Thursday, September 10, 2009

New Ideas at SAAM

This summer, I have been excited to learn a little bit about the formation of the Seattle Asian Art Museum's new, Center for Asian Art and Ideas. Spearheaded by recently-retired director of SAM, Mimi Gates, the CAAI, will offer program-based opportunities for dialogue on a broad range of topics related to Asian art and culture.

To that end, CAAI has announced their first lecture series, "Saturday University: Asia in Focus." Here is the run down. A one-hour Asian exercise class (yoga, tai chi, etc.) at 8:30 am is part of your ticket (but not required), then lectures start at 9:30 until 11 am. Tickets by phone: 206-654-3121 or by email at boxoffice @seattleartmuseum org. Hope to see many of you there!

October 3
India and the World: Ancient to Modern Times
Anand Yang

October 10
Trysts with Destiny: India After Independence
Sunila Kale

October 17
Contemporary Art in India and Its Global Futures
Sonal Khullar

October 24
China in the 21st Century: Everything Changes, Everything Stays the Same
Stevan Harrell

October 31
China and the World
Madeleine Yue Dong

November 7
Why is Calligraphy the Most Respected Art form in China?
Haicheng Wang

November 14
Why Has Japan Only Had One Dynasty?
David Spafford

November 21
The Troubled Spirit of Modern Japan
Kenneth Pyle

December 5
What's Art and What's Not in the History of Japan
Cynthea Bogel

December 12
Roundtable discussion

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