The current installation in the Museum’s gallery of contemporary art, revolves around two important paintings currently on loan to the Museum: Tan Tan Bo – In Communication (2014) by Takashi Murakami and The Little Star Dweller (2006) by Yoshitomo Nara.
Sound cannot be seen, but it can be heard and felt as vibrations, and it has the ability to move the spirit through music and memory. These experiences allow the knowledge and presence of sound to be visualized in painting, calligraphy, poetry, and photography. Featured in this special installation are Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Asian-inspired works of art ranging from the twelfth century to the present day that are drawn from the Museum’s collections and from the collection of Gérard and Dora Cognié.
This exhibition features a range of contemporary art practices that mine and reinterpret visual and narrative traditions from the Indian subcontinent. Envisioned as a conversation with Epic Tales from India: Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art, an exhibition of traditional manuscript paintings and drawings, Contemporary Stories examines the ever-shifting meanings of such narratives as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata in contemporary life.
Epic Tales from India includes ninety-one paintings from the collection of the San Diego Museum of Art—tiny treasures only a few inches in dimension but outsized in their impact. In this exhibition, the main objective is to present the paintings as illustrations to works of literature, attempting to recapture something of their original intent.
This past academic year, numerous Italian language and literature courses visited the Art Museum to discuss Italian style and culture while engaging with original works of art. The classes varied widely in scope and pedagogic approach, and the instructors and I adapted different plans for each of the visits, with the shared experience being one of close looking.
To celebrate the first total solar eclipse of the 21st century visible in the United States, we have produced Transient Effects, a multimedia online exhibition that focuses on the remarkable career of Howard Russell Butler (1856–1934).