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Talks and Lectures

Dialogues between Photography and Ink Painting in Modern Chinese Art

In person at the museum.


With Mia Yinxing Liu​, Johns Hopkins University​. Part of the Arts of Asia Lecture Series. 


Humans have always been curious about the cultures of faraway lands, and precious trade objects have offered a window into the lives of their makers. Advances in maritime technology at the beginning of the 15th century led to a veritable explosion of material and information exchange between distant nations. Christian Jesuit priests traveled to all parts of Asia, leaving behind visible legacies; at the same time, China emerged as the springboard for ideas and cultures that spread throughout Asia and beyond, while the Ottoman empire created artwork reflecting its globally intermediary position. 

At the dawn of the 20th century, countries debated the meaning of national identities and modern society. Meanwhile, European military power and colonial policies drastically altered the course of history. As their world changed, how did Asian countries react? Join us as we explore, in 14 lectures, the art and ideas that resulted from these interactions, conflicts, and exchanges. 


Tickets for each event are available at the door. You can register for the entire series by visiting Society for Asian Art’s website

Speakers & Topics

Aug. 25, 2023
A Curious Affair – Toward an Understanding of Art and Globalization
Forrest McGill, Wattis Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Sept. 1, 2023
Timurid-Mongol Influence on the Mughal Empire in India
Lisa Balabanlilar, Joseph and Joanna Nazro Mullen Professor in the Humanities, Rice University

Sept. 8, 2023
The importance of Cross-Cultural Exchange in the 16th/17th Century Mughal Empire
Mika Natif, Associate Professor of Art History, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, George Washington University

Sept. 15, 2023
Dialogues between Photography and Ink Painting in Modern Chinese Art
Mia Yinxing Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University

Sept. 22, 2023 
Art and Power in Southeast Asia

Paul Lavy, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawaii at Manoa
(This lecture will be presented in the Koret Education Center, on the 1st floor of the museum.)

Sept. 29, 2023
Architecture of 18th Century Pondicherry
Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Professor and Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art, Department of Art History and Art Conservation, Queen’s University

Oct. 6, 2023
Early Twentieth Century Influence of Japanese Art on Indian Artists and on Indian Modernism
Aida Yuen Wong, Professor of Fine Arts and East Asian Studies, Brandeis University

Oct. 13, 2023
Sinophile Painters and Patrons in 18th Century Japan
Robert Mintz, Deputy Director, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Oct. 20, 2023
The Art of Meiji Japan: History, Industry, and Invention
Bradley Bailey, Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Curator of Asian Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Oct. 27, 2023
Ottoman Art between Europe and Asia
Walter B. Denny, Professor Emeritus, Department of Art and Architecture, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Nov. 10, 2023
The Dutch Mission to China of 1795 and the Forgotten History of Western Encounters with China, as Explored through Maps and Art
Tonio Andrade, Professor, Department of History, Emory University

Nov. 17, 2023
The Importance of Early Printed Painting and Drawing Books
Chelsea Foxwell, Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art History, University of Chicago

Dec. 1, 2023
Muslim Art and Architecture, Designed and Created in China for Use by Chinese Muslims
Qamar Adamjee, Provenance Researcher South and Southeast Asian Art, Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art

Dec. 8, 2023
Shifting Perspectives: Asian and European Art in a Global Context
Deborah Hutton, Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Art History, The College of New Jersey

Speakers and topics are subject to change. 

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