Arts of Asia Fall 2011: The Arts of South Asia and the Islamic World: Beliefs Made Visible

Arts of Asia Lecture Series

Arts of Asia Fall 2011: The Arts of South Asia and the Islamic World: Beliefs Made Visible

Forrest McGill
August 26, 2011
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Samsung Hall
$15 per lecture drop-in (after Museum admission, no reservations needed)

Videos of the lectures are now available on the Asian Art Museum's Apple Podcasts. Click here to view the available videos from this lecture series.

Join the Society for Asian Art as we explore the art of India and the Islamic world. As in past seasons, the Fall 2011 lecture series will feature prominent scholars and curators from across the country and showcase many treasures of the Asian Art Museum. An array of topics will be discussed over the course of fifteen lectures, including: the life and visual representation of the Buddha; Hindu gods and goddesses and the depiction of heavenly bodies; sacred architecture; Hindu epics; the diversity of South Asian religious practice and the rise of Islam across Asia; Mughals, maharajas, and manuscript paintings; and contemporary Indian art. This lecture series will coincide with the beginning of a three-year training program for new museum docents.

Lecture Schedule

August 26 Up Close and Personal with the Asian's Collection
Forrest McGill, Asian Art Museum 

September 2 Indian Art and Culture from Avatar to Zenana
Forrest McGill, Asian Art Museum

September 9 Surreal or Practical? India’s Ethereal Architecture
Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Mills College Study Guide

September 16 The Miraculous Buddha: The Role of Miracles and Magic in the Life of the Buddha
Robert Brown, UC Los Angeles Study Guide

September 23 Epic Visions: The Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Visual Culture of Early Hinduism
Robert Goldman, UC Berkeley Study Guide

September 30 The Site of the Buddha's Enlightenment and Its Significance for Asian Art
Forrest McGill, Asian Art Museum Study Guide

October 7 An Apparent Paradox: The Sacred as Sensuous in Hindu India
Vidya Dehejia, Columbia University Study Guide

October 14 Jewels from a Brush: The Manuscript Paintings of India
Joan Cummins, Brooklyn Museum Study Gruide

October 21 Heavenly Bodies: The Indian Temple and its Sculptures
Darielle Mason, Philadelphia Museum of Art Study Guide

October 28 Highlighting Zoroastrians, Jains, and Sikhs
Gurinder Singh Mann, UC Santa Barbara Study Guide

November 4 Content and Context of Visual Arts in the Islamic World
Priscilla Soucek, New York University Study Guide

November 11 Mystics and Kings: Islam in India from the time of the Delhi Sultanate through the Great Mughals
Catherine Asher, University of Minnesota Study Guide

November 18 From Baghdad to Delhi: Islamic Art at the Asian Art Museum
Qamar Adamjee, Asian Art Museum (No Study Guide)

November 25 Thanksgiving – no lecture

December 2 After the Great Mughals: The Rise of the Rajas and “The British Are Coming!"
Stephen Markel, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Study Guide

December 9 The Shock of the New: Art Today in India and Pakistan 
Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Mills College Study Guide

Registration Policies

The Society for Asian Art's cancellation policy requires at least one week's advance written notice in order to receive a refund of registration fees. This excludes our Travel programs, which have separate cancellation policies, as well as any programs where a specific refund policy is stated on the event page. Your fees will be returned to you through a check in the mail. To cancel, please contact us.

For programs located within the Asian Art Museum, the museum entrance fee must be paid separately and is not included with your registration fee.

Please note that by registering for a program, you are giving consent to the SAA to be photographed or videoed as a participant.