Saturday University Lecture Series:
Color in Asian Art - Material and Meaning
Dip into dimensions of color and pigment in Asian art with eight in depth talks. From legend and ritual, to trade and cultural exchange, to technical innovation and changing artistic practices—the use of bold colors has been considered alternatively excessive, precious, or brilliant throughout history. What rare pigments and closely guarded techniques produced some artworks, and what artistic innovations and social changes produced others? Join us to enjoy a spectrum of talks on colors produced from the earth, sea, fire, plants, and insects.
Colors of the Earth, Colors of the Sky: Bingata Textiles of Okinawa
John Marshall, artist and researcher of Japanese textile arts
Unique and vibrant textiles created in Ryukyu (Okinawa), known as bingata, are prized for their variety of colors and lively designs. In a center of trade between East and Southeast Asia, textile producers sourced pigments from many places, combining them with their own aesthetics and techniques. Their tradition will be illustrated with historical garments, contemporary versions, and some of Marshall’s own work.
About the Presenter
is an American fiber artist who began studying textile arts in Japan as a teenager. He specializes in natural dyes and the traditional Japanese techniques of katazome (stencil dyeing) and tsutsugaki (cone drawing). His publications include Singing the Blues
and A Collector’s Guide to Indigo
OTHER LECTURES IN THIS SERIES
Dragon's Blood and the Blood of Dragons
The Colors of Space and Time
Shades of Green and White
Pigments and Artistic Interventions
Indigo in Two 15th-century Chinese Paintings
Korean Culture in Five Colors
Colors of the Earth, Colors of the Sky
Turquoise, The Sky Blue Stone
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Free with registration, a link to the zoom webinar will be e-mailed to you. Two tickets available per registration.There are no series tickets, please register for each talk you wish to join. Please cancel if you won't be able to attend.