed by the documents and identify the anxieties about hierarchy, gender, and ethnicity these conflicts expose. The talk will include specific examples of conflicts over fashion in the context of Tang society and culture, illustrated with examples from the art and archaeological record of the period. Dr. Cahill is now retired from the Department of History at UC San Diego, where she taught early and medieval Chinese history and thought.

    Dr. Suzanne Cahill, UC San Diego Department of History, retired

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

    Cloisonné – The Marriage of Glass and Metal - Details

    This lecture will examine the history of cloisonné and champlevé in Asia exploring the techniques used to produce these works of art. We will explore the materials used and how the styles and techniques changed from pre-Ming China to late Meiji Japan. Marsha Vargas Handley was a dealer in Asian arts for over 45 years as the owner of Xanadu Gallery in San Francisco. As a Senior Member, American Society of Appraisers certified in Asian Arts for over 35 years she has handled and studied a wide range of Asian works of art.

    Marsha Vargas Handley, Xanadu Gallery in San Francisco, retired, American Society of Appraisers certified in Asian Arts for over 35 years

  1. Study Group
  2. Study Group Topic:

    Exploring Chinese Art and Paintings

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  3. Monday, January 8 - 10 a.m.


  4. Monday, February 13 - 10 a.m.

    Court Painters of the Ming Dynasty

    Betty Carr

    Introduction to Chinese calligraphy and the art of seals

    Chia-hui Shih 

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

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

    Tang Arts

    Tom Dillon


    Allie Arnell

  6. Monday, April 16 - 10 a.m.

    Jesuits & Chinese Art

    Hilda Yoder

    Snuff Bottles

    Courtenay McGowen 

  7. Monday, May 21 - 10 a.m.

    Buddhism in Chinese Art

    Pinghui Ku & Joyce Johnson

    Topic 2 TBD

  8. Monday, June 18 - 10 a.m.


    Joyce Johnson

    Topic 2 TBD