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UPCOMING LECTURES 

FALL 2014

shiva ahmadi lotus

Image credit:
Shiva Ahmadi
Lotus, 2014 (Video still)
Single-channel video installation
Edition of 5
Courtesy of the artist and Leila Heller Gallery, New York

Artist Talk by Shiva Ahmadi
October 2, 2014 from 11:30AM-12:50 PM
Lecture Hall 2

The artist will narrate the history and politics of her country Iran (Islamic revolution and war with Iraq for 8 years) and their effects on her life and influence on her formal and conceptual aspect of work. Ahmadi will also talk about the recent creation of Lotus, especially Buddha she chosed from Asia society collection.

 

About the Artist

shiva ahmadiShiva Ahmadi (born 1975, Tehran) currently lives in the United States. She received her BFA from Azad University, Tehran; MA and MFA degrees from Wayne State University and Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is a painter who works not only on two-dimensional surfaces, but also on oil barrels, which function as both content and surface in her work.

She was nominated for an Altoid Award by the New Museum, New York, in 2008, and received a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2009. Her work was reviewed in The Boston Globe, 2007; The New York Times, 2008, 2009, 2010; Art in America, 2009; and The National, UAE News, 2012. She has taught at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, Michigan; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Wayne State University, Detroit. Currently she teaches at University of Michigan.


Book Cafe: The Secret of the Yoga Sutra book cover

With Dr. Pandit Rajmani Tigunalt, Followed by Book Signing!  
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Free admission!

The Yoga Sutra is the living source wisdom of the yoga tradition. Using it as a guide, we can unlock the hidden power of yoga, and experience the promise of yoga in our life. The Yoga Sutra is as fresh today as it was 2200 years ago when it was discovered by the sage Patanjali. By applying its living wisdom in our practice, we can achieve the purpose of life: lasting fulfillment and ultimate freedom.

The Secret of the Yoga Sutra is the first practitioner-oriented commentary which is fully grounded in a living tradition. It shares the essence of Pandit Tigunait's rigorous scholarly understanding of the Yoga Sutra, through the filter of experiential knowledge gained through decades of advanced yogic practices, and enriched by the gift of living wisdom he received from the masters of the Himalayan Tradition.

"The Yoga Sutra's message is simple and straightforward: Remove the veil of darkness and allow your intrinsic luminosity to illuminate both your inner and outer world. Be free here and now, and experience your everlasting self-luminous joy. The goal of yoga is nothing less than that. In this light, I present this commentary to you."

 
About the Speaker

Author-Pandit Rajmani Tigunalt

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link to the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor of Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As a leading voice of YogaInternational.com and the author of 15 books, his teachings offer practical guidance on applying yogic and tantric wisdom to modern life. Over the past 35 years, Pandit Tigunait has touched innumerable lives around the world as a teacher, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader.

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Rectangular Mango Vitrine with likeness of Mao and standard inscription, 1968-1969Image: Comfort Women Wanted Public Art Projects, Photograph & Video

Artist Talk: Comfort Women Wanted  

With Chang-Jin Lee, Moderated by Prof. Peg Christoff, Asian and Asian American Studies 
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall 1  
Free admission!

A little-known and shocking story from World War II is that of the "comfort women," a euphemism for an estimated 200,000 sex slaves imprisoned to service members of the Japanese Imperial Army. Korean-born artist Chang-Jin Lee will speak about her research and artworks current on view at the Zodiac Gallery. 

About the Speaker

Chang-Jin Lee is a Korean-born American artist who has exhibited internationally in the U.S., Asia and Europe, including an exhibition at The Queens Museum of Art in New York City, the Kunstmuseum Bonn in Germany, and The Incheon Women Artists' Biennale in South Korea. Lee has received numerous awards, including The New York State Council on the Arts Grant, The Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, The Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship,The Asian Women Giving Circle Grant and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's MCAF.

RELATED PROGRAM

EXHIBITION: Comfort Women Wanted (On view from September 18, 2014 to January 10, 2015) 

 

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Rectangular Mango Vitrine with likeness of Mao and standard inscription, 1968-1969Image: Rectangular mango Vitrine with likness of Mao and standard inscription, 1968-69

Gallery Talk: Sanctification of the Mango
Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Alfreda Murck  
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 4 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall 1
Free admission!  

In China the summer of 1968 marked a turning point in the Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Student Red Guards, who had been the leaders, were by passed while workers were asked to take charge. In August 1968, a Pakistani foreign minister presented to Mao Zedong a crate of mangoes. Mao did not eat them, but sent them to workers who, ten days before, had put down warring factions of Red Guards at Tsinghua University and were continuing to occupy the campus. Greeted with awe and enthusiasm, the mangoes quickly became symbols of Mao’s love for the workers. By October 1968 mangoes were featured in the National Day Parade with the slogan “The working class must be the leaders in everything.”The story of the sanctification of the mango will be told through artifacts, photographs and magazines of the period.

About the Speaker

An historian of Chinese visual culture, Dr. Alfreda Murck last year returned from living for twenty years in Taipei and Beijing. In China, she worked at the Palace Museum and taught at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and Peking University. Dr. Murck contributed to exhibitions such as The Three Emperors, 1662-1795 at the Royal Academy, London, Eccentric Visions: The Worlds of Luo Ping (1733-1799)at the Museum Reitberg Zürich and the Metropolitan Museum. Besides numerous articles, she authored a book titled Poetry and Painting in Song China: The Subtle Art of Dissent (Harvard, 2000). Prior to living in Asia, Alfreda was Associate Curator of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum. Dr. Murck received her PhD from Princeton University.

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Co-sponsored by the Confucius institute at Stony Brook University. 

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RELATED PROGRAMS

EXHIBITION  Mao's Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution (On view from September 18, 2014 to January 10, 2015) 

WORKSHOP   Canning Mao's Mangoes with Chef Paolo Fontana, October 4, 2014 at 1-3 PM   

FILM                Morning Sun (2003) Documentary Film by Carma Hinton, October 23, 2014 at 5-7  PM

 


tea workshopImage: Chinese Actor (1924), by Elizabeth Keith, Color Woodblock Print, 12 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches 

Gallery Talk: Three Alternate Visions of East Asia
By Dr. Kendall Brown
Thursday, November 20, 2014 @11:00 AM-12:50PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall 1
Free Admission! 


In conjunction with the current exhibition, Visual Journals From Asia: The Early 20th Century Prints and Etchings of Paul Jacoulet, Elizabeth Keith & Lilian Miller, this lecture explores the lives, artistic careers and popular appeal of three Western print artists active in East Asia in the middle decades of the 20th century. It complicates orthodox notions of Orientalism by addressing issues of gender, sexual orientation and the joint artistic creation of Westerners and East Asians.

About the Speaker

Dr. Kendall Brown is Professor of Asian Art History at California State University Long Beach. He also recently served as Curator of Collections, Exhibitions and Programs at Pacific Asia Museum. Dr. Brown publishes actively in several areas of Japanese art. He is the author of Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America (Tuttle, 2013), Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints(Hotei, 2003),  Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces (2004). Dr. Brown's curatorial and prose contributions to exhibition catalogues include Shin Hanga: New Prints in Modern Japan (LACMA, 1996); Light in Darkness: Women in Japanese Prints of Early Showa (1926-1945) (Fisher Gallery, 1996), Between Two Worlds: the Life and Art of Lilian May Miller(Pacific Asia Museum, 1998), A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists (Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2002) and Taisho Chic: Japanese Modernity, Nostalgia and Deco(Honolulu Academy of Arts, 2002). He received a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University.

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RELATED PROGRAM

EXHIBITION       Visual Journals From Asia: The Early 20th Century Prints and Etchings of Paul Jacoulet, Elizabeth Keith & Lilian Miller (On view from September 18, 2014 to January 10, 2015) 

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