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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, Sep 28 - 1:00 p.m.

     Wunderkammerkŏri: reimagining and reinventing ancestral legacy through collecting and display
    Image credits - in Next AAC Lecture frames: Seven Sisters and the Lotus of Life, 2019, bamboo wives, LED lights, mirror, 1.65 m × 80 cm × 80 cm, exhibition view: Mourning Becomes Electra, Warehouse Gallery, Incheon Art Platform, Korea 2019
    - Details

    In this lecture, transnational artist Mirae kh RHEE invites us into the long history of the collector and collections from both Asia and Europe. Interrogating presentation and collection practices of the male ruling elite and examining works from collections that extend from the famed Green Vault in Dresden to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in this multimedia project, the artist is fashioning a new interpretation of the cabinet of curiosities, which she calls Wunderkammerkŏri, a mash up of German and Korean languages. Wunderkammern, or cabinets of curiosities, arose in mid-16th century Europe as repositories for wondrous objects but gradually appeared in 17th-18th century Qing China and Joseon Korea in the form of Chinese treasure boxes (Duobaoge) and Korean still-life genre painting of books and the scholar’s room (Munbangdo). Working in drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, participatory practices, and emerging technologies, like augmented reality, the artist speaks about her motivations and exhibition plans.

    South Korean born social practice artist (이미래/李未來) Mirae kh RHEE’s transracial life experiences led her to work between the United States, South Korea and Germany, where learning foreign languages, code-switching, and cultural traditions and customs continuously inform her artwork. Through the lens of transnational feminism and decolonial approaches, she creates complex research based Gesamtkunstwerk(e) that tell autoethnographical narratives. RHEE received her MFA in Studio Art at the University of California-Irvine, where she was a Graduate Studies Diversity scholar and a Jacob K. Javits fellow. As the current Artist-in-Residence at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst and Ethnologisches Museum, Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, she developed and exhibited her first Augmented Reality artwork Sammel-Sucht/Collec9ng Crave. Her solo project will be presented at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst in 2024 and at the Residenzschloss Dresden in 2025.

    Mirae kh RHEE, MFA, Artist-in-Residence at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst and Ethnologisches Museum,
    Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin

  4. Thursday, Oct 26 - 1:00 p.m.


  5. Thursday, Jan 25, 2024 - 1:00 p.m.


  6. Thursday, Feb 29 - 1:00 p.m.


  7. Thursday, Mar 28 - 1:00 p.m.


  8. Thursday, Apr 25 - 1:00 p.m.


  9. Thursday, May 30 - 1:00 p.m.


  10. Thursday, June 27 - 1:00 p.m.


  1. Study Group
  2. FY 22 Study Group:

    Zoom meetings are FREE to AAC members and Museum Docents.

    Next Theme: All Things Korean

    Click here to email for more information.

  3. Study Group starts again on September 18th 2023

  4. Presentations Begin!

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

    How the silk road was opened 

    Lily Birmingham

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

    Korean Landscape Painting

    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.

    Tombs 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

    Mary Witztum 

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

    Korean Lacquerware

    Ravi Reddy 

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