Arts of Asia Spring 2024 Echoes of the Past, Visions of the Future

Arts of Asia Lecture Series
See photo credits below.

Arts of Asia Spring 2024 Echoes of the Past, Visions of the Future

Sanjyot Mehendale
Repeats every week until Fri May 17 2024 except Fri Mar 29 2024, Fri Apr 12 2024, Fri May 10 2024.
January 26, 2024
Fridays Jan. 26 to May 17, 2024 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum & Zoom Webinars. Please see schedule below for any exceptions.
$200 per person Society members; $250 per person non-members for the series. Advance registration must be received by SAA by Jan. 19, 2024. 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.

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No culture exists in a vacuum, without a context or a past. During this lecture series, we will examine the ways historical ideas, forms, and techniques continue to shape the arts and cultures of today. We will start with archeological explorations, move on to artists who continue ancient traditions, and bring in contemporary artists referencing and exploring the past.
We will see how exchanges east and west led Chinese calligraphers to enliven an ancient art, and how Bay Area artist Ala Ebtekar explored the cosmos and the idea of time for a piece now on view on the museum’s newly opened East West Bank Art Terrace. After we travel to Central Asia, South Asia, the Himalayas, China, Korea, and Japan, our concluding lecture will feature the Barbara Bass Bakar Director & CEO of the Asian Art Museum, Dr. Jay Xu, speaking on the unique contribution and relationship between archeology and art. This lecture will have special significance to the spring special exhibition, Phoenix Kingdoms, exploring new discoveries of an ancient Chinese 3,000-year-old Bronze Culture.

Art will help us illuminate what one of our speakers, Arnold Chang, describes as “The Past is Always Present”.

Speakers & Topics (Subject to Change)

Jan. 26, 2024

Medieval Central Asia in Depth: Archaeological Explorations and Mapping of Newly Discovered High Elevation Cities of the 6th-12th Centuries

Michael Frachetti, Professor of Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

Feb. 2, 2024
Ani: 10th Century Capital City of Armenia and UNESCO World Heritage Archeological Site
Heghnar Watenpaugh, Professor of Art & Architectural History, University of California, Davis

Feb. 9, 2024

Living Traditions: Architecture of Japan in a World Context
Ken Tadashi Oshima, Professor/Director of History Theory, Department of Architecture, University of Washington, Seattle

Feb. 16, 2024

Home is a Foreign Place: The Art of Zarina Hashmi
Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Professor Emerita, Department of Art and Art History, Mills College

Feb. 23, 2024
Japanese Aesthetics of Subversion: Basara, Wabi-Sabi and Kabuki Mono

Akiko Walley, Maude I. Kerns Associate Professor of Japanese Art, University of Oregon

Mar. 1, 2024
The Past is Always Present  

Arnold Chang, Artist, Curator, and Art Historian

Mar. 8, 2024
Making the Desert Bloom: The Art, Architecture, and Archaeology of the Nabataeans Past and Present 

Sarah Wenner, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Research Fellow, Cincinnati Art Museum  

Mar. 15, 2024

Echoes in Luminous Ground

Ala Ebtekar, Artist and Lecturer, Stanford University

Mar. 22, 2024
New Buddhist Art and Architecture in India

Padma Dorje Maitland, Malavalli Family Foundation Associate Curator of the Art of the Indian Subcontinent, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Apr. 5, 2024
Wang Dongling and Calligraphic Practice in Contemporary Art
Julia Andrews, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Department of History of Art, The Ohio State University

Apr. 19, 2024
Tsherin Sherpa: Art from the Himalayas Today
Tsherin Sherpa, Artist

Apr. 26, 2024 

Monkey Paintings of the Joseon Dynasty
Yoon-Jee Choi, Assistant Curator for Korean Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

May 3, 2024
Tradition as an Echo in My Art
Shahzia Sikander, Artist, Studio SS Sikander

May 17, 2024
The Lost Kingdoms of Ancient China: The Relationship Between Archeology and Art History
Dr. Jay Xu, The Barbara Bass Bakar Director & CEO, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Photo Credits:
Left: Past Continuous Tense (detail), 2011, by Lam Tung Pang (Chinese, b. 1978, active Hong Kong and Vancouver). Charcoal, image transfer, and acrylic on plywood. Acquisition made possible by the Kao/Williams Foundation. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Right: Landscape in the style of Ni Zan and Huang Gongwang, dated 1708, by Wang Yuanqi (Chinese, 1642–1715). Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Ink and colors on paper. Asian Art Museum, Museum purchase, B69D7. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.


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.

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