The Mythological Faces of Java: Hearst Museum Lounge Lecture

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | August 16 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber

 Sandra Sardjono

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

About this lecture -
This lecture explores representations of faces and figures in Javanese mythologies beginning from the Hindu-Buddhist Period (pre-16th century) to the Islamic and Modern Periods. The quintessence of Javanese character types that runs through the centuries follows the conventional concepts of refined and unrefined, expressed in the local terms as halus and kasar. These concepts will guide us in looking at early sculptures and narrative temple reliefs, as well as the later artistic expression in the traditional Javanese puppets and dance performances.

About the speaker -
Sandra Sardjono studies the art and visual culture of Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Indonesia. She is currently writing a dissertation on the depictions of textiles in Java from the Hindu-Buddhist period, 8th-15th century. She spent the last couple of years conducting research in the Netherlands as Visiting Scholar in the Leiden Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University. She earned her B.A. from Bowdoin College in Maine and an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She served as Textile Conservator at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York and as Assistant Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.