Freeze Frame: Picturing Dance in a Still Medium

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“Topeng” Maskerdans, Bali, approx. 1940-1943, by Anak Agung Gede Sobrat (Indonesian, 1911-1992). Ink and colors on paper. Asian Art Museum, Gift of David Salman and Walter Jared Frost, 2016.284. Photograph © Asian Art Museum.

Freeze Frame: Picturing Dance in a Still Medium

Instructor: 
Forrest McGill
When: 
January 19, 2019
Time: 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Place: 
Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum
Fee: 
$15 Society members; $20 non-members (after museum admission)


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Depicting movement has always been a challenge for sculptors and painters. Even more challenging is making clear that what they show is dancing rather than some other sort of movement. Then, if the artist’s intentions aren’t known for certain, how do we viewers interpret what we see? Is it dancing, posing, fighting, gesticulating, or something else? Artworks from India, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas, many from the Asian Art Museum's collection, will throw light on these intriguing questions.

Forrest McGill is the Wattis Senior Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum.

 

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