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Asian Arts Council Calendar

Lectures and Study Group meet in Zoom!

  1. Lectures, and More
  2. Zoom lectures are FREE (for now)! Please encourage friends to join in on these excellent lectures!
    To register, find the date on the calendar of The San Diego Museum of Art. Click here! Once registered, an invitation email will be sent.
  3. Thursday, Jun 24 - 1:00 p.m.

    Then & Now: A Hundred Years of Chinese Fine-art Photography - Details

    The history of photography in China is unlike anywhere else in the world. Since the introduction of the photographic medium to China in the late 1840s, Chinese photographers have adapted this foreign technology and grafted it onto more traditional Chinese forms of artistic expression. Ms. Beres will present an introduction to the history of Chinese photography, focusing on the innovations of the early Chinese photographers including Lang Jingshan 郎靜山, the godfather of fine art photography in China. Zooming in on the past thirty years of Chinese photography, Ms. Beres will then introduce the work of eight contemporary artists who were featured in a recent exhibition at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in San Diego, curated by Ms. Beres. Together, these neo-traditionalist photographers explore the possibility of transformation of the Chinese aesthetic tradition within a postmodern context. Innovative and transformational, be prepared to see photography as you've never encountered it before! Image: Lang Jingshan, Riverside Spring (1934), Silver Gelatin Print, 43 × 35 cm

    Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres, Asian contemporary art specialist and art historian

  4. Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 1:00 p.m.

    New Fragrances: The Huntington’s Expanded Chinese Garden Click for Details

    Liu Fang Yuan (the Garden of Flowing Fragrance)—located on the grounds of the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA—is arguably the finest Suzhou-style scholar’s garden outside of China. In the fall of 2020, the garden celebrated the opening of several new features, including a dramatic courtyard for the display of penjing (miniature trees similar to bonsai), intricate pavilions, and winding corridors. As the pandemic is gradually tamed, an art gallery and scholar’s studio will soon open to the public, as well. This lecture will introduce the garden’s new features and elucidate the insights that they provide into Chinese garden history.

    Phillip E. Bloom , June and Simon K.C. Li Curator of the Chinese Garden and director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA

  1. Study Group
  2. FY 22 Study Group:

    Zoom meetings are FREE to AAC members and Museum Docents.

    Next FY Theme: Textiles of Asia: Living, Dyeing and Cultures Intertwined

    Topics cover any kind of textile, materials, weaving, or dyeing process throughout Asia. Influences and comparisons are encouraged. Perhaps there are Asian textile items you own, or want, that you would like to discover more about or would like to share your knowledge with the presenters. Click here for the extensive list of suggested topics

    Click here to email to sign up to give a presentation, or for more information.

  3. Monday, Jun 21 - 10 a.m.

    Asian Ceramics tneme ends this month - Study Group starts again in September

    Southeast Asian Ceramics: Classic to Quirky

    Sandi Calabough 


  4. Presentations Begin!

    Monday, September 20 - 10 a.m.

    Thangka Painting of Tibet 

    Betty Carr


  5. Monday, October 18 - 10 a.m.

    Japanese Kimono and Obi

    Margaret Zoehrer


  6. Monday, November 15- 10 a.m.


  7. Monday, Feb 14 - 10 a.m.
    2nd Monday, 3rd Monday is Presidents Day holiday

    Bingata textiles of Okinawa and the Ryukyu culture: history, techniques and application 

    Allie Arnell


  8. Monday, Mar 15 - 10 a.m.

    Naga Textiles of Northeast India 

    Courtenay McGowen


  9. Monday, Apr 19 - 10 a.m.

    Uzbekistan and neighbors (exact topic TBD) 

    Mary Dilligan



  10. Monday, May 16 - 10 a.m.

    Textiles: Tour of Northwest India

    Ravi Reddy


  11. Monday, Jun 21 - 10 a.m.

    Hmong Textiles of Laos/Thailand

    Elaine Pierce