Lectures & Special Events   

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-Curator's Circle and Asian Art Association Lecture Series-

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 6:30pm

Cambodian Cultural History: Pre-Angkor to Today

Dr. Sovath Bong
 

Dr Sovath Bong, archaeologist and President of the Royal University of Fine Arts, invites us to explore the wonders of Cambodia's past with him in this presentation. Archaeological research into Cambodia's past began in the late 19th century revealing the hidden treasure of now-famous Angkor Wat, the largest religious site in the world. Most pre-Angkor (before 1100ce) objects recovered, such as statuary of Vishnu, Krishna, Balarāma and Ganesha expressed a strong Indian influence long before Buddhism, also arising in India, became the dominate religion. Thousands of wonderful artifacts have been recovered and are treasured cultural and World Heritage objects conserved with care today.

Trained in Archaeology and Anthropology at the Royal University of Cambodia and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dr Bong led archaeology investigations at Angkor Borei, Ba Phnom and at pre-Angkor sites along the Mekong River as well as conducted ethnographic research for the World Bank on World Heritage Site Management and Conservation before being appointed the Deputy Director General of Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Fine Art for the Kingdom of Cambodia. He became the President of the Royal University of Fine Arts in 2009 and continues in that position.


Time: 6:30pm, September 26, 2017

Location: Sharp Auditorium, Hamilton Building, Denver Art Museum

Free Admission, RSVP requested

Ticketing through DAM: Call 720-913-0130, stop by the ticketing desk in the museum, or click here to reserve online. Create an account, or sign in with your DAM member number to finish the purchase. Prices are for AAA lecture only and do not include gallery admission.

Phone number/email for details: 720-913-0040  blittle@denverartmuseum.org

Photos Courtesy Dr. Sovath Bong


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-Curator's Circle and Asian Art Association Lecture Series-

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 12pm

 

Melissa Furness
 

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-Curator's Circle and Asian Art Association Lecture Series-

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 6pm

 

Xiaoze Xie
 

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-Curator's Circle and Asian Art Association Lecture Series-

Friday, December 17, 2017, 6:30pm

Technology and Culture Change Along the Proto Silk Road

Dr. Rowan K. Flad
 

Dr. Rowan Flad, John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology, Harvard University, shares the findings of his work in Gansu, China on the Tao River Archaeological Project (TRAP), 2012-2017. Tracing the nature of technology and technological change migrating along the routes of the proto Silk Roads, and the changes wrought on the culture and society of the area by the introduction of that technology, Dr Flad discovered a complexity that radically transformed material culture and human lives in Northwest China about 4000 years ago. That transformation laid the groundwork for the Chinese Bronze Age. Reception following talk.

Rowan K. Flad is the John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He holds an A.B. from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. At Harvard he has served as the Archaeology Program Director, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Department Chair for the Department of Anthropology and the Chair of the Standing Committe on Archaeology, and is an affiliated faculty member of the Inner Asian and Altaic Studies Department. He also serves on the academic board (and was a founding board member) of the Institute for Field Research and serves on the founding board of the Esherick-Ye Family Foundation. His research is focused on the emergence and development of complex society during the late Neolithic period and the Bronze Age in China. This work incorporates interests in diachronic change in production processes and technology, the intersection between ritual activity and production, the role of animals in early Chinese society - particularly their use in sacrifice and divination, and the processes involved in social change in general. He has conducted excavations at a salt production site in the eastern Sichuan Basin, regional archaeological survey in the Chengdu region focusing on prehistoric settlement patterns and social evolution, and currently directs an international collaborative survey and excavation project in the Tao River Valley in Gansu. This project focuses on technological change in various domains and investigates the formation processes of community interaction involved in the development of the Proto-Silk Road. Current research and writing projects focus on several aspects of social complexity including: specialized production and technology, the anthropology of value, mortuary analysis, archaeological landscapes, interregional interaction, cultural transmission, and animal and plant domestication.


Time: 6:30pm, December 17, 2017

Location: Sharp Auditorium, Hamilton Building, Denver Art Museum

Free Admission, RSVP requested

RSVP through DAM: Call 720-913-0130, stop by the ticketing desk in the museum, or reserve online. Create an account, or sign in with your DAM member number to finish the reservation.

Phone number/email for details: 720-913-0040  blittle@denverartmuseum.org

Photo Courtesy R.K. Flad


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-Curator's Circle and Asian Art Association Lecture Series-

Wednesday, January 17, 2017, 12pm

 

Tamara Bentley
 

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