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Saturday University: Engaging the Object

Sat Oct 15 2016

Asian Art Museum

Emma Baillargeon Stimson Auditorium

9:30 AM – 11 AM

Saturday University Lecture Series
Tea Times: Cultures, Commerce, and Conflict

The history of tea is steeped in philosophy, literature, art, and world trade. Take an in-depth look at wild plants, distinct pleasures, and imperial exploitation as eight scholars present a few remarkable moments from the long story of tea.

Engaging the Object: The Art of Tea in Sixteenth Century Japan
Display of ceramics, paintings, architecture and more
Andrew Watsky, Princeton University

This lecture will focus on the deep appreciation of objects fostered by chanoyu, the practice of tea, in sixteenth century Japan. This was a particularly dynamic period in tea practice, when warriors and merchants together engaged what was the avant-garde performance art of its day. We will focus on the many types of objects tea practitioners valued, including paintings and vessels made of ceramics and bamboo, and tea architecture, the context within which chanoyu was practiced and the objects displayed.



The Origins and Spread of Tea-drinking in China and the World


Buddhism and the Invention of Tea Culture in Medieval China

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Engaging the Object: The Art of Tea in Sixteenth Century Japan

OCT 22

Tea Horse Road: China’s Ancient Trade Route to Tibet

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No Lecture


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The Power and Pleasure of Tea Bowls in Japan

NOV 19

Tea Revives the World: Advertising a Global Commodity during the Great Depression

NOV 26

No Lecture


Can a Plantation Be Fair? Paradoxes and Promises of Fair Trade in Darjeeling, India

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

Series tickets are no longer available.
Individual lecture tickets at the door as available: $10, SAM members $5
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts or your seat may be released.

Photo: Gate to Hassoan teahouse, Kobori Enshu, Japan, 16th century, photo: Manabu Okada.