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Asian Arts Council 2020-21 General Meeting Lectures

Each month the Asian Arts Council presents a program featuring a distinguished scholar, curator, collector or Asian arts enthusiast of note. We meet the last Thursday of the month in the Museum’s Boardroom at 1:00 p.m. and begin with a brief business meeting before the lecture. Meetings are FREE FOR EVERYONE for a while. (Usually lecture meetings are free for AAC members, only $10 for Museum members, $12 for non-members and $8 for students).

Archived lecture schedules
 

Click on a date line below for a lecture summary from the Asian Arts Council Newsletter

Jul. 30 - 1:00 p.m. Reincarnation of the Seattle Asian Museum: A Virtual Tour Xiaojin Wu, Ph.D., Curator of Japanese and Korean Art at Seattle Asian Art Museum

AAC Newsletter – Aug. 2020, p 2     

Seattle Asian Art Museum Although the Seattle Asian Arts Museum remains closed, the Curator of Japanese and Korean Art, Xiaojin Wu, provided a virtual tour of the newly renovated galleries. A rethinking of the most effective way to engage viewers resulted in a thematic approach with the galleries organized around themes where works from different cultures and time periods illustrate cross cultural similarities and differences. A gallery devoted to Spiritual Journeys juxtaposed Shinto and Buddhist figures with a multi-armed Hindu Vishnu,Seattle Asian Art Museum metal sculpture and a Sacred Texts section displayed the text of a Japanese lotus sutra along with a stunningly beautiful page from the Koran written in gold ink on indigo paper.

A favorite contemporary work of Dr. Xiaojin Wu is Some/One, a compelling sculpture by Korean artist Do Ho Suh, made from thousands of stainless-steel, military-style dog tags, and fashioned into an imposing robe flowing into an encompassing circular train on the floor.

Summary from Dr. Wu: After a 2-year renovation and expansion, the Seattle Asian Art Museum reopened to the public in February 2020 with a refreshed presentation of the museum's renowned Asian art collection. The galleries are no longer organized by geography; instead, each gallery presents choice works around a theme, one that is essential to Asian art tradition and culture. This virtual tour offers a close look at the revamped galleries, and also shares the ideas behind this cross-cultural thematic approach for the reinstallation.

Aug. 27 - 1:00 p.m. Qing Dynasty Ceramics: An unprecedented era of colorful glaze innovations Almiede (Allie) Arnell, Docent, San Diego Museum of Art

Qing vase The Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) in China was a time of great change and innovation, especially in the field of ceramics. The war and instability that led to the rise of the Manchu rulers of this dynasty left the great imperial kilns in shambles. Several early rulers of the Qing dynasty reinvigorated the ceramic industry. These rulers celebrated both the colorful glazes of several great moments of Chinese ceramic history and fresh approaches to color and glaze technique. Additionally several changes to the structure of the industry allowed innovations to flourish at this time. The result was an elegant array of colorful vessels that are still celebrated today.

Sep. 24 - 1:00 p.m. Tea Ceremony in Medieval Japan: Its Origins and Embodiment of the Senses  Anne Alene, M.A., Art Travel LLC, Japanese Language & Tour Services, Art Specialist  

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Oct. 29 - 1:00 p.m. SHIKI: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art  Meher McArthur , Asian art curator, author and educator  

For centuries, the Japanese have expressed and codified their love and reverence for nature and the seasons in their poetry and art. From the 7th century AD, a rich literary and visual vocabulary relating to the Four Seasons (Japanese: Shiki, 四季) evolved, with flowers, trees, plants, birds, animals and entire landscapes representing each season and its associated moods and activities. In this Zoom slide lecture, Meher McArthur will explore how the tradition of the Four Seasons features in Japanese paintings, prints, ceramics, clothing and accessories, using examples from the Scripps College Collection that will be featured in her upcoming exhibition (Scripps College, January 2021) of the same name.

Jan 28 - 1:00 p.m.      

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Feb 25 - 1:00 p.m.      

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Mar 25 - 1:00 p.m.      

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Apr 29 - 1:00 p.m.      

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May 27 - 1:00 p.m.      

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Jun 24 - 1:00 p.m.      

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