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Asian Arts Council Calendar

Lectures and Study Group meet in the Museum Boardroom.

  1. Lectures
  2. Thursday, July 30 - 1:00 p.m.

    Textiles for the Head: Utility, Identity, Authority - Details

    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.

    Christine Brown, Collector & World Traveler, Washington, D.C.

  3. Thursday, August 27 - 1:00 p.m.

    Gale, Hill, Clark, Burke: Treasures of Japanese Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) - Details

    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.

    Andreas Marks, Ph.D., Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese and Korean Art and Director of the Clark Center for Japanese Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

  4. Thursday, September 24 - 1:00 p.m.

    Mysterious Moon Myths: Behind the Chinese Moon Festival - Details

    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.

    Alex Stewart, Ph.D., Senior Coordinator of Education and Exhibits, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum; Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego

  5. Thursday, October 29 - 1:00 p.m.

    Gagaku: Traditional Music of the Japanese Imperial Court - Details

    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.

    Robert Garfias, Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, Department of Anthropology , UCI

  6. Tuesday, December 1 - 11:00 a.m.

    Heritage Luncheon - Details

    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.

    Speaker, Korean art specialist, Robert D. Mowry, Senior Consultant in Chinese and Korean Art at Christie's, New York, Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Emeritus, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard Art Museums

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

    Smoking ‘The Rat’ and Saving the Nation: Early 20th Century Chinese Display Advertising and the rise of ‘Commercial Warfare’ - Details

    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.

    David Fraser, Ph.D., Asian Survey, managing editor, UCB

  1. Study Group
  2. Next Year's Study Group Topic:

    Korean Art in the San Diego Museum of Art and Beyond: Tradition, Experimentation and Influence

  3. Monday, September 21 - 10 a.m.


    Sandi Calabough

    Introduction to Korean Art in the San Diego Museum of Art

    Allie Arnell

  4. Monday, October 19 - 10 a.m.

    Culture and Language

    John Kelly

    Chinese Connections to Korea

    Chia-hui Shih

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

    Archeology and Early Art

    Joanne Watson

    Three Kingdoms and Silla Pottery

    Norma Ferrara

  6. Monday, January 11 - 10 a.m.

    Koryo: Celedon

    Jim Richter



  7. Monday, February 8 - 10 a.m.

    Koryo Ceramics


    Sculpture and Architecture


  8. Monday, March 21 - 10 a.m.

    Chosun: Painting

    Allie Arnell

    Chosun Calligraphy

    Lily Birmingham

  9. Monday, April 18 - 10 a.m.

    Chinese Painting III

    Ping-Hui Ku

    Chosun: Painting & Sculpture


  10. Monday, May 16 - 10 a.m.

    Korean Chests and Boxes

    Sandi Calabough



  11. Monday, June 20 - 10 a.m.

    Modern Art


    Summary of Korean art