The use of resist-dye techniques is found in many Asian countries. This exhibition highlights eye-dazzling textiles from various cultural traditions, including weavings from Uzbekistan and Japan. Several of the garments in the exhibition are made with ikat—fabrics with patterns created by dyeing the threads before they are woven into cloth.
Irresistible: Multicolored Textiles from Asia is part of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More
East Asian lacquer has very particular conservation concerns due to the nature of its materials and construction. To care for it most effectively, it is important to understand how it is made and what factors contribute to its degradation over time. More
The 30 artworks in this exhibition reveal the versatility of lacquer as a medium used by Japanese artists to create containers, trays, plaques, braziers, and screens of enduring beauty. More
In 2012 the Asian art department marked a milestone for one its dearest and most significant contributors, Bj Averitt. More
Saroj Merani, senior faculty at the Xavier Institute in Mumbai, will give an illustrated talk dealing with the traditions of storytelling on cloth exemplified in the painted kalamkaris of Andhra Pradesh, which draw upon Hindu deity stories as well as the great Indian epics, and the Srinathju pichwais of the temple town of Nathdwara which are devoted to the narrative and worship of Krishna. A discussion of the relevance of these textiles in contemporary Indian life will be included in this presentation. More
Eleanor Sims will present a Curator’s Circle lecture on “Collecting Islamic Art for the Denver Art Museum: The Gifts of Bj Averitt.” Free with museum admission, but reservations are required.
A reception at Mad Beans across Martin Plaza will follow, 8-9 pm. Both are free to the public, but reservations are required. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 720-913-0040. More
Susan L. Huntington, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University and a specialist in Buddhist art and the art of South Asia, will look at representations of some of the Buddha’s animal incarnations, which he took prior to his human lives, in artworks, focusing primarily on the early Buddhist art of India (ca. 1st century BCE through 1st century CE). More
At this workshop. internationally known artist Shozo Sato will introduce the use of a Sumi-e brush, its techniques and the basic principles of composition. Participants should discover that this experience with painting in black ink will carry over and will be applicable for creative work in all other media. Suitable for all levels ranging from beginners to seasoned artists. More
Shozo Sato, a recipient of the Order of the Sacred Treasure from the Emperor of Japan, has spent his lifetime both in teaching and creating Japanese Traditional Arts. This lecture will encompass the various aspects of traditional black ink painting down through the ages and the new directions being taking in contemporary Sumi-e. More
Kenichi Nagakura, whose bamboo will be featured in Fluid Duality at the Denver Botanic Gardens May 12 through August 5, will give a lecture on his work.
Free with museum admission, but reservations are required. More
Focusing on Japanese woven bamboo, over 70 beautiful pieces will be displayed in this installation, including baskets, screens, trays, containers, accessories, hand warmers, and a chair. Among the works on view are pieces by basket makers who have been designated Living National Treasures. Texture and Tradition: Japanese Woven Bamboo highlights works from the Lutz Bamboo Collection and gifts from Paul M. Hoff III and Hazel W. Hoff in memory of Paul M. Hoff Jr. More
The technique of creating blue-and-white ceramics was a great innovation of Chinese ceramic history and they became a vital component of China’s export trade. Blue and White: A Ceramic Journey conveys the popularity of blue-and-white pottery throughout the centuries in different parts of the world. The exhibit will feature objects ranging from early periods of blue-and-white ceramic production to present day examples. More
The Denver Art Museum's Asian art collection originated in 1915 with a donation of Chinese and Japanese art objects from a single passionate collector and has broadened to include works from the entire Asian continent. Spanning a period from the fourth millennium B.C. to the present, these objects illustrate the wide-ranging achievements of Asian artists and artisans. More