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.
A Docent's Perspective on Contemporary Art
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April 16, 2021 Arts of Asia Lecture Postponed
Due to illness, the April 16, 2021 Arts of Asia lecture, Seeing Large in Small: The Power of Scale in Chinese Landscape Painting with Prof. Jun Hu, is now postponed to Friday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom webinar confirmation email for the May 7 lecture a few days beforehand.
The April 23 and April 30 Arts of Asia lectures will take place as scheduled.