Arts of Asia Lecture Series

When:
Friday, December 4, 2020
Instructor:
Stephen Roddy
Due to the uncertainty surrounding when the museum can safely reopen and the impact of the social distancing guidelines, the SAA is changing this Arts of Asia Lecture Series to Zoom webinars only. In addition, we will no longer accept drop ins for individual lectures. A Zoom confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar will be sent to all registered attendees the week of August 17. Our distinguished scholars explore some of the greatest stories in history, stories that still speak to us today, and the art they have inspired. Come look at historical figures, religious leaders, and characters in epics and great works of...
When:
Friday, January 22, 2021
Instructor:
Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker

Why do images have the power to inspire, give us access to the divine, show us the eternal, even guide the soul after death? Why are images so powerful that they are dangerous? This series of lectures explores the power of images in Asian art by looking at the intentions of the makers of the images and the specific roles the images were intended to play. Our journey crosses the breadth of Asia, from the abstract geometric designs in Islamic art to the sensuous figures of Khajuraho, from the Daoist paintings of the literati in China to the Thai amulets that ward off ghosts and disaster. We explore a variety of traditions to deepen our...

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