<< January 2019 >>

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Harakiri

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | January 9 | 7-9 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Based on the Puccini opera Madame Butterfly (but changing the title character from geisha to noblewoman) and one of the first European films to depict Japanese culture, Harakiri was considered a lost film for decades until it was discovered in the mid-1980s in the Netherlands Film Museum. Intrigued with Asian design motifs and obsessed with authenticity, Lang obtained sets and costumes from the...   More >

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Ugetsu

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | January 13 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In sixteenth-century Japan, with the pandemonium of civil wars a looming presence in their lives, the potter Genjuro and his wife long to be “rich and safe,” respectively. But artistic vanity draws Genjuro into the paradisiacal realm of a phantom enchantress. In a parallel tale, Genjuro’s brother-in-law Tobei, out for military glory, achieves a general’s rank for his fraudulent exploits—another...   More >

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Artist’s Talk: Masako Miki

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | January 16 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In conjunction with her current MATRIX exhibition, Japan-born, Berkeley-based artist Masako Miki will talk about Shinto traditions in Japan, how they address questions of boundaries in life, and how these ideas have developed and manifested in her felt sculptures and installation work.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Harp of Burma

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | January 17 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A fatalistic elegy for the war dead, Harp of Burma links beauty with a sense of loss, and loss with salvation. Burma at the close of World War II is a no-man’s-land, a quiet emptiness where there used to be life. But the Himalayas still move villagers to dream and captured Japanese soldiers to sing in sweet harmony; Burma is still “Buddha’s country.” Mizushima, a harp-playing scout with the...   More >

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Is the Śaiva Source of the Buddhist Herukābhidhāna's Treatment of Initiation pre-Tantric?

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | January 24 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Alexis Sanderson, University of Oxford

 Center for Buddhist Studies

In his work, Alexis Sanderson has maintained that the treatment of the topic of initiation found in the Buddhist Tantra Herukābhidhāna, also known as the Laghvabhidhāna or Laghuśaṃvara, has been adopted with some light editing from a Śaiva source. In this lecture he puts forward the hypothesis that this source, though surviving within a Tantric Śaiva work,...   More >

Friday, January 25, 2019

No Laughing Matter: Learning to Speak the "Common Language" in 1950s China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | January 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Janet Chen, Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In the winter and early spring of 1956, a series of articles appeared in nationally circulating publications, featuring an earnest entreaty: please do not laugh at those who are trying to learn putonghua, the “common language” of the socialist state. Beyond the headlines, permutations of the same refrain echoed in different forums. At the opening stages of a campaign to “popularize the common...   More >

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Cafe Lumiere

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | January 26 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Coffee, Time, and Light is the original Japanese title of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s gentle tribute to Yasujiro Ozu, which seamlessly weaves those three themes into a meditative look at love—or the absence of it—in contemporary Tokyo. Living alone in the city, the strong-willed Yoko (pop singer Yo Hitoto) wanders its streets, coffee houses, and train stations, seemingly paying more attention to random...   More >

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Double Suicide

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | January 27 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Masahiro Shinoda’s first film for Japan’s avant-garde Art Theatre Guild, Double Suicide strikingly reinterprets Monzaemon Chikamatsu’s famed 1720 bunraku puppet play involving the doomed love between a married paper-shop owner and a courtesan; here, it’s not just the play that is presented, but the entire presentation of the play. We begin with the kurogo (men dressed in black who traditionally...   More >

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

From the Upper Indus to the East Coast of China: On the Origin of the Pictorial Representation of the Lotus Sūtra

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | January 30 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Haiyan Hu-von Hinüber, Peking University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

In Chinese Buddhist art, there is an image of two sitting Buddhas, Śākyamuni and Prabhūtaratna, which can be traced back to the Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtra. Because (until 2012) no image of the “Two Sitting Buddhas” had been found outside China, it has been assumed that the depiction of this pair of Buddhas is of Chinese origins. Drawing on four images that have...   More >

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The "Manananggal": On the Labor of Difference

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | January 31 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, UCLA

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Filipino and Philippine Studies Working Group

The manananggal (viscera sucker) has been the subject of countless Filipino films. This talk focuses on representations and engagements of the manananggal as a feminist national icon made to bear the weight of the social order because of her monstrous difference.

Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns

The Veda, Indian Grammarians, and the Language of Early Buddhism

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Oskar von Hinüber, Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Connections between the Vedic language and that of early Buddhism were observed already during the beginnings of Buddhology in Europe. After a brief survey of research, some features of syntax and vocabulary are discussed, while concentrating on the Vedic meaning of certain words and terms such as grāma or saṃkakṣikā partly unrecognized so far and preserved only in the...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

Exhibit - Painting | October 3, 2018 – May 26, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Featuring works by internationally renowned contemporary Tibetan artists alongside rare historical pieces, this exhibition highlights the ways these artists explore the infinite possibilities of visual forms to reflect their transcultural, multilingual, and translocal lives. Though living and working in different geographical areas—Lhasa, Dharamsala, Kathmandu, New York, and the Bay Area—the...   More >

Ink, Paper, Silk: One Hundred Years of Collecting Japanese Art

Exhibit - Painting: Center for Chinese Studies | December 12, 2018 – April 14, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA's Japanese art collection began in 1919 with a remarkable donation of more than a thousand woodblock prints from the estate of UC Berkeley Professor of English William Dallam Armes. This exhibition features a selection of these exceptional prints, as well as hanging scroll paintings, screens, lacquerware, and ceramics that have entered the collection over the century since this...   More >

Get Dancin’: Selections from the Collection

Exhibit - Photography: Center for Japanese Studies | January 9 – March 31, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The exuberance, romance, and beauty of dance are central themes in this exhibition of historical and contemporary works from BAMPFA’s collection. The selection is wide ranging, including prints, drawings, and photographs from the United States, Europe, and Asia. Among the highlights are two classic photographs of José Limón and Martha Graham by Barbara Morgan; George Bellows’s raucous image Dance...   More >

Masako Miki / MATRIX 273

Exhibit - Sculpture: Center for Japanese Studies | January 9 – April 28, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Masako Miki was born in Japan but has made the Bay Area, and Berkeley in particular, her home for more than twenty years. In her work she remains close to her ancestral traditions, especially those that arise from her association with Buddhist and Shinto beliefs and practices, as well as traditional Japanese folklore. Her current work, she says, is “inspired by the idea of animism from the Shinto...   More >