Arts of Asia Fall 2023 Views from the Other Side

Arts of Asia Lecture Series
See photo credits below.

Arts of Asia Fall 2023 Views from the Other Side

Sanjyot Mehendale
Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Dec 08 2023 except Fri Nov 03 2023, Fri Nov 24 2023.
August 25, 2023
Fridays, Aug. 25 to Dec. 8, 2023, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum & Zoom Webinars. Please see schedule below for any exceptions.
Late Registration fees are $225 per person Society members; $300 per person non-members for the series. The advance registration deadline of Aug. 18, 2023 is now past. We will only accept drop-ins for individual lectures in Samsung Hall on a space available basis. Drop-in fee is $20 per person per lecture. All in-person fees are after museum admission.

Late registrations for this lecture series is now closed. Please email the SAA Office if you have any questions.

Please refer to the schedule of Speaker & Topics below to ascertain the location of each lecture.

Precious objects from far-away places have always been treasured and collected, prompting great curiosity about their origins and the identities of their makers. Advances in maritime technology at the beginning of the 15th century led to a veritable explosion of material and information exchange between distant nations. Christian Jesuit priests traveled to all parts of Asia, leaving behind visible legacies; at the same time, China emerged as the springboard for ideas and cultures that spread throughout Asia and beyond, while the Ottoman empire created artwork reflecting its intermediary position between East and West.

At the dawn of the 20th century, countries debated the meaning of national identities and modern society. Meanwhile, European military power and colonial policies drastically altered the course of history. As their world changed, how did Asian countries react? Join us as we explore in 14 lectures, the art and ideas that resulted from these interactions, conflicts, and exchanges.

Speakers & Topics (Subject to Change)

Aug. 25, 2023
A Curious Affair – Toward an Understanding of Art and Globalization  Study Guide  A Curious Affair by Forrest McGill
Forrest McGill, Wattis Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Sept. 1, 2023
Timurid-Mongol Influence on the Mughal Empire in India  Study Guide
Lisa Balabanlilar, Joseph and Joanna Nazro Mullen Professor in the Humanities, Rice University

Sept. 8, 2023
"Like a Virgin": Mughal Repurposing of Christian and Renaissance Art  Study Guide
Mika Natif, Associate Professor of Art History, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, George Washington University

Sept. 15, 2023
Dialogues between Photography and Ink Painting in Modern China  Study Guide
Mia Yinxing Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University

Sept. 22, 2023 This lecture will be presented in Koret Education Center on the 1st floor of the museum.
Crowned Gods and the Art of Power in Early Southeast Asia  Study Guide
Paul Lavy, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Art History, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Sept. 29, 2023
Architecture and Cultural Hybridity in Eighteenth-Century Pondicherry  Study Guide
Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Professor and Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art, Department of Art History and Art Conservation, Queen’s University

Oct. 6, 2023
Japanese Inspirations in Bengal: Nandalal Bose's Ink Painting and the Art of Life  Study Guide
Aïda Yuen Wong, Nathan Cummings and Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Professor of Fine Arts and East Asian Studies, Brandeis University

Oct. 13, 2023
Sinophile Painters and Patrons in 18th Century Japan  Study Guide
Robert Mintz, Chief Curator, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Oct. 20, 2023
Meiji Modern: Art and Industry  Study Guide
Bradley Bailey, Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Curator of Asian Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Oct. 27, 2023
Ottoman Art Between Europe and Asia  Study Guide
Walter B. Denny, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of the History of Art & Architecture, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Nov. 10, 2023
The Dutch Mission to China of 1795: A Little-Known Episode in the History of Western Encounters with China, Explored through Maps and Art  Study Guide
Tonio Andrade, Professor of Chinese and Global History, Department of History, Emory University

Nov. 17, 2023 This lecture will be presented in Koret Education Center on the 1st floor of the museum.
The Importance of Early Printed Painting and Drawing Books  Study Guide
Chelsea Foxwell, Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art History, University of Chicago

Dec. 1, 2023
Made in China: Ritual Objects for China's Muslims  Study Guide Revision 1
Qamar Adamjee, Independent Scholar

Dec. 8, 2023
Shifting Perspectives: Asian and European Art in a Global Context  Study Guide
Deborah Hutton, Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Art History, The College of New Jersey

Photo Credits:

Left: Diversa Orbis Terræ, 1706, by Pieter Schenk (Dutch, 1660–1711). Ink and colors on paper. Asian Art Museum, Gift of David Salman and Walter Jared Frost, 2016.283. Photograph © Asian Art Museum. 
Right: Arrival of a Portuguese ship (detail), approx. 1620–1640. Japan. Six panel folding screen, ink, colors, and gold on paper. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60D77+. Photograph © Asian Art Museum.

Registered attendees of the lecture series are encouraged to attend in-person in Samsung Hall. Otherwise, registered attendees can attend via Zoom. Drop-ins for individual lectures are only available in-person in Samsung Hall on a space available basis. Drop-ins for individual lectures are not available on Zoom. 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

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.

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