Arts of Asia Spring 2015: Masterpieces and Iconic Artworks of the Asian Art Museum

Arts of Asia Lecture Series
Ritual vessel in the shape of a rhinoceros, probably 1100–1050 BCE. China; Shouchang, Shandong province, Shang dynasty (1600–1050 BCE). Bronze. Courtesy of Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, The Avery Brundage Collection, B60B1+. Image © Asian Art Museum.

Arts of Asia Spring 2015: Masterpieces and Iconic Artworks of the Asian Art Museum

Repeats every week every Friday until Fri May 01 2015.
January 23, 2015
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) Online series tickets are no longer available. Please call the SAA Office to purchase a series ticket.

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.

Sign up for the Spring 2015 Arts of Asia lecture series, and learn why certain artworks in the Asian Art Museum's collection are considered "masterpieces" or "iconic." The series will begin with an overview of how the museum's collection was assembled, given by instructor of record, Dany Chan. Subsequent lectures will be delivered by AAM curators and preeminent scholars including Robert Mowry, Susan Hungtington, and Samuel Morse. EAch speaker will focus on a single object or pair of objects which has been designated a "masterpiece" or "iconic." In addition to aesthetic qualities, other pertinent aspects will be discussed such as context (historical, cultural, and artistic), usage, and production technique. Bearing in mind the approach of the museum's 50th anniversary, the spring series will not only showcase the AAM's most celebrated artworks but also provide opportunities to familiarize the SAA audience with the museum's exceptionally talented and knowledgeable curators.

January 23
Introduction Study Guide
Dany Chan, AAM

January 30
Getting a Grip on the Demonic: Exploring An Indonesian Dagger Handle Study Guide
Natasha Reichle, AAM

February 6
A Unique Pair: The Bronze Rhinoceros and Its Collector, Avery Brundage Study Guide
Jay Xu, AAM

February 13
The Buddha Triumphing Over Mara: Form & Meaning in Buddhist Art Study Guide
Susan Huntington, Ohio State University

February 20
The Divine Royal Couple: Shiva and Parvati From Angkor Study Guide
Forrest McGill, AAM

February 27
The Elusive Nature of Jin Dynasty (1115–1234) Painting: The Asian Art Museum's Travelers Among Valleys and Peaks Study Guide
Stephen Little, LACMA

March 6 (very limited drop-ins, at State Department Building 350 McAllister Street)
Kangxi Mallet Vase Study Guide
Robert Mowry, Harvard University

March 13
First Under Heaven: Korean Celadons in the Goryeo Dynasty Study Guide
Hyonjeong Kim Han, AAM

March 20
A Story Of A Korean Scholar’s Accoutrement Painting: Its Beginning and Evolution Study Guide
Kumja Paik Kim, AAM

March 27
Portraits of Japanese Rulers: Hideyoshi and Emperor Meijii Study Guide
Yuki Morishima, AAM

April 3
Royal Rides: AAM’s Silver Howdah And Its Virginia Relation Study Guide
John Henry Rice, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

April 10
Timurid Jade Cup Study Guide
Qamar Adamjee, AAM

April 17
Bonten and Taishakuten Study Guide
Samuel Morse, Amherst College

April 24
338 Buddha Study Guide
Michael Knight, AAM

May 1
Time Travel in Two Tibetan Thangka: The Magical Art of Riwoche Monastery Study Guide
Jeff Durham, AAM

Registration Policies

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