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Asian Arts Council Calendar

Lectures and Study Group meet in the Museum Boardroom.

  1. Lectures, and More
  2. April 07 through August 13, 2017

    Modern Japan: Prints from the Taisho Era (1912–1926) & Beyond
    - Details

    See the May lecture for an explanation about the exhibition.

    Curated by Diana Chou, Associate Curator of Asian Art

  3. Thursday, July 27

    Japanese Netsuke: Art in Miniature Click for Details

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    Japanese netsuke, a unique utilitarian art form, and their related appurtenances will be discussed by Marsha Vargas Handley. The talk will explain the utilitarian purpose, history and the variety of types and subjects that can be found in the miniature sculpture used to suspend items from a Japanese man’s obi sash.

    Marsha Vargas Handley, former president of the International Netsuke Society and Senior Member of the American Society of Appraisers

  4. Thursday, Aug 31 - 1:00 p.m.

    Persian Art of the Sasanian Dynasty (224-651 CE) - Details

    Sasanians saw themselves as successors of the Achaemenid Persians from the classical Persian empire founded by Cyrus. Sasanian art is a combination of Near-Eastern and Greco Roman traditions. Due to the Silk Road and trade, the influence of Sasanian art was felt as far as China and Byzantium. Islamic art was heavily indebted to Sasanian art in such forms as the arabesque pattern and the niches and domes in mosque design. Lily Birmingham, a member of the AAC Study Group who participated in their exploration of Persian art history will discuss various works of art from decorative goods, utilitarian items and architecture. She will also tie the period to our newly opened Arts of Iran gallery by telling about some of the objects now on display.

    Lily Birmingham, Docent

  5. Thursday, Sep 28 - 1:00 p.m.

    How the West Was Won: Marketing Japan in North America, 1855-1915 - Details

    The opening of Japan in the 1850’s to trade with Western nations inspired “Japonism,” the widespread public enthusiasm in North America and Europe for “artistic” Japanese and Japanese-style consumer goods affordable by all economic classes. This illustrated talk by Will Chandler, former curator of Decorative Arts at SDMART, will survey the ways in which Japanese exporters invented new kinds of artistic products to help pay for modernization, and how American merchants presented Japanese culture and Japanese goods to attract buyers. Will’s presentation is based on his essay in John Vollmer’s Re-Envisioning Japan, Meiji Fine Art Textiles, published by 5 Continents Press in 2016, the cover of which illustrates a Meiji era silk tapestry in the SDMA collection donated by Archer Huntington in 1939.

    Will Chandler, former Museum curator of Decorative Arts

  1. Study Group
  2. Next Year's Study Group Topic:

    Exploring Chinese Art and Paintings

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  3. Monday, September 25 - 10 a.m.

    Topics TBD 

    Hopefully, Diana Chou, Ph.D., Associate Curator of Asian Art  

    Chinese Woodblock Prints

    Lily Birmingham

  4. Monday, October 16 - 10 a.m.

    Exploring Chinese Art and Paintings Presentations Begins!

    How to look at Chinese Painting

    Diana Chou, Ph.D., Associate Curator of Asian Art 

    Song Paintings

    Marilyn Adams

  5. Monday, November 20 - 10 a.m.

    Chinese Ceramics

    Elaine Pierce

    North & Southern Schools of Chinese Paintings

    David Miles

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

    Daoist Objects

    Diane Carlos

    Topic 2 TBD 

    (Second Monday due to Martin Luther King holiday on the 3rd Monday)

  7. 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

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

    Tang Arts

    Tom Dillon

    Topic 2 TBD 

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

    Jesuits & Chinese Art

    Hilda Yoder

    Snuff Bottles

    Courtenay McGowen 

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

    Buddhism in Chinese Art

    Joyce Johnson & Pinghui Ku

    Topic 2 TBD

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

    Topic 2 TBD