|Asian Arts & Culture Center|
COMING THIS FALL
Sword of Wisdom
Saturday, October 18
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$30 before Oct.1
$20 AA&CC members
(Free for Phoenix Level
$10 TU students
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The Curator's Perspective panel discussion brought together the BMA's Frances Klapthor, Walters Art Museum's Rob Mintz, Evergreen Museum's James Abbott, and retired AA&CC Director Suewhei Shieh for a lively discussion about Asian art collections, moderated by WYPR's Tom Hall on March 29.
|Japan Festival, 4/13/14 -- Clockwise from top left: Koto musicians Sarah Hess and Tom Oeste,tea ceremony presented by Chado Urasenke Tankokai of Washington, DC, girl in a kimono, Braeden Daniels shows off his craft, 2014 Japan Cherry Blossom Queen with Fumiko Campbell and a young festival attendee, demonstration by Maryland Kendo Club.|
The Asian Arts & Culture Center is winding down for the summer after a jam packed Spring season of films (Israeli film A Matter of Size, the Filipino documentary Harana, and Genghis Blues from Tuva), a curator's panel discussion that brought together experts from the Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Evergreen Museum, the return of Tuvan throat-singing ensemble Alash for a mini-concert and jam session, and our first ever Japan Festival. On Sunday, April 13, nearly 700 people -- performers, vendors, volunteers and visitors -- descended upon Towson University's Center for the Arts to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Baltimore Kawasaki Sister City Committee through music, martial arts, and dance performances, traditional Japanese arts and crafts, and children's matsuri games. Food provided by Matcha Time Cafe and Roy's Restaurant sold out quickly, and the festival provided activities and entertainment for young and old alike.We were especially honored by a visit from the 2014 Japan Cherry Blossom Queen, Miss Chihiro Konishi, who graciously addressed the audience in Kaplan Concert Hall and took photos with many festival attendees. Special thanks to Ms. Akiko Keene, liaison to the Embassy of Japan, and the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) for making possible Miss Konishi's visit to the Japan Festival. Special thanks also to Kathleen Shiota, whose tireless efforts coordinating the volunteers, the games and the decorations truly helped make the Japan Festival and this first collaboration with the BKSCC a great success!
New AA&CC Director
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Joanna Pecore has accepted the position of Director of the Asian Arts & Culture Center beginning in May. Dr. Pecore has a Ph.D. in Music (Ethnomusicology) from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She comes to Towson from the Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution where she was responsible for developing, planning and implementing public educational programs for the museum's Asian and American collections. We look forward to new accomplishments under Dr. Pecore's leadership.
Spring in Review
Alash Ensemble returned to Towson to perform after a screening of the documentary film Genghis Blues, and jam with TU students and members of the community in early May. TU alumnus Michael Schenk, who performed at the jam session, noted, "Towson's Asian Arts & Culture Center has performed a great service in sponsoring concerts by Alash Ensemble. I think TU makes a perfect venue for this outstanding group. Alash brings us a vision of Asia grounded in ancient nomadism, shamanism, and Tibetan Buddhism. The beauty of the throat singing summons images of wide spaces of grasslands, graceful mountains, people meshing with Nature. But Alash is not a museum-piece band. They incorporate Western instruments and musical notions, and collaborate with Western musicians as diverse as Bela Fleck and Shodekeh, while holding faith with their traditions."
Harana reception, raffle and
film screening held on 3/23 raised nearly $1,000 for the Brungardt Endowment. Attendees enjoyed Filipino cuisine from Zambas-Philippine Oriental Redefined, and the sweet serenading of TU student Filippo Bustamante on his guitar. Raffle prizes included a Kindle, a McCormick spice basket, and a collection of harana CDs. As an introduction to the film, Prof. Reynaldo Reyes shared his memories of the serenade tradition from his youth growing up in the Philippine provinces. Musing on reasons why serenading women at their window has died out, Reyes considered, "the second story windows were much closer to the street level back then. Today, the houses are much bigger!"
Imprints for Impact: A Showcase of Japanese Printmaking, attracted around 1,000 visitors to the Asian Arts Gallery during its brief four-week run from April to May. Guest curated by retired AA&CC Director Suewhei Shieh, the exhibition featured prints primarily from the collections of Timothy and Lee Pierce (BKSCC members), and AA&CC Board Member Yoshinobu and Kathleen Shiota. Most of these prints were acquired through the prestigious College Women's Association of Japan (CWAJ) Print Show held annually in Tokyo since 1956. Works by Maryland artists Sahomi Naka and Mildred Isaacs were also on display. The exhibition showcased the diverse styles and techniques of Japanese contemporary prints (hanga) ranging from traditional woodcut to intaglio, stencil and lithography.
Grants & Support
We are grateful for the continuous support of all of our members, whose donations have sustained the vigorous programs that our community has come to expect. We are deeply in debt to the following grantors and sponsors for making our programming possible: Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, Gilbert Brungardt Endowment for the Benefit of the Asian Arts & Culture Center; McCormick & Co., Inc., Capital Partners Securities, Co., Ltd., and the Ro and Marius P. Johnson Charitable Legacy, Inc.
Asian Arts & Culture Center
Center for the Arts, Room 2037 (map
Towson, MD 21252
Gallery Hours during exhibitions: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 1-4 p.m.
(Closed for holidays)