Christine Brown earned a degree in Anthropology, served in the Peace Corps in West Africa and spent her career working on developmental assistance projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. She will discuss how cloth headdresses are used in different cultures to conceal and protect, reveal and adorn, and convey status and authority. AAC members are encouraged to bring examples to share.
Dr. Andreas Marks returns to San Diego to share Japanese art from major donors in the MIA's collection. Richard P. Gale (1900–73), the grandson of Minnesota governor and grain mill owner John S. Pillsbury (1827–1901); Louis W. Hill, Jr. (1902–95), the grandson of railway and lumber baron James J. Hill (1838–1916); and Californian businessman and rancher Willard "Bill" Clark . Bill founded the Clark Center (Hanford, CA) in 1995. Both the Center’s and his personal collections, of almost 1,700 works of art, were acquired by the MIA in mid-2013. The special exhibition "Gifts of Japanese and Korean Art from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection" will open on September 26, 2015.
During the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, the Chinese celebrate the harvest season by gathering friends and family to gaze up at the brightest full moon of the year, enjoy sumptuous mooncakes, and recount traditional legends. Chinese myths tell of numerous figures on the moon including a princess named Chang E; the Jade Rabbit, who makes the elixir of immortality; and Wu Gang, who is condemned to endlessly chop away at a self-healing tree. This presentation will explore various legends behind all of these figures to reveal the deeper significance of this Chinese holiday.
Dr. Robert Garfias, an expert on Japanese traditional court music, will discuss Gagaku, which literally means “elegant music”, the oldest form of classical music in Japan, dating to around 1,200 years ago.
Invitations to the Heritage Luncheon will be sent to members in October. Please register early! Your AAC Board is excited to have a Korean theme, and our distinguished guest has a wealth of knowledge about Korean and Chinese art. He will be speaking on Korean ceramics.
Advances in printing technology drove the development of a robust Shanghai advertising industry in the early 20th century. Eager to tap into the potential market of China, foreign firms commissioned yuefenpai, or “calendar posters” in gorgeous color featuring gorgeous women doing ‘modern’ things. Much of the best work was done by top-flight local artists trained in both traditional and Western techniques. This presentation by Dr. David Fraser features items from his collection of early 20th century Chinese calendar posters and newspaper advertising.