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Curators from the Asian Art Museum and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution discuss concepts of yoga and the artworks in the exhibition, Yoga: The Art of Transformation (on view at the Asian Art Museum from Feb. 21–May 25, 2014). Available on iTunes U.
Zhang Jianjun's work, Vestiges of a Process: Shanghai Garden, is on view at the Asian Art Museum from February 5 - September 12, 2010. Vestiges of a Process: Shanghai Garden is situated closest to Lee Gallery the east side of North Court. It is an installation composed of two silicone rubber Taihu rocks, manufactured from molds of real Taihu rocks which in traditional garden culture are prized for providing city dwellers with a kind of symbolic access to nature. The rocks are accompanied by a silicone rubber vase. Together they are arrayed atop a pavement of gray antique bricks, acquired from the demolition of Shanghai houses constructed between 1923 and 1926. Visitors can walk between the rocks, reflecting on time and process.
Turkish calligraphers were masters of transforming words and phrases into the shapes of animals. Artists achieved these effects by elongating, wrapping, and rotating letters to create the contour (outline) as well as details of the animal. Students will create a zoomorphic drawing composed of an adjective that describes the animal.
Turkish calligraphers were skillful at transforming words and phrases into the shapes of animals. This was done by elongating, wrapping, and rotating letters to create the contour (outline) as well as details of the animal. Favorite animal shapes include the lion, peacock, and stork. Students will write a descriptive sentence about an animal that they believe has virtuous qualities. They will create a zoomorphic pen and ink drawing composed of this sentence.