Asian Art Museum Community Speaker Program Series
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
EXPLORING JAPAN’S ARTISTIC SENSIBILITIES
This is truly beautiful exploration of Japanese aesthetics as expressed in their art and culture. Kimono, netsuke, swords, lacquerware, screens, and scrolls. Come explore the variety, complexity, and beauty of Japanese art. For the Japanese, the functionality of an object was not enough; it also had to be aesthetically pleasing and display the skill of the artisan, the taste of the patron, and the values of the culture. Luxuriate in this fascinating program highlighting some of the exquisite objects in the Japanese collection of the Asian Art Museum.
Jim Brown, A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business who is currently a docent at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, will give this talk. During his career as executive recruiter, he has traveled to more than 47 countries throughout the world.
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Explore the unique and fascinating art of the ancient Middle East. Persia, a land at the crossroads of trade, religion, and culture, with its unique and varied artistic styles has influenced other cultures from Rome to China, and been impacted by them in return.
Greater Persia, which included what is now the Iranian plateau, Iraq, Afghanistan, and parts of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, had a shared cultural heritage. Although this area was conquered many times by external forces, the Persian culture survived, and even converted the conquerors. From the 4th millennium BCE to the present day the art of this area has continued to influence the world. The Arabs, the Turks of Central Asia, the Mongols all adopted aspects of Persian culture as well as introducing their own culture to enrich that of Persia. Persian culture was also exported to its neighbors, even as far away as India and China, and been impacted by them in return
The Docent LauraBeth Nelson will illustrate, using objects in the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, some of the cultural ideas that developed and continued over a period of 6000 years.
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