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Gardner Center

The Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas

​Offering dynamic public programs at the Asian Art Museum, Gardner Center events explore the vast diversity of Asia and its presence in the world. From history and culture to global health and urban design, we exchange ideas that include dialogue on challenging contemporary issues. We also invite you to experience a range of artistic expression related to Asia.

The Gardner Center is proud to partner with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies and Departments of Art History and Asian Languages and Literature; the Elliott Bay Book Company; and a variety of organizations involved with Asia.

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SCHEDULE

Visit SAM’s calendar for a detailed schedule of Gardner Center programs.

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Asia Talks

The Gardner Center invites scholars, writers, artists, global development experts, and others engaged with Asia to share their ideas, projects, and experiences. Using a multidisciplinary approach, our inquiry is dedicated to encounters across cultures—within Asia, between Asia and the rest of the world, and within the museum.

Asia Talks range from authors producing great writing from and about Asia, to local women from South Asia discussing family jewelry traditions, to a daylong session on an Asian art form.

​COMING UP​​​​​

 

 

http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=38829Sep 15 2015Asia Talks: Eka Kurniawan
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=39021Sep 16 2015Asia Talks: This Kind of Love: Aung Myo Min
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=38736Oct 8 2015Asia Talks: Daybreak in Myanmar

Saturday University Lecture Series

The popular Saturday University Lecture Series brings in national, local, and international speakers to delve into a unique theme for each series. Every year we host a winter/spring and a fall series, in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies. Our mornings begin with coffee and book browsing (thanks to the Elliott Bay Book Company), and conclude with an audience discussion with the speaker.


I spend all week thinking about last Saturday’s lecture, and looking forward to the next one.
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 Auditorium seating is primarily through advance series subscriptions with limited individual lecture tickets sold at the door. Other interested visitors can join the on-site simulcast viewing at no charge.​​​​

saturday university

Focus on Asia: Photography Past & Present

Sep 26 - Nov 21, 2015

Nine speakers explore how photography in Asia encompasses memory and identity; distance and intimacy; reportage, advocacy, and aesthetics. ​

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Saturday University is presented in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies and the Elliott Bay Book Compan​y.​​ ​​​​​​​​​​

​COMING UP​​​

 

 

http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=36656Sep 26 2015Saturday University: First 50 Years of Photography in China
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=36657Oct 3 2015Saturday University: Is There an Indian Way of Photography?
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=36658Oct 10 2015Saturday University: Photography & Making of Indonesia Today
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=36659Oct 17 2015Saturday University: Humanitarian Photos & Japan’s Atomic Pain
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=36660Oct 24 2015Saturday University: 19th Century Portraits of Taiwanese Aborigines
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=36661Oct 31 2015Saturday University: Dreams Come True, Almost
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=36662Nov 7 2015Saturday University: Chinese and Korean Video Art
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=36663Nov 14 2015Saturday University: Paint and Photography in India
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=36664Nov 21 2015Saturday University: Experiments in Japanese Art & Photos, 1968–79

Asia Films

Asia Films

From classic masterpieces to new popular cinema, Asian films are screened outdoors in the Volunteer Park Amphitheater on Friday nights in the summer, and in the Asian Art Museum auditorium during other seasons.​​​

Image: Osaka Elegy (Naniwa erejî), 1936, Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi.

 

 

Asia Arts in Action

​The a​rts provide powerful experiences for​ and insights between people who don’t share a spoken language or similar background. The Gardner Center presents occasional Asia-related performances and visual artists’ demonstrations. From contemporary Korean music to Bollywood dance styles to traditional textile techniques, these are special opportunities to engage with artists in action.

Every year, Tasveer and the Gardner Center co-present Yoni Ki Baat (a South Asian adaptation of The Vagina Monologues), created by an entirely new cast with their original stories. ​

Photo: David McLanahan​

Coming Up​

 

 

http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=36654Sep 25 2015Art Globally: Visions