Arts of Asia Fall 2022 Forging New Connections: Asia in the First Millenium of the Common Era

Arts of Asia Lecture Series
Seated Buddha, approx. 200–400. Pakistan; ancient region of Gandhara. Schist. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S557. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Arts of Asia Fall 2022 Forging New Connections: Asia in the First Millenium of the Common Era

Instructor: 
Sanjyot Mehendale
When: 
Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Dec 09 2022 except Fri Sep 02 2022, Fri Nov 25 2022, Fri Dec 02 2022.
August 19, 2022
Time: 
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Place: 
Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum & Zoom Webinars
Fee: 
Late registration fees are $225 per person Society members and $300 per person non-members for the series. The advance registration deadline of Aug. 12, 2022 is now past. We will only accept drop-ins for individual lectures in Samsung Hall on a space available basis. Drop-in fee is $25 per person per lecture. All in-person fees are after Museum admission.


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Late registration is now closed. We encourage you to attend the remaining lectures in-person in Samsung Hall, where we can accommodate drop-ins for individual lectures.

The September 2 lecture has been rescheduled to December 9 due to illness. Please see the schedule of speakers and topics below for the most up-to-date information.


The Fall 2022 Arts of Asia Lecture Series, entitled “Forging New Connections: Asia in the First Millennium of the Common Era,” continues our Spring 2022 ancient Asia series. The 14-lecture fall series is designed to be a survey of Asian cultures with attention to how they used their natural resources and trade routes in the first 1,000 years of the common era.



The series will provide our audience with a better understanding of key cultural and artistic traditions of Asia. Thus, the Fall 2022 series will offer lectures on Armenia and trade until the Mongols, the advent and growth of Islam in Afghanistan, exchanges along the Silk Road, early Turkic settlements in Central Asia, stone temples of ancient South India, the Seljuqs, the Tang and Song Dynasties of China, Japan before the Shoguns, the Khmer, the Champa, kingdoms in maritime Southeast Asia, kingdoms in Thailand and Myanmar, the Tibetan empire, and Korea’s pivotal role in the transmission of Buddhist art.

Speakers & Topics (Subject to Change)

August 19, 2022

The Rise and Florescence of Turkic Nomadic Polities in Central Asia (6th to 12th C. CE): Material and Political interactions Across a Connected World  Study Guide
Michael Frachetti, Professor of Archeology, Washington University in St. Louis

August 26, 2022
Armenia Between East and West  Revised Study Guide with links to the Met publications available online
Helen Evans, Curator Emerita, Metropolitan Museum of Art

September 2, 2022 - No lecture

September 9, 2022

Xuanzang’s World: Art and Pilgrimage in Tang China  Study Guide
Anne Feng, Assistant Professor of Chinese Art, Boston University

September 16, 2022
Who Built the Stone Temples of Ancient South India: Key Monuments of the Pallava and Early Chola Period  Revised Study Guide
Padma Kaimal, Batza Professor of Art and Art History, Colgate University

September 23, 2022 New Speaker & Topic - The speaker will not be in San Francisco, so this lecture will be presented on Zoom. We will also broadcast the Zoom webinar on the big screen in Samsung Hall for in-person attendees.
Golden Crowns and Buddhist Monuments: Arts of the Paekche Kingdom. Study Guide
Maya Stiller, Associate Professor of Korean Art History and Visual Culture, University of Kansas

September 30, 2022
The Transition from Tang to Song Dynasty China: Visual and Material Culture  Study Guide
Michelle C. Wang, Associate Professor, Georgetown University

October 7, 2022
Consolidation of Power and Visual/Material Culture in the Nara and Heian Periods of Japan - Materiality and Power of Hidden Buddhist Scriptures  Study Guide
Akiko Walley, Maude I. Kerns Associate Professor of Japanese Art, University of Oregon
Tekagami and Kyōgire: The University of Oregon Japanese Calligraphy Collection

October 14, 2022
Celestial Palaces, Axial Mountains, and Cosmic Seas: Ancient Khmer Temple Architecture  Study Guide
Paul Lavy, Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art History, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

October 21, 2022
The Champa Empire of Southeast Asia and Its Relationship with Its Environments and Neighbors during the First Millennium of the Common Era  Study Guide
Kenneth Hall, Professor of History, Ball State University

October 28, 2022
Between the East Indian Ocean and South China Sea: Port Kingdoms of Southeast Asia in the First Millennium AD  Study Guide
Derek Heng, Professor and Chair of the Department of History, Northern Arizona University

November 4, 2022 New Location - Koret Education Center and New Speaker & Topic
Ayurveda and Yoga in Buddhist Medieval China: Two Case Studies of Globalization in the Premodern World  Study Guide
Dominc Steavu, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

November 11, 2022 New Location - Koret Education Center  Study Guide
The Tibetan Empire and Its Aftermath in Central Asia
Brandon Dotson, Associate Professor and Thomas P. McKenna Chair of Buddhist Studies, Georgetown University

November 18, 2022 - The speaker will not be in San Francisco, so this lecture will be presented on Zoom only.  Study Guide Rev. 1
Arts of the Seljuqs and Their Successor States from Iran to Anatolia, ca. 1000-1300
Deniz Beyazit, Associate Curator, Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

November 25, 2022 & December 2, 2022 - No lectures

December 9, 2022 - The speaker will not be in San Francisco, so this lecture will be presented on Zoom only.
Arts in Afghanistan from the Arrival of Islam to the Ghaznavids

Martina Rugiadi, Associate Curator of Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art



Registered attendees of the lecture series can choose to attend either in-person in Samsung Hall or on Zoom. Drop-ins for individual lectures are only available in-person in Samsung Hall on a space available basis. The lecture series is organized as 14 separate Zoom webinars. A Zoom webinar confirmation email with information on how to join each week's webinar will be sent to all registered attendees 2 or 3 days before each lecture. Even though it is not required by Zoom, we recommend that you download and install Zoom on your computer or mobile device in advance, and set yourself up with a free account. Attendees will have a chance to participate in the Q&A via Zoom Q&A. Read Arts of Asia Zoom Webinar FAQs.

Registration Policies

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