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Asian Arts Council Calendar - July 2023 - June 2024

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, June 27 - 1:00 p.m.

    IN THE MUSEUM BOARDROOM, and hopefully on Zoom

    Courtenay McGowen,
        - Details

    The Naga tribes of North Eastern India, in what is today the state of Nagaland, have a rich history of back-strap loom weaving with which they clothed themselves, however minimally. Their weaving traditions include methods of recognition of an individual’s standing within their community, reflecting the number of feasts of merit given by the wearer.

    Courtenay McGowen, co-Chair Asian Arts Council Programs, past-Chair AAC and Study Group, MA Art History, Columbia, Board member Mingei International Museum 

  4. Thursday, July 25 - 1:00 p.m.

    True View Landscape Painting of the Joseon Dynasty    

    - Details

    The innovations in art that occurred during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) of Korea will be explored by Allie Arnell, SDMA docent, in True View Landscape Painting of the Joseon Dynasty. A new approach to landscape painting blossomed during this period which depicted some sacred places in Korea in innovative ways. There will be a special focus on depictions of the Diamond Mountains which were featured in the Museum’s 2023-2024 exhibit Color in Korea: A Legacy of Auspicious Images.

    Almiede "Allie" Arnell, San Diego Museum of Art docent, past co-Chair AAC Study Group

  5. Thursday, Aug 29 - 1:00 p.m.

    present Treasured & Quotidian Objects: Still Lifes in Chinese Art     - Details

    Though Chinese art history has not included a formal genre of still lifes as in the Western tradition, depictions of fruit, objects of material culture such as knick-knacks or wealth such as antiquities, and flowers and plants as auspicious symbols have been portrayed with regularity. This presentation will trace the aesthetic principles and examples of Chinese still lifes from the Song dynasty (960-1279) to the modern/ contemporary period.

    Heather Simmerman, Ph.D., San Diego Museum of Art docent, AAC Vice Chair (starting in July) and writer of the Asian Collection Insights column.  

  6. Saturday, Sep 7,2024 - Jan 5, 2025

     Wonders of Creation: Art, Science & Innovation in the Islamic World
    Exhibition at SDMA - Details

    More soon: Have you thought of our numbers being Arabic? Watch for a bookbinding workshop. Nov 23rd: Rapper

    Ladan Akbarnia, Curator

  7. Thursday, Sep 26 - 1:00 p.m.

    Devine Felines in Japanese Art

    Riannon Paget, Curator of Asian art, Center for Asian Art, John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art 

  8. Thursday, Oct 31 - 1:00 p.m.

    Blue Gold: The Art and Science of Indigo
    - Details

    Exhibition at The Mingei International Museum, Sep 14, 2024 - Mar 16, 2025 Location, Guest Co-Curated by Barbara Hanson Forsyth and Co-Curated by Emily Hanna. Blue Gold is focused on the intertwined histories of art and science, past and present, addressing some of the most complex challenges of our century. Featuring stunning objects of creative expression, coupled with scientific study and explanation, Mingei’s exhibition will present indigo as a compelling manifestation of art and science.

    Indigo—a varied plant family that grows worldwide and the deep, blue dye it produces—has a long and multifaceted history of cultivation, production, and distribution. Blue Gold combines science, craft, and history to explore this color’s complex past and present. Indigo’s beauty and ubiquity have eclipsed the unpleasant realities of its growth and manufacture, including hard labor and pollution, and its association with colonialism and slavery. As a pigment, indigo has been assigned protective properties, healing powers, and dangerous qualities that have shaped its uses in craft and the arts.

    The exhibition highlights the roles of botany, chemistry, medicine, ecology, and economics in indigo cultivation. Contemporary craftspeople and artists working with indigo, such as Laura Kina and Porfirio Gutierrez, address questions about the sustainability of indigo, its problematic legacies, and technological alternatives to manual processing.

    Emily Hanna, Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator, Mingei International Museum 

  1. Study Group
  2. FY 22 Study Group:

    Zoom meetings are FREE to AAC members and Museum Docents.

    Theme: All Things Korean
    - Click here to email for information.
  3. Monday, June 17 - 10 a.m.

  4. Monday, Sep 18, 2023 - 10 a.m.

    How the silk road was opened 

    Lily Birmingham

  5. Monday, October 16 - 10 a.m.

    True View Landscape Painting of the Joseon Dynasty

    Almiede "Allie" Arnell

  6. Monday, November 20 - 10 a.m.

    Treasured & Quotidian Objects: Still Lifes in Chinese Art

    Heather Simmerman

  7. Monday, Feb 19, 2024 - 10 a.m.

    Tomb Wares in Korea, Japan and China

    Chia Hui Shih

  8. Monday, Mar 18 - 10 a.m.


    Elaine Pierce

  9. Monday, Apr 15 - 10 a.m.

    Korean Shamanism 

    Mary Dilligan

  10. Monday, May 20 - 10 a.m.

    Korean History - An Overview

    Stephen Treadgold
  11. Monday, Jun 17 - 10 a.m.

    Korean Buddhism - canceled

  12. Monday, July 15 - 10 a.m.

    Korean Lacquerware

    Ravi Reddy 

    Summer break - no Study Group presentation in August (yet)