“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.