Arts of Asia Fall 2016 Lecture Series - From Monet to Ai Weiwei: How We Got Here

Arts of Asia Lecture Series
Mid-Autumn Festival, 1969, by Liu Guosong (Chinese, b. 1932). Ink and colors on paper. Asian Art Museum, 2003.22. © Liu Guosong. Photograph © Asian Art Museum.

Arts of Asia Fall 2016 Lecture Series - From Monet to Ai Weiwei: How We Got Here

Various Scholars
Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Dec 02 2016 except Fri Nov 25 2016.
August 19, 2016
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Samsung Hall
$175 Society members, $200 non-members (for the series after Museum admission) $20 per lecture drop-in (after Museum admission, subject to availability)

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.

Where did modern Asian art come from? What is contemporary Asian art? Sign up for this lecture series and find out! Inspired by the recent exhibitions Looking East, 28 Chinese, and First Look, the Society for Asian Art’s Fall 2016 Arts of Asia lectures will explore how Asian art has been transformed from the past into something new and relevant for the present in the 19th to 21st centuries.

The series will start with a two-lecture overview covering important 19thand 20thcentury art movements, such as impressionism, surrealism, abstraction, and conceptualism. Prominent scholars like Joan Kee and Ming Tiampo will then examine the development of late 19thcentury and early 20thcentury pre-war Asian art from areas like Meiji Japan and colonial Southeast Asia through post-war movements like the Gutai Group in Japan, the '85 New Wave in China, and Korea's Avant-Garde Association. The legacy of classical Chinese traditions, Indian nationalism, and Islamic attitudes toward art will also be considered against the backdrop of modernism, concluding with an examination of globalism, new media, and biennials.

August 19

Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? Gauguin & Early Global Modernism Study Guide Chinese Art World Modernisms CosmopolitanismGauguin's Noa Noa is widely available as an ebook, including from Project Gutenberg:, LaForgue's Impressionism:, Louis Leroy's review of the Exhibition of the Impressionists:

Karin Oen, Asian Art Museum

August 26

European Modernism and Its Global Repercussions in the First Half of the 20th Century Study Guide Breton and Trotsky Chippon Dada Crozier Manifesto Mitter Willett

John Zarobell, University of San Francisco


September 2

The Rise of Imperial Japan: Japanese Arts & Crafts of the Taisho & Showa Eras Study Guide

Kendall Brown, Cal State Long Beach


September 9

The Bauhaus in Bengal: Reflections on Art & Design in Modern India Study Guide Additional Reading

Saloni Mathur, UCLA

September 16

Where the Ancient Never Tread: Dunhuang as a Source of Artistic Inspiration Study Guide

Joseph Scheier-Dolberg, Metropolitan Museum of Art

September 23

Rise of the East: Modernity & Modern Diaspora Chinese Art of the Postwar Era Study Guide

An-yi Pan, Cornell University

September 30

Artisans to Artists: Colonial & Post-Independent Art Education in Vietnam and Cambodia Study Guide

Nora Taylor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

October 7

Warhol & Mid-Century Modernisms: Arts is anything you can get away with Study Guide Art is Anything You Can Get Away With Judd Mcluhan Mulvey

Karin Oen, AAM

October 14

The International Art of a New Era: Postwar Japanese Art's Challenge from the Margins Study Guide

Ming Tiampo, Carleton University (Ottawa)

October 21

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Abstraction Study Guide

Joan Kee, University of Michigan

October 28

Looking for the Contemporary in “Islamic” Art Study Guide

Talinn Grigor, UC Davis

November 4

Everyday Partitions: Contemporary South Asian Art Study Guide

Sonal Khullar, University of Washington

November 11

Extreme Reverberations & the Existing Real: The Birth of Contemporary Chinese Art Study Guide Chinese Contemporary Art-7 Things You Should Know

Taliesin Thomas, Director – AW Asia

November 18

Who Am We? Five Contemporary Artists of Korea Study Guide Bibliography

Hyonjeong Kim Han, Asian Art Museum

December 2

Globalism & New Media: The Long History of World’s Fairs & Biennials Study Guide

Caroline Jones, MIT

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