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Asia Week New York Autumn 2022—
Lectures and Webinars Guide

September 11, 2022

Paul Binney delivering a demonstration and talk about his woodblock making techniques at Scholten Japanese Art.

As ever, New York will be buzzing this week with an appealing array of informative and engaging lectures, webinars, and talks. To be sure you don't miss any, here is a list of them below.

Sherman Lee: Master of Art, Asia Week New York
Online webinar, Tuesday, September 13, 5pm EDT

PANELISTS AND PRESENTATIONS:
Separating Sheep from Goats: Sherman E. Lee and Collecting Asian Art
Noelle Giuffrida, Curator of Asian Art, David Owsley Museum of Art and Professor of Art History, Ball State University
Sherman Lee: Reflections of a Daughter
Katharine Lee Reid, Retired Director, Cleveland Museum of Art
Sherman Lee: A Man for All Seasons
Mary Ann Rogers, Co-founder & Director, Kaikodo
Sage in the Bamboo Grove: Sherman E. Lee and the Ackland Art Museum
Peter Nisbet, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Ackland Art Museum
MODERATOR:
Dessa Goddard, Vice President, US Head, Asian Art Group, Senior Specialist, Chinese Art, Senior Specialist, Japanese Art, Head of Business Strategy, Global Chinese Paintings, Senior Management Team, Bonhams and Chairman, Asia Week New York

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Pax Cultura: The Banner of Peace, JLF New York
Live event, Thursday, September 14, 3pm EDT

Panel discussion with Swaminathan Aiyar, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, and Asha Jadeja Motwani in conversation with Ramu Damodaran.
The Banner of Peace, symbolic of the Roerich Pact—the first international treaty dedicated to the protection of artistic establishments, scientific institutions and historical monuments—was proposed by Russian artist, philosopher and writer Nicholas Roerich, illustrated after he had shifted to India, and signed in 1935 by an American President along with representatives from twenty Latin American countries—a global coming together to ensure the longevity of artistic and cultural treasures. The original painting is now in the custodianship of DAG. This session observes the cultural and historical significance of a Pact that famously preceded the formation of the United Nations while evaluating its humanitarian significance in today's world. This presentation is part of a day-long event Jaipur Literature Festival New York, which is presented with Teamwork Arts and with support from DAG and Asia Society.
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RED EARTH | ZOOM Gallery Talk about Ogawa Machiko, Joan B Mirviss LTD
Online program, September 15, 2022 at 5pm EDT

Acclaimed clay artist Ogawa Machiko can be called a true master of her medium. Her long, illustrious career is characterized by bold sculptural forms that recall archaeological finds, excavated minerals, and volcanic remains. In her latest body of work, Ogawa explores the concept of a vessel (utsuwa) in a deep red color inspired by the red earth of Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Panelists:
MEGHEN JONES, Associate Professor of Art History, Alfred University
SOPHIE MAKARIOU, Director Musée national des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet
SHIRLEY RENDELL, Passionate collector of Japanese ceramics
YAMAUCHI TOKUTARO, Director of Shibunkaku, gallery representing Ogawa in Japan
Moderated by JOAN MIRVISS
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Gallery Tours with Robert D. Mowry, Christie's
In person programs, Friday, September 16; Saturday, September 17;
Monday, September 19 at 11am

Engage with the offerings at Asian Art week during our illuminating tours of the Rockefeller galleries. Robert D. Mowry, Christie’s senior consultant and the Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art Emeritus at the Harvard Art Museums, will share his insights on the history and provenance behind this season’s collection of fascinating works.

Saturday Lectures and Reception, Sotheby's
Live programs, September 17

Symbolism, Meaning & Style: A Vajraogini Painting, Lecture with Jeff Watt at 4pm
Early Chinese Blue-and-White Porcelain, The Exemplary Collection of Sir Joseph Hotung, A Lecture with Regina Krahl at 5pm

Alfred Pillsbury’s Collection of Ancient Chinese Bronzes at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Sotheby's
Live program, September 18, 11am

Presented by Dr. Liu Yang, Chair of Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Onishi Gallery's Special Preview

September 11, 2022

Heated Colors, Hammered Forms: Female Metal Artists of Japan and
A Collection of High-End Italian Clothing by Giusto Senza Regole
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Onishi Gallery

Special preview, September 14, 2022, 6-8pm
696 Madison Ave, 2nd Floor

This preview, held by Onishi Gallery in collaboration with Giusto Senza Regole, opens Onishi Gallery's Asia Week exhibition of works by Japanese female metalware craftsmen. Please RSVP with alexandra@onishigallery.com.

Asia Week New York Autumn 2022 -
Museum Exhibition Guide

September 10, 2022

Parnashvari, Goddess of Natural Healing (detail), Central Tibet, 19th century, pigments on cloth,
The Rubin Museum of Art, C2003.36.3 (HAR 65302)

The following Asian Art exhibitions are on view in New York during this month's Asia Week.

ASIA SOCIETY

Mirror Image: A Transformation of Chinese Identity
This exhibition presents 19 artworks by seven artists, born in mainland China in the 1980s. Belonging to what is referred to as the ba ling hou generation, they grew up in a post-Mao China shaped by the one-child policy and the influx of foreign investment. Comprising painting, sculpture, performance, installation, video, digital art, and photography, the exhibition reflects the dramatic economic, political, and cultural shifts the artists have experienced in China during their lifetimes.

Visionary Legacies: A Tribute to Harold J. Newman
This exhibition celebrates Hal Newman (1931-2021) who, with his wife Ruth, endowed Asia Society Museum’s Collection of Contemporary Asian Art with a seminal gift of some 30 artworks in 2007. Works by eight artists and one artist collective featured in the exhibition represent Hal’s eye and passion for art that pushes the boundaries in Asian and Asian American contemporary art.

CHARLES B. WANG CENTER AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

Saule Dyussenbina: Kazakh Funny Games and New Mythologies
Curated by Jinyoung A. Jin, Saule Dyussenbina: Kazakh Funny Games and New Mythologies traces complex Central Asian geopolitics, history, traditions, and USSR memories through the works of Saule Dyussenbina. The former USSR-born Kazakh artist encapsulates the cultural diversity and multifaceted political history of Kazakhstan, and she produces new narratives and myths through unexpected juxtapositions and fragmented images.

CHINA INSTITUTE

Mountains and Painting
Opens September 22
Combining photography of the renowned Chinese mountains with original Qing dynasty (1644-1911) Chinese landscape paintings from U.S. private collections, this showcase spotlights twenty-two works of art by thirteen artists, revealing the importance of mountain culture in Chinese history and art. The assembled works will highlight the formats, compositions, techniques, subjects, and aesthetics of Chinese painting. This unique display will provide basic knowledge of landscape painting, as well as inspire further interest in the genre and arouse and appreciation of the relationship between man and nature in Chinese culture.

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KOREA SOCIETY

Young Min Moon: The Share for Those Who Remain
In his paintings Young Min Moon depicts Jesa, a Confucian ritual for commemoration of the deceased, which was one of the earliest memories he holds while growing up in the military regime of South Korea in the 1970s and 80s. Despite the gender politics now associated with the ritual today due to its patriarchal nature, Moon insists on exploring the legacy. For him, the ritual holds multiple layers of meanings: an occasion of silence utterly severed from the violent era of his childhood, a means of remembering the deceased, and a tradition that may be discontinued in the age of globalization.

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

Bodhisattvas of Wisdom, Compassion, and Power
Within the Buddhist traditions of the Himalayas, three bodhisattvas emerge as personifications of Buddhist ideals: Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, and Vajrapani. This show presents sublime representations of these three bodhisattvas at the center of this great devotional tradition.

Celebrating the Year of the Tiger
In celebration of the Year of the Tiger, which began on February 1, 2022, The Metropolitan Museum presents an exhibition with a remarkable selection of works from the Museum’s permanent collection and a few fantastic loans, including a 11th century B.C. marble sculpture and an 18th century glazed porcelain figure of a highly animated tiger.

Noble Virtues: Nature as Symbol in Chinese Art
Flowers, plants, and animals abound in Chinese art. From simple objects for the home to fancy vessels for the imperial court, popular prints to meticulously crafted paintings, manifestations of the natural world are found nearly everywhere. Sometimes these images are purely decorative, but often they carry meanings drawn from history, poetry, and cultural memory. This new exhibition, drawn primarily from The Met collection, introduces some of these themes through over 100 works of painting, calligraphy, and decorative arts.

Kimono Style: The John C. Weber Collection
This exhibition traces the transformation of the kimono from the late Edo period (1615–1868) through the early 20th century, as the T-shaped garment was adapted to suit the lifestyle of modern Japanese women. It features a remarkable selection of works from the renowned John C. Weber Collection of Japanese art that explore the mutual artistic exchanges between the kimono and Western fashion, as well as highlights from The Costume Institute’s collection.

Jegi: Korean Ritual Objects
During the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), Neo-Confucianism was the ruling ideology. People engaged in rituals on the birth and death anniversaries for ancestors upward of five generations, and on major holidays, such as the Lunar New Year and Chuseok (Harvest Moon Festival). Court ancestral rites became the bedrock of Joseon political life and were enacted on a grand scale that included musical and dance performances. A key feature throughout was a table bearing food and drink offerings presented on jegi, or ritual objects. This exhibition features the various types of ritual vessels and accessories that were used for this purpose and entombed, as well as the kinds of musical instruments played at state events.

Samurai Splendor: Sword Fittings from Edo
This installation in the Arms and Armor galleries explores the luxurious aspects of Edo-period sword fashion, a fascinating form of arms and armor rarely featured in exhibitions outside Japan. It presents a selection of exquisite sword mountings, fittings, and related objects, including maker’s sketchbooks—all drawn from The Met collection and many rarely or never exhibited before.

A Passion for Jade: The Bishop Collection
More than a hundred remarkable objects from the Heber Bishop collection, including carvings of jade, the most esteemed stone in China, and many other hardstones, are on view in this focused presentation. The refined works represent the sophisticated art of Chinese gemstone carvers during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) as well as the highly accomplished skills of Mogul Indian (1526–1857) craftsmen, which provided an exotic inspiration to their Chinese counterparts. Also on view are a set of Chinese stone-working tools and illustrations of jade workshops, which introduces the traditional method of working jade.

Embracing Color: Enamel in Chinese Decorative Arts, 1300-1900
Enamel decoration is a significant element of Chinese decorative arts that has long been overlooked. This exhibition reveals the aesthetic, technical, and cultural achievement of Chinese enamel wares by demonstrating the transformative role of enamel during the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties. The more than 100 objects on view are drawn mainly from The Met collection.

Michael Lin: Pentachrome
Michael Lin’s site-specific installation Pentachrome brings contemporary art to the Museum’s Great Hall Escalator for the first time. Inspired by The Met collection and the building’s architecture, Pentachrome invites visitors to reconsider the Museum’s Great Hall, its Balcony, and the surrounding art from a fresh perspective.

Arts of Nepal & Tibet
This year’s annual rotation of the Himalayan galleries is distinguished by a number of major new acquisitions and gifts that continue to build The Met’s holdings as one of the premier collections of Tibetan and Nepalese masterworks.

Perfect Imperfection in Ceramic Art
Drawing upon collection objects from both the Asian and Modern and Contemporary Art Departments, this exhibition explores the development of the concept of imperfection in ceramic art in Japan, as well as its profound influence on American and European makers during the 20th century.

THE RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART

Gateway to Himalayan Art
Gateway to Himalayan Art, curated by Elena Pakhoutova, introduces viewers to the main forms, concepts, meanings, and traditions of Himalayan art represented in the Rubin Museum collection.

Shrine Room Projects:
ROHINI DEVASHER/PALDEN WEINREB
In dialogue with the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the center of the gallery, Shrine Room Projects is an exhibition series that features contemporary artists who reinterpret traditional and religious iconography. For Shrine Room Projects, Rohini Devasher (b. 1978, New Delhi) presents a two-channel video installation, 300 Km or the Apparent Movement of the Sun (2020), a powerful visual meditation on the observation of the sun moving across the sky. Palden Weinreb (b. 1982, New York) presents two mixed-media works created in wax and illuminated by LED lights, Offerings (2014) and Untitled (Stupa) (2013).

Masterworks: A Journey Through Himalayan Art
This regularly changing exhibition at the Rubin explores major strands in the development of Himalayan art, covering a period of over one thousand years and featuring objects drawn primarily from the Rubin Museum’s collection.

Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans
Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans presents the diverse ways that Tibetan Buddhist artworks and practices have served as roadmaps to well-being, with over 25 objects from the Rubin Museum’s collection set alongside personal stories and experiences from Himalayan Americans. Centered around the themes of prevention, healing, and longevity, the exhibition highlights how these living traditions are transformed and adopted for today’s world, inspiring visitors to reflect on their own healing journeys.

Noble Virtues: Nature as Symbol in Chinese Art at the Met

September 10, 2022

Zheng Xie (1693–1765), Orchids and Bamboo (detail), China, dated 1742, handscroll, ink on paper. Edward Elliott Family Collection, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1981 (1981.285.7)

Noble Virtues: Nature as Symbol in Chinese Art,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

September 10, 2022-January 29, 2023

Flowers, plants, and animals abound in Chinese art. From simple objects for the home to fancy vessels for the imperial court, popular prints to meticulously crafted paintings, manifestations of the natural world are found nearly everywhere.

Sometimes these images are purely decorative, but often they carry meanings drawn from history, poetry, and cultural memory. Bamboo, for instance, which bends in the cold wind without breaking, can be a symbol of the virtuous person withstanding hard times; the plum blossom, which dares to bloom in the chill of early spring, an emblem of righteous bravery. For artists and viewers alike, associations such as these added layers of depth to an artwork. In this way, a vignette of the natural world could become a celebration of life, a wish for good fortune, or even a defiant act of protest.

This exhibition, drawn primarily from The Met collection, introduces some of these themes through over 100 works of painting, calligraphy, and decorative arts.

Air India’s Maharaja Appears at Poster House

September 9, 2022

Air India's Maharaja: Advertising Gone Rogue,
Poster House, in partnership with Kapoor Galleries

September 9, 2022-February 12, 2023

When Air-India launched “the Maharaja” as their mascot in 1946, he soon became a larger than life figure, and not only adorned innumerable posters but also became an important part of cultural life, often even rankling the preferences of notable dignitaries. Conceived by Bobby Kooka and illustrated by Umresh Rao, the Maharaja sported a large moustache, turban, and prominent belly. He was usually portrayed with a strong sense of humor and winking satire. . . as he models hospitality and refinement in New York in the poster above, he is dressed up as a Playboy Bunny and serves drinks to a (very) young Hugh Hefner.

Today, September 9th, Poster House opens Air India's Maharaja: Advertising Gone Rogue, which features the Maharaja in his many guises. The show, which is on view until February 12th, is organized in partnership with Kapoor Galleries in New York City and the Indo-American Arts Council. Sanjay Kapoor along with Carly Johnson and Sophia Williamson curated the exhibition.

Related Programs:

Poster Kids: The Maharaja—What A Character!, Virtual and In-person sessions on September 18
Air India: Virtual Curatorial Tour, Curators Carly Johnson and Sophia Williamson speak online on October 11
Vibrant Verbal Description Tour: Air India, an online curator's talk for community members who are blind or have low vision on October 18

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For a special AWNY Member Monday feature about this project, click here.

Asia Week Autumn 2022 Auction Schedule

September 8, 2022

BONHAMS

The Joan and Ted Dorf Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles and Archers Rings
September 19, 2022
Live auction starting at 10am EDT
Read the special feature Collecting 101 | 5 Things to Know About Snuff Bottles, click here
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Chinese Works of Art and Paintings
Chinese Works of Art: September 19, 2022, starting at 13:30 EDT, with Lot 150
Chinese Paintings: September 20, 2022, starting at 10am EDT, with Lot 346
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Japanese and Korean Art
September 21, 2022, starting at 10am EDT
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CHRISTIE'S

Japanese and Korean Art
September 20, 2022 at 10am EDT
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The John C. and Susan L. Huntington Collection
September 21, 2022 at 8:30am EDT
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Centering the Figure: South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art from the Collection of Romi Lamba
September 21, 2022 at 10:00am EDT
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South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art
September 21, 2022 at 12:30pm EDT
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Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
September 22, 2022 at 8:30am and September 23, 2022 at 8:30am EDT
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Japanese and Korean Art Online
September 14, 2022 at 10:00am - September 27, 2022 at 10:00am EDT
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Indian and Himalayan Art Online featuring The John C. and Susan L. Huntington Collection
September 14, 2022 at 10:00am - September 28, 2022 at 10:00am EDT
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Thoughts Across the Waters: Asian Art from the David Drabkin Collection
September 14, 2022 at 10:00am - September 28, 2022 at 9:00am EDT
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Art of China Online
September 14, 2022 at 10:00am - September 29, 2022 at 9:00am EDT
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DOYLE

Auction September 21, 2022, 10am EDT
Viewing September 16-19, 12pm-5pm and by appointment
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HERITAGE AUCTIONS

Asian Art Signature® Auction #8090, September 20-21, 2022
Sale to be held in Dallas
Open for online bidding approximately August 30, 2022
Highlights Only Exhibition:
September 15-19, 2022
445 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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iGAVEL

Asian, Ancient, and Ethnographic Works of Art
Online auction, October 6-25, 2022
EXHIBITION
September 15–23, 2022
Open 10am-5pm, closed Sunday
227 East 120th Street, New York
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SOTHEBY'S

Power/Conquest: The Forging of Empires
Live auction, September 20, 2022, 9am EDT
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Dharma and Tantra
Live auction, September 20, 2022, 10am EDT
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Important Chinese Art
Live auction, September 21, 2022, 9am EDT
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SUBLIME BEAUTY: Korean Ceramics from a Private Collection
September 15-22, 2022, 10am EDT
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China/5000 Years
September 16-27, 2022
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NMAA Celebrates Revealing Krishna with an Afternoon of Programs

September 6, 2022

Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain,
National Museum of Asian Art, Washington D.C.

Afternoon of free live programs, September 10, 2022 beginning at 1pm

As this exceptional exhibition comes to a close on September 18th, the museum has planned an afternoon of activities. Revealing Krishna transports visitors to a sacred mountain in the floodplains of southern Cambodia. The exhibition showcases a monumental sculpture of the Hindu god Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan to protect his people from a torrential storm sent by an angry god. For the first time, the sculpture is explored in the context of its original environment, as part of a multi-religious landscape and quite literally built into a mountain.

Curator's talk, 1pm
Step into the exhibition Revealing Krishna and take a journey to Cambodia’s sacred mountain of Phnom Da with curator Emma Natalya Stein. Walk through a sweeping cinematic corridor and feel as if you are traveling by boat down the river to meet Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan, a monumental sculpture with a 1500-year history.

Satook: A Screening and Conversation with praCh Ly, 2pm
Created for the exhibition, this short documentary examines the transformation of religious traditions through the ruptures of the Khmer Rouge genocide and immigration. praCh Ly is a critically acclaimed and award-winning artist.

Reception featuring Cambodian-inspired refreshments, 3pm

Story of the Serpent: Cambodian Dance, 4pm
Experience a dance performance by Mea Lath that explores the identity of the naga, the serpent deity, who poignantly gets caught in her own tail—a metaphor for struggles with identity in the wake of immigration. The program includes a traditional blessing dance and a contemporary work choreographed by Sophiline Cheam Shapiro. Dancer Reaksmey “Mea” Lath is a celebrated Cambodian classical dancer, instructor, and manager of the Khmer Arts Academy in Long Beach, California.

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The Korea Society Hosts Hanbok: The Celebration

September 5, 2022

Hanbok: The Celebration, The Korea Society
In person and online event, September 8, 2022, 6:30pm EDT

Riding the Korean Wave sweeping the world, the traditional Korean costumes have become increasingly visible in global media. In 2021, hanbok-the generic term referring to traditional style Korean clothing-was registered in the Oxford English Dictionary. In this comprehensive series of lectures, Dr. Minjee Kim, the preeminent scholar of Korean textile and fashion in the U.S., illustrates and elucidates hanbok in sartorial, socio-cultural, and historical contexts.

In the fourth presentation of the series, Dr. Kim will demonstrate in person how to dress the bride and the groom in their splendid wedding attires. The children's one-year birthday celebration ensembles will also be displayed and their symbolism will be discussed.

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Asian Art Online at Bonhams Los Angeles

September 5, 2022

A Molded Celadon-Glazed "Dragon" Vase, Qianlong seal mark, 19th century/Republic period,
H. 16 1/4 in. (41.3cm), Estimate: $8,000-12,000, lot 9.

Asian Art Online, Bonhams Los Angeles
Online sale now through September 8, 2022

This sale offers a diverse array of choice Chinese ceramics, works of art, furniture, and paintings, as well as antique and modern works of art from Southeast Asia, including exceptional Burmese silver items. Several lots are offered by the Asian Art Museum San Francisco.

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New Exhibition at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University

September 3, 2022

Saule Dyussenbina: Kazakh Funny Games and New Mythologies,
Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University

September 7-December 10, 2022
Free opening reception: Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 5pm-7pm

Curated by Jinyoung A. Jin, Saule Dyussenbina: Kazakh Funny Games and New Mythologies traces complex Central Asian geopolitics, history, traditions, and USSR memories through the works of Saule Dyussenbina. The former USSR-born Kazakh artist encapsulates the cultural diversity and multifaceted political history of Kazakhstan, and she produces new narratives and myths through unexpected juxtapositions and fragmented images.

From digital wallpaper to dinner plates, Dyussenbina sprinkles a sense of humor in her artworks while paying homage to European master artists such as Goya and Van Gogh, to indigenous nomadic Kazakhstan cultures, and to post-Soviet politics. She remixes motifs from traditional European ornaments, Kazakh folk culture (like ram horns, horses, and eagle hunters), architectural remains from the Soviet era, and icons of contemporary society (Chanel logos, surveillance cameras) and repeats them kaleidoscopically. Dazzling flies, flowers, horses, and cameras symbolize the collapse and rise of ubiquitous urban iconographies and repetitive failure in contemporary society.

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