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  • Arts of Asia Fall 2015: Asia’s Storied Traditions

    Workshops & Activities, and part of Society For Asian Art

    Aug 21
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    Fridays through December 4, 2015

    $175 Society members, $200 non-members (for the series after Museum admission) $20 per lecture drop-in (after Museum admission, subject to availability)

    10:30 AM—12:30 PM

    Samsung Hall

    Register now for the Fall semester of the Arts of Asia lecture series! The Fall 2015 Arts of Asia series, “Asia’s Storied Traditions”, will explore narrative usage in Asian art – how myths, legends, histories, and moral precepts have been transmitted through visual means. Topics for discussion will range from the sculptural reliefs and murals used to educate pilgrims at famous religious sites (Sanchi, Dunhuang, etc.) to works created primarily for entertainment (Ramayana treatments, story depictions in Edo Ukiyo-e, the Shahnameh album paintings created for Shah Tahmasp, etc.). Contemporary storytelling will also be addressed via lectures on Bollywood and the manga produced by San Francisco’s Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama. !

    As always, a distinguished roster of prominent scholars and curators will be delivering these lectures (see list below). To register online, please click here to visit the SAA website.

    August 21
    Introduction and Hindu and Mughal Narrative Art
    Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Mills College  

    August 28
    The Moral of the Story: Narrative Art in Early China
    Patricia Berger, UC Berkeley  

    September 4

    Storytelling with Pictures: An Asian Odyssey
    Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania  

    September 11

    Displaying the Past: Pictorial Depictions of the Buddhist Myths and Legends of the Kathmandu Valley
    Alexander Von Rospatt, UC Berkeley  

    September 18
    The Badal Mahal at Burundi: A World Painted for Rajput Princes
    Milo Beach, Former Director Freer & Sackler  

    September 25

    “Where Is This Story Going?” The Paradiegetic Pleasures of Popular Hindu Cinema
    Ajay Gehlawat, Sonoma State University  

    October 2
    Japanese Medieval Scrolls
    Melissa McCormick, Harvard University  

    October 9
    Telling the Tales of Rama
    Forrest McGill, AAM  

    October 16
    “Reading” the Ramayana through Javanese Temple Reliefs
    Natasha Reichle, AAM  

    October 23
    Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama and the Manga-Comics Nexus
    Fred Schodt, Independent Scholar and Author  

    October 30
    Nine Cloud Dream, Nectar Ritual, and Much More in Korean Art
    Kumja Paik Kim, AAM  

    November 6

    Stories Old and Untold in Edo Period Art: Implied and Informed Narratives
    Timon Screech, SOAS  

    November 13

    Text and Image: Early Buddhist Narrative Sculpture from Northern India and Gandhara
    Kurt Behrendt, Metropolitan Museum  

    November 20
    The Same Me That Stands Here Now: Jataka Tales on Tenth Century Reliquaries
    Eugene Wang, Harvard University  

    November 27
    No class, Thanksgiving break  

    December 4

    The Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp: A 16th Century Royal Persian Manuscript
    Sheila Canby, Metropolitan Museum

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