How has art and creative activity contributed to confronting crises in Asia? While we face the current pandemic, along with deep social, political, and economic challenges, perhaps we can take heart in artists’ creative responses to violent conflict, environmental change, and panic. Five talks look into understanding, recovery, and reform in Japan, China, Armenia, Bangladesh, and Java, Indonesia.
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Big Writing and the End of the Law: The Monumental Sutras of Shandong Province
Robert E. Harrist Jr., Columbia University
Buddhists in Shandong Province had good reason to think the end of their religion was at hand when an imperial proscription of Buddhism was decreed in the sixth century. It was at this time that Buddhist scriptures began to appear carved on mountains in many areas of Shandong. These texts, as well as the names of deities written in huge characters, were intended to last for eternity. This lecture will explore the goals of the pious donors and the calligraphers who created these monumental inscriptions, which not only preserved sacred texts but also became, like icons or relics, objects of veneration in their own right.
About the Presenter
Robert E. Harrist Jr.
is the Jane and Leopold Swergold Professor of Chinese Art History at Columbia University. He has published books and articles on Chinese painting, calligraphy, and gardens, as well as on topics such as clothing in 20th-century China, and contemporary artists such as Xu Bing. His most recent book, The Landscape of Words, which studies the role of language in shaping perceptions of the natural world, was awarded the Joseph Levenson Prize in 2010.
OTHER LECTURES IN THIS SERIES
FRI FEB 5
Fire and Renewal in Edo Period Japan
SAT FEB 13
Big Writing and the End of the Law
SAT FEB 20
The Missing Pages, from Genocide to Justice
SAT FEB 27
Jomin o Joban, a Tale of the Land
SAT MAR 6
Exploring Resilience in Dance in Java, Indonesia
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