Category: Exhibition

Akira: Post-metabolism hellscape

Katsuhiro Otomo’s feature length animated film Akira (1988) shocked audiences globally with its unique cyberpunk aesthetic and grotesquely beautiful body…

Chinese/Japanese Landscape Art

Rowan McGrath The Goal of My Chapter This chapter aims to explore further and find the unique beauty of Chinese/Japanese…

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Onna-e vs Otoko-e: Paintings Mirror Society During the Kamakura Period

The Heian and Kamakura Periods of Japanese history, lasting from 794 CE to 1186 CE (the Heian Period) and from…

Mahayana Buddhism & Shingon Buddhism: A Cultural Examination of the Evolution of Buddhist Artistic Tradition

Introduction: The Differing Philosophies of Mahayana Buddhism & Shingon Buddhism: Mahayana Buddhism and Tantric Buddhism display two distinctly different paths…

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Sculptures From Nepal

Overview The main goal and concept of my chapter is to show how in asian art they use sculptures as…

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Introduction to Mandalas

Mandalas are a vital element to understanding Buddhism and Asian art. Buddhism is a religion that focuses on reaching enlightenment…

Japan’s “Golden Age”

The Heian Period was Japan’s “Golden Age”. A period where Japan began to shift away from Chinese influence and started…

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Masters of the Motion Picture

Storytelling has always been a foundational characteristic of human existence and expression. Throughout history, humans have told stories through writing,…

Bamiyan: Buddhist Art

The Bamiyan Valley is a small town located between the mountains of the Hindu Kush in the center of Afghanistan….

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The Patterns of Kucha Wall Paintings

Introduction: The goal of this chapter is to analyze and explain the many different patterns of Kucha wall paintings, such…

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Painted Mandalas: In and Out of Context

Mandalas are symbolic diagrams used to represent the universe within Hinduism and Buddhism. These diagrams have little medium restriction, appearing…

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TIBET: RITUAL OBJECTS

Author: Ramon Carrillo Martinez Overview When people think of works of art, they gravitate toward paintings, sculptures, and architecture. Although…

Wabi-Sabi: The Art of the Imperfect in Japanese Tea Ceremony Ceramics

Madeline Keithan Overview Wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic practice and philosophy that grew out of and still encompasses the values…

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The Evolution of Holy Men in Buddhist Art

For my chapter, I chose to study the diffusion of Buddhist art throughout Asia. My selected images clearly show how…

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Ancient Japanese Art Seen Through Technology and Astronomy

Astronomy has always been a topic of interest to me; I decided to pursue a degree in physics with a…

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Tibetan Mandalas: Educational Tools of Worship

Henry Binder’s AHI 104 Final covering Tibetan Mandalas, exploring the visual motif as a means of religious instruction.

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Taxila: Architecture

Taxila, located in present-day Pakistan, is one of the most significant archaeological sites in South Asia. The site was a…

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Azuchi-Momoyama castles: Opulence, Religion and Defense.

Introduction In 2019 I traveled to Germany and Austria and visited famous castles. I was amazed by their grandiosity which…

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Japanese Zen Gardens During the Muromachi Period

The Zen gardens of the Muromachi period (1336-1573) in Japan are ones of beauty, peace, and tranquility. The creation of…

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Utagawa Hiroshige: Unveiling the Cultural and Historical Significance of “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō”

Maintext Unlike most people, I knew Utagawa Hiroshige as a Ukiyo-e artist before I knew Katsushika Hokusai. I remember seeing…

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Sesshū Tōyō: Influences of the Revolutionary Japanese Painter

Background Born in 1420 to an important Samurai family in the Bitchu Province of western Honshu, Sesshū came to be…

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The Kano School

Overview: The Kano school of painting was established by Kano Masanobu. This school was associated with the influential zen temples…

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Place-Based Architecture in Japan’s Early Heian period: Murō-ji temple

The impetus behind this project stems from an architectural/artistic interest of mine in the evolving relationship between built and natural…

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Ono Yōko: Japanese, Female, Activist, Artist

Which is she first? Who is Yoko Ono? Is she the wife of legendary British musician John Lennon? Is she…

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Riken Yamamoto – Approach to Modernity

The goal of this project is to complete an analysis of the features present in different pieces of architecture designed…

Bamiyan: Analyzing Buddhist Art

built around 618 CE during the Hephthalites reign. Also called Salsal = male figure Fully destructed on 2001 by Taliban…

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The Many Forms of the Mandala

Overview The mandala is a very popular form of art and has taken on many different meanings. Some of the…

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Buddhist Iconography in Bamiyan, Afghanistan

By: Althea Beattie Overview: During his 16-year pilgrimage to India, Chinese monk Hsüan-tsang crafted detailed accounts of the Bamiyan Valley…

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Mandalas: Portals to Enlightenment

how mandalas are used in visualization practices

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Vietnamese Lacquer Painting in 1930-1945

In recent years, I have developed a heightened awareness and appreciation for Vietnamese culture and traditions. Although I grew up…

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The Buddhist Art of Kucha

The goal of this chapter is to explain the Buddhist artwork of the ancient Kuchean kingdom, including how neighboring civilizations…

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Japanese Aesthetics: Wabi Sabi and The Chashitsu

Connor Busch Overview The intention of this exhibition is to explore Japanese ideals about aesthetics through the appearance of Wabi…

Portals and Paths in Japanese Religious Architecture

Exhibit Overview The exhibition Portals and Path in Japanese Religious Architecture examines how religion, sacred places, beliefs influence architecture. This…

Water In old and Modern Day Art Exhibition

This exhibition displays five paintings, three of which can be found in the Chu-Griffis art collection. And the other two…

Chu-Griffis Collection at Connecticut College

By Eddie Pistorino Overview: For my exhibition I will show five different paintings from the Chu-Griffis collection of Asian Art…

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Identifying The Eighteen Lohan of Buddhist Temples

Nefertari Pierre-Louis Overview The sacred temples of China, Korea, Japan and Tibet are spiritual spaces which house the beautifully sculpted…

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The Art of Dunhuang Reimagined: Suh Yong’s Modernization of Tradition

Overview Suh Yong, born in 1962, is a Japanese artist who spent years studying Buddhist art in the Mogao Caves…

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Japan: Reflected in Water Throughout Time

Lucy Buchanan Overview This exhibition looks at works of Japanese art that feature images reflected in water. Each piece uses…

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Opulent Interplay

By Christian Jacobsen Overview: Edo period Japan was a time of travel and trade. Land was no longer one of…

Representations of Herons in Ohara Shōson and Hashimoto Koei’s Japanese Woodblock Prints

What did herons symbolize in Japanese art? In Japanese culture, herons are valued for being birds who can move across…

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Kiyohime and the Significance of Detail in Japanese Art

The tale of Kiyohime and Anchin has been used to justify the Buddhist belief that “women have little inclination toward…

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The Hudson Valley as a Home and Inspiration, explored through the life and works of Mansheng Wang

Claire Fadness Overview With the untouched beautiful landscape that is the newly discovered North America, many artists were inspired to…

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Ai Weiwei: Communism and Capitalism in China

Ai Weiwei has responded critically to China’s cultural traditions through his contemporary art starting with being one of the architects…

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Gender Presentation in Japanese Prints

During the Edo period in Japan, which was 1603 to 1867, it was illegal for women to act or even…

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Transmission of Bamboo in Chinese Ink Art

Kathryn Suplee Overview This exhibition focuses on Chinese ink art with a subject of bamboo. The exhibition emphasizes the importance…

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The Architecture of Japanese Buddhist Temples

Natalie Solari Overview: This exhibition takes a closer look at the main buildings of five Japanese Temple Complexes. Temples are…

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Everything Changes in Japanese Art

Ramon Carrillo Martinez Overview This exhibition examines five images that showcase correlation between the Buddhist universal truth of impermanence—that “Everything…

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Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints of the 20th Century

By: Teddy Keenan Overview- After the collapse of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1868, Japan opened up to the west. Western…

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Transmission and Kachō-e: Birds, Flowers, and Tradition

OVERVIEW As illustrations of both nature and spirit, kachō-e (花鳥絵) or kachō-ga (花鳥画) woodblock prints have have long been regarded…

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The Wealth of Water: Ando Hiroshige’s aquatic prints of the 19th century

Sofia Di Scipio Overview Water has been an essential means of life, transportation, and trade in Japan for centuries. The…