After leading us through Indochina in January, Dr. Julian Brown will provide us the opportunity to visit the spectacularly beautiful country of Myanmar in a three-part series. While this nation, formerly known as Burma, is very much in the headlines today, this series will focus on its unique art and architecture. Each lecture will focus on and examine a different sacred site.
A Bronze Age civilization lost for more than three thousand years was found in China’s southwestern Sichuan province in the summer of 1986. Remains of a large-scale walled settlement in two underground pits filled with a staggering number of objects were discovered at the village of Sanxingdui. The discoveries included familiar objects such as bronze vessels, jade blades and actual elephant tusks, plus a rich array of extraordinary bronze sculptures, such as a monumental bronze tree thirteen feet tall, life-sized standing figures, and head and masks of fantastical supernatural beings with protruding eyes.
This presentation will focus on Indian art from the colonial and post-colonial eras in the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum of Art (PEM) in Salem, MA. Established in 1799 as the East India Marine Society, PEM is the oldest continually operating museum in the U.S. Its collection of Indian art and objects focuses on the 18th century through modern times, including works acquired and collected by American merchants and sailors. Donated to PEM in 2001, the Herwitz Collection of post-independence art established PEM as the first museum outside India to highlight the works of its modern artists. This presentation will take us through the...