Arts of Asia Fall 2017: Art on the Move Across Asia and Beyond – Part I

Arts of Asia Lecture Series
Tribute bearers, attributed to Ren Bowen (Chinese, 1254–1327). Ink and colors on silk. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Avery Brundage Collection, B60D100. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Arts of Asia Fall 2017: Art on the Move Across Asia and Beyond – Part I

Instructor: 
Instructor of Record: Pat Berger, UC Berkeley
When: 
Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Nov 17 2017.
August 18, 2017
Time: 
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Place: 
Samsung Hall
Fee: 
$175 Society members, $200 non-members for the series (after Museum admission), $20 per lecture drop-in (after Museum admission), subject to availability

This Arts of Asia lecture series launches a two-semester exploration of the centuries of active exchange of art and ideas across the great trade routes of Asia, Europe, and the New World. The renowned scholar Professor Pat Berger of UC Berkeley will be the Instructor of Record for both series. From prehistory and antiquity to the period of the great medieval empires and into the modern era, the arts have been ambassadors of the cultures that produced them, inspiring curiosity, desire, envy, new markets, and even technological espionage. Certain goods—silk, paper, porcelain, gold, gems—transcended cultures. Other goods were attractive because they were exotic.

The fourteen lectures in Fall 2017 will look at the roles of art—ceramics, metalwork, textiles, painting, sculpture, architecture, fashion, and the performing arts—in spreading knowledge and sparking global trade. Leading scholars and curators will share research and insights on how images of the Buddha traveled East, monks on the move 1,300 years ago, Marco Polo’s travels during the Pax Mongolica, traffic along the Silk Road and sea routes, the Bodhisattva of Compassion’s gender issues, costume exchange East and West, and more. The Spring 2018 lectures will continue the discussion on what happens when art changes hands across cultural borders.

INTRODUCTION

August 18
Marco Polo and the Advent of Global Trade
Pat Berger, UC Berkeley

THINGS ON THE MOVE IN THE ANCIENT WORLD

August 25
On Foreign Soil: Merchant Diasporas and the Archaeology of Cross-Cultural Exchanges
Sanjyot Mehendale, UC Berkeley

EARLY BUDDHIST EXCHANGES

September 1
Convergence of Hellenism and Buddhism: Gandharan Art Revisited
Osmund Bopearachchi, UC Berkeley

September 8
How the Buddha Traveled East
Lewis Lancaster, UC Berkeley

September 15
The Many Faces of Compassion: Avalokiteshvara in Asian Buddhism
Denise Patry Leidy, Yale University

September 22
Buddhist Pilgrim-Monks as Agents of Cultural and Artistic Transmission:
The International Buddhist Art Style in East Asia, ca. 645–770
Dorothy Wong, University of Virginia

EAST ASIA DURING THE PERIOD OF THE GREAT MEDIEVAL EMPIRES

September 29
A Tang Dynasty Shipwreck and Marine Archaeology
Francois Louis, Bard College

October 6
Emulation and Distinction: China in the Art of Japan, ca. 700 – 1200 CE
Kristopher Kersey, University of Richmond

October 13
Dialogues across Space & Time: The Written Word in East Asia
Kevin Carr, University of Michigan

October 20
The Arts of Byzantium, Armenia & Islam: Age of Transition
Helen C. Evans, Metropolitan Museum

October 27
On the Silk Paper Road:  How Paper Traveled from China to the West
Jonathan Bloom, Boston College

November 3
Fashion and Anxiety in Tang China (618 -- 907 CE)
Suzanne Cahill, UC San Diego

November 10
Feathered Gowns and Twirling Barbarians: Dance Exchanges Across Central and East Asia in the Tang Dynasty (7th-10th Centuries) and Beyond
Emily Wilcox, University of Michigan

November 17
Changing Clothes in Asia: Inspiration vs. Appropriation
A panel of Asian Art Museum Curators


Spring 2018: Part II ART ON THE MOVE ACROSS ASIA AND BEYOND