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Oct. 15, 2021 Arts of Asia Lecture Starts at 2 PM Pacific Time

In case you missed the notice in the latest emails to the Fall 2021 Arts of Asia registered attendees, the Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 lecture will start at 2 p.m. Pacific Time, to accommodate the speaker, who will be joining the webinar from China.

The study guide for this lecture is now posted on the Fall 2021 Arts of Asia webpage. Here is the link to the study guide.

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Speaker for the October 22, 2021 Arts of Asia Lecture

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Dorothy Moss, Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery and Coordinating Curator of the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative, will give the October 22, 2021 Arts of Asia lecture, originally scheduled to be given by contemporary Chinese-born American artist Hung Liu (1948-2021).

Society for Asian Art Mourns Passing of Artist Hung Liu

The Society for Asian Art mourns the sudden passing of outstanding Bay Area artist Hung Liu. Her work speaks powerfully to audiences worldwide, and has been particularly admired by our members. Many SAA members were honored to know Hung Liu and valued her as a friend. The SAA extends its deepest condolences to her family.

Hung Liu was scheduled to speak on October 22, 2021, as part of this fall's Arts of Asia lecture series. We will announce a replacement speaker at a later date.

Ehler Spliedt
SAA President

Fall 2021 Upper Category Events

We are gearing up to launch our fall 2021 Upper Category events, which are organized exclusively for the Society for Asian Art's Upper Category members - Sponsors, Donors and Contributors.

The first in the series, on Sept. 2, 2021, will be an introduction to a groundbreaking exhibition at SFMOMA, Nam June Paik, a Korean-American visionary artist. The presenting scholar, Dr. Rudolf Frieling, is Curator of Media Arts at SFMOMA, and co-curator of the exhibition. SFMOMA is the only US venue for this international exhibition, organized with the Tate Modern, London.

A Docent's Perspective on Contemporary Art

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.

We Are America, Know Our Names

The Society for Asian Art stands in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander communities that have been targeted with hate and violence. We condemn racism, xenophobia and violence in all its forms. Educating the public about the art and culture of the rich and diverse Asian communities has been at the heart of the Society for Asian Art's mission since we were founded in 1958. Through our programs, we help promote intercultural understanding, diversity and inclusion.

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.

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Spread the Word about SAA

Over the years, SAA has built a track record of sponsoring a wide range of quality programming focused on Asian arts and cultures. We invite you to help us reach more potential audience members by spreading the word about the many events we sponsor. A simple way to do this is to invite your Facebook friends to “like” the SAA Facebook page. Here are a few steps you can take to do this...

Introducing Our Facebook Page

We are pleased to announce that the Society for Asian Art now has its own page on Facebook. For our members, our intent is to provide more timely updates of what's on offer through SAA. Our Facebook page also allows us to reach a broader audience who may be interested in the wide-ranging programs we provide. We encourage you to check out our page, Please follow and like us and then tell your friends about how they can use this page to learn about our current activities.