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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
The Art of Meiji Japan: History, Industry, and Invention
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
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 and the Forgotten History of Western Encounters with China, as Explored through Maps and Art
Tonio Andrade, Professor of Chinese and Global History, Department of History, Emory University
Nov. 17, 2023
The Importance of Early Printed Painting and Drawing Books
Chelsea Foxwell, Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art History, University of Chicago
Dec. 1, 2023
Made in China: Art for Muslims in China and Abroad
Qamar Adamjee, Independent Scholar
Dec. 8, 2023
Shifting Perspectives: Asian and European Art in a Global Context
Deborah Hutton, Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Art History, The College of New Jersey
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.
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