International events: November 2013
Textile Symposium at The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles,
Grand Palace, Bangkok
6-9 November 2013
Weaving Royal Traditions through Time: Textiles and Dress at the Thai Court and Beyond is the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles’ inaugural international symposium, to be held 6-9 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to optional pre- and post-conference tours, the program will offer exclusive visits to the new museum and private collections of Asian textiles not accessible to the general public as well as a full roster of presentations, special events and a book fair. Confirmed speakers include John Guy (Metropolitan Museum, NY), Patricia Cheesman (Chiang Mai, Thailand), Susan Conway (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), Sylvia Fraser-Lu (Washington, DC), Yuzuhura Oyama (Tokyo National Museum), Gillian Green (Sydney University, Australia), Melissa Leventon (San Francisco), Dale Gluckman (Los Angeles).
Early bird registration deadline has been extended to 30 September.
Conference website: www.qsmtsymposium2013.com
Enquiries: Ms Patranuch Sudasna firstname.lastname@example.org
What's on in Australia: September 2013 - December 2013
A selective round up of exhibitions and events
Compiled by Tina Burge
A Silk Road saga: Yu Hong’s sarcophagus
The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
22 August - 10 November 2013
In 1999 a white marble sarcophagus, unlike any previous discovery, was excavated in Taiyuan, capital of China’s Shanxi province. It belonged to a Turkic-speaking central Asian man, Yu Hong, and his wife, interred in the late 6th century. From afar, it looks like a model of a Chinese building, but closer inspection reveals detailed carved or painted scenes of hunting, entertaining and religious worship totally foreign to Chinese traditions. The sarcophagus panels are displayed along with nearly 20 other sculptures and ceramics from the tomb or other burials from the same province and period.
For further information go to: www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/silk-road-saga
Arts of Asia Lecture Series 2013
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney September - October 2013, 1-2pm
- 10 September - A Western Zhou cemetery in Shanxi and the ancient Chinese conception of a ‘good death’ by Professor Jeffrey Riegel, Head of the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney.
- 17 September - Sasanians, senmurvs and silver: Persians along the Silk Road by John Tidmarsh, Near Eastern archaeologist.
- 24 September - All that glisters on the Silk Road: lapis, glass and Syria by Dr Wendy Reade, Near Eastern archaeologist and conservator, University of Sydney and AGNSW.
- 1 October - Connecting the world: Chinese stoneware storage jars of the maritime Silk Road by Dr Baoping Li, ARC Future Fellow, University of Sydney.
- 15 October - Women along the Silk Road: images from the murals of Dunhuang and archaeological findings along the Silk Road by Dr Lily Xiao Hong Lee, Chinese women’s historian, Honorary Associate, University of Sydney.
- 22 October - Religions of the Silk Road and Sogdia by Dr Leyla Rasouli Narimani, Iranologist and Honorary Associate, University of Sydney.
- 29 October - Zoroastrian art in Sogdian tombs at Xi’an and elsewhere by Dr Gunner Mikkelsen, Senior Lecturer, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University.
For more information go to: www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/calendar/arts-asialecture-series-2013
VisAsia Hingyiu Mok Mandarin language lectures 2013
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
25 August 2013
Representations of Central Asians in Chinese archaeological findings by Professor Zhang Qingjie, former Director, Shanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology; and Archaeological discoveries of Northern Dynasties in Jinyang by Professor Qu Chuanfu, Shanxi Museum.
Gallery 4A, Sydney
6 September - 24 October 2013
Vertical Villages is an artist-led project by Indonesian artist collective ruangrupa and Australian artist Keg de Souza which investigates the experience of international students living in Sydney’s CBD and the relationship between a community’s daily lives and their urban and spatial environments. The exhibition at 4A will be incorporated as part of the 15th Jakarta Biennale later this year.
Follow the project blog verticalvillages.tumblr.com or go to 4A.com.au
Towards the Morning Sun
Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown
6 September - 21 October 2013
Towards the Morning Sun explores the practice and process of artists who engage with Pacific culture. The mediums presented in the exhibition span performance, printmaking, installation, photo-media and video. Many of the works are the result of artist residences in which artists worked closely with local community groups of Pacific heritage around the greater Sydney region.
For more information go to: www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/CampbelltownArtsCentre
Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth
Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
23 November 2013 – 11 May 2014
Spanning the ground floor galleries of GOMA, this exhibition presents major, large scale installations by Cai Guo-Qiang. A centerpiece is a dramatic new commission, Heritage 2013, which features 99 life-sized animals from around the world gathered together at a watering hole. Also featured is Head On 2006, with its stream of 99 life-sized wolves leaping through the air and crashing into a glass wall. Other new works are inspired by the artist’s experiences in Australia, drawing upon local landscape, history and culture.
For more information go to: www.qagoma.qld.gov.au
Realms of Wonder: Jain, Hindu and Islamic art of India
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 9 October 2013 - 27 January 2014 The first major exhibition exclusively dedicated to the art of India at AGSA, Realms of Wonder includes almost 200 paintings, sculptures, textiles and decorative art objects dating from the 8th century till the present. The exhibition features art inspired by the three great spiritual traditions of India: Jainism, Hinduism and Islam and is the first comprehensive survey of Jain art ever staged in Australia.
For more information go to: www.artgallery.sa.gov.au
Detail of man’s ikat sarong, Trengganu, Malaysia c.1900.
Woman’s embroidered dress, Afghanistan 1965-75
Ceremonial textile, Toraja people, Celebes (Indonesia) c.1900-1920
Palempore, Made for Export Market, India C. 1800
Collection Powerhouse Museum, Sydney