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When:
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Instructor:
John Zarobell

This talk will focus on the artistic and everyday life in today's Asian Megacities, especially Delhi and Jakarta, and the relationship between the arts and urban development. We will also look at how cultural districts and other state-sponsored planning initiatives have employed the arts as a means of urban development.

Recent studies have shown that it is important to look at the activities of marginalized residents to capture the complexity of urban and artistic experience to promote the visibility of the invisible residents of metropolitan areas that can transform their cities and how artists are helping in this process in...

When:
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Instructor:
Steve Beimel

Through a series of images, we will examine visual aesthetic concepts which define what the Japanese have consistently considered beautiful and tasteful. The discussion begins with the historic importance of cleanliness and purity and their expression through Shintoism as well as of miyabi refinement, courtliness and simplicity. The influence of Zen and its emphasis on clean lines and elimination of the superfluous from the 1200’s gradually manifested in the late 1500’s in the tea movement, commonly described by the terms wabi and sabi as well as datsuzoku (unbounded by convention, free and spontaneous). Particular attention will be given...

When:
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Instructor:
Navina Najat Haidar

The Annual Meeting of the Society for Asian Art will be held on Zoom on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Please see the Notice of Annual Meeting and the 2020-2021 Annual Report.

When:
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Instructor:
Richard Beleson
This presentation will focus on the geography and history of the Syrian oasis city of Palmyra, from biblical days to present times with a focus on Zenobia, the city’s third century AD warrior queen, who challenged the might of the Roman Empire. Richard will also talk about the history of coins which tell a fascinating story of the times.
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