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.

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 Huntington, 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


Note: Your registration for this event is consent to be photographed or videoed as a participant for SAA publicity purposes.