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Past Events 2010

Fall 2010

The Asian Arts & Culture Center's 5th Many Moons Festival 2010
Center for the Arts
Sunday, September 12, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University hosts the 5th Many Moons Festival with an expanded variety of performances, demonstrations and displays to share and celebrate the richness and diversity of Asian cultural traditions.

Interconnected: New Works by Yuriko Yamaguchi
Sunday, September 12 – Saturday, December 11, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, October 8, 7 p.m.
Noted Japanese American artist Yuriko Yamaguchi recognizes how nature and technologies are intertwined and finds ways to have them coexist peacefully is the center of her new works that speak about “Interconnectedness” in various media and art forms.

Yuriko Yamaguchi Lecture: Interconnected
Friday, October 8, 5:30 p.m.
Ms. Yamaguchi’s lecture focuses on installation sculpture and her work featured in the Asian Arts gallery.

Audience Comments:

  • The sculptures are amazing! I love the theme and message that they carry. The artist did a phenomenal job of conveying her message through her sculptures. - Riselle Abrams
  • As an ecologist, I greatly appreciate the themes of life and community. The organic nature of the pieces is beautiful, I especially like the 3-D structure of the infinite growth and walking around and towards it. – John Zaharic
  • Very inspiring exhibit connected to the human spirit.
  • Stunning and dramatic. I am impressed with the artist’s ability to bring human warmth to “cold” materials.

 

Spring 2010

The Sacred Arts of Asia

February 20 - May 15, 2010
Curator's Talk and Opening Reception: Saturday, February 20, 2-4 p.m.

This exhibition highlights selected artworks from fourteen private collections of paintings and sculptures from South and Southeast Asia as well as the Far East.
Guest Curator: John Gilmore Ford. Admission is free.

Audience Comments:

  • Fantastic juxtaposition of old and contemporary work.
  • I loved that the gallery focused on the healing power of art. I don’t think most people realize how powerful art can be.
  • The work is beautiful and a fabulous addition to Towson!
  • Enjoyed the serenity of the exhibit, particularly the older, traditional artifacts.

Spiritual Rhythms of Asia Concert Series: U Theatre: Sound of the Ocean
Stephens Hall Theatre
Lecture/Demo: Wednesday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Performance: Thursday, March 25, 8 p.m.

Sound of the Ocean, U Theatre of Taiwan
Founded in 1988, the U-Theatre, traveled and performed worldwide, dedicates to pursuing inner peace through exploration of the body and mind, fusing Chinese martial arts, drumming and meditation together with theatrical expressions. 
For more information: www.utheatre.org.tw

Audience Comments:

  • The best performance of Asian traditional drumming I’ve seen (out of 3 or 4 different groups), moving and spiritual. I liked the drumming, the gongs, the string instruments, and the singing.
  • Best performance I’ve ever seen!
  • I had not known that such human feats were, are possible. I do now!
  • It was a phenomenally uplifting performance. Would love to see it again and again!
  • Unable to describe my experience in words, Namaste!

Mystical Arts of Tibet Series: (with support from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation)
Sand Mandala Painting Demonstration

April 26 - 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

In Conjunction with the Sacred Arts exhibition, a Sand Mandala Painting Demonstration by Tibetan monks will be presented over the course of four days. Of all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. On Monday, April 26 at noon, the monks open the rituals by consecrating the site of the mandala with chants, music, and mantra recitation.

Audience Comments:

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet such glowing people and I learned boundlessly from the even in the short time they were here.
  • Fabulous-best and most interesting event I have seen at Towson in 20 years!
  • This was truly inspiring and a unique experience.
  • This organization did such a good job bringing the true culture of Tibet to life. I was very impressed.

The Symbolism of the Sand Mandala Lecture Series
University Union, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 27
: The Mandala is a sacred cosmogram used as an object of contemplation to depict the pure nature of the world in which we live.

Audience Comments:

  • I am very grateful to have been able to see the Mandala and learn from the monks. It was a wonderful experience I will remember.
  • I really enjoyed this program. It opened my eyes to a culture completely different than my own. I appreciate the desire for self acceptance and world peace.

Death and Dying: The Tibetan Tradition
Wednesday, April 28: Buddhism teaches that an understanding of the death process is important life knowledge; it enhances and enriches our life, and brings about a dramatic inner transformation.

Audience Comments:

  • Excellent! Very cool to hear it in Tibetan language and then the translator’s interpretation of it.
  • Very enlightening to learn the cultural views and practices as contrasted to my own. Instead of viewing Buddhism as an alien religion, I discovered similarities to my Christian views.

Opening the Heart: Arousing the Mind of Universal Kindness
Thursday, April 29: Love and Kindness are mental archetypes that all beings possess. Buddhism presents numerous contemplative techniques for intensifying and enhancing these archetypes until they achieve full maturity and universality.

Audience Comments:

  • It was eye-opening and inspiring and an interesting look at a beautiful philosophy that many people in this society are not often exposed to. It was a wonderful experience.
  • Very educational and insightful! This lecture has helped me to better understand true love and compassion and how to reach a greater capacity and to be a kinder person! Thank you so much for taking the time to bestow upon me some of your knowledge.

Spiritual Rhythms of Asia Concert Series: Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing
Stephens Hall Theatre
Saturday, May 1, 8 p.m.
The final part of the Spiritual Rhythms of Asia Concert Series, the presentation offers a rare opportunity to witness one of the world's most ancient sacred traditions by a group of monk artists for whom these traditions are a way of life.

Audience Comments:

  • This was beautiful, meaningful, respectful, educational, and inspiring. The highest and best use of this institutions cultural resource.
  • It was an inspiring week, watching the sand painting, listening to the lectures, and then watching the monks perform. Thank you so much for arranging such a meaningful event.
  • This was the first time I have ever heard the chanting by Tibetan monks. I felt as if their deep primordial chants have evoked our ancient memory of "the big bang," when the universe was first created. This was truly a powerful "sound" experience for me. My sincerest appreciation for the rich experiences your cultural/spiritual programs have provided.

 

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Asian Arts & Culture Center
Center for the Arts, Room 2037 (map)
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.;
Saturday 1 - 4 p.m. (during exhibitions)

Phone: 410-704-2807
E-mail: asianarts@towson.edu

 


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