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Saturday University: Narratives of Design & Indian Landscape

Sat Nov 4 2017

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

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Dip into a variety of waterscapes, past and present, as our speakers explore a complex of meanings, cultural traditions, and contemporary environmental issues. How did water imagery in early China form a basis for philosophy? From Chinese landscape painting to climate change in low-lying Bangladesh, join us for a cruise through ideas about water.

October & December: Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium (PIGT)
November: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium (SAM)

Following Rivers Rich in Honey: Narratives of Travel, Environmental Design, and the Indian Landscape
Tamara Sears, Associate Professor of Art History, Rutgers University
SAM

How are representations of water in Indian art and literature related to experiences of travel in the real world? Sears looks at religious contexts associated with pilgrimage and sacred landscape along rivers. Outside of religion, she also considers how the flow of rivers and distribution of water have influenced military campaigns, town planning, and economic development in a globalizing world.

About the Presenter

Tamara Sears, Associate Professor of Art History at Rutgers University, specializes in the art and architectural history of South Asia, with interests in how political power, religion, and sacred architecture were related in ancient and medieval India. She has also written on the continuity and reuse of Hindu temple and monastery sites during the Islamic period. Her first book, Worldly Gurus and Spiritual Kings: Architecture and Asceticism in Early Medieval India, examines the emergence of the Hindu monastery as a new architectural type during the eighth through 12th centuries, connected with local forms of power and new forms of ritual practice. Her new project looks at architecture as an archive for mapping mobility, cultural authority, and the spread of religious knowledge and courtly culture around the turn of the first millennium.

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

OTHER LECTURES IN THIS SERIES

Oct 7

The Way of Water in Early Chinese Thought
PIGT

Oct 7

The Way of Water in Early Chinese Thought
PIGT

OCT 14

The Way of Water: Reading Landscape and Gender in Southern Song China
PIGT

OCT 21

Architecture, Stepwells, and Cosmic Water in Western India
PIGT

OCT 28

Creating Land in Paradise: Protest, Rights, and Sacred Waters on Bali's South Coast
PIGT

NOV 4

Following Rivers Rich in Honey: Narratives of Travel, Environmental Design, and the Indian Landscape
SAM

NOV 11

History Flows from the Mekong Mud
SAM

NOV 18

The Pirate Archipelago: Images of Maritime Power in Late Medieval Japan
SAM

DEC 2

River Life and Climate Change in Bangladesh
PIGT

DEC 9

Hokusai’s Waterscapes
PIGT

Full series tickets: $80; SAM members $40
Individual lecture tickets are now available online in advance. They are still at the door the day of the lecture: $10, SAM members $5; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.

QUESTIONS? CONTACT US

206.442.8480 gardnercenter@seattleartmuseum.org

Photo: Tamara Sears