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A Docent's Perspective on Contemporary Art
May 12, 2021

As a docent at the Asian, I love connecting with the ancient beauty of Asia. And as the Asian expands its collection of contemporary art, I was initially a little disturbed by some of the “new” objects. After a very enlightening and enjoyable talk by Abby Chen at this spring’s Arts of Asia lectures, I began to use the viewing techniques I had been trained in. I rested a while with a piece, watching my responses to it. No cheating and looking at the labels! What thoughts or sensations was I having? And asked what is this piece saying to me – the same way I encountered our Buddhas.

Message from the Society's President

It was over a year ago that the pandemic brought about much uncertainty in all our lives. Looking back, I am amazed how you, our members, adapted to these circumstances and we, your SAA Board of Directors, found ways and means to continue our mission of providing programs on Asian art and culture. Of course, we really miss the social interaction between our scholars and our members, the social get-togethers with our fellow members and most of all, to have a unique museum piece in front of us, even in a display case. It produces vibrations in us, which no Zoom image can replicate.

Read the entire message here.