December 10, 2019

Symposium: Teaching Modern and Contemporary Asian Art

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Left: Cai Guo-Qiang. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Right: Navin Rawanchaikul. Photo: Courtesy of Navin Production.

This symposium launches Teaching Modern and Contemporary Asian Art, a digital teaching resource that features 27 artists from the Guggenheim’s collection of modern and contemporary Asian art, and provides discussion questions, activity prompts, and historical context for educators in the classroom.

The afternoon includes talks by artists in the Guggenheim collection, Cai Guo-Qiang and Navin Rawanchaikul, with opening remarks by Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Guggenheim. The symposium is followed by a reception and an opportunity to view the museum’s current exhibitions, including Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the companion handbook to Teaching Modern and Contemporary Asian Art.

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Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit is offered to event participants through co-sponsorship with University Council for Arts Education (UCAE) and The School of Visual Arts (SVA).

Teaching Modern and Contemporary Asian Art is funded by a grant from The Freeman Foundation. The Freeman Foundation supports projects that promote international understanding between Asia and the United States.

Asian Art Initiative
In 2006, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum launched the Asian Art Initiative, cementing its commitment to integrate the study, research, and presentation of Asian art into its exhibition, education, and acquisitions strategies. Since that time, the Guggenheim has developed a robust Asian Art Initiative that includes solo retrospectives, thematic surveys, and commission-based contemporary art exhibitions—all advancing the initiative’s central goal to promote a transnational understanding of art history with a focus on understudied art, artists, and movements from Asia. The initiative is guided in its intellectual and strategic development by the Asian Art Council, comprised of some twenty critics, academics, curators, and artists.

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