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Exploring Asian Art and Architecture
Marion Dolan

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This program will investigate the fantastic structures and artworks of Asia including both ancient and modern sites in India, China, Japan, and the Near East. This series will be fully illustrated with detailed images of the sacred and secular works of art from numerous Asian sites. The prime locations, most precious materials, greatest talents and endless energy of every culture were dedicated to their religious art and architecture. Careful orientation, axial alignments, sacred geometry, and symbolic numbers are incorporated into temple designs and into their construction to insure continuous harmony with the cosmos; many survive today. Modern Asian art and architecture will include popular artists such as Yayoi Kusama and her unbelievable infinity rooms, the artwork of well-known artists and the futuristic architecture of progressive Asian cities.

1. Art and Architecture of India: Evolving images of the Buddha and Buddhist Temples; Borobudur in Java; symbolic Hindu Temples and the spectacular Hindu/Buddhist complex at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
2. Art and Architecture of China: The Forbidden City, Buddhist caves of the Silk Road, the Terracotta Warriors, Temple of Heaven, Chinese scroll painting, the contemporary art of Xu Bing and Ai Weiwei.
3. Art and Architecture of Japan: The Great Shrine at Ise, Temples of Kyoto, Shogun Castles, the artworks of Hokusai - The Great Wave, and Mariko Mori, and the amazing architecture of Tange Kenz┼Ź and Tadao Ando.
4. Art and Architecture of the Near East: Early synagogue mosaics, the Dome of the Rock, the long-hidden rose-red city of Petra, exquisite Islamic mosques, Mughal architecture, and modernistic skyscrapers of the UAE.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Marion Dolan recently retired from the University of Pittsburgh where she was an adjunct professor of History of Art and Architecture. She also lectured for the Lifelong Learning program at Carnegie-Mellon University for many years. Since moving to Florida, she has taught classes at FAU's Lifelong Learning and at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art where she is also a docent. She has visited and long studied many of these Asian sites. Dr. Dolan received her BS, MFA and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in medieval manuscripts, minoring in medieval architecture. She has recently published a 500-page book examining the transmission of astronomical art and knowledge from ancient Greece through the Middle Ages.

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Mondays, April 9, 16, 23, 30
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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