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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, May 30 - 1:00 p.m.

    Ottoman influences on Islamic Batik from Indonesia, A context of Understanding  - Click for Details

    Throughout the Indonesian archipelago, calligraphic batik textiles have been used during sacred ceremonies. Such cloths were made primarily in Jambi, west Sumatra but were also known from the North Coast of Java. They were patterned by a hand-painted wax resist, tulis. These batiks absorbed stylistic influences from the outside world through trade, pilgrimage and politics.

    Ottoman influences on batik kaligrafi include the use of a tugra, the official signature of the Ottoman emperor, as an icon. With many layers of meaning, it served as a statement of political alliance but also as a talismanic device. One need not be literate to recognize the power of such a striking graphic device to ward off the evil eye.

    This lecture will offer a review of the long relation between Indonesia and Turkey from the 16th Century forward; consider the role of spice trade economics on European colonialism and Islamic local resistance; and finally, survey all forms of calligraphic batik, offering a new interpretation of their purpose which suggests these cloths may be much earlier than previously identified, and how this tradition continues in an interesting and unexpected ways.

    Speaker Bio: Thomas Murray is an independent researcher, collector, lecturer and private dealer of Asian and Tribal art with an emphasis on Indonesian sculpture and textiles, as well as animistic art from other varied cultures. He also features Indian Trade Cloths from the 14th-18th Centuries. A HALI magazine Contributing Editor for the last 30 years, he serves as their “in-house” expert on all tribal sculpture and textiles, with over 50 publications. His most recent books, “Textiles of Japan,” “Rarities From the Himalayas to Hawaii,” and “Textiles of Indonesia,” were met with critical acclaim. Thomas Murray is past President of ATADA, The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association and served a three-year term as a member of President Obama’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee at the State Department. In a letter from a White House, President Obama said, “This dedicated individual brings a wealth of experience and talent to his new role and I am proud to have him serve in the months and years to come.” Thomas Murray continues to consult with museums and private clients all over the world.

    Thomas Murray, independent researcher, collector, lecturer and private dealer of Asian and Tribal art 

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

    Naga Textiles,
    Courtenay McGowen,

  5. 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

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

    Devine Felines

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

  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.

    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.

    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)